Nimble Boosts Hybrid Array Speeds

By Pedro Hernandez

Nimble Storage, a San Jose, Calif. provider of hybrid data storage systems, has rolled out two new product lines, the CS300 and CS500.

The launch comes two months after the company debuted its high-end CS700 hardware. Based on the company's CPU-assisted Adaptive Flash architecture, the CS700's performance scales as the system grows.

A single CS700 can reach an IOPS rating of over 125,000 with just four solid-state drives (SSDs) and 12 hard disk drives (HDDs). A full system, configured in a four-node cluster setup, can deliver up to 500,000 IOPS with 64 TB of flash storage while providing a petabyte (PB) of total capacity.

The secret lies in the company's CPU-based approach to storage acceleration. By enlisting today's high-performance server processors, Nimble's architecture capitalizes on "compute versus leveraging flash," said Radhika Krishnan, vice president of product marketing and alliances for Nimble, at the time.

Now the technology, which is based on the company's Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture and InfoSight automated cloud-based management software, is trickling down to the company's midrange arrays.

"We have developed a platform that adapts as customers consolidate multiple types of workloads with varying performance and capacity demands," said Nimble's Ajay Singh, vice president of product management. Incorporating Intel Sandy Bridge processors "into our mainstream products expands our ability to address the needs of our customers," he added.

The CS300 and CS500, which replace the CS200 and CS400, offer a 50 percent performance increase over their predecessors, according to the company.

Targeting the Microsoft workloads and virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) of midsized organizations, the CS300 ships with 640 GB of flash storage per array, expandable up to 3,200 GB. Aimed at Oracle, SQL server, large-scale VDI environments and other O-intensive workloads, the CS500 features 2,400 GB of flash, also expandable up to 3,200 GB.

Both models provide a maximum effective storage capacity of 254 TB and are compatible with the company's new All-Flash Shelf, a 3U expansion unit that supports up to 12 TB of SSD-based storage. Network connectivity options for the 3U systems include GbE, 10GbaseT and GbE SFP+.

Nimble's new arrays are available now, and they compete in an increasingly crowded market for application performance-boosting hybrid storage solutions. Rivals include heavyweights like EMC, HP and IBM, as well as firms that include Tegile, American Megatrends and Tintri.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on August 13, 2014