Nimble Serves up Scale-to-Fit Hybrid Storage

By Pedro Hernandez

Nimble Storage Monday debuted a new line of "scale-to-fit" storage arrays, expansion units and an update to its storage OS.

With the product refresh, the maker of hybrid disk and solid-state drive (SSD) systems is looking to extend growing capacity and I/O performance to IT organizations. Depending on their requirements, enterprises can deploy Nimble's arrays to "scale to hundreds of terabytes and hundreds of thousands of IOPS in a single storage cluster," claims the company.

New CS400 series serial-attached SCSI (SAS) arrays accommodate more flash storage than their CS200 counterparts -- up to 2,400 GB.

Combined with the company's updated "scale-out clustering" enabled Nimble OS (2.0) and Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout Architecture (CASL), the latter of which provides inline compression and thin provisioning, CS400 arrays can handle demanding applications like online transaction processing (OLTP) and virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI), said Nimble. In June, the company announced that its hybrid arrays were certified for VMware's View Mobile Secure Desktop platform.

Current CS200 owners aren't left in the lurch if their demands outpace their hardware. According to Nimble, C200 arrays can be non-disruptively upgraded to CS400 specs. Also unveiled Monday were new ES-Series expansion units that offer 15 TB to 45 TB of raw, pre-compression disk capacity and 160 GB to 600 GB of speedy SSD storage.

This mix-and-match approach lets organizations right-size their storage infrastructures, said Nimble Storage CEO Suresh Vasudevan.

"Our scale-to-fit architecture delivers an unparalleled ability to independently scale the controller performance, cache capacity or storage capacity of any node while also allowing multiple nodes to become part of a cluster," said Vasudevan in a company statement.

Evoking parallels to Nimble's thin-provisioning capabilities, Vasudevan argues that businesses no longer have to go all-in from day one for high performance storage. "Starting with a small footprint, our customers can continually and non-disruptively scale and evolve their infrastructure in small, granular increments across the widest range of workloads," he added.

Nimble's CS400 series arrays and ES-Series expansion shelves go on sales in Q3 2012. Nimble OS 2.0 will be available in Q4 2012.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on August 06, 2012