Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage
  • Flash-optimised storage
  • Sub-millisecond latency
  • Write-optimised data layout
  • Inline compression
  • Footprint down by 75%
  • Bundled administration analytics

Flash-Optimised Storage Arrays

Nimble Storage flash-optimised storage arrays are designed from the ground up to maximise efficiency. With high-availability and continuous data access offered by hot-swappable redundant disk drives, power supplies and fans these storage appliances provide comprehensive resiliency capabilities.

However, advanced technologies developed by Nimble Storage place these devices above their competitors: CASL™ (Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout) together with the tight integration with the likes of Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and CommVault. Their approach takes this beyond a typical iSCSI SAN product.

CASL dramatically boosts performance, giving the impression that applications are running permanently on Flash storage. While traditional storage relies on manual management of data across high performance and then high capacity drives, Nimble Storage provides an automated, seamless interface to the whole storage space.

Because of the architecture of the system, snapshots, backups and restores are instant, while disaster recovery is also built in. Snapshots do not impact performance and backup windows are a thing of the past.

  • High performance, high IOPS, sub-millisecond latency from flash-optimised storage
  • Storage footprint reduced by 30 to 75% through always-on compression
  • Scale storage with no disruption to meet developing business requirements
  • InfoSight delivers granular alerting, accurate forecasting and a view of overall storage health


Nimble Storage - Engineered for efficiency


Product Lines


Nimble Storage offers two product lines in various configurations. Please get in touch to find out more.

CS210 & CS215

The CS210 and CS215 provide value and performance for small to medium-sized IT organisations or remote offices, for workloads such as Microsoft Exchange and VDI.

CS300

 

The CS300 is ideal for midsize IT organisations or distributed sites of larger organisations. It offers the best capacity per $ for workloads like Microsoft applications, VDI, or virtual server consolidation. The CS300 delivers 1.6x more IOPS than the CS215.

CS500

 

The CS500 offers advanced performance for larger-scale deployments or IO-intensive workloads, like larger-scale VDI, and Oracle or SQL Server databases, and provides the best performance and IOPS per £. The CS500 achieves 5x the performance of the CS215.

CS700

 

The CS700 is designed for consolidating multiple large-scale critical applications with aggressive performance demands. It delivers approximately 7x the IOPS of the CS215.

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Products & Technology: How It Works

Unlike the traditional performance-boosting approach of simply adding flash storage to an existing array, Nimble Storage's CASL architecture was designed as a hybrid system to leverage the high speed random read performance of flash.

Key Innovations from CASL
Dynamic Flash-Based Read Caching CASL delivers as much as ten times the speed of traditional bolt-on or tiered flash architectures. The technology caches "hot" active data into a flash-based SSD in real time—without need to set any complex policies.
Write-Optimised Data Layout CASL collects random writes to the array, compresses and writes them sequentially to disks. This results in write operations that are as much as 100x faster than traditional disk-based storage.
Inline Compression To Maximise Capacity CASL compresses data as it is written to the array with no performance impact. It takes advantage of efficient variable block compression and multicore processors. Average compression ratios of 30-75% are measured across Nimble Storage's customer base.
Scaling Flexibility Without Disruption

Performance and/or capacity can be increased without causing disruption. This is accomplished by either upgrading the storage controller (compute resource) for higher throughput, moving to larger flash SSD (cache) to accommodate more active data, or by adding storage shelves to boost capacity.

Scale capacity and performance beyond the limitations of a single array by clustering any combination of Nimble Storage arrays. This upgrade path is also non-disruptive, while administration remains centralised across a "single" storage entity.

Snapshots and Integrated Data Protection CASL can take thousands of point-in-time instant snapshots of volumes by creating a copy of the volumes' indices. Any updates to existing data or new data written to a volume are redirected to free. This means there is no performance impact of snapshots and snapshots take little incremental space as only changes are maintained. This also simplifies restoring snapshots as no data needs to be copied.
Efficient Replication For Disaster Recovery Nimble Storage efficiently replicates data to another array by transferring compressed, block-level changes only. These remote copies can be made active if the primary array becomes unavailable. This makes deploying disaster data recovery easy and affordable – especially over a WAN to a remote array where bandwidth is limited.
Zero-Copy Clones For Demanding Applications Nimble Storage arrays can create snapshot-based read/writable clones of existing volumes instantly. These clones benefit from the fast read and write performance, making them ideal for demanding applications such as VDI or test/development.

Nimble Storage Applications

Microsoft Applications

Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint, amongst others, will benefit from Nimble Storage's performance, capacity, data protection and flexibility. Integration with Microsoft VSS delivers application-consistent backups and the overall solution can easily scale to fit current and future needs.

Server Virtualisation

Improve your ROI on server virtualisation with Nimble Storage. Virtual machine data stores can be consolidated on to a single storage array, delivering improved performance and greater flexibility. Data restores and disaster recovery are enhanced through zero-copy clones, consistent backups and instant restore of VMs.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

VDI demands responsive storage. Nimble Storage handles the changing I/O patterns easily so boot storms and antivirus scans won't diminish performance overall. This VMware-certified storage platform delivers 10x more desktop density.

Data Protection

Data is no good without protection. Nimble Storage integrates data protection to the storage array, ensuring you're able to run 24x7 with fast, space-saving snapshots, WAN-optimised replication and disaster recovery that is cost-effective and easy to manage.