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Overview

Nimble Storage Overview

Nimble Storage’s mission is to deliver the most efficient flash storage products on the market. In 2010, Nimble launched its first products, based on its patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) architecture, which uniquely leveraged the speed of flash and the cost-effective capacity of hard disk. With the introduction of Adaptive Flash in 2014, Nimble arrays can intelligently and dynamically allocate storage resources to satisfy the changing needs of today’s business-critical applications.

Products and Features

Adaptive Flash

Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform dynamically and intelligently adapts performance and capacity to answer the changing demands of business-critical applications.

InfoSight

InfoSight™ monitors all Nimble arrays, collectively and individually, from the cloud to keep them running in peak condition and to offer expert guidance on system upgrades.

CASL

All Nimble arrays are based on its patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) architecture which leverage’s the unique benefits of flash and hard disk.

CS-Series Products & Specifications

Nimble’s CS-Series arrays form the building blocks of its Adaptive Flash platform, delivering performance, capacity, seamless scalability, integrated data production and simplified management – all in an affordable package.

Solutions

SmartStack

SmartStack™ is a pre-validated reference architecture based on Nimble’s Adaptive Flash arrays, and best-of-breed solutions from industry leaders.

Virtualization and VDI

Nimble solutions offer adaptable performance, cost-effective capacity, and seamless scalability ideal for server virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Alliances

Nimble enjoys strong partnerships with leading IT product and solution providers including Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft, Citrix and VMware.

Nimble Storage Products Overview

Nimble Storage’s flash storage solutions intelligently and dynamically allocate performance and capacity to satisfy the changing needs of today’s business-critical applications. All arrays are based on Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform, leveraging the unique benefits of its patented CASL™ architecture, and InfoSight™, the company’s innovative data sciences approach to managing the storage lifecycle.

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Nimble Storage Three-Minute Overview

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Key Benefits

Performance and Capacity

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  • Flexible scaling of storage resources to satisfy the changing demands of business-critical applications
  • Five times greater performance and capacity density than legacy storage systems
  • Up to a 75% reduction in data footprint, and a 10x reduction in datacenter rack space

Seamless Scalability

  • All Nimble arrays are based on its patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) architecture which leverage’s the unique benefits of flash and hard disk.

Integrated Data Protection

  • As many as 90 days of hourly snapshots on a single array
  • WAN-efficient replication of snapshot data for disaster recovery

Proactive Wellness

  • Peak storage health driven by powerful data sciences
  • Greater than five nines system uptime

Scale-to-Fit: Scalable Performance and Capacity

Nimble Storage’s flash storage solutions intelligently and dynamically allocate performance and capacity to satisfy the changing needs of today’s business-critical applications. All arrays are based on Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform, leveraging the unique benefits of its patented CASL™ architecture, and InfoSight™, the company’s innovative data sciences approach to managing the storage lifecycle.

With the Adaptive Flash platform, organizations can:

  • Flexibly scale flash to accomodate a wide variety of application working sets
  • Scale up performance by upgrading compute for greater throughput and IOPS
  • Scale capacity by adding additional HDDs or expansion shelves
  • Scale capacity and performance together by clustering any combination of Nimble Storage arrays

Scale Out Seamlessly. Manage Simply.

Nimble Storage’s scale-out architecture makes it easy to scale capacity and performance beyond the physical limitations of a single array. Any combination of Nimble Storage hybrid arrays can be seamlessly configured into a storage cluster that accomodates growing business-critical workloads and supports new ones, without complicating storage management by creating additional silos or breaking the budget with forklift upgrades.

Nimble Storage’s innovative approach to scale-out storage dramatically simplifies configuration, upgrades, and management. Benefits include:

  • Single-console management of all storage hardware resources as a single storage entity
  • Dynamic load balancing to eliminate performance hot-spots
  • Multi-array data striping, enabling any application to fully leverage the collective hardware resources of the scale-out group
  • Seamless reconfiguration and hardware refreshes, without downtime
  • Flexible configuration of any combination of Nimble Storage arrays, maximizing storage ROI

Adaptive Flash

Adaptive Flash: Eliminating the Flash Performance and Capacity Tradeoff

Nimble Storage’s Adaptive Flash platform dynamically and intelligently deploys storage resources to meet the growing demands of business-critical applications, and is the first storage solution to eliminate the flash performance and capacity tradeoff.

Adaptive Flash combines Nimble’s CASL™ architecture, and InfoSight™, the company’s groundbreaking data sciences-based approach to the storage lifecycle. CASL scales performance and capacity seamlessly and independently. InfoSight leverages the power of deep data analytics to provide customers precise guidance on the optimal approach to scaling flash, CPU, and capacity around changing application needs, while ensuring peak storage health.

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Key Benefits

  • Scale storage performance and capacity, independently and non-disruptively
  • Achieve enterprise-class flash storage performance and capacity in a small footprint
  • Protect your IT investment by eliminating forklift upgrades
  • Sustain peak health of your storage infrastructure with integrated protection, deep-data analytics, and efficient resiliency
  • Take a flexible, building-block approach to achieving Cloud scale

Infosight

Nimble Storage InfoSight: Rethinking the Storage Lifecycle

With InfoSight™, Nimble Storage takes a new approach to the storage lifecycle, one that leverages the power of deep-data analytics and cloud-based management to deliver true operational efficiency across all storage activities.

InfoSight, an integral part of Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform, ensures the peak health of storage infrastructure by identifying problems, and offering solutions, in real time. InfoSight provides expert guidance for deploying the right balance of enterprise cloud storage resources — dynamically and intelligently — to satisfy the changing demands of business-critical applications.

Infosight consists of:

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Nimble Storage InfoSight Overview

  • The InfoSight Engine: A data collection and analysis engine comprised of powerful analytics, system modeling capabilities, and predictive algorithms.
  • The InfoSight Portal: A secure online portal which serves as a window into the InfoSight Engine.
  • Proactive Wellness: Proactive alerts for system health, performance, and protection gaps. Performance correlation analytics quickly identify leading factors contributing to performance or latency issues.

This “deep data” approach to customer support delivers storage health insights that can be leveraged to streamline maintenance by enabling granular alerting, accurate forecasting, and a level of overall storage health insight that vastly improves productivity and optimizes system availability.

InfoSight Benefits

  • Manageability: InfoSight is cloud-based, so agents or data collection infrastructure do not have to be installed in the datacenter. All updates are instantly available.
  • Usability: InfoSight enables proactive system health and support. Insightful and actionable information is presented through intuitive dashboards, including performance correlation analytics.
  • Accessibility: InfoSight can be accessed from anywhere, anytime, on any device. One-click reporting and export capabilities make it the simplest way to monitor and manage Nimble Storage environments. Registered Nimble resellers can also request access to their customers’ InfoSight portals, allowing them to be more proactive.

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CASL Architecture

Nimble Storage solutions are built on its patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) architecture. CASL leverages the unique properties of flash and disk to deliver high performance and capacity – all within a dramatically small footprint.

CASL and InfoSight™ form the foundation of the Adaptive Flash platform, which allows for the dynamic and intelligent deployment of storage resources to meet the growing demands of business-critical applications.

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Nimble Technology Overview

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High Performance Storage Products and Technical Specifications

Nimble Storage CS-Series arrays are the building blocks of the Adaptive Flash platform. Nimble arrays deliver performance and capacity efficiency, seamless scalability and clustering, and feature integrated data protection, data sciences-based management, and support.

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Specifications: Nimble Storage CS-Series Arrays

  • The CS210 and CS215 provide value and performance for small to medium-sized IT organizations or remote offices, for workloads such as Microsoft Exchange and VDI.
  • The CS300 is ideal for midsize IT organizations or distributed sites of larger organizations. 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.
  • 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.
  • The CS700 is designed for consolidating multiple large-scale critical applications with aggressive performance demands. It delivers approximately 7x the IOPS of the CS215.

Solutions Overview

Whether you’re a small business or large enterprise, Nimble Storage delivers the right mix of performance and capacity your applications need, at a price you can afford. Engineered for efficiency, Nimble Storage allows you to consolidate storage for multiple workloads onto a single array. Fast and efficient backup/restore and replication functionality also come standard. Our partnership with Microsoft and VMware means you get application-consistent backups and solutions that have been tested and certified.

With Nimble Storage’s Adaptive Flash Platform, you can:

  • Boost the performance of all your applications, including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and VDI, with sub-millisecond latencies
  • Maximize capacity and store more data with inline compression, thin provisioning, and efficient cloning
  • Eliminate silos and scale storage performance and capacity to fit application requirements and budgets by adding compute, cache, or capacity independently and non-disruptively
  • Keep storage and applications up and running with frequent snapshots and consistent backups, fast restores, and efficient replication for disaster recovery
  • Simplify management with push-button deployment, integration with familiar tools such as VMware vCenter, and proactive monitoring

Nimble Storage Business Applications Solutions

Nimble Storage systems provide a powerful solution for business applications such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and Sharepoint, by delivering reliable performance, high levels of availability, and integrated data protection.

Key Benefits

  • Provide application-consistent performance and management
  • Reduce costs with efficient capacity utilization
  • Minimize overall deployment risk with pre-validated designs

Data Protection Solutions

Nimble Storage systems efficiently deliver the benefits of primary storage, backup, and disaster recovery systems in an all-inclusive package to provide the ideal foundation for comprehensive data protection.

And with Nimble Storage InfoSight, you can be confident that your data protection strategy is working as expected through intuitive dashboards and proactive notifications in case of issues.

Strategic Alliances

Nimble Storage works with these leading ecosystem vendors to provide a comprehensive solution for your data protection needs.

  • Commvault
  • Kroll Ontrack
  • Veeam
  • VMware

Key Benefits

  • Eliminate primary and backup storage silos
  • Ensure disaster recovery through efficient replication
  • Simplify management with leading ecosystem vendor tools

Storage on Demand

Storage on Demand, Nimble Storage’s pay-per-use subscription service for on-premise storage, eliminates the guesswork and waste that often results from owned or leased storage solutions. Nimble offers a straightforward approach to pricing with four levels of service from high-performance Platinum to capacity-optimized Bronze.

Smart Stack

SmartStack Pre-Validated Reference Architectures

Every Nimble Storage SmartStack™ solution consists of a pre-validated reference architecture leveraging Nimble Storage flash storage arrays and best-of-breed partner solutions. By testing and validating the combined solutions with partners, Nimble Storage helps organizations accelerate deployment and eliminate the risk associated with deploying solutions in the datacenter.

Nimble Storage SmartStack solutions enable organizations to confidently deploy the best solution stack for server virtualization, desktop virtualization (VDI), business critical applications, and data protection.

Partnerships

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Nimble Storage SmartStack architectures are a result of close partnerships with best-of-breed ecosystem vendors, including Cisco, Citrix, CommVault, Microsoft, Oracle, and VMware.

Workloads

  • Desktop Virtualization (VDI)
  • Server Virtualization / Private Cloud
  • Desktop and Server Virtualization (Combined)
  • Business Critical Applications
  • Data Protection
  • Oracle Database

Key Benefits

  • Speed up deployments
  • Gain efficiency and improve IT productivity
  • Independently scale performance and capacity without downtime

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Virtualization and VDI

Flash Storage Solutions for Server Virtualization

Nimble Storage’s robust integration with VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Linux virtualization helps you virtualize critical applications without having to worry about performance, scalability, or availability. Nimble Storage’s CASL™ architecture has been designed from the ground up to meet the demands of random I/O proliferation prevalent in virtual environments.

Nimble Storage delivers these benefits for server virtualization:

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Server Virtualization Solutions with Microsoft and VMware

Nimble Storage server virtualization solutions are deeply integrated with Microsoft and VMware.

Key Benefits

  • Cost-effectively deploy server virtualization
  • Flexibly scale performance and capacity without downtime
  • Rapidly establish affordable and reliable business continuity

Desktop Virtualization

Nimble Storage’s Adaptive Flash platform provides cost-effective performance and capacity for virtual desktop (VDI) environments. With a flexible mix of flash and disk storage, Nimble’s CASL™ architecture accelerates both reads and writes for VDI environments. Nimble Storage systems deliver:

  • Adaptive Performance:Performance adapts to boot storms and I/O spikes since the flash cache is populated dynamically
  • Cost-Effective Capacity: Inline compression, high capacity disk, and zero-copy cloning all deliver capacity reductions of up to 75 percent
  • Business Continuity: High availability and integrated data protection minimizes downtime for local failures and larger site-wide disasters
  • Seamless Scaling: Easily scale performance and capacity independently without downtime

Key Benefits

  • Deliver a consistent high-performance user experience
  • Enable business continuity for end users
  • Independently scale performance and capacity without downtime
  • Reduce costs with efficient capacity utilization
  • Leverage SmartStack reference architectures to speed deployment

Alliances

Strategic Alliances: Building on the Power of Partnerships

Nimble Storage partners with leading IT vendors to develop and deliver pre-tested storage solutions.

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Nimble has partnered with Cisco to deliver datacenter and virtualization solutions that allow faster IT response to business demands, reduced capital and operating expenditures, and simplified IT operations. With Nimble Storage, the Cisco Unified Computing System combines computing, networking, storage access, and virtualization into one cohesive system. Furthermore, a low-latency, lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet unified network fabric is integrated with enterprise-class, x86-architecture servers and next-generation datacenter storage.


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Combining market-leading Citrix desktop virtualization solutions with Nimble Storage enables businesses to transform Windows® desktops, apps, and data into a cloud-like service that is accessible on any device, anywhere. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure allows customers to streamline management and costs by consolidating and centralizing desktops while delivering mobility and freedom to end users.


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CommVault’s Simpana combines Nimble Storage’s array-based snapshot and replication platforms into a single solution that efficiently captures, moves, retains, finds, analyzes, and recovers data. Redefining traditional backup, Simpana software quickly captures application-consistent copies without impacting the performance of production applications. Customers can maximize investments on high-performance Nimble Storage arrays to tackle the 24×7 uptime and accessibility challenges surrounding critical mission and business data.


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Nimble Storage supports Microsoft with innovative storage and data management solutions across the Microsoft Windows Operating System — for applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint, as well as Microsoft management solutions. Nimble Storage continues to partner with Microsoft as they help customers go beyond virtualization technology to a complete platform for a private cloud.


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Nimble Storage solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle Database can help customers improve performance and enhance their data protection and availability. Nimble Storage’s non-disruptive and efficient scale-to-fit and cloning/replication capabilities can match the needs of growing Oracle environments. Our joint customers can deploy applications to production quickly and efficiently, saving the Oracle DBA and administrator precious time and budget.


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VMware and Nimble Storage enjoy a close, collaborative development and go-to-market partnership that helps our joint customers maximize value from their virtualized application, server, and desktop environments. Customers achieve higher consolidation and efficiency, greater energy savings, faster application delivery, higher levels of availability and business continuity, and lower costs.With our deep management and data protection integration, VMware and Nimble Storage help IT drive business agility by simplifying the infrastructure and supporting trends such as Mobile Secure Desktop and bring your own device (BYOD) to create a more dynamic and flexible data center.


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Brocade and Nimble Storage work together to help customers achieve a smooth transition to a virtualized world where applications and information can reside on any platform, anywhere. As a result, organizations in a wide range of industries can realize their most critical business objectives with greater simplicity and a faster return on investment.


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Nimble Storage draws on Intel’s industry-leading server, storage, and networking components in building our Adaptive Flash storage platform. Nimble is an Intel Platinum Partner.


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Nimble Storage and Kroll Ontrack together deliver an efficient and highly available solution for Microsoft Exchange environments. Our joint customers benefit from improved application responsiveness, simplified IT procedures for granular search and restore requests, and lower costs through higher IT productivity and efficient infrastructure.


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Nimble Storage and Symantec have partnered together to provide mid-market to enterprise storage product and business continuity solutions.


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Splunk Inc. provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. More than 7,400 customers use Splunk to search, monitor, analyze and visualize their machine-generated big data.


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Nimble Storage and Unidesk deliver no-compromise VDI storage and manageability for businesses of all sizes. With support for both Citrix XenDesktop® and VMware View™, customers will reduce storage costs, enhance IO performance, and enjoy stress-free desktop provisioning, Windows patching, and application delivery.


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Nimble Storage arrays and Veeam backup and replication software create a powerful data protection solution for all types of customer environments by combining high-performance storage with integrated data protection. With Veeam and Nimble Storage, customers can ultimately reduce costs and protect their virtualization investments while simplifying their backup process and environment.


Storage on Demand

Storage on Demand, Nimble Storage’s pay-per-use subscription service for on-premise storage, eliminates the guesswork and waste that often results from owned or leased storage solutions. Nimble offers a straightforward approach to pricing with four levels of service from high-performance Platinum to capacity-optimized Bronze.

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Solution Brief: Storage on Demand

Highlights

  • Pay for what you use. Don’t pay for what you don’t use. Billings accurately reflect usage — even when it shrinks — eliminating wasted resources and saving money.
  • Never run out. A 10 percent capacity buffer is built into — and automatically maintained — for every configuration, even as your usage grows. Nimble automatically ships additional capacity before it is needed; you don’t pay for it until it’s used.
  • No excessive lock-ins. After a one-year commitment, you can select a flexible month-to-month subscription.

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Buy/lease: Fixed payments lead to waste.
Other storage on demand services: Tiered leases with stepped payments; costs don’t decrease even when usage drops.
Nimble Storage on Demand: Payments match usage with no waste.