SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 23, 2016) - Nimble Storage (
Live Virtual Launch Event, February 23 at 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PT: Join Nimble Storage's live event to discover the benefits of the Predictive Flash Platform.
"Our All Flash array delivers absolute speed for performance sensitive applications and workloads. It accelerates, scales, and delivers lower TCO than competing All Flash arrays," said Ajay Singh, vice president of product management, Nimble Storage. "Our engineers are so confident in the readiness of our All Flash arrays that we've been powering core Nimble production engineering infrastructure services on an AF7000 array for several weeks and have experienced flawless service."
"Our IT organization deployed the Nimble All Flash array to support increased performance for our SQL database. We have teams that generate hundreds of reports that can take hours to run on our legacy storage. The performance of our SQL database increased by an order of magnitude with the Nimble AF7000 array, compared to our legacy tiered storage system. SQL database queries increased from 800 a second to 12,000 a second, and a report that took approximately one hour now runs in three minutes," said Sal DiRosa, senior systems engineer, Lender Live Network, Inc, a Colorado-based mortgage services provider. "Due to the criticality of application responsiveness, we're looking for a storage platform to exhibit not just increased performance, but also consistent low latency, so that we can meet our service level agreements for end users, including banks and lenders. The Nimble All Flash array has exceeded our expectations."
Sheer Performance with Unmatched Scalability
The Nimble AF-Series All Flash arrays deliver the performance, scalability and consistent low latency required to power the all flash data center. The flagship Nimble AF9000 All Flash array delivers performance of up to 350,000 IOPS at sub-millisecond latency and scales effective capacity to over 2PB in just 12U, significantly higher in comparison to competitive all flash arrays. Further, in scale-out four-node cluster configurations, the AF9000 can non-disruptively and independently scale performance up to 1.2M IOPS and effective capacity to over 8PBs, an order of magnitude greater than competitive all flash arrays. AF-Series arrays are application optimized and support a full range of industry leading enterprise applications to dramatically ease deployment and simplify management.
"Our Nimble Adaptive Flash platform performs extremely well across mixed workloads; when we added the Nimble AF7000 All Flash array, the performance we gained greatly exceeded our expectations, as well as the expectations of our customers. The speed of our Nimble All Flash array will undoubtedly be a transformative aspect of our business in the near-term," said Joshua Henderson, CTO, Clearview International.
Nimble AF-Series All Flash arrays are pre-configured and optimized to support enterprise applications and workloads right out of the box, effectively eliminating time consuming tasks like selecting RAID-level, media layout, aggregations and reserves. Initial configuration and set-up can be completed in less than 120 minutes. And with InfoSight VMVision and VMware vVols, IT administrators can manage and monitor the storage at VM-level granularity.
Up to 33 to 66 Percent Lower Total Cost of Ownership than Competing All Flash Arrays
Game changing architectural innovation makes this dramatic savings possible:
- Unconstrained by Memory: The AF-Series utilizes 10-30X less memory than competing all flash arrays by providing memory-efficient metadata to deliver unparalleled flash scalability and lower per array cost, while also reducing the total number of controllers required.
- Engineered for 3D V-NAND: The AF-Series supports the cost-effective 3D V-NAND innovations of Samsung PM863 Series SSDs, and uses advanced flash endurance management and integrated hot sparing to extend flash lifespan to seven years, while providing 20 percent more usable capacity, all at half the footprint and cost of competing eMLC-based all flash arrays.
- Comprehensive Data Protection: With inline variable block deduplication and compression, and zero pattern elimination, the AF-Series delivers up to a 5X capacity savings. And with thin provisioning and zero copy clones the savings increase even further.
- Backup, Disaster Recovery and Archival at One-Third the Cost: As cost-optimized Nimble Adaptive Flash (hybrid) arrays run the same release of NimbleOS, they can be leveraged to address secondary storage requirements at a fraction of the cost of backing up to all flash. With identical functionality and a common user experience both AF and CS Series arrays integrate seamlessly under the Unified Flash Fabric single consolidation architecture.
Absolute Resiliency with Non-Stop Availability
From inception Nimble storage arrays were designed for 6 '9's', with 99.9997% measured uptime across the entire installed base through InfoSight Predictive Analytics and no single point of failure.
- Triple+ Parity RAID: The AF-Series has been engineered to sustain up to three simultaneous SSD failures plus an additional layer of protection from intra-drive parity and integrated hot sparing.
- SmartSecure Software-based FIPS Compliant Encryption: With array level and application-granular encryption and secure data shredding, IT organizations can meet the most stringent data security mandates with flexibility and ease.
- Integrated Data Protection: Back up data continuously and recover quickly with application consistent snapshots and replication using SmartSnap and SmartReplicate.
"Nimble is maximizing the potential cost-effective 3D V-NAND making all-flash storage more affordable, and ultimately more accessible," said Scott Sinclair, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "With the combination of affordable NAND technology, a scale-out architecture, and differentiated software resiliency features, such as Triple+ Parity RAID, Nimble is delivering not only high-availability and scalable performance, by reducing TCO as well. When combined with the power of InfoSight Predictive Analytics, the end result is a very compelling package."
"We pride ourselves on delivering advanced, reliable and secure global cloud services with predictable high performance and encryption. Though we've been able to provide all-flash performance by pinning workloads into flash on the Nimble Adaptive Flash arrays, we have customers that request their applications and data are supported by an all flash array. The performance of the Nimble All Flash array has proven to be impressive in our experience -- running close to 300,000 IOPS the latency is 0.2 milliseconds on the AF7000. That is ridiculously fast," said Justin Giardina, CTO, iland. "With the addition of the All Flash array to the Nimble portfolio, we're able meet service level agreements while continuing to manage a single storage platform on the back-end. This provides an incredibly streamlined management process for our administrators who have already mastered NimbleOS."
Models and Pricing
The Nimble AF-Series All Flash arrays will be offered in four models: AF3000, AF5000, AF7000 and AF9000, and is available to order now.
Nimble Storage Resources
- Nimble Storage Website
- All Flash Challenge: Take the Challenge and Get an Apple Watch!
- Webinar: Fast Forward to the All Flash Data Center, with Howard Marks
- Case Studies and Videos
- Follow Nimble Storage on Twitter: @NimbleStorage
- Follow Nimble Storage on LinkedIn
- Visit Nimble Storage on Facebook
- Visit the NimbleConnect Community
About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage (
Nimble Storage, the Nimble Storage logo, CASL, InfoSight, SmartStack, Timeless Storage, Data Velocity Delivered, Unified Flash Fabric and NimbleConnect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nimble Storage, Inc. Other trade names or words used in this document are the properties of their respective owners.
Any unreleased services, features or functions referenced in this document, our website or other press releases or public statements that are not currently available are subject to change at Nimble Storage's discretion and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who purchase Nimble Storage's products and services should make their purchase decisions based upon services, features and functions that are currently available.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking" statements that are based on our management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. We intend for such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including our current beliefs and expectations concerning our future product releases, product performance, functionality and benefits and industry environment.
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors including, but not limited to, those related to our future financial performance, which is inherently uncertain, unforeseen delays in product development or introduction, uncertainty around market acceptance of our solutions, our ability to develop new solutions and bring them to market in a timely manner, pricing pressure (as a result of competition or otherwise), introduction of new technologies and products by other companies, global economic conditions, and our ability to continue to expand our business and manage our growth. Moreover, we operate in very competitive and rapidly changing environments, and new risks may emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. Further information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by our forward-looking statements.
You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although our management believes that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances described in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. Moreover, neither the Company, nor any other person, assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this presentation to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law.