Nimbus Ups Flash Array Performance
San Francisco-based Nimbus Data, which is preparing to launch its IPO some time in 2014, in August unveiled new models of its all-flash arrays featuring low-cost 19-nanometer flash technology to bring the cost per usable GB of capacity to as low as 78 cents.
The two new arrays also feature a software enhancement that doubles the performance of Nimbus Data's previous models by treating random data writes as sequential writes.
The first, the F400, can be configured with up to 48 TB of capacity per 2U shelf after deduplication, or up to a total of 385 TB. It includes Fibre Channel and 10-Gbit Ethernet connectivity for use in NAS or in Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN environments. The second, the F600, supports InfiniBand and 40-Gbit Ethernet connectivity.
Both models use 19-nanometer MLC flash, which the company said results in a 35-percent cut in the cost-per-Gbyte ratio. However, it is maintaining its 10-year warranty despite the use of the lower-cost flash.