Nimbus Data Intros Low-Cost All-Flash Arrays For Less Than Hybrid Array, Plans '14 IPO

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Nimbus Data on Monday unveiled new models of its all-flash arrays, calling them the first of any flash arrays to feature low-cost 1x-nanometer flash technology to bring the cost per usable GB of capacity to as low as 78 cents.

The 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, said Thomas Isakovich, founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based storage vendor.

Isakovich also said that Nimbus Data, an early pioneer in the all-flash array market, enjoyed a $50-million revenue run rate for the first half of 2013.


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Nimbus Data unveiled two new models of its Gemini all-flash arrays.

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, Isakovich said. It includes Fibre Channel and 10-Gbit Ethernet connectivity for use in NAS or in Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN environments. Pricing starts of less than $60,000.

The second, the F600, supports InfiniBand and 40-Gbit Ether connectivity, with a starting price of less than $80,000.

Both models scale in both performance and capacity with additional nodes, Isakovich said.

En Pointe Technologies in the last couple weeks just signed up with Nimbus Data as its first all-flash array partner after considering a couple other startups as well as more established vendors like EMC and NetApp, said Herb Hogue, senior vice president of services for the Gardena, Calif.-based solution provider.

"For pure flash storage with high I/O performance, Nimbus was at the top," Hogue said.

It was important for En Pointe to get into the all-flash array business, Hogue said.

"We see the storage industry in a state of flux," he said. "Everybody's moving from spinning disk to flash something. I won't say flash memory, or SSDs, because there are so many ways to do this."

En Pointe sees big potential for all-flash arrays in certain applications such as databases where performance is key, Hogue said. And while Nimbus Data has one of the highest-performing offerings in this market, its arrays will see stiff competition from tier-one vendors as they fill out their own all-flash storage strategies.

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