Nimble Storage Aims High With New Hybrid Array, Flash Expansion Shelf

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Nimble Storage Wednesday expanded its hybrid disk and flash storage array line with a new enterprise model plus its first-ever all-flash storage expansion shelves.

The company's new CS700 hybrid array and its new flash shelves work as part of Nimble Storage's Adaptive Flash management platform to combine the two to meet the needs of modern data center applications, said Radhika Krishnan, vice president of product marketing, solutions and alliances for the San Jose, Calif.-based storage vendor.

"Most applications need a combination of performance and capacity," Krishnan told CRN. "But the bulk of solutions are centered on either performance or capacity."

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Management of the solution is done via the Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash management platform, which is a combination of the company's CASL file system and its InfoSight cloud-based management and support application, Krishnan said.

It is that management capability, along with Nimble Storage's easy integration with Cisco environments, that has led NexusIS, a Valencia, Calif.-based solution provider that in April was acquired by Dimension Data, to take it on as a vendor, said Dave Elsner, senior vice president of NexusIS.

"We're a Cisco Advanced Technology Networking business," Elsner told CRN. "Everything we do, we work with Cisco. We do business with Nimble because of the SmartStack reference architecture for Cisco and Nimble. And Nimble's layer of management tools is attractive to the enterprise space."

NexusIS signed with Nimble about nine months ago and found the company to be very partner-friendly and partner-engaging, Elsner said.

"Nimble is helping drive our business and doing lead generation to bring business to me as a channel partner to engage my sales reps," he said. "This expands Nimble's reach into the market. It's rare for us to do a lot of business with a new partner, but in nine months we've done millions of dollars with these guys."

The new Nimble Storage CS700 is a hybrid array with the same form factor as the company's existing CS200 and CS400 arrays. It can be configured with 12 hard drives and four SSDs to provide more than 125,000 IOPS of performance in a single node, Krishnan said.

The new all-flash expansion shelves come with up to 12.8 TB of SSD capacity which, combined with the CS700's 3.2 TB of flash, give each CS700 a maximum flash storage capacity of 16 TB.

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