Nimbus Data Systems, Inc. develops award-winning Sustainable Storage® systems, the most intelligent, efficient and fault-tolerant solid state storage platform engineered for server and desktop virtualization, databases, HPC, and next-generation cloud infrastructure. Combining low-latency flash memory hardware, comprehensive data management and protection software, and highly-scalable multiprotocol storage features, Nimbus systems deliver dramatically greater performance at a significantly lower operating cost than conventional disk-based primary storage arrays, all at a comparable acquisition cost.
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Over the past decade, while the rest of IT infrastructure has improved exponentially in performance, storage has been virtually stagnant, increasing in capacity but not in performance. The table below shows how CPU, DRAM, network, and bus performance have outpaced storage by 16 to 400 times. To have kept pace, hard drives would need to spin at 6 million rpm today. Instead, storage is now the prime bottleneck in datacenters.
The Gemini F400 and F600 all-flash arrays break new ground as the first arrays to utilize 1x nanometer MLC flash, directly challenging hybrid HDD/SSD arrays on cost-per-gigabyte for server virtualization and VDI while delivering the superior reliability, consistent performance, and lower operating costs of all-flash storage. The Gemini F400 and F600 also set new performance records, deliver 2-5x greater IOps and lower latency than competing offerings, extending Nimbus Data’s market leadership in low-latency applications like databases, analytics, and OLTP.
Server and desktop virtualization, databases, big data analytics, cloud computing, and next-generation technical applications demand high-performance, ultra-efficient data access that only all-flash technology can provide. Unlike hybrid or tiered systems, Nimbus Data's Gemini all-flash arrays deliver consistent low-latency, superior reliability, unmatched throughput, and dramatically lower data center costs. With the patent-pending Parallel Memory Architecture and Distributed Cache Architecture, Gemini arrays outperform commodity server-based storage systems by up to 5x in IOps, 40x in latency, 6x in bandwidth, and 10x in rack density.
Powered by the proven HALO operating system, Gemini all-flash arrays support SAN, NAS, and DAS deployments utilizing Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and Infiniband connectivity. Features include deduplication, snapshots, thin-provisioning, and the industry's best available warranty. With complete high-availability and exceptional worldwide support, Gemini arrays support mission-critical applications across all markets, including high-technology, Internet infrastructure, financial services, education, healthcare, manufacturing, and government.
Nimbus Data believes that all-flash is the destiny of primary storage and that all customers deserve access to this incredibly powerful technology. With the Gemini all-flash array, organizations can skip the Band-Aid and go straight to the ideal solution -- a storage platform based entirely in flash -- affordability and without feature compromises.
At the heart of Nimbus Data's all-ﬂash systems is storage software engineered over seven years and proven at hundreds of customer sites. Nimbus Data's HALO operating system is a comprehensive software suite that provides administration, protection, data reduction, security, and monitoring of Nimbus all-ﬂash systems, delivering the intelligent storage management essential for mission-critical primary storage. Purpose-built for ﬂash memory, HALO's ultra-scalable ﬁle system ensures absolute data integrity, maximizes endurance, and multiplies usable capacity, reducing total cost of ownership and supporting ever-changing deployment and capacity requirements.
HALO provides unified iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Infiniband, NFS, and CIFS support for block and file storage in one system. No need to deploy separate NAS and SAN systems; Nimbus provides multiprotocol storage in a single easy-to-use platform, minimizing hardware costs and simplifying storage management. Capacity can be added transparently while in operation, essential for 24 x 7 x 365 nonstop environments.
HALO seamlessly integrates with major hypervisors, like VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) using XenDesktop, VMware View, and more. Critical business applications like Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint run better than ever with Nimbus Data's combination of fast ﬂash hardware and intelligent software.
Selectable inline deduplication and compression strips out duplicate data in real-time, reducing the amount of actual storage capacity needed by up to 90% in server and desktop virtualization environments and certain database workloads. With thin provisioning, storage capacity is allocated on-the-ﬂy to maximize efficiency.
With the increased deployment of private and public clouds, automation of the storage infrastructure is essential. HALO provides a full-featured REST API and integration with major cloud management platforms, perfect for large enterprises looking to deliver storage as a utility with minimal effort.
The HALO file system does not require file system checks -- it is self-defending and self-healing. Today's nonstop environments do not have time to unmount file systems for time-consuming fsck operations. Automatic checksums eliminate silent corruption and ensure that in the event of a flash failure, data synchronization will succeed.
The powerful snapshot feature creates mountable, point-in-time images of production volumes without impacting performance. Snapshots can be scheduled, and policies can be set to retire them automatically over time. Synchronous and asynchronous replication provide disaster recovery.
Over 200 health and performance metrics are tracked. All data is stored in a database accessible via the REST API. Alternatively, customers can use the built-in charting tools in HALO Web to view real-time and historical statistics. Administrators can create custom dashboards to track critical metrics and configure phone-home with email and SNMP notification.
Unlike competing products, HALO includes all features in one license, reducing software licensing costs and budgeting complexity. Intuitive yet powerful management tools ensure rapid deployment of Nimbus Data all-ﬂash systems with minimal ongoing maintenance or administration. HALO's management features appeal to both large-scale and midsize users, featuring cloud integration, a scriptable CLI, an elegant Web interface, automatic configuration wizards, and monitoring apps for mobile devices.