First Look: Nimbus Data E-Class (Foskett Repost)

January 31, 2012

 

Stephen Foskett wrote up a terrific piece on Nimbus Data’s new E-Class — you can read the full text at this link:  http://blog.fosketts.net/2012/01/31/nimbus-eclass-big-redundant-allflash-enterprise-array/

(summary below)

Today’s announcement of the E-Class storage array is an important milestone for Nimbus Data and solid-state storage in the enterprise. Until now, most solid-state storage arrays have been fairly small-scale, focused on point performance rather than enterprise-wide capacity. But the E-Class, which scales to 500 TB and sports a redundant, multi-protocol interface, is the first all-flash array to go toe to toe at the top of the market.

Stephen’s Stance

Nimbus has always been an interesting company, with a longer history in the storage world than most startups. Their switch to all-flash architecture was perfectly timed with the market shift, and the new E-Class comes just at the right moment. Boasting 500 TB of maximum capacity, a fully redundant “dual active” controller architecture, massive performance (even InfiniBand), and complete feature set (once VAAI is released), Nimbus may have hit on their hands.