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/
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.
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.
September 1, 2010
Nimbus Data Systems, Inc. develops Sustainable Storage™ systems and software that transform storage efficiency, IO performance, and IT operations in enterprises and datacenters. Nimbus’ flash storage systems leverage the incredible speed, efficiency, and comprehensive software of NAND flash technology and Nimbus’ HALO operating system to deliver up to 24x greater storage performance and 90% lower energy usage than traditional disk-based arrays. • Virtualization / VDI • Databases • Scientific computing • Service providers
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August 26, 2010
Posted by: Eric Slack
SSD, Eric Slack, Storage Channel
The term “SSD” has usually been a mnemonic for “solid-state disk” drives, as in flash memory modules that are put into traditional disk drive form-factor packages. This format is perhaps the easiest to integrate into an existing storage environment, either as replacement server-based disk drive(s) or for use in an external disk array. But this packaging includes a SAS or SATA interface for each SSD itself and for legacy external arrays and involves running solid-state storage devices through a controller designed to support spinning disk. New, dedicated SSD arrays are available that integrate the flash memory modules directly onto cards inside the array and skip the disk form-factor package altogether. Storage Switzerland was briefed by two of these companies at the recent Flash Memory Summit.
Violin Memory’s Memory Array supports up to 10 TB of single-level cell (SLC) flash on hot-swappable, internal circuit cards the company calls “VIMMs” in a 3U enclosure. Card-mounted flash provides better density than drive form-factor SSDs, lowering the cost per gigabyte and providing better performance through the elimination of the SAS or SATA protocol. Putting more flash modules together on each card also improves the write performance, since writes can be spread over more flash modules and overhead can be done more efficiently.
Nimbus Data Systems’ dedicated flash array also puts flash modules onto hot-swappable circuit cards, or “flash blades.” A 2U array holds 24 of these blades and provides 2.5 TB of capacity. Nimbus’ HALO operating system includes storage features like snapshots and replication but also deduplication and thin provisioning. These capabilities give the system a much larger effective capacity and lower its cost per gigabyte.
Solid-state storage is moving into the dedicated array space with some compelling capabilities and price/performance numbers. These “pure flash” SSD arrays deserve a closer look by any VAR that’s serious about storage.
full post here: http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/storage-channel-pipeline/ssd-arrays-skip-the-disk-form-factor-package/
August 26, 2010
Next-generation Flash Storage System
| • Enterprise Flash Storage System
• Up to 1.65 M IOps and 72 Gbps throughput
• Up to 6,000 IOps per watt and 675,000 IOps per floor tile
• Modular design from 24 to 600 redundant flash blades
• From 2.5 TB – 250 TB of solid state storage capacity
• 4 – 12 auto-negotiating 10 GbE / GbE network ports
• Features Nimbus HALO storage operating system
• Full solutions starting under $25,000 (USA list price)
June 22, 2010
CRN unveiled its 2010 class of Storage Superstars spotlighting 10 “individuals and groups that made the modern storage industry what it is today.” And among the visionaries honored was Xiotech CTO Steve Sicola.
The “driving force on several generations of storage arrays and architectures,” Steve was recognized for his nearly 40 patents, tenure at Compaq and DEC, and as VP of Seagate’s Advanced Storage Architecture (ASA) Group. Informally known as the “Skunk Works” – an homage to Lockheed Martin’s legendary engineering team – the ASA Group was acquired by Xiotech in 2007 and architected ISE.
“Steve embodies the passion, commitment and innovative thinking – all hallmarks of Xiotech – that serve as the foundation of this company and have fueled the revolution that is ISE,” said Xiotech President and CEO Alan Atkinson. “With Steve overseeing our Storage Fellows Program, we look forward to his (and others’) continued contributions to the industry and Xiotech – including the next-generation of ISE.”