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Nimble Storage unveils new hybrid array

Vendor expands hybrid disk and flash range with new enterprise line

Nimble Storage unveils new hybrid array
Leary says today's hybrid and flash-only products force enterprises to create storage silos, resulting in increased costs and management complexity.

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

The 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 centre applications, said the company.

Nimble Storage's Adaptive Flash platform provides the performance of flash-only arrays and the capacity of hybrid arrays with the introduction of the CS700 Series arrays and all-flash shelf delivering up to 500,000 IOPS, 64TBs of flash, and a petabyte of capacity. By minimising performance and capacity tradeoffs, Nimble's Adaptive Flash platform enables the consolidation of all workloads and eliminates storage silos.

Dan Leary, vice president of worldwide marketing, Nimble Storage, said: "Today's hybrid and flash-only products force enterprises to create storage silos, resulting in increased costs and management complexity. Our Adaptive Flash platform will demand the storage industry rethink the way flash can be leveraged within data centre and cloud environments. We've built a solution that can span a larger set of workloads with more performance and cost efficiency than any other flash solution on the market."

"The battle between all flash and hybrid flash array vendors will continue to rage for at least the next several years," said Eric Burgener, research director, IDC.

Burgener added that application workloads that require lots of performance and relatively little capacity will migrate more towards all flash array architectures, and those applications that require lots of capacity and relatively less performance will probably find hybrid array architectures more cost-effective. "Solutions like Nimble's new CS700 and all-flash shelf give customers significant leeway in establishing the ratio between SSDs and HDDs to offer the flexibility necessary to accommodate a wide range of mixed data center workloads," he said.

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