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Nimble Unified Flash Fabric
Single Consolidation Architecture Enables Flash for all Enterprise Applications.

 

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Overview:

The Nimble Unified Flash Fabric is a single consolidation architecture that enables flash for all Enterprise Applications.

Until now, enterprises have been forced to choose between Hybrid Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays. That's no longer the case with the Nimble Unified Flash Fabric.

Nimble Unified Flash Fabric

Unified Flash Fabric Makes the Flash Data Center a Reality

The Unified Flash Fabric enables flash for all Enterprise Applications by unifying All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays into a single consolidation architecture with common data services.

All Flash Arrays

All Flash Arrays

Absolute speed for performance sensitive applications.

Features:

Common Data Services and Transparent Application Mobility

Enterprises can deploy All Flash, Adaptive Flash or a combination of both to meet the varying needs of all applications. Since both arrays run the same NimbleOS, management and functionality are identical, and arrays can be clustered together and managed as one.

Common Data Services and Transparent Application Mobility

Transparent Application Mobility
Transparent Application Mobility

Applications can be seamlessly and non-disruptively migrated across All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays to meet changing SLAs. This is done with the click of the button without requiring application or host reconfiguration.

Integrated Data Protection
Integrated Data Protection

Backup frequently and recover instantly with SmartSnap application-integrated snapshots. Achieve disaster recovery simplicity using SmartReplicate. And you can even replicate from All Flash to Adaptive Flash to drive down the cost of backup and DR.

Effortless Management
Effortless Management

Stop wasting time on complex storage management and planning tasks. Mundane configuration tasks are a thing of the past. Storage is pre-configured and optimized for applications out of the box and initial set-up take less than two hours.

Scale-to-Fit: Scalable Performance and Capacity

The Unified Flash Fabric provides the flexibility to accommodate application growth by scaling performance, capacity, or both—independently and non-disruptively. Scale capacity at the lowest cost by adding additional storage shelves. Scale up performance by upgrading compute for greater throughput and IOPS. And grow to cloud-scale by clustering any combination of Nimble Storage arrays managed as a single entity – all flash or adaptive flash.

Get More From Less

The Unified Flash Fabric offers more usable storage capacity in a fraction of the data center footprint of other solutions. Advanced data reduction techniques provide capacity savings up to 5x, and a sequential data layout allows dense flash and disk media to be used without compromise.

Dramatic Data Center Footprint and TCO Reduction

Dramatic Data Center Footprint and TCO Reduction

Absolute Resiliency

Triple+ Parity RAID
Triple+ Parity RAID

Tolerate 3 simultaneous drive failures plus additional protection from intra-drive parity and integrated sparing. This takes RAID protection to a level never seen before in Enterprise Storage.

SmartSecure Encryption
SmartSecure Encryption

Application-granular, FIPS-certified software-based encryption and secure data shredding provides end-to-end security for data at rest and on-the-wire when replicated offsite.

Multi-Level Data Integrity
Multi-Level Data Integrity

End-to-end data integrity checks enable self-healing and makes the storage of your data bullet proof.


Comprehensive Ecosystem Integration

Close, collaborative development and go-to-market partnerships with leading application and virtualization partners provides management simplicity, comprehensive data protection and faster application delivery. The result is a more dynamic and flexible data center.

SmartSecure:

Seamless, Integrated, and Efficient Encryption

Secure the advantages of integrated, software-based Nimble Storage encryption.

The Nimble Storage SmartSecure feature enables encryption and shredding on a per-application basis. It saves storage capacity and operations time. And unlike encryption solutions from other storage system vendors, the flexible SmartSecure requires no custom drives, dedicated firmware, or expensive licensing.

1. Secure Data with Flexible Software-Based Encryption

Easily implement encryption, at no additional cost. You can enable Nimble SmartSecure on any Nimble Storage platform with just a software upgrade.

The SmartSecure feature uses your existing drives, and has minimal impact on performance. The encryption works seamlessly with existing Nimble features such as snapshots, replication, and zero-copy cloning; it can also be implemented across SSDs and HDDs within the array and on external shelves.

2. Encrypt at the Application (Volume) Level

Efficiently provide encryption in consolidation storage environments and multi-tenant storage environments.

You can enable SmartSecure encryption wherever you need it — on a per-application (volume) or per-array basis. You can also shred on a per-volume basis, which is especially useful for compliance and sensitive data environments, as well as for cloud service providers. SmartSecure also makes for worry-free Return Materials Authorization (RMA), removing concerns about sensitive data stored on SSDs or HDDs.

3. Save Time and Capacity: One-and-Done Encryption

Streamline the encryption of your compressed data and replicated data. With SmartSecure, you only need to encrypt stored data once.

When the data is compressed by the Nimble Predictive Flash platform, you preserve your capacity savings by not having to rehydrate (reconstitute) the data that you want to secure. When the encrypted data is replicated to another site, the data will remain encrypted during the transfer and be stored securely on the target system.

Nimble SmartSecure offers you storage encryption and shredding at the per-application level, streamlined encryption of compressed data and replicated data — and substantial savings in capacity, cost, and operations time.

Encrypt Without Cost

Encrypt Without Cost

Encrypt at the Application Level

Encrypt at the Application Level

Encrypt Only Once

Encrypt Only Once

SmartSnap and SmartReplicate:

Apply Integrated Data Protection that Maximizes Efficiency and Reduces Risk

Gain the advantages of implementing a complete storage foundation for comprehensive and efficient data protection.

The Nimble Storage data protection is a fully integrated package for primary storage, backup, and disaster recovery that reduces risk as well as operational overhead and complexity. It features Nimble SmartSnap™ snapshots and SmartReplicate™ replication, and is included with the Nimble Storage Predictive Flash platform.

1. Streamline Snapshots and Disaster Recovery

Nimble Storage SmartSnap makes it easy to take instant snapshots (point-in-time copies that capture changed data). Enabling SmartSnap streamlines snapshot performance and space efficiency. Its snapshots reside on the same array as production data, making restores nearly instantaneous. In addition, SmartSnap snapshots consume up to 30x less space than other storage vendors’ snapshots do. You can easily meet aggressive recovery point objectives and retain granular snapshots for longer periods.

Nimble Storage SmartReplicate streamlines disaster recovery. SmartReplicate enables WAN-efficient replication on a per-volume or volume-collection basis, facilitating rapid recovery at another site in the event of a disaster.

2. Save Valuable Time with Instant Backups

SmartSnap performs instant application-consistent and VM-consistent backups. Nimble Storage data protection is integrated with VMware as well as the Microsoft VSS framework, and uses application templates with pre-tuned storage parameters.

3. Simplify Management for Higher Productivity

With Nimble Storage, data protection management is greatly simplified because it eliminates the need for both primary and backup storage tiers.

Nimble Storage integrates with leading ecosystem vendor tools such as Commvault Simpana security software and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager replication to simplify your data protection management.

The Nimble Storage InfoSight cloud-connected management engine shows on intuitive dashboards how the data protection strategies you implement affect resource utilization and application performance levels. InfoSight can also proactively notify you of potential issues and provide prescriptive recommendations for meeting SLAs most efficiently.

Nimble Storage data protection offers you fully integrated storage data protection that reduces complexity, overhead, and risk — enabling your enterprise to maintain business continuity and improve its responsiveness.

Data Protection Featuring SmartSnap and SmartReplicate

Thin, Redirect-on-Write Snapshots

Thin, Redirect-on-Write Snapshots
You can protect your data with hourly snapshots, and easily retain them for weeks or months on a single array.

Instant Recovery

Instant Recovery
Snapshots reside on the same physical array as primary data for instantaneous recovery.

Efficient Replication

Efficient Replication
Only compressed, changed blocks are sent over the network for simple and WAN-efficient disaster recovery

Application-Consistent Snapshots

Application-Consistent Snapshots
Nimble enables instant application/VMconsistent backups using VSS framework and VMware integration, using application templates with pre-tuned storage parameters.

Pricing Notes:

  • Pricing and product availability subject to change without notice.