Nimble Storage announced their Predictive All Flash Arrays

Today Nimble Storage caught the headlines as they announced the new line of predictive All-Flash-Arrays..!

We were impressed by Nimble during their presentations at SFD8 and today they impressed the industry with their new range of products. The new product line comes with the high performance, scalability, near-six-9’s (99.9997%) availability, and predictive analysis with InfoSight. The new series of products  have new hardware and protection schemes and the products are now GA. With the high data reduction rate (5-to-1 by compression and deduplication), the new system can have an effective capacity of upto 8.2 PB.

Nimble AFA

Lets see some of the highlights from the new AF series.

Specs at-a glance New Nimble AF series – AF3000, AF5000, AF7000 and AF9000 – comes with a 4U base unit and the expansion units are also available in 4U size. Both these are with 48 SSD’s in 24 slots as they are equipped with DFC (Dual Flash Carriers). The scale-out configuration can have upto 4 AF9000 units. The system can grow upto 533 TB raw and 2 PB effective capacity in 12U unit (1 base unit and 2 expansion units). The system can grow upto 8 PB of effective capacity and upto 1,400,000 IOPS (for 100% read and 1,200,000 IOPS for 70/30 Read/Write). More specs can be found here.

3D V-NAND and DFC’s AF series makes use of Samsung PM863 series SSDs powered by 3D V-NAND innovations. These SSD’s ranging 240 GB to 3.84 TB have a very high endurance and are highly cost-effective. The DFC’s (Dual Flash Carriers) can have 2 SSD’s inserted which will be hot-swappable. With DFC’s the base and expansion units can have 48 SSD’s in 24 slots.

With triple+ parity RAID, the system can sustain upto 3 SSD failures. The dedupe and compression mechanism and the zero-pattern elimination can save 5x space for the customers.

InfoSightInfoSight is the cloud-based management platform which enables predictive analysis. This is a pretty cool tool which helps performance analysis to avoid hotspots, forecasting etc… Cloud based management and the cool dashboards are other attractions from InfoSight.

You can read more about InfoSight from Jon’s post here.

Tech Field Day presentations from Nimble will give you more detail about the company their Adaptive-Flash systems and Infosight. Additional reading from Tech Field Day delegates here.

Here you can find more posts from me on SFD8.

Disclaimer: My travel and accommodation expenses for the SFD8 (Storage Field Day 8) event were paid by the Tech Field Day team. I am not requested to post about event content and I am not getting paid for any posts or for the time I spend during the event.

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