Nimbus Data Systems Sustainable Storage

In the last week of April I was in San Jose to attend the Storage Field Day 1. The first presentation was done by Tom Isakovich CEO and founder of Nimbus Data. His presentation was on the S- and E-class products that Nimbus offers as well as the HALO operating System that’s build from the ground up especially for an all flash storage system. NimbusData provides an energy efficient, high density, multi protocol and scalable all flash storage system.

With the S-Class Nimbus has a scale-up all flash storage system, which combined with the Nimbus HALO OS can scale from 2,5 TB to 100 TB of pure flash. On the other hand the cloud-scale E-class Flash Memory System is the industry’s first fully redundant, mutiprotocol Solid State System which can hold up to 500 TB of flash. The 500 TB limit will be broken within this year though, for 1 PB+ capacity’s.

Sustainable Storage

NimbusData provides an intelligent and efficient 100% flash based storage platform that enables company’s to solve their storage performance problems and reduces the IOP / GB per tile ratio drastically. So the NimbusData products will boost your Storage performance, consumes much less power, is less sensitive to mechanical failure and comes with intelligent software that eases the Storage Management.

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Multiprotocol Storage

NimbusData provides ISCSI, Fibre Channel, Infiniband, NFS and CIFS support through it’s HALO OS within one system. This gives Nimbus an advantage as it integrates into the common infrastructures and already supports the future ones.


The Nimbus HALO Operating System

Nimbus created the HALO OS to be a software suite that provides end-to-end administration, optimalization, security and protection of data, and detailed monitoring of the storage system. By building the software special for an all flash memory system the HALO OS maximizes the lifespan of the flash memory and the capacity of the system, while it reduces TCO. Providing inline deduplication, thin provisioning, snapshots, encryption and replication through the GUI and the CLI interfaces complete the Nimbus system.

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Build your own SSD

To be not just another flash storage vendor Nimbus makes sure they have one of the cards on their sleeve: making their own Solid State Drives. This has quite a few advantages. One is being able to create a 1 TB (800 GB netto) 2.5″ SSD and another is that with this they are not bound to any SSD vendor to produce updates and bigger/faster SSD’s.

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Ebay, Nimbus and Virtualization

Question is: Is this already being used? And if yes, how does it perform?

Ebay bought more then a 100 TB of the Nimbus E-class for the right performance on their VMware vSphere Infrastructure. The requirements eBay had were clear and simple: Tight integration with VMware vSphere, ISCSI connectivity over 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Ease of administration and inline deduplication to reduce storage capacity requirements. The fact that Nimbus could address all these requirements, and more, meant eBay made the choice to go for the Nimbus solution.

“The scope and scale of the eBay platform requires technology solutions that help us innovate faster and deliver outstanding results to our users, both internally and across Nimbus’ S-class solid state storage system delivers exceptional performance and response time that was not possible before with traditional disk-based systems,” stated Michael Craft, Manager, QA Systems Administration. “Most impressively, Nimbus delivered a solution based entirely on flash memory, not a hybrid approach, at a price point comparable to primary disk arrays and with no software licensing fees to boot.”

Link to the Press release: click here

Mitsubishi Power Systems implementing SAP

Mitsubishi Power Systems was struggling with persistent performance challenges that compromised Mitsubishi’s ERP deployment. While legacy high end disk arrays couldn’t address this challenge, the Nimbus S-Class system has proven itself as the perfect match in both performance and ease of administration. The Nimbus Flash Memory storage system provided the following advantages:

  • A reduction from 4 hours to 1 hour of the SAP SQL server database load time
  • Reduce the backup time from 2 hours to 20 minutes
  • Complete the SAP SQL server database backups well within the required time window
  • Increase and improve the end user experience and adoption for SAP

“The Nimbus S-Class system significantly increased performance in our SAP and SQL environment by relieving unacceptable IO bottlenecks that hampered our production ERP installation,” stated Matt Wattles, Enterprise Infrastructure Architect of Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas. “The S-Class delivers very low latency and rock-solid reliability that will continue to benefit our organization as we expand our infrastructure to include more IO-intensive database and virtualization solutions.”

Link to the Press release: click here


Nimbus shows that storage systems filled with all flash modules is not something for the future, but that it is already here. The E- and S-Class systems are ready to take an organization to the next level, by providing a scale-up as well as an scale-out storage system managable by a software suite that provides detailed monitoring, administration data protection, optimalization and security and intelligent storage management suite.


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Video’s of the Storage Field Day Presentation

Part 1 Tom Isakovich CEO/Founder Nimbus Data

Part 2 Tom Isakovich CEO/Founder Nimbus Data

Links on Nimbus and TechfieldDay

TechFieldDay Website: Link

Nimbus Website: Link

Hans de Leenheer’s view on Nimbus: Link

Storage Field Day 1 The Links Website: Link

The Solid State Storage Symposium

First of all I want to thank Matt Simmons and Stephen Foskett from as I am really honored to receive an invitation for the Storage Field Days in San Jose (CA) on 26 and 27 April. Tuesday I’ll get on the plane from Amsterdam to Frankfurt, to join Hans de Leenheer (see his post here) for our flight to San Francisco.

On wednesday it all starts with the Solid State Storage Symposium!

This all-day in-person event features panelists from key enterprise storage companies and will be moderated by independent experts, including Stephen Foskett, Robin Harris, Chris Evans, Howard Marks, and Nigel Poulson.

The day order will be:

9:00 Welcome and introduction by Stephen Foskett

9:15 Vision Presentations:

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11:45 Keynote by Robin Harris

NewImage Robin Harris will take us back to the future 😉 Where will the the new Solid State Storage technologies lead us

13:30 – 16:00 Technology Deep-Dive Sessions

Panel 1- Tier vs. Cache

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The following vendors will take place in this panel:

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Panel 2 – Array Architecture

NewImage Nigel Poulson will discuss how to make the right solid-state storage array architecture

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Panel 3 – Future Architecture

NewImage Howard Marks will discuss what the future of Solid State Storage look like

The following vendors will take place in this panel:

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