Newcomer Nimbus Launches Big-Scale NAND Flash Storage System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-01-31 Print this article Print

The E-Class system can support up to 500TB of capacity in one logical pool while consuming as little as 5 watts of electricity per terabyte.

Nimbus Data Systems, which makes storage systems that ostensibly are intelligent enough to think for themselves, Jan. 31 launched what it described as the industry's first fully redundant, multiprotocol solid-state storage array.

The new E-Class Flash Memory System, loaded exclusively with enterprise-grade NAND flash, features complete redundancy and no single point of failure, Nimbus founder and CEO Tom Isakovich told eWEEK.

"This is the most scalable and highest-density solid-state storage system yet engineered," Isakovich said.  "It has more than three times the density of standard 15K RPM disk arrays."

An E-Class system supports up to 500TB of capacity in one logical pool while consuming as little as 5 watts of electricity per terabyte, Isakovich said.

Since it has no single point of failure, Nimbus' E-Class is ticketed for high-intensity applications such as enterprise-wide server virtualization, Web infrastructure, database clusters, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and high-performance computing.

The E-Class platform consists of a pair of redundant controllers and up to 24 solid-state storage enclosures, Isakovich said. Each controller can support up to four active-active I/O modules, including the connectivity choices of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel or InfiniBand. 

The Nimbus HALO storage operating system is a unified SAN and NAS software stack currently in operation at about 200 customer installations. It automatically detects controller and path failures to provide nondisruptive failover, Isakovich said. The system supports online software updates and online capacity expansion.

Using RAID protection and hot-swappable NAND flash, power and cooling modules, components can be replaced without needing to take the system down.

The Nimbus E-Class is available now, with a 10TB dual-controller configuration priced at $149,995. The full HALO storage operating system is included in the system price. Go here for more information.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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