NIMBLE STORAGE
Adaptive Flash Platform Features and Benefits
The Adaptive Flash platform is a feature-rich storage solution built on Nimble Storage's Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) architecture, and InfoSight™, the company's data sciences-based approach to the storage lifecycle.

Starting with the most basic building block, Nimble Storage scales to support the demands of enterprise applications and cloud environments, all within a dramatically small datacenter footprint.

With each Nimble Storage array, customers can leverage fully-integrated data protection, proven greater-than five nines availability, and data sciences-based management and support.

Feature
Function
Benefit
Performance and Capacity Efficiency
Flexible Scaling of Flash
Flexibly and non-disruptively expand read cache up to 16TB per array
Support the high performance demands of enterprise applications to eliminates storage silos
Dynamic Caching
Reads active data from flash cache, which is populated on writes or first read
Accelerates read operations, with sub-millisecond latency
Write-Optimized Data Layout
Coalesces random writes and sequentially writes them to disk as a full stripe
Accelerates writes as much as 100x, and gets sub-millisecond latency and optimal disk utilization
Universal Compression
Always-on inline compression for all workloads
Reduces capacity needs by 30-75%, depending on the workload, with no performance impact
Thin Provisioning
Allocates disk space to a volume only as data is written
Pools storage, shares free space, and maximizes utilization
Scalability
Scale Performance
Non-disruptively upgrades controllers or swaps in higher capacity SSDs
Non-disruptive scale-up of performance to manage large amounts of active data
Scale Capacity
Non-disruptively adds external disk shelves
Non-disruptive increase of storage capacity to 100s of TB per system
Scale-Out Clustering
Combines multiple arrays into a scale-out storage cluster
Linearly scales beyond performance and capacity limits of a single storage array while managing these multiple arrays as one
Integrated Data Protection
Instant Snapshot and Recovery
Backs up and restores data using point-in-time, space-efficient snapshots taken at regular intervals
Retains months of frequent snapshots (improving RPO) with no performance impact—eliminating backup windows and speeding up restores (improving RTO)
Efficient Replication
Compresses copies and changes data to the secondary site for disaster recovery
Deploys affordable and verifiable disaster recovery and efficiently backs up remote sites over the WAN
Zero-Copy Clones
Creates copies of existing active volumes without needing to copy data
Creates clones in seconds and saves disk space – ideal for VDI and test/development
Management and Proactive Wellness
InfoSight Portal
Presents a single view to InfoSight including case management, alerts/triggers, reports, performance analysis, and capacity planning
Provides deep insights on the state of storage with actionable reports and alerts on set events

Manages existing cases and creates new ones from one location

Proactively addresses performance bottlenecks and plans for capacity growth

Proactive Wellness
Monitors and analyzes data to identify trends and abnormal operations; sends alerts on critical issues
Spots and remedies potential issues, maximizing uptime, performance, and utilization
Secure Remote Support
Allows remote troubleshooting, configuration, and problem resolution
Reduces burden on IT staff and quickly resolves problems
Non-Disruptive Upgrades
Upgrades software with no disruption to applications
Maximizes uptime and user productivity through continuous availability
Roles-Based Access (RBAC)
Customizes access to system management features, based upon an individual's role
Enhances security around storage and reduces risk to data
VLAN Tagging
Means of identifying which Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) I/O traffic is associated with
Key enabler for multi-tenant environments and complex enterprise class networks, where more efficient use of array network ports is required
Triple-Parity RAID
Higher level of redundancy for stored data
Enhances reliability
End-to-End Checksum
Block-level checksum and descriptor verified when data is accessed
Improve data integrity with no performance impact; eliminate erroneous data access due to incorrect addressing
Host and Application Integration
Custom Application Profiles
Pre-defined policies for block size, caching, compression, and data protection for Microsoft applications and VMware
Eliminates the need for manual tuning of storage including data protection configuration
Windows VSS Enablement
Nimble Storage Driver for the Microsoft VSS framework for consistent backup
Takes application-consistent backups and simplifies data protection for Exchange and SQL Server
VMware Integration
Monitors, provisions, and takes snapshots from VMware vCenter
Takes application-consistent backups and simplifies data protection for Exchange and SQL Server
VMware Site Recovery Manager Adapter
Supports disaster recovery automation for VMware including failover/failback
Manages storage from vCenter and takes consistent backups of virtual machines
Nimble Protection Manager (NPM)
Host plug-in for data protection
Simplifies disaster recovery, including testing failover/failback
Nimble Connection Manager (NCM)
Enables automatic host connections
Ensures application-consistent snapshots
VAII Suppor
Support VMware vStorage API for Array Integration
Accelerate provisioning and improve performance
Oracle Snapshot Manager
Application-consistent backups of Oracle Databases
Simply backup and recovery of Oracle Databases
VIDEO OVERVIEW
Adaptive Flash Platform
Nimble Storage VP of Engineering and Co-Founder Varun Mehta outlines the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform, and introduces the new CS700 Series and All-Flash Shelf expansion option.