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Hybrid flash/disk array supplier Nimble Storage has rejigged its product line, replacing the entry-level and midrange products with ones driven by faster processors.

Hybrid arrays offer a combination of flash speed and disk capacity and cost/GB, offering much of the performance if all-flash arrays but at a lower cost and with greater storage capacity. There are three hybrid array startups, all with ground-up designed software and hardware: pre-IPO Tintri and Tegile, and post-IPO Nimble.

It had a 3-product line up in June with, starting from the bottom, CS200, CS400 and high-end CS700s, which can be clustered.

The CS200s and 400s go away and we have incoming CS300 and CS500 lines. The CS300 is categorised as a base performance line, the CS500s are high performers, and the CS700s are the extreme performers, with the clustered CS700s being – what else? – the ultimate performers.

Nimble still lists the CS200s in a data sheet and says:

  • The CS210 and CS215 provide value and performance for small to medium-sized IT organisations or remote offices, for workloads such as Microsoft Exchange and VDI.
  • The CS300 is ideal for midsize IT organisations or distributed sites of larger organisations. It offers the best capacity per $ for workloads like Microsoft applications, VDI, or virtual server consolidation. The CS300 delivers 1.6x more IOPS than the CS215.
  • The CS500 offers advanced performance for larger-scale deployments or IO-intensive workloads, like larger-scale VDI, and Oracle or SQL Server databases, and provides the best performance and IOPS per $. The CS500 achieves five times the performance of the CS215.
  • The CS700 is designed for consolidating multiple large-scale critical applications with aggressive performance demands. It delivers approximately seven times the IOPS of the CS215.

The CS300 and CS500 both use Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs and deliver, so Nimble claims, 50 per cent more performance than the products they replace. They can use an All-Flash Shelf to support tens of terabytes of flash in a scale-out cluster.

Networking options are 10Gbase-T, GbitE, and GbitE SFP+ networking connectivity with the ability to interchange connectivity in the future.

Nimble introduced the CS700 and all-flash shelf in June. In two months it has refreshed its entire array line with higher-performing kit. This should enable the company to make more depredations amongst mainstream storage array customers. They find their existing suppliers' kit more expensive and slower than the gear from the new hybrid array vendors, these new vendors say.

Both the CS300 and CS400 are available now. Download a PDF product range datasheet here – no registration required. ®

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