August 6th, 2012 by Josh Linden
Nimble Storage Announces Scale-to-Fit Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout Architecture
Nimble Storage has announced its forthcoming Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout Architecture (CASL), an enterprise storage architecture that independently scales controller performance, cache capacity, and storage capacity of storage arrays. Nimble Storage is targeting clients that start with a small footprint and leverage CASL to incrementally scale up or scale out their infrastructure as new storage requirements develop.
With Nimble’s scale-to-fit solution, clients can mix and match thee paths for scaling up to hundreds of terabytes and hundreds of thousands of IOPS in a cluster.
- Capacity: ES-Series storage expansion shelves allow customers to add capacity without downtime.
- Performance: CS400 series arrays are designed for performance-intensive applications such as OLTP and VDI. Existing CS200 series array controllers can be upgraded to CS400 arrays without downtime. Customers can also upgrade to higher-capacity flash SSDs without downtime to accommodate workloads with larger active data sets.
- Capacity and Performance: Nimble OS 2.0 will customers to cluster arrays, providing linear scaling of capacity and performance as well as unified management. Scale-out clustering allows users to grow and shrink their storage environments or perform data migrations and upgrades, without downtime.
CASL is architected from the ground up to leverage both flash and high-capacity hard disk storage, and offers the ability to independently scale any node as well as allowing multiple nodes to be freely associated as a cluster.
CASL’s redirect-on-write snapshots support frequent recovery points with reduced space and performance requirements. The solution’s Intelligent Data Management technology powers WAN replication with configurable retention schedules, and is VM and application consistent.
Scale-out clustering is powered by Nimble OS 2.0, offering linear scaling for performance and capacity with the addition of new arrays. Nimble’s scale-out clustering stripes storage volumes across multiple arrays in a cluster, creates storage pools to segment applications and workloads on different arrays, and migrates data across pools in a cluster.
Scale-out is compatible with all existing and new Nimble Storage arrays, which can be mixed and matched within a scale-out cluster. Nimble is including scale-out in all current service and support contracts.
The CS400 series arrays, ES-Series expansion shelves and flash expansion options will be available in the third quarter of 2012. Nimble OS 2.0, required for scale-out clustering, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.