August 26th, 2013 by Mark Kidd
Nimble Storage SmartStack Reference Architecture Announced
Nimble Storage is currently announcing its new SmartStack for Business Critical Applications architecture, which leverages Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-series blade servers, VMware vSphere 5.1, and flash-optimized Nimble Storage CS-Series arrays. This architecture is designed to streamline the deployment of modular, 500-user converged infrastructure building blocks for applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server. Pre-validated reference architectures minimize deployment challenges and minimize deployment time making for a much more efficient IT experience.
SmartStack for Business Critical Applications is specified for downtime-intolerant deployments, for example 24/7 data center operation. The SmartStack architecture's modular approach is a good fit with Cisco's UCS B-Series, which like Nimble Storage's CS-Series arrays is engineered for flexible scalability.
All Nimble Storage solutions are built on Nimble's Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture, which caches active data in real time; coalesces random writes to the array for compression and writing sequentially to disk; and which provides other core functionality including snapshots, replication, and scaling.