Nimble Storage 4x CS7000
Flash Performance for Mixed and Mainstream Workloads
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Nimble Storage Products & Technology Overview:
The Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash array is the industry’s only Cloud Ready predictive hybrid flash array. It combines a flash-optimized architecture with InfoSight Predictive Analytics — giving you the fastest, most reliable access to data. Backed by Nimble Storage’s Timeless Storage, there is no need to pay for optional software and forklift upgrades are a thing of the past. All Nimble flash arrays are Cloud Ready —providing an easy on-ramp to the cloud through Nimble Cloud Volumes.
Speed with Efficiency
Purpose-built flash architecture delivers sub-ms performance with unparalleled efficiency. And it’s five times faster than other hybrid solutions.
Adaptive Service Levels
Assign, or change, the service level of an application at the click of a button.
- Auto Flash: High performance for mainstream applications
- All Flash: Guaranteed flash performance for the most performance sensitive applications
- Minimal Flash: Optimized for lowest cost of capacity
Non-Disruptive Scalability and Flexibility
Independently grow the capacity and performance of an array and scale the amount of flash to suit any application. Scale-out to petabytes at sub millisecond latency with up to 4 arrays managed as one.
- 99.9999% measured availability through predictive analytics and “no single point of failure” hardware and software design.
- Triple+ Parity RAID: Tolerate three simultaneous drive failures plus additional protection from intra-drive parity.
- SmartSecure encryption: Application-granular, FIPS-certified encryption, and secure data shredding provides end-to-end security for data at rest and on-the-wire when replicated offsite.
Simple to Manage
- Storage is pre-configured and optimized for applications out-of-the-box. Tasks like selecting RAID-level, media layout, aggregations and reserves are no longer required. Initial configuration and set-up can be completed in less than two hours. Routine storage management operations can be completed in minutes.
- Manage storage at VM-level granularity using VMware vVols or through a vCenter plugin.
- Integration and certification with major hypervisors, applications, and infrastructure components.
Nimble Storage CS-Series Arrays
CS1000 and CS1000H
The CS1000 and CS1000H provide value and capacity for small to medium-sized IT organizations or remote offices, for mixed mainstream workloads.
The CS3000 is ideal for midsize IT organizations or distributed sites of larger organizations. It offers the best capacity per dollar for mixed mainstream workloads and for virtual server consolidation.
The CS5000 offers higher performance for larger-scale deployments or IO-intensive mixed mainstream workloads and provides the best performance and IOPS per dollar.
The CS7000 offers the highest performance for larger-scale deployments or IO-intensive mixed mainstream workloads and provides the best performance and IOPS per dollar. It is designed for consolidating multiple large-scale critical applications with aggressive performance demands.
Nimble Storage Technology: Adaptive Flash
Key BenefitsPerformance and Scalability
- Scale-up capacity and performance non- disruptively in an array
- Scale-out with up to four arrays managed as one
- Achieve multiple petabytes and over 1 million IOPS at sub-ms latency
- Write to disk at flash like speeds through write serialization
- Inline compression and zero pattern elimination
- Integrated data protection efficiency
- Ground-up design efficiently leveraging flash as a cache
- Non-stop availability measured at 99.9999%
- Triple+ Parity RAID
- Application granular encryption and secure data shredding
Features and Benefits:
Flash Performance for Primary and Secondary Workloads
Speed with Efficiency
Purpose-built flash architecture delivers sub-millisecond response time with unparalleled efficiency. And it's five times faster than the competition.
Scale-up seamlessly to grow the performance and capacity of an array. Scale-out non-disruptively to petabytes in a cluster that's managed as one.
Adaptive Service Levels
Assign, or change, the service level of any volume at the click of a button. Auto Flash, All Flash or Minimal Flash.
Nimble arrays are Cloud Ready, giving you the flexibility to create a multicloud environment. Easily migrate data between on-premise flash arrays and the public cloud with Nimble Cloud Volumes.
66% Lower TCO than other Hybrid solutions
Achieve an All Flash experience with 66% lower TCO and one-fifth the footprint of legacy hybrid storage.
Unconstrained By Disk
Defy physics and write to disk at flash speed through write serialization. This allows high-density low-RPM drives to be used without performance penalty.
Ground-up Flash Design
Dynamic flash cache delivers flash performance even as workloads change. Leverages flash 10x more efficiently than tiered hybrid systems.
Always-on Data Reduction
Variable-block compression, zero pattern elimination, thin provisioning and zero-copy clones deliver up to 2-3X space savings without performance penalty.
InfoSight Predictive Analytics
InfoSight eliminates the stress of dealing with infrastructure. It uses cloud-based predictive analytics and machine learning to anticipate and prevent problems before your business is impacted. No need to worry about infrastructure anymore – InfoSight takes care of it for you.
Nimble arrays come with a satisfaction guarantee, all-inclusive software licensing, flat support pricing, no forklift upgrades, and an option to receive a free faster controller upgrade after three years.
Dramatic Data Center Footprint and TCO Reduction
Six 9s' Measured Availability
Non-stop availability delivers 99.9999% measured availability through predictive analytics and ‘no single point of failure’ hardware and software design.
Triple+ Parity RAID
Tolerate 3 simultaneous drive failures plus additional protection from intra-drive parity and integrated sparing. This takes RAID protection to a level never seen before in All Flash arrays.
Application-granular, FIPS-certified encryption and secure data shredding provides end-to-end security for data at rest and on-the-wire when replicated offsite.
Adaptive Flash Platform:
A Single Storage Architecture for All Your Critical Applications
The Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash platform enables enterprise IT organizations to implement a single architectural approach to dynamically cater to the needs of varying workloads. Within this single platform, customers can apply multiple service levels to address a wide range of enterprise applications. Assign an All Flash service level for demanding applications requiring deterministic low latency, while simultaneously applying an Auto Flash service level which more efficiently uses flash resources to cater to the majority of mainstream applications that require a balance of high performance and capacity. For applications with lower performance requirements, the No Flash service level optimizes for cost of capacity.
Adaptive Flash is the only storage platform that optimizes across performance, capacity, data protection, and reliability within a dramatically smaller footprint.
Adaptive Flash is built upon Nimble's CASL™ architecture, and InfoSight™, the company's cloud-connected management system. CASL scales performance and capacity seamlessly and independently. InfoSight leverages the power of deep data analytics to provide customers with precise guidance on the optimal approach to scaling flash, CPU, and capacity around changing application needs, while ensuring peak storage health.
- Eliminate silos of storage through the ability to offer multiple storage service levels within the same architecture, from All Flash to hybrid Auto Flash or even No Flash
- Grow seamlessly by scaling compute, cache, or capacity independently and non-disruptively
- Minimize risk with integrated snapshots and consistent backups, SmartSecure™ encryption, and efficient replication for disaster recovery
- Improve IT productivity with push-button deployment and the proactive, analytics based support of InfoSight
- Take a flexible, building-block approach to achieving Cloud scale
Here are some of the key features that come standard in a Nimble Storage array:
|Performance and Capacity Efficiency|
|Flexible Scaling of Flash||Flexibly and non-disruptively expands read cache up to 16TBs per array||Supports the high performance demands of diverse enterprise applications to eliminates storage silos|
|Adaptive Flash Service Levels||Three user-selectable modes (All Flash, Auto Flash, and No Flash) for tailoring the amount of flash to the performance and latency needs of diverse applications.||Dramatically reduces TCO and flexibly adapts to an all-flash experience for workloads that demand high performance with the lowest latency|
|Dynamic Caching||Reads active "hot" data from flash which is populated on writes or first read||Accelerates read operations to achieve 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||Provides always-on inline compression for all workloads||Reduces capacity needs by up to 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|
|Performance Scaling||Non-disruptively upgrades controllers or swaps in higher capacity SSDs||Non-disruptively scales performance to manage large amounts of active data|
|Capacity Scaling||Non-disruptively adds external disk shelves||Non-disruptively increases storage capacity to 100s of TBs per system|
|Scale-Out||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|
|SmartSnap: 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)|
|SmartSecure Encryption (for data at rest)||Flexible software-based encryption, applied on a per-volume basis||Protects data volumes for enhanced security and compliance. Encrypted volumes can be easily replicated|
|SmartReplicate: Efficient Replication||Compresses copies and change 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||Present 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 eventsManages existing cases and creates new ones from one locationProactively addresses performance bottlenecks and plans for capacity growth|
|Proactive Wellness||Monitor and analyze data to identify trends and abnormal operations; send alerts on critical issues||Spot and remedy potential issues, maximizing uptime, performance, and utilization|
|Secure Remote Support||Allows remote troubleshooting, configuration and problem resolution||Reduce burden on IT staff and quickly resolve problems|
|Non-Disruptive Upgrades||Upgrade software with no disruption to applications||Maximize 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|
|VMVision (per-VM monitoring)||Monitors performance on a per-VM basis||Proactively identifies and resolves VM resource contention issues and avoids unnecessary upgrades|
|Nimble Concierge Services||Enterprise-class service offering that offers dedicated account management for larger Nimble environments||Allows IT staff to be more productive by offloading support and case management, account management and education, availability and scalability, and performance management|
|VLAN Tagging||Identifies which Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) I/O traffic is associated||Enables multi-tenant environments and complex enterprise class networks, where more efficient use of array network ports is required|
|Triple-Parity RAID||Offers greater redundancy for stored data||Enhances reliability|
|End-to-End Checksum||Verifies block-level checksums and descriptors when data is accessed||Improves data integrity with no performance impact; eliminates erroneous data access due to incorrect addressing|
|Host and Application Integration|
|Custom Application Profiles||Pre-defines 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||Provides drivers for the Microsoft VSS™ framework for consistent backups||Takes application-consistent backups and simplifies data protection for Exchange and SQL Server|
|VMware Integration||Monitors, provisions, and takes snapshots from VMware vCenter™||Manages storage from vCenter and takes consistent backups of virtual machines|
|VMware Site Recovery Manager Adapter||Supports disaster recovery automation for VMware including failover/failback||Simplifies disaster recovery, including testing failover/failback|
|Nimble Protection Manager (NPM)||Offers host plug-in for data protection||Ensures application-consistent snapshots|
|Nimble Connection Manager (NCM)||Enables automatic host connections||Speeds up configuration and deployment of Nimble arrays|
|VAAI Support||Supports VMware vStorage™ API for Array Integration||Accelerate provisioning and improve performance|
|Virtual Volume (VVOL) Support||Virtual machine objects can be stored natively on Nimble array storage containers, and VM storage policies can be directly managed via vSphere (Currently available as a tech preview only)||Provides more granularity, per-VM management, and flexibility within VMware environments|
|REST API Support||Facilitates the extraction of data from Nimble arrays for reporting, rapid provisioning of storage via standard APIs||Simplifies the integration of Nimble Storage arrays into existing customer frameworks|
|Microsoft ODX Copy Offload||Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) allows data copy and move operations to be handled by the storage array rather than the OS||Speeds provisioning of VMs in Hyper-V environments and reduces network traffic and host CPU overhead|
|Rapid Provisioning in Microsoft SCVMM||Ability to rapidly provision volumes within the SCVMM interface via SMI-S provider (iSCSI only today)||Eases VM provisioning with Hyper-V environments using Nimble zero-copy cloning technology|
Nimble Storage solutions are built on its patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture. CASL leverages the unique properties of flash and disk to deliver high performance and capacity – all within a dramatically small footprint.CASL and InfoSight form the foundation of the Adaptive Flash platform, which allows for the dynamic and intelligent deployment of storage resources to meet the growing demands of business-critical applications.
CASL and InfoSight form the foundation of the Adaptive Flash platform, which allows for the dynamic and intelligent deployment of storage resources to meet the growing demands of business-critical applications.
Watch CASL Architecture Deep Dive
Storage architect Devin Hamilton provides an in-depth look at Nimble’s core architecture. (74:45)
Key Innovations from CASL
- Flexible Flash Scaling
Flexibly scale flash to satisfy the changing performance demands of today's business-critical applications.
- Adaptive Flash Service Levels
Tailor the amount of flash allocated to workloads on a per-volume basis. Assign one of three flash service levels (All Flash, Auto Flash and No Flash) to accommodate latency-sensitive critical applications to capacity-optimized applications, for management efficiency and optimal TCO.
- Dynamic Flash-Based Read Caching
CASL caches "hot" active data onto SSD in real time—without the need to set complex policies. This way it can instantly respond to read requests—as much as 10X faster than traditional bolt-on or tiered approach to flash.
- Write-Optimized Data Layout:
CASL collects or coalesces random writes, compresses them, and writes them sequentially to disks. This results in write operations that are as much as 100x faster than traditional disk-based storage.
- Inline Compression
CASL compresses data as it is written to the array with no performance impact. It takes advantage of efficient variable block compression and multicore processors. A recent measurement of our installed base shows average compression rates from 30 to 75 percent for a variety of workloads.
- Scale-to-Fit Flexibility
CASL allows for the non-disruptive and independent scaling of performance and capacity. This is accomplished by either upgrading the storage controller (compute) for higher throughput, moving to larger flash SSD (cache) to accommodate more active data, or by adding storage shelves to boost capacity. This flexible scaling eliminates the need for disruptive forklift upgrades.
- Scale Out
Scale capacity and performance beyond the physical limitations of a single array by seamlessly clustering any combination of Nimble Storage hybrid arrays. Eliminate capacity silos and performance hotspots, and easily manage all hardware resources across the cluster as a single storage entity.
- Snapshots and Integrated Data Protection
CASL can take thousands of point-in-time instant snapshots of volumes by creating a copy of the volumes’ indices. Any updates to existing data or new data written to a volume are redirected to free space (optimized by CASL’s unique data layout). This means there is no performance impact due to snapshots and snapshots take little incremental space as only changes are maintained. This also simplifies restoring snapshots, as no data needs to be copied.
- Efficient Replication
Nimble Storage efficiently replicates data to another array by transferring compressed, block-level changes only. These remote copies can be made active if the primary array becomes unavailable. This makes deploying disaster data recovery easy and affordable – especially over a WAN to a remote array where bandwidth is limited.
- Zero-Copy Clones
Nimble Storage arrays can create snapshot-based read/writeable clones of existing volumes instantly. These clones benefit from fast read and write performance, making them ideal for demanding applications such as VDI or test/development.
Scalable Storage Capacity and Performance
With Nimble Storage's Adaptive Flash platform, it is easy to accommodate application growth by scaling performance, capacity, or both—efficiently and non-disruptively. While the CASL architecture enables seamless, independent scaling, InfoSight's powerful deep-data analytics deliver precise guidance on the optimal scaling approach to fit the requiremets of critical applications.
With the Adaptive Flash platform, organizations can:
- Flexibly scale flash to accomodate a wide variety of application working sets
- Scale up performance by upgrading compute for greater throughput and IOPS
- Scale capacity by adding additional HDDs or expansion shelves
- Scale capacity and performance together by clustering any combination of Nimble Storage arrays
Nimble Storage's Adaptive Flash platform features a scale-out architecture that makes it easy to scale capacity and performance beyond the physical limitations of a single array. Any combination of Nimble Storage CS-Series arrays can be seamlessly configured into a storage cluster that accomodates growing business-critical workloads and supports new ones, without complicating storage management by creating additional silos or breaking the budget with forklift upgrades. Nimble Storage's innovative approach to scale-out storage dramatically simplifies configuration, upgrades, and management.
With Nimble Storage scale-out you get:
- Single-console management of all storage hardware resources as a single entity
- Dynamic load balancing to eliminate performance hot spots
- Multi-array data striping, enabling any application to fully leverage the collective hardware resources of the scale-out group
- Seamless reconfiguration and hardware refreshes, without downtime
- Flexible configuration of any combination of Nimble Storage arrays, maximizing storage ROI
|Adaptive Flash Array Specifications|
|Nimble CS-Series Array1,2||CS1000H||CS1000||CS3000||CS5000||CS7000||Scale-Out3
|Raw Capacity (TB/TiB)4||11-1,198/ 10-1,090||21-1,218 / 19-1,108||21-1,470 / 19-1,337||21-1,470 / 19-1,337||21-1,470 / 19-1,337||5,880 / 5,348|
|Usable Capacity (TB/TiB)4||7-952 / 6-866||16-982/ 14-893||16-1,185 / 14-1,078||16-1,185 / 14-1,078||16-1,185 / 14-1,078||4,742 / 4,313|
|Effective Capacity (TB/TiB)4,5||13-1,905 / 12-1,733||32-1,964 / 29-1,786||32-2,371 / 29-2,156||32-2,371 / 29-2,156||32-2,371 / 29-2,156||9,484 / 8,626|
|Max # of Expansion Shelves
|6 / 1||6 / 1||6 / 1||6 / 1||6 / 1||24 / 4|
|Flash Capacity (TB/TiB)4||0.5-28 / 0.4-25||0.7-28 / 0.65-25||0.7-36 / 0.65-33||0.7-76 / 0.65-69||0.7-108 / 0.65-98||2.9-432 / 2.6-393|
|RAID Level||Triple+ Parity||Triple+ Parity||Triple+ Parity||Triple+ Parity||Triple+ Parity||Triple+ Parity|
|Onboard iSCSI/Mgmt 1Gb/10Gb ports per array6||4||4||4||4||4||16|
|Optional iSCSI 1Gb ports per array6||4 or 8||4 or 8||4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24||4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24||4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24||96|
|Optional iSCSI 10Gb ports per array6||4 or 8||4 or 8||4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24||4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24||4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24||96|
|Optional FC 8Gb/16Gb ports per array||4 or 8||4 or 8||4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24||4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24||4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24||96|
|Max Power Requirement (Watts/ kVA)||500W / 0.56kVA||600W / 0.67kVA||700W / 0.78kVA||800W / 0.89kVA||900W /1kVA||3600W / 4kVA|
|ES2 Expansion Shelves|
|ES2 Hybrid||ES2 All Flash for Hybrid7|
|Raw Capacity (TB/TiB)4||21-210 / 18-190||N/A|
|Usable Capacity (TB/TiB)4||16-169 / 14-1549||N/A|
|Effective Capacity (TB/TiB)4,3||32-337/ 28-308||N/A|
|Flash Capacity (TB/TiB)4||0.7-108 / 0.7-98||3.8-184 / 3.5-167|
|Max Power Requirement (Watts/ kVA)||500 / 0.56||325 / 0.36|
|Physical and Environmental Specifications|
|Dimensions||7”H x 17.5”W x 26.5”D
17.8 cm x 44.5 cm x 67.3 cm
4 Rack Units
|Weight8||105 lbs. / 48 kg|
|Weight (ES2)||90 lbs. / 41kg|
|Weight (ES2-All Flash)||70 lbs / 32 kg|
|Operating Temperature||10 - 35° C (50 - 95° F)|
|Non-Operating Temperature||0° C - 40° C (32° F - 104° F)|
|Operating Humidity||8 - 90%|
|Non-operating Humidity||5 - 95%|
* Learn More:
- CS1000, CS3000, and CS5000 support scale up to any model within the CS family. CS1000H supports scale up to the CS3000H.
- The CS1000H consists of up to 22 HDDs and 2 DFCs (Dual Flash Carriers). All other CS Series models consists of up to 21 HDD drives and 3 DFCs (holding up to 6 SSDs).
- Scale-out configuration consists of 4x CS7000 arrays, each with six maximum capacity expansion shelves.
- Raw, usable, and effective capacities are shown in TB (10^12) and TiB (2^40 bytes). Usable and effective capacities take into account space used for parity, spares, SSD cache, and system overhead.
- Effective capacity is a range from minimum in the base array to maximum in the array plus expansion shelves. Assumes data reduction of two to one (2X) from compression.
- Each array controller has 2x 10GbE ports built in. Optional ports are 1GbaseT, 10GbaseT or 10GbE SFP+.
- The ES2-AFS2 (ES2-All Flash for Hybrid) accommodates up to 48 SSDs, which can be populated in packs of 4 at a time.
- Weight for the CS1000H is 90 lbs. / 41kg
- When attached to a CS1000H, capacity is 16-167 / 14-152
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