Nimble enhances Adaptive Flash platform with new enterprise-grade capabilities

Nimble Storage has announced a broad range of new enterprise-grade capabilities to the Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash platform that enable enterprise IT organizations to dynamically meet varying service level agreements, reduce costs, and gain greater business agility and responsiveness.

Advancements to the Adaptive Flash platform include the ability to deliver an all-flash service level for applications with stringent requirements around responsiveness, an auto-flash service level for mainstream applications, and a disk-only service level for applications requiring low-cost capacity, all within a single storage platform.

Additional capabilities announced include software-based encryption and a REST API-based extensibility framework. All of the new features complement existing enterprise functionality, including granular VM-level monitoring and reporting and integrated data protection.

Unlike legacy and flash-only storage architectures and systems that are deployed in disparate storage silos to support applications based on their unique characteristics and requirements, the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform offers a single storage architecture that dynamically caters to the needs of enterprise-wide workloads across performance, capacity, and data protection – delivering on the full potential and benefits of storage consolidation.

Encrypt Data at The Volume or Array Level, Efficiently, at No Cost

Now with software-based encryption, Nimble SmartSecure, storage administrators have the ability to efficiently enable data encryption in consolidation and multi-tenant storage environments – at no additional cost. This new software feature enables both encryption and shredding on a per-application or per-array level.

SmartSecure does not require custom drivers or dedicated firmware to implement. Once data is compressed and encrypted by the company’s CASL flash-optimized file system, it can be securely replicated to another site with the target site understanding the encryption key – dramatically streamlining administration and preserving storage capacity.

In addition to increasing security benefits for large enterprises, SmartSecure encryption enables service providers with multi-tenant environments to isolate and encrypt a particular client’s data. “Today’s heightened sensitivity around data security makes capabilities like encryption vital to our organization and our clients,” said Patrick Cimprich, vice president and Global Infrastructure Services Chief Architect at Avanade, a global business technology solutions, cloud and managed services provider. 

Expanded Management Capabilities Improve Productivity

With the addition of REST APIs, the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform now enables storage administrators to build customized reporting and workflows around storage, simplifying integration into existing customer frameworks thereby enhancing enterprise IT productivity. 

The Nimble Adaptive Flash platform enables enterprise IT organizations to seamlessly scale performance and capacity independently. With the latest software release, Nimble now enables administrators to scale non-disruptively to over 3.5PBs of capacity and over 160TBs of flash per cluster to optimize business-critical workloads at scale while maintaining the highest levels of responsiveness.