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Storage 2.0: Vendors Raise the Support Automation Bar

High data growth, dynamic business requirements, and an increasing demand for real-time response have changed the face of storage management over just the last five years. Many small- and medium-sized enterprises are facing the challenge of managing hundreds of terabytes in the next year or two. Many large enterprises are already well into the petabyte […]

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Cisco Networking Innovations Complement Nimble’s Next-Gen Flash Platform

Today’s business applications, and the underlying IT infrastructure that supports them, are growing quickly. Enterprises are delivering more and more applications, and deploying them at a faster rate. They need greater data velocity, and fewer bottlenecks preventing data from reaching the end user in lightning-fast fashion. Innovation can be seen throughout the infrastructure stack, from […]

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Considerations in Sizing a Storage Solution

When building out or refreshing a data center, IT leaders grapple with a lot of complexity. One of the most challenging problems is sizing the storage system – buying enough performance and capacity to meet actual current requirements and growth, but not spending on more than you need. I’ve had the opportunity to configure and […]

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Performance, Data Integrity, and Controller Architectures

      Reliability is a crucial concern for anyone tasked with implementing enterprise data storage systems, and a storage array’s controllers – and controller architecture – are especially important considerations. Nimble Storage and other major array manufacturers have arrived at rather different solutions to the same set of problems – issues like data integrity, […]

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You’re Replicating Every 15 Minutes or Less, Right?

by Nimesh Bhagat – Member of Technical Staff, and Shannon Loomis, PhD – Data Scientist From its inception more than eight years ago, Nimble Storage has focused on the complete data storage solution – primary storage with integrated data protection. Key to this are snapshots (read-only copies of the data set frozen at a point […]

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Understanding Storage Capacity

Storage capacity is an important factor when deploying infrastructure in the data center. Storage vendors describe capacity in different ways, and it’s essential you know how to interpret them properly – both for sizing the infrastructure your organization really needs, and for comparing the cost of capacity ($/GB) between different storage systems. However, interpreting the […]

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Doctor, Doctor, Gimme the News

We often describe the InfoSight analytics engine that’s built into Nimble Storage arrays as being predictive, but as a colleague pointed out the other day, it’s also preventive. Both are valuable, but there’s a big difference between the two, which got me thinking about the classic Robert Palmer rock song, Bad Case of Loving You […]

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Finding Certainty in an Uncertain World

For Nimble Storage customers running data centers and providing data services around the world, increasing revenues and decreasing costs are two of their highest priorities. But close behind is a third imperative – reducing risk. As uncertainty rattles the storage landscape, the CIOs I talk with tell me that to increase the velocity of their […]

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You Call That Big Data?

InfoSightTM – the predictive analytics engine built into every Nimble array ever shipped – uses big data. So it’s been interesting to see recent announcements of copy-cat products from other storage vendors who have a rather small idea of big data. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – but imitation is not the real […]

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