Adaptive Flash Platform Features and Benefits

The Adaptive Flash platform is a feature-rich storage solution built on Nimble Storage’s Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) architecture, and InfoSight™, Nimble’s cloud-connected management system which enables all Nimble arrays to operate at peak health. Nimble’s Adaptive Flash solutions dynamically scale to support the demands of today’s enterprise applications and cloud environments, all within a compact footprint. Fully integrated data protection and InfoSight are included with every Nimble array.



Here are some of the key features that come standard in a Nimble Storage array:

Feature Function Benefit
Performance and Capacity Efficiency
Flexible Scaling of Flash Flexibly and non-disruptively expands read cache up to 32TB 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 data from flash cache, 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 Presents a 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 Monitors and analyzes data to identify trends and abnormal operations; sends alerts on critical issues Spots and remedies potential issues, maximizing uptime, performance, and utilization
Secure Remote Support Allows remote troubleshooting, configuration, and problem resolution Reduces burden on IT staff and quickly resolves problems
Non-Disruptive Upgrades Upgrades software with no disruption to applications Maximizes 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 Accelerates 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