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Nimble Storage Achieves Windows 2016 Certification to Power Your Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure
By Ray Austin, Director Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage

Our Predictive Flash platform has been used in thousands of Microsoft Windows customer environments for applications ranging from email with Exchange, databases with SQL Server, and content repositories with SharePoint. As customers look to deploy new applications running on the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016 while supporting Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure, we at Nimble are excited to announce that our Predictive Flash platform has achieved Windows Server 2016 certification.


Along with our existing Microsoft reference architectures, including Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track, this certification adds to those Nimble previously attained. These certifications include Windows 2008R2, Windows 2012, and Windows 2012R2 across both our All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays.

What does the certification mean for customers and what does it include?

Obtaining certification for Windows Server 2016 means that various hardware components, devices, drivers, systems and solutions meet Microsoft’s standards for compatibility and recommended practices with the Windows Server 2016 operating system. For example, our multi-pathing module (MPIO DSM), part of the Nimble Windows Toolkit used to achieve multi-pathing for high availability, now works with Windows Server 2016. Other components of the Nimble Windows Toolkit that work with Windows Server 2016 include:

  • Nimble Connection Manager to manage iSCSI and FC connections
  • Nimble Setup Manager to deploy the array out of the box
  • VSS integration (for snapshots and zero-copy cloning with SQL Server 2016, Exchange Server 2016 and Hyper-V)
  • PowerShell cmdlets for scripting
  • Full integration with Server Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) using SMI-S workflows

Nimble Predictive Flash a key platform to support Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure

The Nimble Predictive Flash platform allows enterprise IT organizations to quickly deploy workloads running on Windows Server 2016. It enables radically simple cloud infrastructure operations and flash accelerated performance that scales, delivering unmatched reliability and amazing support through predictive analytics. An example of radically simplifying cloud infrastructure operations is being tightly integrated with Windows Server Manager 2016 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016 (SCVMM). What this means for customers is more streamlined management of Microsoft virtual environments. This offers single pane management of both compute and storage by enabling Nimble arrays to be discovered, volumes provisioned, and virtual machines rapidly provisioned via Nimble zero-copy clones, all directly from within SCVMM. Nimble also recently introduced Windows integrated snapshot and cloning capabilities. These enable application admins to snapshot and clone volumes directly through Windows as opposed to using separate storage based management. The goal is for Nimble to be well positioned to support a deep set of integrations as a key platform for Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure. This means customers will be able to manage Nimble through System Center or Server Manager to provision and manage various services across the hybrid cloud.

Written by:
Raymond Austin