Conde said his Fibtre Channel SAN would benefit from a complimentary, more cost effective tier of storage.
"The very idea of collapsing some of the different storage technologies into a single device has a great appeal to me. I've been someone who for almost 5 years has not a big fan of tape.. I don't use it. It's not reliable," he said. "We were shocked with the performance of the product. We saw a very quick 8,000 or 12,000 IOPS. For what we're doing, it was pretty impressive."
Conde has yet to test the array with "a significant number of databases" that would reveal the sustained throughput rate, but he said he has been impressed so far.
"I'd guess it's about half or less the cost cost of a Fibre Channel SAN," he said. "When you compare it to serious gear from EMC , I guess it could compete."
He also said he's a strong believer Data Domain's deduplication (now EMC's) product, and when he heard Nimble's founders had worked on the technology, it gave "credence to the potential of a product there."
The CS-series arrays use an algorithm that Nimble calls a "Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout" (CASL), which enables inline data compression, data deduplication and intelligent data optimization, which determines how the data is stored and when it's replicated across a WAN.
According to Mehta, CASL allows organizations to reduce their capital expenditures for storage and backup by at least 60 percent, while eliminating the need for separate, disk-based backup because it's all done in a single box. The boxes and also be cobbled together using a peer-to-peer clustering architecture to increase capacity.
"Unlike other large vendors who charge more for advanced features, our customers pay one low price to get cloning, thin provisioning and WAN replication," said Dan Leary, Nimble's vice president of marketing.
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