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HPE Buys Nimble – What Were They Thinking?

Yesterday HPE announced it is buying Nimble Storage for a little over 1 billion dollars. That news took almost everyone off-guard and also brought the immediate, “HPE is crazy”, reaction. Instead of writing something up right away, I needed to

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Cloud Compute Needs Enterprise Storage – Nimble Briefing Note

Cloud providers like Amazon, Google and Azure all provide both compute and storage services. Compute is used to host applications and storage is used to store data. The cloud is tailor made for providing compute because applications that are multi-threaded

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ChalkTalk Video: Nimble’s InfoSight – Using Big Data to Solve Virtualization’s Storage Problems

Virtualization is making things tough on storage. Companies are expanding the use of server virtualization from business critical applications to full virtualization of mission critical applications. And they’re increasing VM density, expanding the number of virtual machines supported by each

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Nimble adds Fibre Channel and increases Hybrid System Capacity to 1.6PB

Nimble Storage has developed and marketed a successful line of iSCSI-based ‘hybrid’ storage arrays (disk and flash) designed for a wide range of use cases. These systems scale up, adding drive shelves behind a controller module, and scale out, clustering

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Nimble fills out their Adaptive Flash Line

Nimble announced two new models to their “Adaptive Flash” line of hybrid disk and flash storage systems. These arrays, the CS300 and CS500, are updated versions of Nimble’s CS200 and CS400 products, respectively, providing a 50% performance improvement over the

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Nimble’s Adaptive Flash extends the range of Hybrid Arrays

Choosing a storage system has always involved tradeoffs, often between performance and capacity. This has been the case with flash-based systems where buyers have typically decided on hybrid arrays when capacity was more important and all-flash arrays when performance was

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Nimble’s Strong IPO Should Come As No Surprise

At the time I write this, Nimble Storage has completed its initial public offering (NMBL) and is trading at ~$31 a share, up about $10 from its opening price. While there were some nay-sayers in the analyst community, Storage Switzerland

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Breaking Away From The Hybrid Storage Pack

Nimble Leverages Cisco UCS Partnership To Differentiate Itself Nimble was one of the first hybrid storage appliances on the market (hard disk capacity and SSDs in the same purpose built chassis) and they’ve shown impressive growth since their inception. Currently

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Nimble Solves The Scale-Up or Scale-Out Dilemma

Nimble has recognized the challenge of growing storage systems in a performance-critical environment. With traditional, scale-up storage architectures, as more disk capacity is added storage controllers can become the bottleneck, causing performance to suffer. In scale-out storage systems, an appliance

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SSD’s Role In The Storage Ecosystem

In a few weeks I will be hosting a panel discussion at the ExecEvent in Palo Alto, CA on SSD’s Role in the storage ecosystem. The role of SSD depends on the use case. In performance demanding environments and large

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