Author: Jamie Busic
Not all of us have a requirement to scale out to 500k IOPS in a storage system, but there have been numerous customers that we have worked with that do max out the capacity/performance of their existing storage array. At this point you could be faced with some pretty extensive /expensive challenges. On EMC systems like the VNX you probably are looking at purchasing a bigger system. If you were already on the biggest system, you have the option to move to a VMAX (very expensive) or buying another array and moving workload to get the performance balanced. But what if you could add capacity and performance where you need it? What if it was easy and only minutes to do with no application changes? That is exactly what Nimble Storage allows you to do with their hybrid flash storage arrays and scale out architecture. We have personally upgraded numerous Nimble Storage systems with no downtime and the upgrade is simple and painless. Upgrading a Nimble Storage array controller for more CPU is a matter or popping in a new controller, failing over controllers, and replacing the other controller. Increasing cache in Nimble Storage is plugging new SSD disks in and telling the flash storage array they are present. And to scale out Nimble Storage arrays for array clustering takes less time than racking the equipment. We posted a video explaining how Nimble Storage scales out their platform for capacity and performance. If you have any questions on this or any of the Nimble Storage product line please feel free to reach out at email@example.com.