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Nimble Storage SF300
Secondary Flash Arrays Put Your Backup Data to Work


Nimble Storage SF300

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Nimble Storage SF300
Nimble Storage Secondary Flash SF300 Array (No Hard Drive)
Dual Controller, 2x10GbaseT (HDD/SSD not included)
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Nimble Storage Products & Technology Overview:

The Nimble Secondary Flash Array represents a new type of data storage optimized for both Capacity and Performance. It adds high performance flash storage to a capacity-optimized storage architecture for a unique backup platform that lets you put your backup data to work.

The Nimble Secondary Flash Array is Cloud Ready and optimized for backup, disaster recovery and secondary data storage. By using Flash, it lets you put your backup data to work for Dev/Test, QA and analytics. Instantly backup and recover data from any primary storage system. With our integration with leading backup software, it simplifies data lifecycle management and provides a path to cloud archiving.

Next-gen Flash storage solution
The Flash-enabled architecture delivers fast backup and restores, and doesn’t compromise on storage efficiency. Flash also provides the speed to let you quickly test and verify backups as you go, providing peace of mind. With secondary flash, you can quickly access files, VMs, applications or entire systems, or rapidly copy them back to primary. Or, don’t wait to restore: run production workloads at full speed on the Secondary Flash array and restore in parallel. The Secondary Flash array is Capacity-optimized to reduce your cost per gigabyte – delivered in part through Flash-enabled inline data reduction up to 18:1 or more, with no performance impact.

Put your backup data to work
Run real workloads with flash performance, such as Dev/Test, QA, Patch testing, Reporting and Analytics. Zero-copy clones let you re-use backup data and instantly spin up hundreds of application copies. The Secondary Flash array lets you easily and quickly get to your data: reads are over 100x faster than with traditional hard-drive-based backup appliances. Restores can be near-instantaneous, or you can just run your application directly from the array for performance similar to Primary storage.

Manage within a Multicloud Flash Fabric
For Nimble environments, execute thousands of instant, zeroimpact snapshots on primary storage and natively replicate to the Secondary Flash Array. All Nimble flash arrays are Cloud Ready — providing an easy on-ramp to the cloud through Nimble Cloud Volumes.

Secondary Flash Arrays

The Secondary Flash Array: also a Predictive Flash Platform

The new Nimble Secondary Flash Array was built on the same innovative data management platform as the AF and CS-Series arrays. With this comes the extensive instrumentation and cloudbased intelligence comprising the industry-leading Internet of Things capability, Infosight. With InfoSight Predictive Analytics, the Secondary Flash Array, along with your entire Multicloud Flash Fabric, is automatically monitored. On-demand status and performance insights are available at a click of a button, as well as trend analysis to help plan for future infrastructure needs. InfoSight predicts and prevents 9 out of 10 problems, and has visibility across the application-to-storage stack, achieving 99.9999% uptime across the Nimble Storage customer base.

Nimble Storage SF-Series Arrays

The SF Series is a line of storage arrays optimized for Secondary storage tasks, optimized for data deduplication to maximize effective capacity.

Initial models available are the SF100 and the SF300. Both are comparable in terms of array-based Snapshots, Replication and Cloning capabilities, always-on inline data reduction, and cost-effective data capacity.

SF100
The SF100 is the initial entrylevel model, targeted at midsize IT organizations or Disaster Recovery sites of larger organizations.

SF300
The SF300 was designed for larger organizations and provides twice the capacity, IOPS and throughput of the SF100.

Nimble Storage Technology: Secondary Flash

Key Benefits

No more Backup windows
  • Near-instant snapshot-based backup – no more back-up windows and zero impact to host
  • Near-instant restore – access files, VMs, applications or entire systems directly on the SFA or rapidly copy them back to primary
  • Near-instant disaster recovery – failover to the SFA and run production workloads at full speed
Flash-based performance
  • Run real workloads with flash performance, such as Dev/Test, QA, Patch testing and Analytics
  • Zero-copy clones let you re-use backup data and instantly spin up hundreds of application copies
  • Easily and quickly test and verify backups for peace of mind
Radical simplicity
  • Converges backup, DR and secondary storage within a single, cloud-connected solution
  • InfoSight predictive analytics anticipates and prevents issues for trouble-free operations
  • Third party software integration simplifies data management and enables cloud archiving

Features and Benefits:

Instantly Restore and Recover

Near-Instant Snapshot-Based Backup


Near-Instant Snapshot-Based Backup

No more backup windows. Zero impact to host.

Near-Instant Restore


Near-Instant Restore

Access files, VMs, applications or entire systems directly on the Secondary Flash array or rapidly copy them back to the Primary Flash array

Run Applications on the Secondary Flash Array


Run Applications on the Secondary Flash Array

Rather than restore, run production workload with flash performance directly on the Secondary Flash array


Cloud Ready

Nimble arrays are Cloud Ready, giving you the flexibility to create a multicloud environment. Easily migrate data between on-premise flash arrays and the public cloud with Nimble Cloud Volumes.

Cloud Ready


Flash Performance with Inline Deduplication

Clone and Run


Clone and Run

Instant cloning lets you take space-efficient copies and run real workloads with flash performance. It's perfect for Dev/Test, QA, and analytics

Store More Data


Store More Data

Always-on inline deduplication and compression with zero performance impact

Fast Backup Verification


Fast Backup Verification

Frequently and easily test backups for peace of mind


InfoSight Predictive Analytics

InfoSight Predictive Analytics

InfoSight Predictive Analytics anticipates and prevents issues for trouble-free operations, and greater than 99.9999% measured availability.

Timeless Storage

Timeless Storage

Nimble arrays come with a satisfaction guarantee, all-inclusive software licensing, flat support pricing, and no forklift upgrades.


Dramatic Data Center Footprint and TCO Reduction

Dramatic Data Center Footprint and TCO Reduction

Radical Simplicity

Converge & Standardize Devices


Converge & Standardize Devices

Standardize your Backup, Disaster Recovery and Secondary Storage onto a single storage system

Highly Available Secondary Storage


Highly Available Secondary Storage

InfoSight predictive analytics anticipates and prevents issues for trouble-free operations, and 99.9999% measured availability

Simplified Data Management


Simplified Data Management

Deep integration with Veeam and other data-protection software simplifies the data management lifecycle.


Manage Backup Within a Multicloud Flash Fabric

For Nimble environments, easily manage both Primary and Secondary storage arrays within a single Multicloud Flash Fabric. Execute thousands of zero-impact snapshots on Primary storage and natively replicate to the Secondary Flash array.

Manage Backup Within a Multicloud Flash Fabric

CASL Architecture:

Nimble Storage solutions are built on its patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture. CASL leverages the unique properties of flash and disk to deliver high performance and capacity – all within a dramatically small footprint.CASL and InfoSight form the foundation of the Adaptive Flash platform, which allows for the dynamic and intelligent deployment of storage resources to meet the growing demands of business-critical applications.

CASL and InfoSight form the foundation of the Adaptive Flash platform, which allows for the dynamic and intelligent deployment of storage resources to meet the growing demands of business-critical applications.

Watch CASL Architecture Deep Dive
Storage architect Devin Hamilton provides an in-depth look at Nimble’s core architecture. (74:45)

Key Innovations from CASL

  • Flexible Flash Scaling
    Flexibly scale flash to satisfy the changing performance demands of today's business-critical applications.
  • Adaptive Flash Service Levels
    Tailor the amount of flash allocated to workloads on a per-volume basis. Assign one of three flash service levels (All Flash, Auto Flash and No Flash) to accommodate latency-sensitive critical applications to capacity-optimized applications, for management efficiency and optimal TCO.
  • Dynamic Flash-Based Read Caching
    CASL caches "hot" active data onto SSD in real time—without the need to set complex policies. This way it can instantly respond to read requests—as much as 10X faster than traditional bolt-on or tiered approach to flash.
  • Write-Optimized Data Layout:
    CASL collects or coalesces random writes, compresses them, and writes them sequentially to disks. This results in write operations that are as much as 100x faster than traditional disk-based storage.
  • Inline Compression
    CASL compresses data as it is written to the array with no performance impact. It takes advantage of efficient variable block compression and multicore processors. A recent measurement of our installed base shows average compression rates from 30 to 75 percent for a variety of workloads.
  • Scale-to-Fit Flexibility
    CASL allows for the non-disruptive and independent scaling of performance and capacity. This is accomplished by either upgrading the storage controller (compute) for higher throughput, moving to larger flash SSD (cache) to accommodate more active data, or by adding storage shelves to boost capacity. This flexible scaling eliminates the need for disruptive forklift upgrades.
  • Scale Out
    Scale capacity and performance beyond the physical limitations of a single array by seamlessly clustering any combination of Nimble Storage hybrid arrays. Eliminate capacity silos and performance hotspots, and easily manage all hardware resources across the cluster as a single storage entity.
  • Snapshots and Integrated Data Protection
    CASL can take thousands of point-in-time instant snapshots of volumes by creating a copy of the volumes’ indices. Any updates to existing data or new data written to a volume are redirected to free space (optimized by CASL’s unique data layout). This means there is no performance impact due to snapshots and snapshots take little incremental space as only changes are maintained. This also simplifies restoring snapshots, as no data needs to be copied.
  • Efficient Replication
    Nimble Storage efficiently replicates data to another array by transferring compressed, block-level changes only. These remote copies can be made active if the primary array becomes unavailable. This makes deploying disaster data recovery easy and affordable – especially over a WAN to a remote array where bandwidth is limited.
  • Zero-Copy Clones
    Nimble Storage arrays can create snapshot-based read/writeable clones of existing volumes instantly. These clones benefit from fast read and write performance, making them ideal for demanding applications such as VDI or test/development.

Specifications:


Secondary Flash Array Specifications
Nimble SF-Series Array 1,2 SF100 SF300
Raw Capacity (TB/TiB)3 21-126 / 19-115 42-252 / 38-229
Usable Capacity (TB/TiB)3 16-100 / 15-91 33-200 / 30-182
Effective Capacity (TB/TiB)3,4 288-1800 / 270-1638 594-3600 / 540-3276
Max # of Expansion Shelves 2 2
Flash Capacity (TB/TiB)3 1.4-36 / 1.27-33 2.8-76 / 2.55-69
RAID Level Triple+ Parity Triple+ Parity
Onboard iSCSI/Mgmt 1Gb/10Gb ports per array5 4 4
Optional iSCSI 1Gb/10Gb ports per array5 4 or 8 4, 8, or 12
Optional FC 8Gb/16Gb ports per array 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24
Max Power Requirement 700W / 0.78kVA 800W / 0.89kVA
Thermal (BTU) 2,293 2,620

ES2 Expansion Shelves
SF-ES2-Hybrid
Raw Capacity (TB/TiB)3 21-210 / 19-191
Usable Capacity (TB/TiB)3 16-160 / 15-146
Effective Capacity (TB/TiB)3 128-1280 / 116-1164
Flash Capacity (TB/TiB)3 0.7-108 / 0.7-98
Max Power Requirement 500W / 0.56kVA
Thermal (BTU) 1638

Physical and Environmental Specifications
Dimensions 7”H x 17.5”W x 26.5”D
17.8 cm x 44.5 cm x 67.3 cm
4 Rack Units
Weight 105 lbs / 48 kg
Weight (ES2) 90 lbs / 41 kg
Weight (ES2-All Flash) 70 lbs / 32 kg
Operating Temperature 10 - 35° C (50 - 95° F)
Non-Operating Temperature 0° C - 40° C (32° F - 104° F)
Operating Humidity 8 - 90%
Non-operating Humidity 5 - 95%
Notes:
  1. SF100 and SF300 support scale up to any model within the SF family
  2. All SF Series models consists of up to 21 HDD drives and 3 DFCs (holding up to 6 SSDs)
  3. Raw, usable, and effective capacities are shown in TB (1012 bytes) and TiB (240 bytes). Usable and effective capacities take into account space used for parity, spares, SSD cache, and system overhead
  4. Effective capacity is a range from minimum in the base array to maximum in the array plus expansion shelves. Assumes data reduction of 18:1 (18X) from compression and dedupe
  5. Each array controller has 2x 10 GbE ports built in. Optional ports are 1GbaseT, 10GbaseT or 10GbE SFP+iSCSI, along with 8Gb or 16Gb Fibre Channel
* Learn More:
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Pricing Notes:

Nimble Storage SF300
Nimble Storage Secondary Flash SF300 Array (No Hard Drive)
Dual Controller, 2x10GbaseT (HDD/SSD not included)
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Nimble Storage SF300 with Dual 10GbE Optical
Nimble Storage Secondary Flash SF300 Array with 126TB HDD (21 x 6TB) and 3 x 3.84TB SSD
2x10GbaseT, Dual 10GbE Optical (2 pairs)
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Nimble Storage SFA Expansion Shelves
Nimble Storage SFA Expansion Shelf with 21TB HDD and 1440GB SSD (3x 480GB)
16TB (15TiB) Useable
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Nimble Storage SFA Expansion Shelf with 42TB HDD and 2880GB SSD (3x 960GB)
33TB (30TiB) Useable
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Nimble Storage SFA Expansion Shelf with 84TB HDD and 5760GB SSD (3x 1920GB)
67TB (61TiB) Useable
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Nimble Storage SFA Expansion Shelf with 126TB HDD and 9600GB SSD (2x 3840GB)
101TB (92TiB) Useable
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Nimble Storage SFA Expansion Shelf with 210TB HDD and 17280GB SSD (3x 3840GB)
167TB (152TiB) Useable
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