Nimble Storage: Flash Optimized Hybrid Storage Arrays

VPLS Solutions is proud to partner with the fastest growing storage company in history, Nimble Storage. Nimble Storage’s flash optimized hybrid storage arrays are engineered for maximum efficiency, performance and value. Nimble Storage integrates the exceptional performance of flash with the favorable economics of high capacity hard disk drives to make the perfect storage solution for your critical data and applications.

Nimble Storage solutions are built on a patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture that delivers:

  • Higher performance, throughput and IOPs with sub-millisecond latency
  • Higher storage efficiency that reduces storage footprint by 30% – 70%
  • Non-disruptive scaling that allows for easy capacity or performance increases
  • Maximum availability with integrated data protection and disaster recovery
  • Simplified storage management that reduces operational overhead

Please contact our Nimble Storage experts at sales@vplssolutions.com or (213) 406-9080 to schedule a consultation.

Nimble Storage CS-Series

Model Short Desc. Price
4x CS700 4x CS700 Nimble CS700 series cluster with four Nimble CS700 series arrays with up to 2,424 TB of effective capacity, 166,400 GB of flash capacity and 24 expansion shelves. Call for Quote Request a Quote
CS700 CS700 Nimble CS700 series array with up to 606 TB of effective capacity, 32 TB of max flash capacity and six expansion shelves. Call for Quote Request a Quote
CS500 CS500 Nimble CS500 series array with up to 606 TB of effective capacity, 32 TB of max flash capacity and six expansion shelves. Call for Quote Request a Quote
CS300 CS300 Nimble CS300 series array with up to 606 TB of effective capacity, 16 TB of max flash capacity and six expansion shelves. Call for Quote Request a Quote
CS215 CS215 Nimble CS215 series array with up to 106 TB of effective capacity, 1.2 TB of max flash capacity and one expansion shelf. Call for Quote Request a Quote
CS210 CS210 Nimble CS210 series array with up to 98 TB of effective capacity, 640 GB of max flash capacity and one expansion shelf. Call for Quote Request a Quote

Nimble Storage Expansion Shelves

Model Short Desc. Price
ES1-H25 ES1-H25 Nimble Storage expansion shelf with 15 TB of raw capacity and 160 GB of flash capacity. Call for Quote Request a Quote
ES1-H45 ES1-H45 Nimble Storage expansion shelf with 30 TB of raw capacity and 300 GB of flash capacity. Call for Quote Request a Quote
ES1-H65 ES1-H65 Nimble Storage expansion shelf with 45 TB of raw capacity and 600 GB of flash capacity. Call for Quote Request a Quote
ES1-H85 ES1-H85 Nimble Storage expansion shelf with 60 TB of raw capacity and 1,600 GB of flash capacity. Call for Quote Request a Quote
ES1-AFS ES1-AFS ES1-AFS: Nimble Storage all flash expansion shelf with up to 25.6 TB of flash capacity. Call for Quote Request a Quote

Detailed Nimble Product Comparison

Ultimate Performance Scale-Out Cluster1,7
Nimble CS-Series Array 4x CS700
Raw Disk Capacity, Base (TB)2 1,632
Min. Usable Capacity (TB)4 1,236
Effective Capacity, Base (TB)2 1,212 – 2,424
Effective Capacity, Maximum (TB)2,3,5 2,424
Max Number of Disk Expansion Shelves 24
Base/Max Flash Capacity per Array (GB) 25,600
Max Flash Capacity with All-Flash Shelf (GB) 166,400
Power Requirement (Watts) 13,000
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Extreme Performance Family
Nimble CS-Series Array CS700
Raw Disk Capacity, Base (TB)2 12 24 36 48
Min. Usable Capacity (TB)4 8 16 25 33
Effective Capacity, Base (TB)2 8-16 16-32 25-50 33-66
Effective Capacity, Maximum (TB)2,3,5 556 572 590 606
Max Number of Disk Expansion Shelves up to 6
Base/Max Flash Capacity per Array (GB) 3,200 to 6,400
Max Flash Capacity with All-Flash Shelf (GB) 32,000
Power Requirement (Watts) 650
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High Performance Family
Nimble CS-Series Array CS500
Raw Disk Capacity, Base (TB)2 12 24 36 48
Min. Usable Capacity (TB)4 8 16 25 33
Effective Capacity, Base (TB)2 8-16 16-32 25-50 33-66
Effective Capacity, Maximum (TB)2,3,5 556 572 590 606
Max Number of Disk Expansion Shelves up to 6
Base/Max Flash Capacity per Array (GB) 1,200 to 6,400
Max Flash Capacity with All-Flash Shelf (GB) 32,000
Power Requirement (Watts) 600
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Base Performance Family
Nimble CS-Series Array CS300
Raw Disk Capacity, Base (TB)2 12 24 36 48
Min. Usable Capacity (TB)4 8 16 25 33
Effective Capacity, Base (TB)2 8-16 16-31 25-50 33-66
Effective Capacity, Maximum (TB)2,3,5 556 572 590 606
Max Number of Disk Expansion Shelves up to 6
Base/Max Flash Capacity per Array (GB) 640 to 3,200
Max Flash Capacity with All-Flash Shelf (GB) 16,000
Power Requirement (Watts) 500
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Value Array Family
Nimble CS-Series Array CS210 CS215
Raw Disk Capacity, Base (TB)2 8 12
Min. Usable Capacity (TB)4 4 8
Effective Capacity, Base (TB)2 4-8 8-16
Effective Capacity, Maximum (TB)2,3,5 98 106
Max Number of Disk Expansion Shelves 1 1
Base/Max Flash Capacity per Array (GB) 160 to 640 320 to 1,200
Max Flash Capacity with All-Flash Shelf (GB) NA NA
Power Requirement (Watts) 450 500
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HDD Expansion Shelves
ES1-H25 ES1-H45 ES1-H65 ES1-H85
Raw Disk Capacity (TB)2 15 30 45 60
Min. Usable Capacity (TB)4 11 23 34 45
Effective Capacity (TB)2,5 11-22 23 – 46 34-68 45-90
Flash Capacity (GB) 160 300 600 1,600
SAS Connectivity Per Controller 2 x 6Gb SAS (2 modules/shelf)
Power Requirement (Watts) 400
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SSD Expansion Shelf
ES1-AFS
Raw Disk Capacity (TB)2 N/A
Min. Usable Capacity (TB)4 N/A
Effective Capacity (TB)2,5 N/A
Flash Capacity (GB) up to 25.6TB
SAS Connectivity Per Controller 2 x 6Gb SAS (2 modules/shelf)
Power Requirement (Watts) 200
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Supported Protocols and Network Connectivity
CS700 CS500 CS300 CS215 CS210
Supported Protocols iSCSI
Fibre Channel
iSCSI
Fibre Channel
iSCSI
Fibre Channel
iSCSI iSCSI
Number of Available Interface Cards (per array controller) 3 3 3 2 2
Dual-port 1GbE (on board)6 1 (included) 1 (included) 1 (included) 1 (included) 1 (included)
Dual-port 1GbE (optional) N/A 2 only 2 only 1 or 2 1 (included)
Dual-port 10GbaseT (optional) 1 or 2 1 or 2 1 or 2 1 only N/A
Dual-port 10GbE SFP+ (optional) 1 or 2 1 or 2 1 or 2 1 only N/A
Dual-port 16Gb FC (optional) 2 or 3 1 or 2 1 only N/A N/A
On-Board 6Gb SAS Connectivity Per Controller 2x 4-lane 2x 4-lane 2x 4-lane 1x 4-lane 1x 4-lane
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Physical and Environmental Specifications
Dimensions 5.2″H x 17.2″W x 26.5″D
13.2 cm x 43.7 cm x 67.3 cm
3 Rack Units
Weight 76 lbs. / 34.5 kg
Weight (All-Flash Shelf) 55 lbs. / 25 kg
Operating Temperature 10° C – 35° C (50° F – 95° F)
Non-Operating Temperature 0° C – 40° C (32° F – 110° F)
Operating Humidity 8 – 90%
Non-Operating Humidity 5 – 95%

Technical Specifications

  1. Maximum performance configuration consists of 4x CS700 arrays, each with 1x ES1-AFS all-flash expansion shelf and 6x ES1-H85 capacity expansion shelves.
  2. Raw and effective capacities are calculated using Base 10 (i.e., 1 TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes) after excluding space for parity, spares, and system overhead; the range represents 0 to 2x compression.
  3. Maximum capacity is the capacity of the base array and maximum number of expansion shelves
  4. Minimum usable capacity denotes the base capacity available to users once parity, spares and system overhead are deducted from overall raw capacity. Compression increases overall effective capacity.
  5. Compression rates vary across applications. 2x compression factor reflected in upper range of effective capacity (based on actual compression rates seen by customers.
  6. Each array controller has 2x 1GbE ports built in. Additional network interface options vary, per array family.
  7. Max flash capacity shown accounts for SSD capacity included with each ES1 expansion shelf.