Tuesday, 28 February 2017 01:01

Nimble goes multi-cloud with Nimble Cloud Volumes

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Nimble Storage is offering cloud storage for AWS and Azure workloads.

Nimble is co-locating its own storage hardware in data centres occupied by AWS and Azure to highly reliable block storage for cloud applications.

According to Nimble ANZ managing director Bede Hackney, Nimble Cloud Volumes provide the same 99.9999% availability offered by the company's on-premises storage arrays, compared with the 99.5% offered by AWS.

The lower figure means one in 500 applications will experience data loss in any year, he said. "That is the number one problem we're aiming to solve."

Nimble Cloud Volumes also provides features such as snapshots and thin provisioning expected by enterprise customers.

Since it is based on Nimble's existing products, the advanced replication facilities make it easy to transfer data from an on-premises array into Nimble Cloud Volumes and back again, if necessary.

Once stored in Nimble Cloud Volumes, data is available via high-speed links to applications running on AWS or Azure.

If the organisation wants to move workloads from one public cloud to another, no further replication is required – Nimble is locating Nimble Cloud Volumes in data centres used by both AWS and Azure. A simple API-driven tool is provided to attach a volume to a particular compute instance.

This gives "genuine choice between cloud providers", Hackney told iTWire. In addition to the technical simplicity, there are "no exit fees".

Nimble has also extended its InfoSight analytics system to the cloud environment, giving customers greater visibility when troubleshooting and assistance with optimising data placement and storage costs.

Nimble Cloud Volumes is being beta tested by 50 companies, more than 40% of which are in the Global 5000. It will move into customer preview in the US within the current fiscal quarter, and is expected to be available in Australia by the end of 2017.

Pricing will start at US$0.10 a GB a month.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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