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    Nimble Storage to Replace Traditional SANs

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    Nimble Storage, a provider of hybrid arrays, this week announced that it has added Fibre Channel support to its CS-series arrays as part of an effort to replace traditional storage area networks (SANs) in those environments.

    Radhika Krishnan, vice president of product marketing and alliances at Nimble Storage, says that more often than not, IT organizations decide to deploy a SAN using Fibre Channel because they have applications that are extremely performance sensitive. The CS-series gives those organizations the opportunity to replace SAN systems with an array that is not only faster, but also takes up significantly less space, says Krishnan.

    To make an all-Flash array a more attractive alternative to existing SANs, Nimble Storage says the emergence of new magnetic and solid-state drives now allows it to provide 160TB of Flash per cluster, all of which IT organizations can centrally manage via a cloud service provided by Nimble Storage.

    However, while Nimble Storage plans to support Fibre Channel, Krishnan says it’s unlikely that Nimble Storage will add support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). From a performance perspective, Krishnan says FCoE doesn’t provide any benefit over iSCSI over Ethernet, so Nimble Storage is seeing little demand for FCoE, especially in data centers that already have Fibre Channel installed.

    Most organizations are not going throw out their existing SAN investments. But as the terms and conditions for paying for that additional storage become more flexible, it’s clear that IT organizations have many more upgrade options at their disposal.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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