The driver behind this has been to transform application performance, not by increments but by leaps and bounds. Think orders of magnitude in reduction of execution time. For instance, at an organization performing Alzheimer’s cure research, they had a certain key analytics operation that took 22 minutes for each iteration (and they need to do many, many iterations). With a Memory-Driven system from HPE it now takes 13 seconds. This allows the researchers to reach useful results much faster – which, in turn, means the cure could materialize in a much shorter timeframe.
In this era of over-marketing and misinformation, it can be refreshing to clarify things for customers.
Allow me to be refreshing regarding NVMe 🙂
NVMe is simply a protocol. Just like SCSI is a protocol. NVMe is most assuredly not a media type. Yet, storage vendors keep talking about “NVMe drives” and customers often think those devices are equal as long as “NVMe” is mentioned.
Alas, that’s not how things work…
Strictly speaking, there’s no such thing as an NVMe drive. Or, at the very least, calling something an “NVMe drive” isn’t enough to describe what that media is, and it’s especially not enough to describe how fast it may be.
Recently, HPE Nimble released new systems (the 20/40/60/80 line, replacing the 1000/3000/5000/7000/9000 ones).
I don’t cover press releases – you can find this elsewhere. I’d rather talk about the cool stuff.
In past articles I have covered topics about how Nimble Storage lowers customer risk with technologies internal to the array such as:
- Fully automated headroom management
- Hands-free, heuristics-based Auto QoS
- The most paranoid data integrity
Now, it’s time to write a more in-depth article about the immense customer benefits of InfoSight, Nimble’s Predictive Analytics platform.
As of February 27th 2017, Nimble Storage announced Nimble Cloud Volumes (NCV), marking Nimble’s entry into the cloud space.
For those short on time: Nimble Cloud Volumes is block storage as a service, works with compute from AWS & Azure, and avoids the significant block storage drawbacks of those two providers. In essence, it is enterprise storage as a service, at a competitive price, while retaining all the cloud conveniences.