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.
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.
It recently came to my attention that Dell is now advertising some kind of benchmark that shows one of their platforms can be faster than Nimble in some very specific test of their own concoction.
While I don’t doubt that’s possible (indeed, we could do it the other way around), it may be worthwhile investigating what’s prompting the attack.
I also wanted to point out the various technically fishy points of the benchmark.
I got the idea for this post after seeing certain vendors claim they were the first and only with certain data reduction technologies (I’m not talking about dedupe and compression). I thought – how come Nimble never made a big deal about this? After all, what those vendors were claiming didn’t seem to be very interesting compared to how Nimble systems efficiently write data… yet those vendors were acting as if they’d cured a particularly virulent disease.
Nimble systems naturally avoid any wasted space when writing. This is an inherent part of the design and not something that was added later.
Just a quick post since I’m getting inquiries regarding the status of my vital signs.
Yes, I’m alive, just very busy helping with the ongoing integration of Nimble Storage into HPE and all kinds of cool AI.
All kinds of training to be done all around, positioning guides to be written, strategy to plan, technology to design.