The Nimbus Data Systems Inc. Gemini Flash Memory Array has been awarded the bronze medal in the enterprise storage systems category in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2012 Products of the Year competition. Our data storage products guide for 2012 provides a listing of all the winners.
Nimbus is already three generations into its all-flash array architecture, and the Nimbus Gemini model comes with a 10-year warranty for multi-level cell (MLC) flash. That's about twice as long as the expected maximum life of most flash systems available today.
Nimbus Gemini also has a new processor and Parallel Memory Architecture that stripes I/O across a non-blocking internal switch to increase throughput and eliminate the need for over-subscription. Each flash drive has dedicated bandwidth to the controller and runs at line-rate speeds. The flash array can scale to 48 TB in a 2U device. Nimbus claims it can sustain 1,000,000 IOPS.
Nimbus Data Systems' Gemini can support 1 GbE/10 GbE/40 GbE iSCSI, 8 Gbps and 16 Gbps Fibre Channel, and 40 Gbps and 56 Gbps InfiniBand connections.
Our judges found that Nimbus Gemini goes beyond just the performance you'd expect from a flash array. It also supports block and file storage and has dual controllers for high availability.
"Excellent unified storage functionality in an all-flash array," one judge wrote. "It has broad interconnect support and high performance in a no-single-point-of-failure architecture."
Find out the other winners in the Enterprise Storage Systems category.
This was first published in February 2013