Data storage startups to watch: Nimbus Data Systems Inc.
Switch to all-solid-state drive storage with goal of using
flash for primary storage is company strategy
Vendor: Nimbus Data Systems Inc.
Category: All-SSD storage system
Why it makes our list: Making flash cheaper than spinning disk storage arrays
Nimbus Data Systems is the oldest startup on this list with a 2006 launch data, but its switch
to an all-
solid-state drive (SSD) storage
system in 2010 makes the vendor stand out. CEO
Tom Isakovich said his goal is to replace disk as a primary
tier. “We’re showing flash is mainstream,” he said. “Cost is no longer a barrier to
adoption. We say there should be two storage tiers. Use flash for primary storage, and SATA
everything else.” The Nimbus S-class storage platform scales from 2.5 TB to 250 TB of flash storage
, Fibre Channel
connectivity; and has a HALO operating system with thin
provisioning, deduplication and replication. Nimbus makes its own SSDs, enabling it to keep costs
down; systems are priced at $24,995 for 2.5 TB and $99,995 for 10 TB. Nimbus recently received
validation from eBay, which has 100 TB of Nimbus S-class storage platform
installed. Nimbus’ biggest challenge could be
its own success; will it prompt larger data
to make their own SSDs and bring down costs?
This was first published in August 2011