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
Product: S-class
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-

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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 storage 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 for everything else.” The Nimbus S-class storage platform scales from 2.5 TB to 250 TB of flash storage; supports Ethernet, Fibre Channel (FC) and InfiniBand 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 storage companies to make their own SSDs and bring down costs?

This was first published in August 2011

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