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Data management is an administrative process that includes acquiring, validating, storing, protecting, and processing required data to ensure the accessibility, reliability, and timeliness of the data for its users. Organizations and enterprises are making use of Big Data more than ever before to inform business decisions and gain deep insights into customer behavior, trends, and opportunities for creating extraordinary customer experiences.To make sense of the vast quantities of data that enterprises are gathering, analyzing, and storing today, companies turn to data management solutions and platforms. Data management solutions make processing, validation, and other essential functions simpler and less time-intensive.
Leading data management platforms allow enterprises to leverage Big Data from all data sources, in real-time, to allow for more effective engagement with customers, and for increased customer lifetime value (CLV) and NimbusData is one such service provider who develops advanced flash memory solutions that power data-driven innovation. Their solutions include ExaFlash® All-Flash Arrays and ExaDrive® Solid State Drives. Nimbus Data helps hundreds of world-leading companies accelerate data storage, simplify data management, and improve data protection for cloud infrastructure, analytics, AI, rich content, scientific computing, and much more.
Infinite scale. Infinite possibilities.
ExaFlash all-flash arrays offer virtually infinite on-demand scalability, up to 95% lower energy consumption, unmatched multiprotocol support, and up to 50x greater rack density, all at less than half the cost of competing solutions. ExaFlash was engineered to enable the adoption of flash at scale, simplifying management and maximizing the efficiency of flash to the fullest.Conventional scale-up and scale-out architectures were never designed with flash in mind. Both approaches are legacies of the hard drive era, when processors were fast and storage was slow. In scale-up designs, flash is cascaded behind a fixed set of controllers, reducing effective performance as capacity is added. Scale-out was designed to overcome this by combining a controller and flash in one node and then striping data across nodes for capacity and redundancy. However, this approach is grossly inefficient, resulting in poor utilization of flash capacity, unpredictable latency at scale, very high power consumption, and excessive rack space requirements.
With ExaFlash, data flow is decoupled from metadata, and management is centralized, operating completely out-of-band. This approach ensures that customers have one interface and one pane-of-glass for all administration. There is no data network between the storage arrays themselves, guaranteeing that performance truly scales in lock-step with capacity and with consistent latency.The ExaFlash Operating System is powerful, API-driven storage and data management software for the ExaFlash platform. The ExaFlash OS provides a single pane-of-glass administration interface for total control. The ExaFlash Operating System also provides support for all major storage protocols, including block, file and object protocols, simultaneously. Using the API, storage administrators can automate every conceivable storage task centrally.
Comprehensive Data Management Features
The ExaFlash OS incorporates flash-optimized parity protection and hot-spares to protect individual flash drives against failure. Unlike conventional RAID approaches that can suffer from long rebuild times and silent data corruption, the ExaFlash OS incorporate real-time full data checksums that proactively monitors and repairs any mismatches. Space-efficiency point-in-time snapshots as well as full data clones are supported. Inline variable de-duplication and LZ4 compression maximize storage utilization.Unlike off-the-shelf servers, ExaFlash Arrays are precision-engineered for maximum efficiency and performance. ExaFlash Arrays draw 95% less power per terabyte than competing designs by eliminating irrelevant components and minimizing CPU utilization through intelligent hardware-offload engines. ExaFlash Arrays also incorporate ultra-dense MLC flash drives to deliver up to 50x the capacity in the same rack space as competing alternatives.
ExaDrive solid state drives are purpose-built for capacity, energy efficiency, longevity, and density. ExaDrive SSDs feature a patent-pending architecture, packing up to 100 terabytes of flash in the industry standard 3.5” form factor. ExaDrive SSDs enable organizations to dramatically increase storage capacity and performance while slashing data center power, space, and cooling costs. With up to 100 TB of flash in a single SSD, ExaDrive offers over 3x the capacity of the next largest SSD on the market while consuming as little as 1/8th the power per terabyte. With its industry-standard 3.5” form factor, ExaDrive is plug-and-play compatible with existing enclosures, enabling customers to upgrade to an all-flash infrastructure without investing in entirely new all-flash arrays.
Thomas Isakovich CEO and Founder of NimbusData
Thomas Isakovich is CEO and founder of Nimbus Data, overseeing product strategy and development, sales, marketing, and manufacturing operations. Thomas founded Nimbus Data to build the next great storage systems company by combining smart software with non-volatile memory technology, offering superior data delivery, protection, and operating efficiency. Prior to Nimbus Data, Thomas was CEO and founder of TrueSAN Networks, where he raised over $34 million and led the development of storage virtualization and multi-vendor SAN management software. At Oracle spin-off Network Computer (also known as Liberate Technologies), Thomas oversaw product marketing for the company’s line of thin-client workstations and server software. At IBM’s Almaden Research Center, Thomas developed new technologies for simplifying and enhancing human-computer interaction. A frequent speaker on technology and entrepreneurship at universities and industry events, Thomas earned a B.A. with Honors in political science from Stanford University.