Nimbus Data, whose new ExaFlash all-flash array systems were announced at Flash Memory Summit 2016 (you can view our coverage here), is announcing a new strategic partnership to supply NAND flash and supporting technology to Nimbus. ExaFlash is claimed to be the world’s most advanced flash memory platform that supports big data and cloud infrastructure. SK Hynix is rated as one of the world’s leading suppliers of cutting-edge NAND flash.
According to Thomas Isakovich, CEO and founder of Nimbus Data, “ExaFlash is the most scalable all-flash array ever conceived, incorporating up to 276,480 NAND dies, or 4.5 petabytes of raw flash memory, in one fully-redundant system. Our alliance with SK Hynix on NAND flash supply ensures that we can meet the needs of our Tier 1 customers, including leading Web properties, media/entertainment companies, and service providers, with the highest capacity, greatest energy efficiency, and lowest cost per gigabyte.”
Nimbu’s ExaFlash platform provides virtually infinite on-demand scalability, unequaled support for multiple protocols, 95% lower energy consumption, as well as over 50% greater rack density, and at price points that are less than half that of competing storage methods. When maxed out, the ExaFlash D-series provides 4.5 petabytes (4,500,00 gigabytes) of raw flash storage in a fully-redundant 4U form factor. This configuration would require over 250 U (that equates to 62 X more rack space) with competing all-flash arrays when scaled out to a similar capacity.
YR Kim, Vice President at SK Hynix, states that “Our strategic partnership with Nimbus Data will help accelerate flash adoption as a true cost-comparable capacity-superior replacement of traditional hard drive-based arrays. We are delighted to partner with Nimbus Data’s innovative team to further push the envelope of all-flash capacity, energy efficiency and data center density, the three factors most critical in reshaping tomorrow’s data center.”