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Business-Intelligence Innovator Combines Primary-Storage Compression, Efficient Data “Snapshots” and Rapid Data Cloning to Ensure Rapid Turnaround Time on Hundreds of Code Iterations Daily
SAN JOSE, CA, March 8, 2011 –(Marketwire)– Nimble Storage, developer of the first converged storage and backup solution, today announced that Vision Critical, a provider of business-intelligence applications to industry giants such as Kodak, JetBlue, NASCAR, and Marriott Corporation, has achieved a 50-percent reduction in software build times by deploying a Nimble CS220 converged storage and backup array. Vision Critical cites compression of primary storage, frequent data snapshots, and instant, zero-copy data cloning as the key components in reducing build times while managing hundreds of code iterations and builds daily. Vision Critical adopted the Nimble array to help it keep pace with a 50-percent-per-year increase in its 15-terabyte data store.
Vision Critical serves multiple departmental groups, including its entire software development team and quality assurance labs, with a single Nimble CS220. The Nimble array, which delivers peak performance of over 20,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations per Second), has allowed the company to increase its number of simultaneous development and test jobs and to complete those jobs in less than half the time required by the company’s previous storage systems. Using real-time data compression and efficient data snapshots with the CS220 has saved Vision Critical more than 50 percent on primary-storage capacity, enabling the company to keep IT budgets in check by postponing capital expenditures for storage.
Continuous Data Availability
Vision Critical developers have also benefitted by using the Nimble CS220′s zero-copy cloning feature to create sets of VMware-based virtual machines needed in the creation of new software iterations. Zero-copy cloning enables developers to clone a range of software instances and bring them online quickly. Unlike storage systems in which cloning results in lengthy copy times, additional overhead, and significantly greater storage requirements, a clone created on the CS220 shares data with its parent volume, eliminating the need for additional storage capacity. Zero-copy clones created on the CS220 have saved the company over 80% on its test development storage capacity, said Goel.
Efficient Offsite Replication
As a platform for disaster recovery, the Nimble CS220 has provided an additional measure of assurance for Vision Critical. “No matter how many times we try to stress the appliance to force a crash, it holds its own and performs,” said Goel. “With that in mind, I can say that Nimble is in the perfect sweet spot for providing the storage that I need.”
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