New VM-level Monitoring Capabilities Enable Enterprise IT Organizations to Proactively Resolve Resource Contention Issues

SAN JOSE, CA – Apr 8, 2015 – / — Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the flash storage solutions company, today announced that it is redefining the enterprise storage management experience with InfoSight, the company’s cloud-connected management and support engine that leverages actionable intelligence through the power of sophisticated data sciences. Integral to the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform, InfoSight simplifies management and support with intelligent, analytics-driven automation to preempt issues, maintain storage health, and manage growth. With the addition of VM-level monitoring capabilities, InfoSight now provides granular visibility into VMware virtual machine environments, enabling enterprise IT organizations to rapidly resolve resource contention issues and optimize performance.

“Our previous legacy storage solution had us caught in a juggling act when managing our VMs,” said Steven Jackson, IT Manager at QUMU, a business video platform provider. “The only way my team and I could keep pace with our organization’s changing needs was to turn certain VMs on and off to free up IOPS because it was so resource-constrained and severely limited in terms of scalability. InfoSight completely changed our storage management practices by providing full visibility into VM resource consumption, and a single performance dashboard that gives me an instant heads-up when upgrades are imminent. The intelligence behind InfoSight provides all the justification executive management needs to sign off on storage upgrades or expansion.”

Enterprise IT organizations must contend with a number of challenges when it comes to harnessing data growth, while adhering to service level agreements. Adding to these challenges, various aspects of the storage lifecycle management remain reactive, error-prone processes that can lead to downtime or loss in revenue. In contrast to disparate legacy storage management frameworks and tools that generate an abundance of raw data, but aren’t able to synthesize the information into an easily consumable, actionable format, InfoSight integrates, automates, and substantially simplifies storage administrative tasks, ensuring the optimal health of all Nimble Storage arrays.

The InfoSight deep data analytics engine captures and analyzes over 30 million data points collected daily from each one of the thousands of installed-base Adaptive Flash storage arrays to provide comprehensive intelligence into overall storage infrastructure health. InfoSight automatically opens more than 90 percent of all support cases, and generates resolutions for over 80 percent of them, saving customers the time and effort of having to drive manual support processes. InfoSight provides intelligent, actionable recommendations to IT organizations on how best to scale storage resources in alignment with changing requirements, all of which is easily accessible from any laptop computer via a single cloud-connected interface.

“We initially chose to go with Nimble’s Adaptive Flash arrays over an expensive upgrade to our existing SAN because it offered far better scalability and was a better fit for our overall cost model. InfoSight proved to be an equally substantial value to us with the time it saves our IT team,” said Alexander Lawrence, Lead System Administrator at Pacific Lutheran University. “At any given time, we’re working on a number of different projects in support of our faculty and students. Gaining both automation and granular visibility into our environment allow us meet end user demands. Both InfoSight and the Nimble arrays fit extremely well with our needs.”

Going Beyond Storage Management with VM-Level Monitoring
In consolidated environments, it is not uncommon for some VM’s to consume a disproportionately high amount of resources, starving other VMs on the same system – leading to what is commonly known as the noisy neighbor problem. With VM-level monitoring, enterprise IT organizations have the ability to optimize workload performance and proactively identify, isolate and address these resource contention issues before service level agreements are impacted. Having the ability to proactively optimize individual virtual machines helps administrators mitigate common pain points that can play havoc with resources in dense storage environments.

“With added VM-level monitoring capabilities, we are able to provide customers a breakthrough platform that gives them complete visibility and control over their storage environments and associated resources,” said Radhika Krishnan, Vice President of Product Marketing and Alliances, Nimble Storage. “Customers who had been utilizing legacy solutions had to navigate disparate management frameworks, tools, and interfaces to identify and attempt to resolve potential issues. InfoSight takes the guesswork out of the equation for organizations looking to manage and forecast growth and realize tangible ROI.”

Two Nimble Storage customers, Xtium and Pacific Lutheran University, will join Howard Marks, an industry analyst and chief scientist at DeepStorage LLC, for an in-depth discussion examining the ways in which the storage experience needs to be redefined, and how Nimble InfoSight dramatically simplifies the entire storage lifecycle for customers. Organizations interested in learning how they can transform their storage management experience can register for the webinar taking place on April 16 at 11:00 am PT.

Nimble Storage Resources

  • Storage Switzerland: Per-VM Monitoring Whiteboard Video
  • Nimble Storage Website
  • Case Studies and Videos
  • Follow Nimble Storage on Twitter: @NimbleStorage
  • Follow Nimble Storage on LinkedIn
  • Visit Nimble Storage on Facebook
  • Visit the NimbleConnect Community

About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is redefining the storage market with its Adaptive Flash platform. Nimble’s flash storage solutions enable the consolidation of all workloads and eliminate storage silos by providing enterprises with significant improvements in application performance and storage capacity. At the same time, Nimble delivers superior data protection, while simplifying business operations and lowering costs. At the core of the Adaptive Flash platform is the patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture and InfoSight, an automated cloud-based management and support system that maintains storage system peak health. More than 5,000 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed Nimble’s flash storage solutions across 38 countries. For more information about Nimble Storage, visit and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.

Nimble Storage, the Nimble Storage logo, CASL, InfoSight, SmartStack, and NimbleConnect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nimble Storage. Other trade names or words used in this document are the properties of their respective owners.

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Source: Nimble Storage


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