Nimbus Data, Inc. unveiled ExaDrive NL, the world’s highest capacity QLC flash SSD and a QLC flash SAS SSD for enterprise workloads.
With capacity up to 64TB in a single SSD, it helps organizations eliminate server sprawl, reduce software licensing costs, improve efficiency, and reduce data center operating costs by up to 75%.
“Customers are always looking for more capacity and more efficient ways to access their data,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research VP, IDC. “High capacity QLC flash SSDs, like Nimbus Data’s ExaDrive NL, help organizations migrate to enterprise-grade flash storage as cost-effectively as possible, while simplifying hybrid storage that blends HDDs and SSDs seamlessly to optimize cost and performance for their workloads.“
Accelerate and Scale While Reducing OpEx and Maximizing Existing Investments
By replacing HDDs with ExaDrive NL series SSDs, organizations can increase storage capacity by 4x, improve data access times by over 100x, and reduce power per terabyte by 75%. Available in a 3.5-inch form factor like enterprise HDDs, it is plug-and-play compatible with virtually any 3.5 inch HDD slot.
While existing QLC SSDs cannot match the capacity of the latest HDDs, ExaDrive NL is available in 16TB, 32TB, and 64TB sizes. This makes transitioning to flash more affordable, enabling organizations to increase capacity and reduce OpEx while preserving their existing servers, racks, power, and cooling equipment.
“Celestica’s storage systems provide the industry-leading density that cloud providers and enterprises demand,” stated Todd Beaudoin, GM, hardware platform solutions, Celestica, Inc. “By combining Nimbus Data’s ExaDrive NL series SSDs with Celestica’s storage systems, customers can dramatically increase storage capacity, scalability, and performance, all while reducing power per terabyte to contain data center OpEx.”
Enterprise-grade HA and Hybrid Storage Support
ExaDrive NL supports both SATA and dual-port SAS interfaces. It is ta QLC flash SSD to offer the SAS interface, providing compatibility with high-density enterprise servers, JBODs, and dual-controller storage arrays that require HA for mission-critical applications.
Unlike NVMe SSDs, it simplifies tiered and hybrid storage by allowing users to mix HDDs and SSDs in the same enclosure. It can be paired with hardware RAID controllers from Broadcom, Microchip, and others to increase redundancy and performance even further. ExaDrive NL is qualified with servers from vendors including Dell EMC, HPE, Lenovo, Cisco, and Supermicro.
Massive Capacity for Edge Storage with Portability
As more data is created at the edge, organizations are also facing a new challenge: storing and transporting massive data sets. HDDs are ill-suited to this task due to slow performance and vibration sensitivity, and NVMe SSDs require too much power and do not provide enough storage capacity. ExaDrive NL offers the capacity of a storage array in a device small enough to fit in your back pocket. It weighs less than 1 pound, reducing weight per terabyte by 95% compared to HDD-based systems. Its form factor and resiliency make it suited to autonomous vehicles, aircraft, mobile systems, 5G infrastructure, e-discovery, and cloud data transport appliances.
“By combining QLC flash with Nimbus Data’s patent-pending architecture, ExaDrive NL offers enterprise-grade reliability, record-setting capacity, balanced performance, and incredible portability,” stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO and founder, Nimbus Data. “ExaDrive NL delivers the capacity and value to effectively replace HDDs in environments where performance is critical but where SSDs have historically been cost-prohibitive.”
ExaDrive NL is shipping in SATA and dual-port SAS versions, in 16TB, 32TB, and 64TB capacities. Customers can purchase it via company’s authorized distributors and resellers, as well as online at authorized retailers.
Pricing (SAS and SATA versions have the same pricing):
- 16TB: $2,900
- 32TB: $5,600
- 64TB: $10,900
(this pricing is updated quarterly based on flash market conditions)
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