+1 for Nimble, I'm just implementing mine and so far the performance seems out of this world. The company my brother works for went with Equallogic and suffice to say he is very jealous with performance difference!
I really haven't put it through its paces yet, I've just put 24 VMs on it and booted them all at the same time, saw the IOPS hit 18k but it wasn't a bottle neck as it came down quite quickly, will try and run iometer later.
This is a screen print of the load on one of my clients CS420 X2, this SAN runs 35 VMs of which 6 are Citrix XenApp servers (50 users each), 3 are Exchange boxes and 4 are SQL servers, a couple of Sun DB servers in there too.
bossman (13th November 2013)
I have to say that I do which that Nimble would be a small box say using SATA and SSD's in the £5-10K bracket as that would fit so may storage projects in schools. May be Nimble might have to sell it as a software package for your own hardware but that would be great it would then compete with lowed kit.
The Major part nobody seems to also mention is the fact that every 5 mins the SANs report into Nimble - so typically if you have a hardware issue Nimble know about it before you do! Plus Infosight is very powerful.
We're on a CS240, as said no real load yet as it's not in production, the 24 VMs are just Zero copy clones of Server 2012 R2 (it's a 3 node Hyper V Cluster), just running IOMeter now.
This is what Nimble Recommend to try and show off performance on a unit. (depending on your Firmware you should get probably 24/25k iops of the CS240).
EDIT: My bad the performance boost the on the newer firmware is only on the CS4xx series the CS240 will do max around 20k iops on the newer stuff!
Last edited by glennda; 13th November 2013 at 04:43 PM.
Nimble software/hardware is sounding like the best thing out there at the moment - from the sounds of it it will also be outside of our budget.
Has anyone been brave enough to put a MS Storage Server 2012 unit into production?
I havn't used one with VMware - but OPEN-E is a very good software SAN solution I have used. There are a few companies who specialise in Hardware for it also.
I've done the presales course on that too if you want any questions answered!
Hi, ended up going with a solution from VeryPC and the service has been above and beyond. Would certainly recommend VeryPC.
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