Category Nimble

Nimble Storage Integration with SRM

This post will walk through the steps required to prepare Nimble Storage arrays at primary and secondary sites for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) using array based replication. The following posts in this Site Recovery Manager series detail the end to end installation and configuration process. Part 1 – Nimble Storage Integration with SRM Part 2 […]

Nimble CASL Architecture

Nimble arrays use the unique, CPU driven, Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) storage architecture to deliver performance benefits. Let’s break down how this works for read and write operations. Write Operations Each controller has built in NVRAM (Non-Volative Random Access Memory). NVRAM retains its information when the array loses power. Initiators connected to the storage […]

Nimble Storage Setup Guide

Nimble Storage is built on the unique Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) Architecture; a CPU-driven storage architecture capable of optimising performance and increasing usable capacity through dynamic caching, sequential data layout and inline compression. Nimble devices are renown for the simplicity of their setup and administration, in this post we’ll put that to the test […]

Configuring VVOLs with Nimble Storage

This post will walk through the setup of VMware VVOLs with Nimble Storage. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of Virtual Volumes then see this KB. If you are already up to speed on Virtual Volumes but are looking for further information on why they work so well with Nimble storage then have a look […]

Updating Nimble OS

Although non-disruptive upgrades are a great feature of Nimble storage arrays, I’ll not be throwing administrative best practises out of the window just yet; and will be completing this update out of core business hours. At the time of writing Nimble software updates are only available by downloading directly on the storage device. This shouldn’t […]

Nimble Snapshots

When you take a snapshot of a volume or LUN it provides a point in time copy of the data by copying the metadata, almost instantaneously. Traditionally when taking a snapshot at storage level the metadata is copied and then any subsequent writes are done at the same time as copying the changed block to […]

Configuring Nimble Storage

Once your Nimble storage array is setup and zoned with the appropriate servers, you can start presenting volumes. The first step is to create an initiator group; a volume or LUN is mapped to an initiator group which contains the initiator World Wide Port Names (WWPN). Open a browser and navigate to the IP address […]