Nimble Storage Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays

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Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the flash storage solutions company, today announced that it has advanced to the Leaders quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays[1]. The company had been recognized for three consecutive years in the same report. The report analyzes providers of midrange, high-end, and network-attached storage systems, and hybrid arrays and positions vendors into one of four quadrants: Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries, and Niche Players. This milestone marks the initial entrance of Nimble Storage into the Leaders quadrant since the company’s founding in 2008, making it the youngest vendor to be named a Leader among well-established storage vendors.

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“We could not be more proud of the work we’ve accomplished to obtain the recognition from Gartner as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant. We believe that being the youngest company and the only company founded in the last two decades to be in the Leader Quadrant serves as further validation of our ability to innovate and execute in a highly competitive market,” said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO, Nimble Storage. “The value proposition and differentiation of our Adaptive Flash platform has resulted in a rapid pace of customer acquisition, with over 6,200 customers that place their trust in us. We remain steadfast in our conviction that enterprise IT organizations will increasingly leverage flash-optimized systems to accelerate and scale performance-demanding as well as mainstream applications, to drive greater business velocity, while simultaneously lowering TCO to improve business efficiency.”

The Nimble Adaptive Flash platform is now the preferred choice for more than 6,200 customers in over 50 countries around the world. In contrast to disk-centric legacy architectures and more narrowly focused flash-only storage architectures, the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform offers a single storage architecture that dynamically caters to the needs of enterprise-wide workloads across performance, capacity, and data protection – delivering on the full potential and benefits of storage consolidation. The company’s flash storage solutions are based on CASL, its flash-optimized software architecture, that powers Nimble storage systems, and Nimble InfoSight, an automated cloud-based management and support system that enables IT organizations to maintain storage system peak health and dramatically simplify operational management.

Delivering the Full Benefits of Storage Consolidation
Nimble recently announced a broad range of new enterprise-grade capabilities to the company’s Adaptive Flash platform, enabling enterprise IT organizations to dynamically meet varying service level agreements, reduce costs, and gain greater business agility and responsiveness. Advancements include the ability to deliver an all-flash service level for applications with stringent requirements around responsiveness, an auto-flash service level for mainstream applications, and a disk-only service level for applications requiring low-cost capacity, all within a single storage platform. Additional capabilities include the ability to leverage software-based encryption and a REST API-based extensibility framework. All of the new features complement existing enterprise functionality, including granular VM-level monitoring and reporting and integrated data protection.

Leveraging Partner Ecosystem to Deliver Advanced Integrated Infrastructure Solutions
To address the needs of customers looking to accelerate application deployment and simplify infrastructure management, Nimble has partnered with industry leaders such as Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, Oracle and other key ISVs to create SmartStack integrated infrastructure solutions. SmartStack, based on Cisco UCS and Nimble CS-Series arrays, offers enterprise IT organizations an end-to-end tested and pre-validated reference architecture to accelerate application deployments and eliminate the business risks associated with deploying disparate data center infrastructure. In addition, customers leveraging the Nimble SmartStack integrated infrastructure platform can obtain end-to-end support through Cisco’s Solution Support for Critical Infrastructure offerings.

According to Gartner[2], “The concept of the integrated system is nothing new, yet the power of customer pull for this class of system has defined a new era and, thus, a new opportunity for data center infrastructure vendors.” Nimble is no stranger to this growth opportunity, as the company has experienced a doubling of SmartStack customers on a year-over-year basis.

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