Nimbus Data Floats HALO 2013 Software for SSD Arrays

South San Francisco, Calif.-based Nimbus Data, an enterprise flash storage specialist, announced the latest version of its storage operating system, HALO 2013.

New to the platform is a REST-based API to enable storage management and performance monitoring on all-SSD systems in large data centers and new mobile apps that provide real-time streaming of performance metrics. The new release also offers an expanded set of analytics, allowing administrators to access a broader set of system and performance statistics.

Nimbus Data CEO and founder Thomas Isakovich views HALO 2013’s expanded feature set as the natural progression of his company’s vendor-neutral approach to enterprise flash storage management.

“HALO 2013 extends Nimbus Data’s software leadership in the all-flash space. By providing the most in-depth system analytics and an open framework with which to record this data and administer every aspect of the Nimbus all-flash infrastructure, cloud architects and enterprise customers alike gain greater insight into their infrastructure while keeping administration on their terms, not the vendor’s,” stated Isakovich in press remarks.

HALO 2013’s new REST-based API targets “the needs of cloud infrastructure architects” by making it easier to integrate Nimbus flash memory arrays into the monitoring and administration setups that oversee the rest of a customer’s data center, according to the company. The API exposes every functions supported by the arrays, including creating snapshots, measuring deduplication and provisioning iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Infiniband, and NFS storage.

The storage software now includes over 200 metrics, giving storage administrators deeper insights into the health of their flash data storage systems along with their usage and performance characteristics.

Administrators can benchmark their systems and dive into those metrics via a web-based console. Capacity utilization, flash endurance, latency and power consumption are a few among the many metrics tracked.

Finally, Nimbus is lending fuel to the BYOD fire by adding mobile apps to the data center storage administrator’s tool kit.

“Nimbus Data’s storage platforms are also now the first all-flash arrays to feature mobile management, enabling real-time streaming of important system performance, utilization, and health information directly to Apple iOS and Google Android-based devices,” boasted the company. HALO Mobile is available as a free download in the Apple iTunes and Google Play app marketplaces.

HALO 2013 is available now. The upgrade is free of charge to existing customers under valid support contracts.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez is a contributor to Datamation, eWEEK, and the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Previously, he served as a managing editor for the network of IT-related websites and as the Green IT curator for GigaOM Pro.

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