SOURCE: Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage

May 10, 2011 06:00 ET

Architecture Giant MulvannyG2 Adopts Nimble Storage for Converged Primary Storage and Backup of Massive 3D Files

Nimble Arrays Reduce Backup Times to Under a Minute; Raw Performance and Data Compression Ease Primary-Storage Costs While Paving the Way for Remote-Office Data Virtualization

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - Nimble Storage, developer of the first converged data storage and backup solution, today announced that MulvannyG2, one of the 50 largest architecture firms in the world, has adopted Nimble CS240 converged storage arrays for primary storage and backup, reducing backup times for architectural 3D design files by orders of magnitude in just the first few months since deployment. The arrays are also expected to play a pivotal role in speeding the launch of virtual-desktop (VDI) technology, initially in the firm's remote offices.

Facing a three-fold increase in the data backup volume on its network over one year and the rapid adoption of data-intensive 3D technology for architectural renderings, MulvannyG2 adopted the Nimble array to reduce the strain on its backup operations, which are typically initiated on Fridays and have recently extended into Monday-morning business hours. With the aid of the Nimble CS240, MulvannyG2 has reduced backup times to under a minute, cutting backup costs by 50 percent and reducing storage complexity -- in part by incorporating data compression and eliminating the need for tape as a medium for storage and backup.

"Backups today take under a minute, versus the hours or days in the past with the legacy hardware and software we had in place," said Mike Brester, System Administrator for MulvannyG2. Additionally, through hourly storage 'snapshots,' the firm has reduced its recovery point objectives to one hour, ensuring that a data loss would result in no more than 59 minutes of remedial effort under any circumstance. MulvannyG2 uses its second Nimble array for offsite data replication, a key component in the firm's data protection initiatives.

Taming Massive 3D Files
MulvannyG2 architects have progressively relied on the Revit modeling tool for its sophistication in producing 3D building information models. Where the more traditional AutoCAD file typically ranges from two to 10 megabytes, a Revit file consumes 100 to 200 megabytes. As a result, the firm sees data compression as one means of coping with mounting storage challenges and forestalling the purchase of new storage capacity. The firm cites the Nimble array for a combination of raw speed (IOPS, or Input/Output Operations per Second) and front-end data compression that enable it to manage massive increases in data. On one volume storing information in a number of databases, MulvannyG2 has achieved 67% compression.

The integrated flash architecture of the Nimble array has also played a part in the firm's dramatic improvement in backup times. "In one test in our Shanghai office, a Revit file opened 10 times as fast on the Nimble array as it did on our legacy SAN," said Brester.

Virtualizing Data in Remote Offices
MulvannyG2 plans to use the Nimble CS240 as part of a near-term plan to roll out virtual-desktop technology, with two offices scheduled to go live as a pilot effort. In the deployment, which will couple front-end compression and high IOPS performance over a high-bandwidth connection, entire remote offices of virtual-desktop users will access project data stored at company headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.

Longer term, the firm plans to remove local SANs from each of its regional offices and deploy a Cisco UCS system to support all VMware instances, using a local Nimble array to store all virtual machine data. With this configuration, snapshots from each data volume will be replicated to the firm's second, offsite Nimble array.

Revolutionary Flash-Based Architecture
Nimble Storage's CS-Series is based on the company's patent-pending architecture, Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™), which enables fast inline data compression, intelligent data optimization leveraging flash memory and high-capacity disk, instant optimized backups, and WAN-efficient replication -- all in a single device. CASL allows organizations to reduce their capital expenditures for storage and backup by at least 60 percent, while eliminating the need for separate, disk-based backup.

About MulvannyG2
MulvannyG2 Architecture designs retail, mixed-use, and corporate offices and interiors for clients and brands of global significance. MulvannyG2 is among the world's 50 largest architecture firms and is consistently ranked among the world's top three retail designers. Founded in 1971, the firm employs a staff of 300 among five offices: Bellevue, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Irvine, Calif.; Washington DC; and Shanghai, China. Clients include Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, OliverMcMillan, The Irvine Company, Hines, Gerding Edlen Development, The Kroger Company, Target, Nike, REI, Kohl's Department Stores, Costco Wholesale, Shanghai Investment Group, Dalian Yida Group, Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Ltd., Suning Real Estate Development, Ivanhoe Cambridge, and Fujian Provincial Power Company. For more information, visit http://www.mulvannyg2.com/en-us/.

About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage has developed the first converged storage and backup solution that significantly reduces the cost and complexity of storing, accessing, and protecting data for enterprises. The company's CASL architecture uniquely combines flash and high-capacity disk to support the most demanding primary applications and reduces backup windows and restore times from hours to seconds -- all for at least 60 percent lower cost than existing solutions. Nimble Storage also provides a simple, cost-effective disaster recovery solution that offers business continuity and long-term data protection. Nimble Storage solutions are available through a nationwide network of IT solution providers. For more information, visit www.nimblestorage.com.

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