Nimble storage finally gets sync replication, also Metro Storage clustering

After months of teasing that synchronous replication was coming, Nimble has finally delivered the capabilities to customers. HPE announced the new capability this week during HPE Discover in Madrid, but it went beyond simple replication in the same announcement.  HPE also enabled the ability to do metro clustering between Nimble storage arrays in the same release.

On launch, Peer Persistence on Nimble will allow for Microsoft SQL workloads on Windows server and VMware vSphere workloads to do seamless failover between two arrays in synchronous distances.  Future releases will enhance support and an Oracle certification expected soon after release.

Peer Persistence is useful for critical workloads where customers want to eliminate the fault domain of a single storage array.  This type of single point of failure is sometimes viewed as unavoidable and so arrays are architected to have lots of resiliency to mitigate the risk.  Environmental issues (power, cooling, etc.) and even a bad code release (yes, they do happen) could put a critical system at risk for downtime and a costly outage, however metro storage clusters allow a pair of arrays to work together to protect workloads.

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Written by Philip Sellers

Philip Sellers

Philip is a IT solutions engineer working for AmWINS Group, Inc., a specialty wholesale insurance brokerage based in Charlotte, NC. With a focus on data center technologies, he has built a career helping his customers and his employers deploy better IT solutions to solve their problems. Philip holds certifications in VMware and Microsoft technologies and he is a technical jack of all trades that is passionate about IT infrastructure and all things Apple. He’s a part-time blogger and author at vBrainStorm and at Techazine.com. View and opinions are my own and not reflective of my employer.