Nimbus Data’s ExaDrive SSDs Now Certified with Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers

Flash memory solutions provider Nimbus Data has announced that its ExaDrive SSDs have been certified with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. This achievement would enable customers including hosting providers to use ExaDrive SSDs in mainstream Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. These include the 100 TB capable ExaDrive DC series and QLC-based ExaDrive NL series.

ExaDrive SSDs are now available with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers through select Dell EMC resellers and systems integration partners, enabling up to 1.2 PB (petabytes) of flash storage in one 2U server.

“The combination of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Nimbus Data ExaDrive SSDs enables 5x greater storage capacity per server than nearline enterprise HDDs,” said Thomas Isakovich, CEO of Nimbus Data.

ExaDrive SSDs have been certified in the following Dell EMC servers. Using these servers, the following maximum capacities may be achieved, according to Nimbus Data:

  • Dell PowerEdge R240 – Up to 400 TB of TLC flash or 256 TB of QLC flash
  • Dell PowerEdge R440 – Up to 400 TB of TLC flash or 256 TB of QLC flash
  • Dell PowerEdge R540 – Up to 1,200 TB of TLC flash or 768 TB of QLC flash
  • Dell PowerEdge R740 – Up to 1,200 TB of TLC flash or 768 TB of QLC flash
  • Dell PowerEdge R7525 – Up to 1,200 TB of TLC flash or 768 TB of QLC flash

Certification of ExaDrive SSDs involve detailed compatibility testing with Dell EMC systems to validate all key features, including hot-plug support, hardware RAID controller compatibility, and thermal performance in dual-socket configurations. Dell PERC (PowerEdge RAID Controller) cards, SAS HBAs, and on-board SATA connectivity were certified. Using industry standard benchmarking tools, the following throughput performance was achieved, according to Nimbus Data:

  • Dell PERC H730P with 12 ExaDrive SSDs – up to 4,200 MBps
  • Dell PERC H740P with 12 ExaDrive SSDs – up to 4,200 MBps
  • Dell HBA330 with 4 ExaDrive SSDs – up to 1,800 MBps

As a high-capacity and high-density SSD provider, Nimbus Data offers energy efficiency and endurance through an innovative, patent-pending architecture. ExaDrive is available in capacities ranging from 16 TB to 100 TB, using either SATA or dual-port SAS interfaces, with both TLC and QLC flash models.