HALO Overview

Comprehensive Software for All-Flash Arrays

Nimbus Data’s HALO operating system is a comprehensive software platform that provides administration, protection, data reduction, security, and monitoring of Gemini all-flash arrays. Purpose-built for flash memory, the HALO operating system offers comprehensive enterprise-grade features, reducing total cost of ownership and supporting ever-changing customer requirements.

Unified SAN and NAS

HALO provides unified iSCSI, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, NFS, and SMB/CIFS support for block and file storage in one system. No need to deploy separate NAS and SAN systems; Nimbus Data provides multiprotocol storage in a single easy-to-use platform, minimizing hardware costs and simplifying storage management.

Applications and Hypervisors

HALO seamlessly integrates with major hypervisors, like VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) using XenDesktop, VMware View, and more. Critical business applications like Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint run better than ever with Nimbus Data’s combination of fast flash hardware and intelligent software.

Data Reduction Maximizes Capacity

Inline deduplication and compression strips out duplicate data in real-time, reducing the amount of actual storage capacity needed by up to 90% in server and desktop virtualization environments and certain database workloads. With thin provisioning, storage capacity is allocated on-the-fly to maximize efficiency.

Cloud Ready

With the increased deployment of private and public clouds, automation of the storage infrastructure is essential. HALO provides a full-featured REST API and integration with major cloud management platforms, perfect for large enterprises looking to deliver storage as a utility with minimal effort.

Automatic Data Integrity

As storage capacity increases, the likelihood of silent data corruption grows with it, making checksums a must-have capability. HALO provides automatic checksums that stop silent data corruption in its tracks. Checksums are performed on both metadata and the data itself, transparently and without requiring the system to be taken offline.

Snapshots and Replication

The powerful snapshot feature creates mountable, point-in-time images of production. Snapshots can be scheduled, and policies can be set to retire them automatically over time. Asynchronous IP-based replication provides disaster recovery by copying changed blocks to secondary Nimbus Data arrays located at other facilities.

Analytics and Reporting

Over 200 health and performance metrics are tracked. All data is stored in a database accessible via the REST API. Alternatively, customers can use the built-in charting tools in the HALO web interface to view real-time and historical statistics. Administrators can create custom dashboards to track critical metrics and configure phone-home with email and SNMP notification.

No Software License Fees

HALO includes all features in one no-charge license. Powerful management tools ensure rapid deployment of Gemini systems with minimal ongoing administration. HALO’s management features appeal to both large-scale and midsize users, featuring cloud integration, a scriptable CLI, a robust REST API, an elegant Web interface, configuration wizards, and mobile device support.