meet cloud-defined storage

Self-service infrastructure for application owners requires
enterprise storage optimized for your own application cluster

IT Admins & App Owners

no instructions needed

Introducing on-prem, server-based, enterprise-class shared and local storage that consumes no server resources (CPU, memory or network) and is defined and managed through the cloud. It is powered by the nebulon cloud – nebulon ON – and a PCIe card called a services processing unit or ‘SPU’ that is part of your clustered application servers.

begin by replacing your expensive enterprise arrays

nebulon services processing unit (SPU)

build workload aware application clusters

by grouping your favorite vendors application servers into nebulon npods

Network-connect multiple SPUs across your on-prem application servers from your favorite vendors and compose them into nPods that provide shared or local storage for your clustered applications. Consistently & rapidly instantiate clusters with enterprise storage for data and the operating system, enabled by the SPU in the servers, by applying workload-tailored application templates using the cloud control plane.


Imagine shrinking your enterprise array controller

onto a PCIe card in your application server

The SPU connects directly to the drives in your application server and is managed entirely by the nebulon cloud. The SPU supports any server OS or hypervisor including VMware, various Linux versions & Windows.


But wait, is this like SDS or Hyperconverged Infrastructure? Nope.

CDS consumes no application server resources (CPU, network or memory).

2x 10/25 Gb Ethernet

connects to your standard switches

1 GB Ethernet

out-of-band cloud management

8-core CPU

enterprise data services with all-flash array latencies

standard PCI Express x16


connects to your server-based storage

SSDs from your server vendor

half the cost of enterprise arrays, zero compromise

your next data storage array is embedded in your application servers

Use server storage media and half the cost of ‘expensive’ external arrays but maintain the full set of enterprise data services with dedupe, compression, erasure coding, encryption, snapshots, mirroring, at all-flash array latencies.

hypervisor/os agnostic

no software required on the server

enterprise data services

dedupe, compression, erasure coding, encryption, snapshots, data mirroring

separate fault domain

data/drive access even if server fails

all-flash array latencies

powerful CPUs/processing

1.33x app/vm density

advantage vs. ‘restrictive’ HCI


nPods with up to 32 servers/pod

half the cost

of ‘expensive’ external arrays

workload aware

with tailored application templates

the next step? AI-based cloud administration.

nebulon ON
simple. secure. scalable.

Instead of managing dozens of on-prem storage devices from various consoles, manage it all together from the cloud.

app owners self-service provision infrastructure

with customizable application templates tailored for your application clusters

Dynamically compose your infrastructure for your application when combining servers and storage media in a nPod. tailored, cloud-defined application templates ensure a magical “zero-touch” provisioning experience. Even better? Provision your boot drives & OS images in the same zero-touch approach, so app owners can build complete application clusters at ease.

AI-assisted administration

provided through the cloud

Artificial Intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) that not only provides insights, but also fleet management, predictive maintenance and simplified troubleshooting. Plus get centralized server, storage, and application visibility that enables the necessary tooling of real-time detection of latent issues across your stack and the facilities for corrective measures.

api-driven automation

universal insights at your fingertips

A single API endpoint for application owners with direct access to AIOps functions to fully automate your entire IT infrastructure at scale. Global insights unlock unprecedented opportunities for DevOps teams to control and query your servers, storage, and applications.

always up-to-date

with cloud-delivered software

Lengthy and complex update procedures are an artifact of the past. Make use of new features and enhancements instantly through cloud-delivered updates “as-a-service” – an experience that has yet to become mainstream in on-prem enterprise applications.

and do it all while maintaining enterprise class security & availability

Data and change management of your infrastructure are confined to your datacenters, where hardware-accelerated encryption keeps it secure and private, in-flight and at-rest, making cloud-management as secure as existing on-prem solutions.

but wait…

yet another IT vendor in my datacenter?

No. Nebulon is a standard option of your favorite application server. It’s purchased from and supported by your trusted server vendor as part of your standard server configuration.

Data Sheet

cloud-defined storage 101