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Nimble Storage Signs Master Distribution Agreement With Toshiba

Exclusive Agreement Enables Toshiba to Resell and Provide 24x7 Support for Nimble Storage Customers in Japan

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/20/14 -- Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), a leading provider of flash-optimized hybrid storage solutions, today announced that it signed an exclusive master distribution agreement with Toshiba. As a result of the agreement, Toshiba Cloud and Solutions Company will distribute Nimble Storage hybrid arrays through its value-added distributor and reseller partner community in Japan. In addition, Toshiba IT-Services Corporation will provide local language 24x7 on-site support for all Nimble hybrid storage products throughout Japan.

Nimble Storage has developed a hybrid storage architecture engineered to address the industry's most pressing storage issues: delivering better performance and capacity at a reasonable price; providing integrated protection with rapid back up and recovery; and, reining in storage complexity. Purpose-built from the ground up, the arrays are based on the company's patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) hybrid storage architecture that leverages fast read performance of flash and the cost-effective capacity of hard disk drives. Nimble combines this flash-optimized architecture with Nimble InfoSight™, a cloud based management service that delivers predictive support and operational simplicity through deep data analytics.

The need for hybrid storage solutions is being driven by the adoption of key IT initiatives, including virtualization, cloud and big data. This partnership allows Toshiba to fulfill the increasing demand for hybrid storage solutions in Japan. At the same time, Nimble Storage is positioned to rapidly increase market penetration in Japan with the goal of building a leadership position in the enterprise storage market.

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"We are experiencing a strong demand in Japan for Nimble Storage's hybrid storage platform. The addition of Nimble Storage to Toshiba's existing storage portfolio provides our partners with a flexible storage platform to help address the ever-changing pain points with today's growing storage environments."
Hironobu Nishikori, president and chief executive officer, Toshiba Corporation Cloud & Solutions Company

"We have chosen to work with Nimble Storage because its hybrid architecture approach has proven to be innovative and disruptive in the storage market. As a result of this agreement, Nimble customers in Japan can be assured they will receive the highest level support services from local, knowledgeable team members anytime they require assistance."
Kazushi Seino, president and chief risk and compliance officer, Toshiba IT-Services Corporation

"Our partnership with Toshiba is a great stepping stone for our growth plans in Japan. This is a very important market for Nimble and aligning with a reputable partner that has its history steeped in flash technology, provides great momentum for our company. The Nimble Storage platform addresses customer demands by providing the flexibility needed to deliver better performance at a reasonable cost."
Suresh Vasudevan, chief executive officer, Nimble Storage

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About Toshiba
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

About Toshiba IT-Services
Toshiba IT-Services Corp. is the one stop support services organization that can provide all the needs of a customer's whole IT lifecycle. Our mission is to provide the best solution to customers through cutting edge technology. We are vendor neutral and our supported products include Storage, Servers, Clients, Networking gear and Security products. Our core values are Safety, Quality and Speed. We have broad experience, well-trained experts and support service network throughout Japan. Together with these capabilities, we can provide high-value support services in customers' multi-vendor IT environment.

About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage believes enterprises should not have to compromise on performance, capacity, ease of use, or price. Nimble has developed a hybrid storage architecture engineered from the ground up to seamlessly integrate flash and high-capacity drives. Our customers enjoy fast application performance, enhanced backup and disaster recovery, and stress-free operations -- all while lowering their TCO. Nimble Storage solutions are available through a global network of world-class channel partners. For more information, visit www.nimblestorage.com and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.

©Nimble Storage, CASL, InfoSight, SmartStack and NimbleConnect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nimble Storage. Other trade names or words used in this document are the properties of their respective owners.

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