HPE Nimble Storage Review

Good deduplication and compression features, scales well, and the support is good


What is our primary use case?

We use HPE Nimble for deduplication and to compress data.

We have a large number of customers that rely on high availability from this product.

What is most valuable?

The deduplication and compression capabilities are powerful. We see deduplication savings ratios at ten to one, and twenty to one.

What needs improvement?

For me, Nimble has two main problems.

There is no active-active controller, which means that we can only have one controller online at a time. Replacing the controller is what I see as the only major issue, although I'm not sure that HPE can do this.

Nimble has a limit for objects. We have it configured for VMware, so if you have a laptop machine then you have a problem because of this limit. Also, if you have a virtual desktop with a lot of VMs, such as 2,000 to 3,000, then it's a problem because the window has a limit.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE Nimble Storage for more than two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nimble is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability-wise, it is very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been in contact with technical support and I would rate them an eight or nine out of ten. They are very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I am also using HPE 3PAR.

I also have experience with HPE Primera, which is a better product. It's a merge of 3PAR and Nimble and it's a more stable storage solution.

If I were comparing a group of products then I would rate StorageWorks MSA a five, Nimble a seven, 3PAR an eight, Primera a nine, and StorageWorks XP a ten.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very simple, and in fact, the simplest of these solutions.

It takes approximately four hours to deploy including hooking up power, cabling, getting it set up on the rack, and configuration.

What about the implementation team?

Deployment and maintenance are done in-house.

We keep the versions updated.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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