HPE Nimble Storage Review

They're pricey for what the hardware/software is, but they're definitely worth it if you're in a high IOPS environment.

What is most valuable?

The SSD caching and the snapshots within the array are unlike any other product I've ever worked with. Restoring VM's is VERY simple.

How has it helped my organization?

The SSD caching ensures VM performance is top notch 24/7 regardless of how much I/O the VM requires.

What needs improvement?

I'd love to be able to put larger spindles into the unit, but I get that that is how they make their money, by selling you a larger unit.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We ran into some blue screen issues when using Hyper-V, however, with VMware it works perfectly.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's hard for Nimble to compare with the largest EMC stuff, but, I'm not entirely sure that they're after that segment of EMC's market.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's top notch.

Technical Support:

It's top notch.

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

We used to push Dell/Equallogic stuff, but the limited performance and lack of value caused us to look elsewhere.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is by far the most straightforward setup I have ever worked with in the SAN space.

What about the implementation team?

My first unit was a demo unit that we used internally and setup on our own. Now we're a reseller of Nimble.

What was our ROI?

In terms of value, it's immediate. All VM's instantly noticed a drastic performance increase over the old Dell stuff.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

From one perspective they're pricey for what the hardware/software is, but they're definitely worth it if you're in a high IOPS environment. In fact they're a very cost effective solution when pinned against the competitors.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Everything from NetApp, EMC, Dell/Equallogic, and even QNAP. It's really no contest when you learn about the architecture in detail.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely have a sales engineer give you a demo/explanation of the technology.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're a partner/Tech Enthusiast.
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