- Extremely low write latency (for SQL Server)
- High performance
- Automatic QoS (~60 VMs on single array)
The admin GUI is pretty ugly. It works, but it requires a plug-in. I never had to use it since the VMware vCenter plug-in is so good.
I have used this product for three years.
We have had no stability problems at all. We have had 100% storage uptime for three years straight.
We have had no scalability problems. I’ve scaled once in three years. I bought a new generation array with more performance and capacity and I migrated my volumes while the VMs were still running.
With Nimble, I can scale in three ways:
We made one support call in three years and it was resolved in less than ten minutes. It is absolutely the best support I’ve ever used.
We had local SSD, PowerVault MD3200, and EqualLogic arrays. We were not happy with EqualLogic’s performance and scale, so we consolidated it all into Nimble.
Setup was super simple compared to every other storage array I’ve used. Tips are easily accessible. Nimble’s forum, “Connect”, is very active and useful. The guides/wizards to create volumes and grant access were thorough.
All-inclusive licensing (encryption, compression, replication, etc.) is very nice.
The initial cost is high in the entry-level market, but worth it for features and performance.
Performance is on par with all flash arrays if you have 20% of your total data “hot”. Size the cache correctly and it will scream.
We looked at Pure Storage, Compellent, and Tintri.
Run a competitive PoC with your favorite arrays. Nimble will come out on top in performance AND price/performance.