HPE Nimble Storage Review

We did a POC and then chose it due to the performance and capacity it provides in 3U.

What is most valuable?

Great performance and capacity in just 3U. Volume collections with crash-consistent snapshots every 4th hour, without using up too much disk space (thanks to indexing and redirect-on-write).

How has it helped my organization?

Our hosting environment (VMware ESX-based) got a nice boost thanks to these products. We were able to decommission a whole rack of old FC SAN arrays (HPE EVA4400) and replace it with just a CS300 (3U). Lower disk latency and a whole lot greater IOPS values as well.

What needs improvement?

Perhaps more stability to the InfoSight VMVision feature. A couple of times last year, this feature had stop working for us.

Well, Nimble Storage have had some difficulties/interference during this year with their predictive analytics service InfoSight. Read more about it here: https://www.nimblestorage.com/...

(almost) every Nimble array in the world reports back to InfoSight with data and statistics about the VM’s and connected hosts, which InfoSight automatically analyses and presenting it in a neat way for the user. A very good service and a matter affect, recently (the last couple of weeks) it have worked flawlessly, and hopefully this will continue.

For how long have I used the solution?

One and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Other than InfoSight VMVision, no.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Magnificent. Quick response and assistance when adding a support case. Even if you create a case at 11:00 PM, or during the weekend, you will get a response shortly after posting the case.

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

Yes, we were using both older equipment (HPE EVA4400) and newer equipment (HPE 3PAR). The EVA4400 is now decommissioned, thanks to our Nimble array. Greater performance and capacity are the two main reasons that we switched to Nimble.

How was the initial setup?

Very straightforward, no difficulties at all.

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

Unlike HPE 3PAR, there is no licensing jungle to find your way out of.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No. We got a PoC array delivered to us first, that got us convinced about the product.

What other advice do I have?

If you're currently looking for a new storage solution in your environment, give Nimble Storage a chance. I can promise you, you won't be disappointed.

**Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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