HPE Nimble Storage Review

Provides better insight with a single pane of glass

What is our primary use case?

Secondary storage and supplemental primary storage are our use cases. We use Nimble for business-critical applications such as accounting, our in-house EPS platforms.

How has it helped my organization?

The InfoSight platform and the reporting help us to identify network issues and compatibility problems.

All-flash also positions our company for growth. We've deployed 3PAR all-flash for our core applications and will not transition outside of flash from this point forward.

Nimble has increased performance with better IOPS evaluation, mixed-load capacity. Also, it improves throughput which means we've been able to transition off of remaining rack mounts onto Nimble plus virtualization structure, in a cost-effective manner.

What is most valuable?

  • Reliability
  • Performance
  • Cost

The solution's uptime is fantastic. It's 100 percent. In addition, Nimble's storage capacity efficiency is very effective.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I'm very impressed with the stability of the solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't had to scale beyond our initial purchase.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have used tech support. Nimble's technical support is excellent.

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

We previously used Dell EMC. We went to Nimble because of space-growth requirements.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The platform is fairly intuitive with standardized SCSI configuration and it was up and running. The product was very self-explanatory so we were able to move it into production very fast.

What about the implementation team?

We had install assistance from HPE, but they would probably not be required for further installs. Our experience with HPE's assistance was good.

What was our ROI?

We've seen ROI in the retirement of obsolete platforms, the reduction of the licensing cost of outside products, and by collapsing of other storage platforms into a single platform.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at 3PAR, Tintri, Pure, and more. We chose Nimble because it was an HPE acquisition and due to familiarity with Nimble products.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is that you bring it onsite and evaluate InfoSight's reporting.

The biggest lesson we've learned from using Nimble is that it provides better insight with a single pane of glass.

It's feature-complete for what we are looking for. I rate it a ten out of ten. We've been very happy with Nimble.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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