What is most valuable?
1. Simplified storage administration
A dedicated storage administrator is no longer needed. All of our engineers have attended the one-day training and has the knowledge how to handle the Storage Systems. With our former SAN systems we had to have an external contractor doing part time administration for us due to the complexity. Now we can easily handle the Storage systems ourselves.
2. Very efficient adaptive flash technology
Even without having hundreds of rotating disks like we had in our former SAN system or having to buy an All-flash Storage, we get predictable and low latency numbers for all of our Storage Systems.
3. Simple snapshot management
Managing Snapshots through Volume collections and Protection Plans it’s easy to make sure new volumes get the appropriate replication and snapshot plan applied, which is easy to maintain and change for all volumes. The overview of used storage for snapshots and the ease of use when cloning a snapshot is remarkable compared to legacy Storage products.
4. Central monitoring and health check via the Nimble InfoSight
The InfoSight portal gives us an overall overview of all our Storage Systems and their volumes, snapshots and protection. InfoSight collects data and creates both automatically generated tickets for any problems or risk of problems as well as predictions of storage use based on usage trends. This helps us a lot avoiding anything from volume protection configuration mishaps to prediction on storage outage.
How has it helped my organization?
Increased administrative simplicity and predictable performance.
What needs improvement?
- Improved snapshot overview in array management GUI.
- Possibility to apply centralized policies across multiple systems.
For how long have I used the solution?
Close to a year. In total we're running about ten systems.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
One uptime related firmware bug, which was possible to work around and fixed in a later release.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
How are customer service and technical support?
We rate the support as very knowledgeable in the product platform.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
Yes, the switch was made to gain a less complex design with regards to setup and administration.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was very simple and after one day of education all tech staff were comfortable with the platform.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
One benefit with the Nimble Storage platform is that is doesn’t contain any software licenses. All functionality comes built-in to the platform.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We compared both traditional vendors as NetApp and HPE, as well as up-comers like Pure Storage, Violin, SolidFire, Microsoft Storage Server and others.
What other advice do I have?
Embrace simplicity – no more in-house deployed admin tools or tricky CLI GUI’s, just a simple and understandable web interface.
Depending on which product platform you are about to replace – you will either just gain a far better and predictable performance or a journey where you will have to leave the comfort of having a multi-protocol NAS into NFS and OR SMB file servers using Nimble block storage in the backend.