Nimble Storage Review

Every user is ten times faster at doing whatever work they're doing

What is our primary use case?

In our company, it is the back-end storage for virtual machines and file storage.

On our website, there are many different business-critical things running.

How has it helped my organization?

We migrated from a hybrid cloud to an all-flash. We have seen our average latency go from four milliseconds to point four. Therefore, we are getting 10 times better performance down to the end user on everything. We have seen an increase in our IOPS by ten times.

Infosight is good. We watch the capacity side of it. That is about all we have seen on there. InfoSight does allow us to get servers back up faster. We run a lot of virtual servers, so it is about ten times faster from deploying until it is up.

What needs improvement?

I want to see the full integration with OneView. I know they have started it, but I haven't had a chance to look at and evaluate it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Uptime has been a 100 percent in our environment.

The product is very stable. There was some concern about HPE buying Nimble, but I think that it has gone okay, so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable.

The deduplication of all-flash enables you to grow without having to actually grow the storage. That piece of the all-flash enables you to really grow, not having to keep growing in the racks.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good.

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

We came from a spinning SAN to hybrid SAN to all-flash. We just followed that path. 

We moved to all-flash because we were pushing the latency of the hybrid so far it was unusable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very easy. I don't even know if we had to look at documentation, except in the very beginning, where we have to consult in. The solution provided what we needed to set it up.

What about the implementation team?

We did it ourselves.

What was our ROI?

The solution has improved our throughput, because when we move large data it is just that much faster.

Every user is ten times faster at doing whatever work they're doing.

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

Performance per dollar, when we looked at it, was the highest that we could get for what we needed.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other competitors (Pure Storage and NetApp), and it came down to cost per a dollar of what you could get.

Pure Storage had better deduplication rates, but it just cost three times more.

What other advice do I have?

The product comes down to budget, I/O, and the use case that you need. 

It is really efficient in the size that it is.

Biggest lesson learnt: All-flash matters.

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