Nimble Storage Review

It is reliable, the support is good, and it provides us with good performance

What is our primary use case?

We use it in small business setups with 10, 15, or 20 VMs per customer. Our entire system runs on Nimble Storage, e.g., Windows Active Directory, Windows Servers, and WEP.

How has it helped my organization?

Everything is just faster. Though, it is not necessarily required for the deployment that we do. It just gives us a bit of that extra speed.

InfoSight has helped us resolved an issue where the snapshots were growing too big.

What is most valuable?

Speed versus storage space is the most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

I don't think it is officially released yet, but the main reason that we chose Nimble is because of the sync rep feature. So, I would like to see that further evolve. This feature will be essential for our setups.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. I have no issues.

The uptime is good. I can update without any downtime, so that is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is average. We had a unit that wasn't that old, which we couldn't extend anymore.

The solution’s storage capacity efficiency is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is awesome.

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

When it came to renewal, the requirements are based on customer demands and projects.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is always easy. It was easy before it was part of HPE, so I am happy that they took this with them.

What about the implementation team?

We deployed in-house.

What was our ROI?

The solution has increased performance.

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

Our hybrid solution could do with some more competitive pricing and more scaled-down deployments. Already, the smallest one is too much for us. We would flourish by having a smaller unit.

If you don't go cheap, it is eventually worth it. However, the initial investment is high.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Nimble and NetApp.

I have had some bad experiences previously with the performance of the NetApp units, which is the reason that we went with Nimble.

What other advice do I have?

Go with Nimble if you want the best.

It is reliable, the support is good, and it provides us with good performance.

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

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