Nimble Storage Review

More reliable than what we had for our business-critical needs

What is our primary use case?

We use it to extend the data center a little further. We have videos which are very large in size and which cannot be compressed. We ran out of space in the data center so we moved the media data center and expanded it. The videos are a business-critical application. We provide videos for students to access 24/7.

How has it helped my organization?

We feel that we can rely on this solution more for the business-critical applications we have, compared to what we had earlier.

Also, the all-flash positions our organization for growth. Video quality keeps increasing. From 4K we are now moving to 8K and we expect that the size of each video file is going to grow very high. So our data size is increasing very fast.

In addition, we have noticed that the solution has increased performance.

What is most valuable?

We like the performance.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more integrations. They might already have them, but I want to integrate it with the different hardware we have.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We moved to this solution for the stability. We had an HPE consultant configuring it and we went through some of those features that it enables. We also like the cloud-ready portion and when we move to the cloud that will be used as another factor in justifying our decision.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, when I said "cloud," that was one of the things that we looked at when considering how we would grow, how we would expand. We are still evaluating. We do have some cloud storage, but we want to have one solution for that. We definitely think that with this product's features, we can go into the cloud and scale to whatever we like.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been good so far. We had one issue up til now, but we are good. They took care of it.

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

We had legacy storage and my team recommended that we had to move to something new.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. We estimated, in the beginning, that we could do it over the weekend, and it went as we planned. We didn't see any issues.

What about the implementation team?

We had an HPE consultant. Our experience was good.

What was our ROI?

We haven't evaluated ROI yet.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had Dell EMC, as well as the company that was originally Sun Microsystems. We also had a couple of startups. We went with HPE mostly because of the familiarity and because my team recommended it because of its performance.

What other advice do I have?

We like the flexibility. Anybody who is looking for a product that is easy to use and deploy, this is good.

I do need to evaluate the security aspect of it, especially intelligence to counter any unpredictable growth. I would also like to see how to use the storage space efficiently, because we do, at times, suddenly come across big videos.

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

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