Compare Dell EMC Unity vs. Nimble Storage

Dell EMC Unity is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 123 reviews while Nimble Storage is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 34 reviews. Dell EMC Unity is rated 8.4, while Nimble Storage is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Unity writes "Hits a sweet spot for us between price point and the amount of storage and performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nimble Storage writes "A reliable product that has been 100 percent up". Dell EMC Unity is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Nimble Storage and HPE 3PAR Flash Storage, whereas Nimble Storage is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our Dell EMC Unity vs. Nimble Storage report.
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The All-Flash models are pretty fast for the vast majority of our remote workloads.We use replication for disaster recovery (DR), making our DR process much easier.It has reduced complexity.We have resolved IT challenges with this solution. It sped up our environment. We went from spinning disk to all-flash, which reduced our footprint.It has good performance.We can get almost real-time response times.The most valuable thing for our use case is the flexibility to have multiple-protocol support.It is pretty stable. I like the stability, because everything works like it should. We made it all redundant. So, we don't have anything to worry about.

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We get storage access without the need for more human monitoring of those resources.Not only is it high performing, but it is also more compact and fits better in our storage arrays than equipment from other storage providers.This solution has given us reliability that is evident by the fact that it has been running for five years with virtually no hiccups.I really like the form factor, which is nice and compact and small.The solution's uptime is fantastic. It's 100 percent. In addition, Nimble's storage capacity efficiency is very effective.The all-flash positions our organization for growth. It is much easier to use, and we do not have to worry about the I/O profile of the workloads that we putting on the array.InfoSight has helped us resolved an issue where the snapshots were growing too big.InfoSight has identified controller failures or performance issues.

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We would like to see the concept of Storage Groups brought back to this product line.I haven't seen the roadmap for this solution.It is missing some features, like deduplication.Because we can do synchronous replication between the two sites, this made the setup challenging for this piece. They did not know how to set this up initially. We ended up having to do bidirectional synchronous replication.I would like them to continue to build on the solution and expand on the functionality, like replication.We'd like to see a cheaper version of an all-flash array in that footprint.I would like to have secure mobile connectivity going forward. This would help me be more proactive.If you compare it with VMAX, where we communicate with the box through Solutions Enabler and there are a lot of commands and a lot of flexibility, the command line for Unity needs to enhanced.

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The large hardware components may be difficult to fit into some standard racks.I would like to see more advanced analytics in the next release of this solution.An area that needs improvement is extending the life of the device after five years.I would like to see greater integration with Microsoft's Hyper-V platform.The way the market is going, supporting NVMe storage would be useful as a step up.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.We have had some stability issues with one array which has happened twice during subsequent software updates but is due to a bad Postgres database.I would like to see more integrations.

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Our CAPEX was close to $42,000 and operating costs are below $1000.Our costs are roughly $200,000 a year.The solution is extremely functional for the price that we pay for it. It is worth the investment.We purchased a five-year warranty.Compression is making a difference towards the amount of hardware that we need to purchase.The return on the investment was simply speeding up our entire vSphere stack, which allowed our developers and engineers to get their workloads done faster and simpler. We were experiencing VM snapshot times of 45 minutes to two or three hours, and it shrunk it down to under five minutes.It scales, but then you have to buy additional stuff.With the large Unity that we bought, it has saved us about one and a half rack space. That's our return on investment on our flash array. We also need less Fibre Channel connectivity.

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We paid about $80,000 for our permanent site licence.There are no licensing costs for this solution.We buy the arrays outright, so we don't pay anything on an ongoing monthly basis for 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.It is a CAPEX investment. Over the anticipated lifespan, I would say the pricing is $10,000 a month.The price has room for improvement.Performance per dollar, when we looked at it, was the highest that we could get for what we needed.

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Overview

Dell EMC Unity, powered by Intel Xeon processors, delivers the ultimate in simplicity and value, enabling your organization to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud.

Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms optimize SSD performance and efficiency, with fully integrated SAN and NAS capabilities. Cloud-based storage analytics and proactive support keep you available and connected.

Our Predictive Flash platform closes the app-data gap, giving you the fastest, most reliable access to data. By combining predictive analytics with flash storage, we radically simplify operations. 
Once you’ve experienced our simplicity, you’ll never go back to traditional infrastructure again. Over 9,000 customers rely on Nimble to power their businesses, both on-premise and in the cloud.

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Manufacturing Company14%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
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Midsize Enterprise26%
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