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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC XtremIO Flash vs. Nimble Storage and other solutions. Updated: March 2019.
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The most valuable features are: complete performance and ease of use.
It was very easy and straightforward to setup.
It has very good performance for an application which needs lower latency and a better response, for example, in microseconds.
Linear performance – The XtremIO wasn’t the fastest in all tests against other all flash arrays, but even with a massive workload, the response time and user experience were absolutely predictable with no sharp drop-offs.
Speed and reliability:
It is great for applications like Microsoft Exchange, ERP, SQL and VDI; basically saved the VDI buy-in from users, as now performance was seamless in comparison to a physical PC.
Thin storage allocation
The guaranteed sub-millisecond response time for a 4K block.
InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed
InfoSight. It's AI for the data center. It's very easy, it does a lot of the work for the customer... InfoSight and the whole system, help them to deal with troubleshooting.
Our virtual admins are able to take control of Nimble and know how to allocate the storage, whenever it is required, thus reducing time.
The most valuable feature is InfoSight, and the ability that InfoSight gives you, from insight within your environment to what is going on at the storage layer.
It's easy to use, it's just like 3PAR. I made clusters of 32 hosts with 50 volumes and that took barely an hour. I scripted a lot of it, filled in the names of volumes, the names of servers.
InfoSight provides real-time reporting, it gives you information about your different volumes, how the arrays are being used, I/O, performance in general.
Scalability is another reason we chose to go with Nimble: upgrading to another storage array. If we need higher capacity or throughput, we can just replace controllers, we don't have to replace or forklift-upgrade the whole chassis.
I use InfoSight quite a bit. It works well. It allows you to get some insight into what's happening in your environment immediately, instead of having to send things off and having them analyzed and sent back to you.
It is very expensive to scale. You have to buy an additional system to extend from one disc, for instance. It is scalable, but extremely expensive to do so.
I am not too impressed with XtremeIO because we had a major failure.
The GUI could be modified more in terms of how the different components are linked to each other.
Native data replication: To replicate data between XtremIO devices, you need to use EMC’s RecoverPoint appliances to move the data.
I would like hardware capacity additions to be a little more flexible. The upgrade path for the existing XTremIO units requires you to purchase 2 XBricks at a time and they need to be the same capacity as the existing XBricks.
Get rid of the Java aspect of the GUI console.
Management: At the time, there was no snapshot scheduler, so I had to write XSnapCourier to address it. The sad thing is that even after the newest release, which includes a native scheduler, most customers using XSnapCourier chose to stick with it due to a more feature-rich experience.
In some cases where we don’t need the flexibility of the virtualization layer, we could free up resources on the VPLEX by using the storage replication.
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.
The solution that I have is a hybrid, not a full flash. The hybrid version could be improved.
I want it to be an active-active array. Nimble would be great as an active-active array because then everything checks out. It would give a feeling of comfort.
The only thing I'm really looking for in my next array is some hyperconverged, so if they had something in that space... But I know they have SimpliVity so that is probably not going to happen.
The only thing that I can really compare Nimble to is all-flash because, right now, Nimble is a hybrid solution. I would like to see them come out with an all-flash alternative.
I'd also like to see them incorporate tools that let me get granular with the VMs. I want to see an individual VM, I want to Snapshot and recover an individual VM.
I would like to see native network attached storage (NAS) functionality. Our customers are looking for NAS, and Nimble can't give it to them.
There are customers who want to do some different things with the Microsoft Resilient File System. There are some customers who want to do different types of connectivity. I do not know if I would call that an improvement, necessarily, because if you want that, you should get a different product.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It is expensive if you need to increase scalability.
With some workloads that benefit from compression and deduplication, costs are actually better than some tier 2 subsystems (while latency remains <1ms).
It is costly but worth it.
Don’t buy this array. You’re paying for loads of magic beans, since it’s mediocre at best for a platform in a rapidly growing field. Look instead at Pure Storage or something with variable block deduplication. You’ll end up spending less and getting a better product with actual support.
XtremIO is pretty straightforward about pricing. However, you need to look at your data so you can estimate, with the advice of DEL EMC, what data reduction ratio you will reach. In our case, a 3:1 reduction ration gave us a positive case compared to other storage arrays.
It is great when a product can deliver high-end performance capabilities while offering a very competitive price point.
It's not cheap, but it absolutely gets the job done. I don't have any real comment regarding licensing specifically.
This is the best flash array on the market for high-end workloads, so expect to pay for that. But the support subscription cost is fixed for seven years, which made it easier for us to plan on the maintenance costs.
Nimble has really met all of our needs and at a price we could afford. It certainly wasn't as expensive as a lot of other all-flash solutions that we could have bought.
If we had stuck with EMC, we would have spent a lot more. We have EMC in-house, we have a bunch of them. Switching to Nimble saved me millions of dollars over the past three years... Nimble fills a need for performance within a budget that is in the sub-million dollar range.
The first two that I bought were incredibly expensive, compared to the last five to seven that I have bought. The price has come way down, and it has been a year or so since we bought one.
If you are a super small company, the product is probably not right for you. It is out of your price range. Anything from mid-SMB up to enterprise, it is absolutely the right product.
It is very pricey. You pay for what you get, and this storage solution is great. It is well worth the cost.
It is cost-effective, which is important for a service provider, because you're competing with hyper-scale providers who do things at extremely large scale, who tend to kill you on price if you're not careful.
It is expensive, but it is worth the “uptime”.
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