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When we had issues due to a bad Postgres database, Nimble was very helpful and even replaced the array with a brand...
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Scalability, because our customer is fast growing and our solution should be able to start very small and grow very quickly.
The chunklet technology is the main benefit out of 3PAR. The way it subdivides. It is using more logic to subdivide the drives into smaller pieces.
With our 3PARs, we have never lost data.
With the new flash arrays, 3PAR has improved our performance.
The new StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) tool is more user-friendly.
HPE can login, fix things, alert us to things, and upgrade. We are there and aware, but we do not do the work. So, that is good.
3PAR is easy to keep running and does not require too much effort. It has been very reliable, which is key.
The scalability is good because it is easy to add in new disks. We just add them on the fly, and they are available for use.
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.
Security is a mandatory feature because our customer needs to protect delicate information.
I would like to see a faster Ethernet connection. Right now, it is 10G. If they could do multiple hundred gigs to speed up the transfer from the array to the servers, that would be good. We are trying to get away from Fibre Channel.
We need additional enhancements to InfoSight, especially from a VM standpoint. Today, we can see in the Azure VM performance stats in 3PAR, but it is so huge, we can't just drill down on each and every VM and look at its performance.
We are seeing that there are some enhancements which are required in the SSMC console. There are some features that we do not see in the dashboard.
There are some weird things that we can't figure out.
I would like to see the ability to be able to migrate to newer versions of the 3PAR without having to take any of our data offline and be able to upgrade on the fly.
We would like to see better support for iSCSI.
A lot of tasks, you have to manually set up. They need to already have them set up and working. Then, you can just go in and tweak them if you need to.
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
Making the decisions to buy it can be complex.
Since the prices of the flash storage has gone down tremendously, I would definitely recommend going for the all-flash storage array or 3PAR. It is a big expensive even now, but it will be the future of all industries.
You can't get software maintenance from a third party. You have to do it from HPE, which is a letdown.
3PAR was quite a bit less money than EMC, and that was one of the deciding factors.
We had to go back and purchase iLO licenses and brocade switches for the flex fabric to have a complete solution.
Cost-wise, it is a little bit on the higher side, but it is an awesome product.
We are going to buy eight nodes this year and eight nodes next year. Eventually, we are not going to want to buy large storage devices and probably utilize just storage, but in a different manner going forward.
It is a little more money, but it is worth it because it does it better.
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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|InServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage|
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