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"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN."

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"The performance and the processor are good.""The management software that runs in the cloud is called InfoSight and it is very good. It is similar to machine learning software that monitors your hardware.""The most valuable feature is data mirroring.""InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed""The most valuable feature is the NVMe flash storage.""HPE Nimble Storage is quick to release updates that fix bugs or problems and the failover has been good.""It is easy to use. Not too complicated.""The replay and IOPS work well."

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"It impacts customer retention because of its overall ease. When you are running a business, where time is a factor, that is the biggest selling point. Things happen really rapidly, when they happen, and being able to say, "Yeah, we can get this up and running in a day, if you want," or even less time in some cases. Sometimes, that can be what makes or breaks our case.""I like some basic features like Snapshot, FlexClone, and advanced features such as SnapMirror, and SnapVault. They also recently enhanced the market with Cloud Volumes ONTAP. I think that NetApp is a very good product.""Technical support has been okay.""The cloning and snapshot features are the most valuable. With snapshot backup, we can clone a big database in minutes. We take a lot of snapshots for clients in different environments.""The initial setup is very simple.""Other manufacturers claim simplicity. In fact, frankly, they do have an advantage in that regard, however, they don't have the functionality. If you were to compare one of those products to NetApp, head to head from a feature perspective, NetApp would wind up in the top 10.""Technical support is good.""We have had issues before on our infrastructure where 20 to 30 percent of the people would come to us pointing the finger at the storage technology or storage back-end. That is now virtually zero."

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Cons
"In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""I would like to see the management layer improved.""The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint."

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"I think the scalability of HPE Nimble Storage could be improved.""We would like there to be more enhanced features.""The solution needs to be an active-active controller.""Scalability, in terms of being able to scale out, is not easy and should be improved.""If they could reduce the cost, that would be ideal.""There is no active-active controller, which means that we can only have one controller online at a time.""We want to start storing data in the cloud really soon and we are looking at options.""I would like to see an added feature to auto-fix, or a dynamic alerting system on storage."

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"It would be better if they just improved the performance of the system.""During the initial setup, you need to know what you are doing.""The admin tools and the integration with other products and clouds can be improved. It should also be easier to identify and troubleshoot problems in this solution. It takes a long time, and it should be improved.""Their backup software could be improved.""We have been seeing some challenges around the application layer implementation. We are having some teething problems now with the cooperation between the application layer and backups to things, like SnapCenter. This may be a question of product maturity.""Its integration could be improved.""From my perspective, everything works well. They've already announced that they have some features in their next release that make the existing investment more usable, by adding software features to your existing legacy hardware investment.""When comparing with Pure for example, with Pure you have no maintenance anymore and with NetApp, you still need maintenance."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with.""The licensing fees are very reasonable."

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"We pay a one-time fee for terabyte licenses, and the support is paid yearly.""I think HPE Nimble Storage is less expensive than Primera and is the best solution for Venezuela.""Nimble Storage is too expensive for our enterprise customers.""The price is negotiable and when we first received the quote it was expensive, but after dealing with them and receiving a discount, the price is reasonable.""The solution is a little pricey compared to others on the market.""HPE Nimble Storage is more expensive than some of the other solutions, such as Pure Storage. They charge more for every feature than other vendors.""I would classify it as an expensive product.""HPE Nimble Storage didn't require a license at the time."

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"The price of NetApp is very expensive, but we don't know how much Pure is, so we can't compare.""All features are included in the license, whereas with an EMC solution, you have to pay separately for extra terabytes.""It depends on how you look at things, but they are in a higher price range.""The licensing and pricing are fine. As a reseller for the product, we need to make the differentiation in the minds of the customer. They are not just buying some tool that does only one thing, e.g., showing a LAN for a customer. The pricing is fair for what it is.""We benefited from implementing all-flash by reducing our data center footprint. We took it from 30 racks to just over five. This is one of the biggest savings for us."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: HPE Nimble Storage dHCI Vs. VxRail One of the best things about the HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is the three, two, one,… more »
Top Answer: HPE Nimble is a versatile synced WAN San solution. It is easy to use and doesn’t require much training for admins. The… more »
Top Answer: The management software that runs in the cloud is called InfoSight and it is very good. It is similar to machine… more »
Top Answer: It impacts customer retention because of its overall ease. When you are running a business, where time is a factor, that… more »
Top Answer: The licensing and pricing are fine. As a reseller for the product, we need to make the differentiation in the minds of… more »
Top Answer: I don't like the newest GUI. It needs more options. Some features have been removed. Oversight is not as good in the new… more »
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Pavilion HFA
Nimble Storage
NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS
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Overview

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

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.

NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud.  Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Ace Relocation, Atkins Nutritionals, Berkeley Research Group, Canadian International School, City of Hot Springs, Clackamas County, Corona-Norco Unified School District, Ideal Integrations, Linear Technology, P&O Maritime, Retail Apparel Group (RAG), Virtual Radiologic
Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm17%
Healthcare Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Manufacturing Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Healthcare Company16%
Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Retailer8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider23%
Manufacturing Company10%
Government5%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
REVIEWERS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise33%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise65%
REVIEWERS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise69%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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HPE Nimble Storage is ranked 4th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 19 reviews while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is ranked 7th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 9 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage is rated 8.6, while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage writes "Beneficial management software, straightforward installation, and good support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) writes "Provides us with quick options when restoring things for customers". HPE Nimble Storage is most compared with HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore and IBM FlashSystem, whereas NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC Unity XT, Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, Dell EMC PowerStore and IBM FlashSystem. See our HPE Nimble Storage vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) report.

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