Compare IBM FlashSystem vs. Nimble Storage

IBM FlashSystem is ranked 13th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews while Nimble Storage is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 34 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2, while Nimble Storage is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "A scalable, stable solution that offers very good performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nimble Storage writes "A reliable product that has been 100 percent up". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, Pure Storage FlashArray and Dell EMC XtremIO Flash, whereas Nimble Storage is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. Nimble Storage report.
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Pros
We are a 100% satisfied with the stability of the solution.Stability-wise, this solution is fine.The feature I find most valuable, is the deduplication, because the nature of the data that we are using in our current environment, has a lot of replicated data.The performance of the All-Flash System is very good. There is more enhanced performance and data production in the solution, which I appreciate.The initial setup was really straightforward. It was not complex. Deployment took one month, due to the data migration duration.The FS900 uses custom built flash modules offering with better latency, and is also denser packed then most modular all-flash arrays using commodity SSDs.An easy interface to set up, good build quality, and easily accessible parts for hot swapping combined with sub 500 us latency under heavy load.The initial customer technical support was efficient and effective.

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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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I think the only thing the developers can look at, is that it is limited to 25 gigabytes currently. In the next release they might want to increase that.This solution needs a management console where we are alerted to issues and can report them, or escalate them through email or another method.I would like to see an improvement in the handling of large amounts of rights.The solution is not easy to implement. It takes a lot of time to study the product and it's a little complicated in general.The solution is not able to replicate data in one-to-many scenario.When we performed some HW fault tests under heavy load, we found that some of the parts (fan units and PSUs) should only be removed from the airflow for a short time (less than a minute) when replacing.Include an option to upload the support package to the IBM ECuRep when opening an IBM PMR.

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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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Pricing and Cost Advice
For a yearly license, it is about $100,000. There are no additional costs. The entire system is included.

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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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33
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608
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9.2
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Overview
IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.

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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Celero, Friedhelm Loh Group, Clarks, Mingkang Natregro Health Food Group, Sofia, Etisalat Fights Fraud, UF Health Shands Hospital, Generali, Elecon Engineering Company Limited, Ventiv , Technology, CPFL Energia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., SciQuest, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Paddy Power, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Interconnect Services, Severstal IP-Only AB, PVU Group GmbHAce 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
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm45%
Government18%
Comms Service Provider18%
Recruiting/Hr Firm9%
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Software R&D Company23%
Financial Services Firm22%
Government14%
Media Company13%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Healthcare Company10%
Insurance Company8%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Software R&D Company20%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm7%
Healthcare Company6%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise44%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise39%
Large Enterprise36%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise52%
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