Compare IBM Storwize vs. Nimble Storage

IBM Storwize is ranked 9th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews while Nimble Storage is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 34 reviews. IBM Storwize is rated 8.2, while Nimble Storage is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of IBM Storwize writes "Virtualization significantly decreases the data migration time". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nimble Storage writes "A reliable product that has been 100 percent up". IBM Storwize is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and NetApp FAS Series, whereas Nimble Storage is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our IBM Storwize vs. Nimble Storage report.
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Pros
They have a virtualization feature and, even if you do not want to buy that feature, you can have it as a trial for two to three months. If you have another brand of storage from another company, you can use this tool to transfer all your data from the old system to the new Storwize system, which really shortens the migration time.High availability and enhanced security; Proven dependability; Data compression with hardware acceleration; Advanced copy services features are all in this product.The GUI is very easy and performance is also good.Virtualization of external storage, while adding cache and speed to the external storage.

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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 have looked at a few pages of a report I download and I saw a graph there regarding software-defined vendors. IBM is not in a good position on this graph. I know that they are working very hard on this, to make it much better and to get to a level where it's not only hardware but also software to provide a complete solution.GUI interface should be enhanced more as there is some issues in copy services.Replication features need improvement. Currently, they are there in the product, but I'm not sure as to how it works exactly.Events/log analysis tools.

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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
The pricing has been very competitive for the last few years. IBM got to the point where they changed the pricing model and we feel very comfortable with the pricing. It's very competitive. Over the last two years, IBM has been coming up with all kinds of interesting promos, especially for the SMB systems. That makes it very competitive price-wise and in terms of performance...IBM V7000 has a new license and price structure which provides intuitive licensing based on the functions customers wish to enable and use the most.Regarding licensing make sure you add at least three years software maintenance from IBM at the beginning, because you will not be able to download firmware updates or any fixes/patches without this.

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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
Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize software, the IBM Storwize family provides hybrid solutions with common functionality, management and flexibility. These products include built-in functions such as Real-time Compression and Easy Tier technology, which optimize flash and hard disk drives to deliver high performance and extraordinary levels of efficiency. Available in a wide range of storage systems, the Storwize family delivers sophisticated capabilities that are easy to deploy, and help control costs for growing businesses.

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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Sample Customers
IP-Only AB, Start Quimica, Informatica El Corte Ingles, Fujikura, Royal Carribean Cruises, Agence France-Presse, University of Pittsburgh, PelephoneAce 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 Firm17%
Logistics Company8%
Healthcare Company8%
Wholesaler/Distributor8%
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Financial Services Firm22%
Software R&D Company16%
Marketing Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Healthcare Company10%
Insurance Company8%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Software R&D Company13%
Financial Services Firm8%
Marketing Services Firm7%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise47%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise73%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise39%
Large Enterprise36%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise53%
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