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Researched Pure Storage FlashArray but chose Nimble Storage: A lot of redundancies in all the right areas make it a stable solution
Researched Nimble Storage but chose Pure Storage FlashArray: The ease of management has made it so easy that we don't have to have extra storage or systems people
Find out what your peers are saying about Nimble Storage vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
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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.
We also use VMware integrations developed by Pure, their plugins in our vCenter environment. They help by allowing our non-technical operations teams to deploy new data stores and resize data stores without me having to involve myself all the time to do those simple tasks.
Their REST API is wonderful, well-documented, and easy to use.
As soon as we introduced our first Pure Storage FlashArray, the first benefit was at least twice the performance increase. Our production databases simply ran twice as fast with no other change.
Pure Storage technology allowed us to automate tasks, reducing something which started as a 12-hour turnaround down to about 15 minutes.
The data reduction technology part of the scalability has been impressive, like its ability to host additional workloads, volumes of data, and databases.
The performance is very good.
For us, the most valuable feature is the compression and deduplication. Being able to deploy a three to one ratio for storage is absolutely critical in today's world with the growing need for storage and the growing need for more space.
The ease of management is one of the most valuable features of this solution. I would have also said that it's pretty fast but now our SQL servers are starting to beat it up pretty bad.
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 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.
I would like to see more integrations.
If they could make it cheaper, that would be something.
The higher education moves slowly. We are still looking forward to implementing the full list of existing features.
In terms of the future, I have been excited by some of the copy data management stuff that they're talking about building into the environment. There are feature sets where I've done a lot of automation work. So, I am always looking forward to extensions of their API. They're also talking about a phone home centralized analytics database being used as a centralized management console with a list of new cloud features, but this doesn't seem finalized.
Storage. There could be better storage.
The scalability of the solution is not as good as it probably could be.
A year ago they promised that they would be able to read through the database encryption with more metric and they have not delivered on that patch, which is significant because it gives us back so much more storage room. We want to be able to read through the encryption.
We would like to see better troubleshooting aspects. It helps us if we can find out where the problem is. Right now, it's difficult. Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint the issue. If they had more visibility and more troubleshooting feature built into the tool that would really help.
In the next release of this solution, we would like to see automated copy data management for SQL Server.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
In terms of other contemporary arrays, Pure is something you need to have a use case for, as it's not priced for you to buy one off-the-shelf. If you have a use case, heavy lift Oracle Databases, any type of noticeable virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), or need low latency and high throughput, you should consider all-flash at least and probably Pure Storage.
I don't know the exact cost but it's around $1,000.
Pure has been flexible with us on the pricing models.
We have 16 or 18 arrays. We like to do the three-year support model so that we get Evergreen and therefore, we get free upgrades. We pay around more than 1.5 million dollars.
Our costs are around $100,000.
I have had a couple of customers who have complained about the cost. It can be a little more expensive than some of the other platforms. After it has been installed, I have never had a customer say, "I wish we wouldn't have spent all that extra money." They have always been happy with the product after it has been installed. They might be on the fence about it because of the price, but everybody who I have ever seen install it, they are always happy with it.
We evaluated Oracle and Hitachi, but Pure Storage had the better pricing.
The cost has room for improvement.
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