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MattBonfield
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer
Jul 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The way that it optimizes the hot data versus cold data is really what Nimble does super well.

How has it helped my organization?

We want rock solid stability, making sure all of our customers have complete 100 percent uptime, which is our goal. Nimble achieves that pretty well. InfoSight is a regular part of our weekly routine… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like deduplication by default on all the volumes. I still don't understand (or know why) dedupe isn't enabled for the templates out-of-the-box. We have to go in and manually enable it each and… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were running out of space. The ability to compress and dedupe stuff with Nimble is unmatched. Coming off old Dell EMC PowerVaults and our own custom SAN solution that that we had running with… more »

What other advice do I have?

Try it out. Demo it. Just have somebody put it in front of you, so you can poke around and demonstrate how it works with a real environment. Check out a Hyper-V or VMware. VMware is a lot more… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell EMC, Nimbus, and Nimble. Nimble just stuck out of the pack. The demo that they gave us years ago was really what sold it. We have a reseller who we work with, and we are a partner… more »
Real User
IT Infrastructure & Systems Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Jul 07 2019

What is most valuable?

We use a platform as a service and have multiple application vendors who comprise that platform. There are moments when those application vendors put the blame on us. By working in InfoSight, I am… more »

How has it helped my organization?

For us, it is about speed and stability. There are a lot of redundancies in place. I am able to access what I need to access. Our situation is sort of unique. We need fast disk for compute, but then… more »

What needs improvement?

I wish they would put the InfoSight page back the way it was. I got in it for the first time about two years ago, and it looked the same for about a year and a half. Then, about six months ago, it… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

At my previous place of employment, I mentioned to my previous boss about this solution because it would have been good at my prior place of employment. They were in a similar situation. They had… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at other storage companies. The fact that I can incorporate both flash and spin into one pane, look at Nimble and still get solutions. For me, it was a no-brainer. This was the discovery… more »
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Jeff Tedform
Real User
Senior Network Administrator at a university with 201-500 employees
Jul 07 2019

What is most valuable?

We have over 100 terabytes of storage, and it is all solid state. That is pretty valuable for everything we do. The build alone is amazing and the way everything is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

On some of our backup jobs, we are getting a dedupe rate of 11 to 13 times. Nimble is taking up a minuscule amount of actual raw storage for backups, etc. Data management… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the network portion of the product improve, especially with some of the things which are coming out from Aruba and HPE. Both are innovating more of an… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are paying for the licensing yearly.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The former CIO hadn't upgraded anything in almost 20 years. Everything that we had was completely outdated. We wanted to move to a more efficient solution for our… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely point a colleague toward the Nimble product. Most of my peers are also at universities, and the product fits perfectly into what we are trying to do. As… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had Dell EMC, Nimble, and 3PAR come out. Our partner is Logicalis, and they set up all these interviews for us. We interviewed them one at a time. With our partner, we… more »
Guillermo Black
Real User
Service Manager at Sadle Creek Logistics
Jul 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are it's reliability and the redundancy that it provides. This is also a good product from a financial perspective. The performance of this solution allows… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are a 24/7 operation, even though our corporate office is a typical Monday through Friday operation. It is vital that we have all of our data up and running, all of the time because a lot of our… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more advanced analytics in the next release of this solution. Perhaps it will help us to see things that we're not seeing already.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is efficient in more than one way. 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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at providers other than HP, such as Pure Storage, but we don't like to be on the bleeding edge. We prefer to be with providers that have been stable and around for a long period of time.
Atul Sohla
Real User
Operations Manager at Nuvollo
Jul 25 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for our organization is that the solution provides us access to the storage we need without having to have multiple storage experts on staff to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We can have fewer resources manning and monitoring the storage and we can reallocate resources to work on other things while maintaining confidence in our storage… more »

What needs improvement?

As far as what future versions of the product should include, I don't have any experience with what it is lacking. It is really up to the technical guys to determine what… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We purchased the solution for something in the $80,000 range. It was a fixed-price option.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used a different solution and knew we needed to change our solution to provide storage for our virtualization. The storage solution we had previously could… more »

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would say this product is a nine. I think it does what it promises and support is decent. The only drawback I find is the size of the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a couple of options that we were considering before going with Nimble. We also looked at some of the offerings from Dell. I think those were the two main ones… more »
Larry Stewart
Real User
Director of Hosting Operations at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 24 2019

What is most valuable?

I really like the form factor, which is nice and compact and small. We do use Infosight, but it does not greatly affect us because we are one hundred percent Hyper-V, and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This is a storage solution and while it is faster than our old storage platform, that in and of itself hasn't really improved any of the operational aspects of the… more »

What needs improvement?

It would have been nice if the vendor had informed us of a known bug that occurred during the firmware upgrade because we could have prevented our only major failure. I… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are no licensing costs for this solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We needed additional capacity and our old SAN solution was seven years old, at about end-of-life. We had been using a Dell Compellent, and it wasn't really suited for our… more »

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this solution is to only make changes in maintenance windows, even when the engineers say that nothing will happen. My… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The only vendor on our shortlist was Nimble. We had investigated them years ago because other sister companies within the community had already begun using them. We want… more »
Sanjeev JHA
Real User
IT Manager at Harvard University
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

We like the performance.

How has it helped my organization?

We feel that we can rely on this solution more for the business-critical applications we have, compared to what we had earlier. Also, the all-flash positions our organization for growth. Video quality… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more integrations. They might already have them, but I want to integrate it with the different hardware we have.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had legacy storage and my team recommended that we had to move to something new.

What other advice do I have?

We like the flexibility. Anybody who is looking for a product that is easy to use and deploy, this is good. I do need to evaluate the security aspect of it, especially intelligence to counter any… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had Dell EMC, as well as the company that was originally Sun Microsystems. We also had a couple of startups. We went with HPE mostly because of the familiarity and because my team recommended it… more »
Chris Childerhose
Real User
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication at ThinkON
May 11 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are - 1. Ease of setup 2. Ease of Management with Web UI 3. InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed… more »

How has it helped my organization?

These arrays perform very well and have allowed us to move many physical servers to virtual and run them from the Nimble arrays without any performance impact and there is… more »

What needs improvement?

No areas require improvement at this time. The arrays run very well and updates are flawless when completing.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously used Dell Equilogic arrays but they were end of life.

What other advice do I have?

Given the chance to evaluate Nimble it is highly recommended. Their CASL architecture is very fast and being able to get the performance from spinning disk that you see on… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options for storage were evaluated.
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What is HPE Nimble Storage?

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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