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Tehnical Business Dev at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 05 2018

What is most valuable?

InfoSight. It's AI for the data center. It's very easy. It does a lot of the work for the customer. That is why HPE bought InfoSight, so they could deploy it across all their other platforms as well. It's a big game-changer. It's one of the easiest things to talk about when you're working with a customer. Customers don't want to do a whole lot of troubleshooting themselves, and with InfoSight and… more »

What needs improvement?

From what I've seen personally, customers that have Nimble don't really switch away from it. When newer versions come out, they usually have everything in terms of all the support and all the additional components that might be needed to help. With the newest models, you're getting decompression and dedupe on some of the entry-level models, and this fixes a lot of issues for customers. Therefore… more »

What other advice do I have?

I have had a lot of personal success with it. Our organization has had a lot of success with it. It has a very straightforward presentation. It does the job for a lot of customers, and it's a great enterprise solution for many of them.
Real User
Sr Manager, Computing at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is InfoSight, and the ability that InfoSight gives you, from insight within your environment to what is going on at the storage layer. Also, since we use this product… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have lost that dependency with traditional data center architecture where you have your storage team and server team. Now, our virtual admins are able to take control of Nimble and know how to… more »

What needs improvement?

The solution that I have is a hybrid, not a full flash. The hybrid version could be improved.

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

We were looking for something where the cost would not be as high as what we were used to with traditional storage arrays. Even so, it has been on par in terms of performance, even though the price… more »

What other advice do I have?

It is a good investment, especially on virtualized workloads. We have seen a lot of benefit there. We have not used it for other types of virtual workloads, both mixed workload applications and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had also shortlisted EMC. We initially went with Nimble because of price, but later figured out the other benefits.
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Real User
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 28 2018

What is most valuable?

Regarding InfoSight, I have installed eight of them out of the 50 units we bought, and we have found, with the analysis, bad drives and we have been able to figure it out… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It makes things less complex. It's a simple product and does what it's supposed to do.

What needs improvement?

I want it to be an active-active array. Nimble would be great as an active-active array because then everything checks out. It would give a feeling of comfort.

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

Other arrays are 2x if not 3x the price.

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

We had 10 requirements and they filled most if not all the checkboxes, except for the active-active controller piece.

What other advice do I have?

Do the hard work and it pays for itself. Do a PoC and, when you check your requirements, it will fill in most of them if not all. This solution is a nine out of 10 because… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

EMC, NetApp, and Pure storage too.
Christian Cipolat
Real User
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at TAL
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

* Scalability * User interface * Reporting

How has it helped my organization?

As an adjunct to our 3PAR platform, which is currently at capacity, it assists us in delaying the renewal of our 3PAR. It's an additional service on top of our storage solutions.

What needs improvement?

Something I would like to see is more clarity regarding the positioning of Nimble versus 3PAR. I am struggling with the boundaries within which these two are competing.

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

I had capacity issues, and my scale-out of existing solutions was not viable, so I had to look for something new. I was forced into a Nimble purchase through an acquisition that we made, so I became familiar with the product and then… more »

What other advice do I have?

I think good evaluation criteria include checking the scalability of the product. I also think the reporting aspect of it is very complete. I would rate it at eight out of 10, and the reason for that is it's not as flexible a storage… more »
Lee Holland
Real User
Director Of IT at Okland
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

InfoSight provides real-time reporting, it gives you information about your different volumes, how the arrays are being used, I/O, performance in general. That's where we find value in it as well.

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization functions very similarly to how it had operated prior to Nimble, but our applications are more responsive. The time it takes to produce some reports - specifically our year-end… more »

What needs improvement?

What I have seen so far has been sufficient for our needs.

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

We were previously a Dell EqualLogic shop for some 15 years. In fact, we still have them in production. Since the acquisition of EqualLogic by Dell, the product doesn't seem to be increasing in… more »

What other advice do I have?

From a virtualized infrastructure standpoint, I would advise that, if you are looking for a high-performing storage array - not necessarily long-term storage because the price per gig is pretty… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did consider other vendors. Ultimately, I had had my eye on Nimble for a long time, and I had already researched it, had done my homework on it, and was just waiting for the right opportunity.
Dustin Newby
Real User
IT Director at a healthcare company
Jun 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of installation, it's very easy to set up, to get up and running. It works well, I don't have any issues with it. Also, they have unparalleled customer support. You call in and you talk to a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our ability to deliver care to patients quickly. Our previous arrays, they were having a lot of slowness issues and that was impacting the way that our providers were giving patient… more »

What needs improvement?

The only thing I'm really looking for in my next array is some hyperconverged, so if they had something in that space... But I know they have SimpliVity so that is probably not going to happen.

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

With the array we had, the maintenance contract was over and it was going to cost us a lot to continue support on it. Plus, we were having a lot of latency issues with it and a lot of complaints from… more »

What other advice do I have?

Look at the portfolio and decide what meets your needs because there is a wide range of performance that you can get out there. I've been burned before, a little bit, on some of the lower-performance… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at EMC, Pure Storage, and VxRail.
Troy Atwood
Real User
VP Of Global Technology at Synexys
Jun 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Now that it's owned by HPE, all of my SANs are under one support organization.

How has it helped my organization?

When we initially bought it, Nimble helped improve our organization as that was when we went through and we virtualized everything. Nimble was the back-end SAN for everything.

What needs improvement?

I haven't thought about what I might want to see in a future release mainly because we're trying to figure out where we want to head next: if we want to go with the Synergy system or if we want to continue down the hyperconverged path.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Nimble an eight out of 10, with cost probably being the big factor. It was a little on the pricey side at the time that it was bought. I came in late to the game, it was already in place when I got to the company. But, going back over the documentation, it was probably a little pricey.
Real User
Sr VP Dep Director of IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 24 2018

What is most valuable?

I feel most IT consultants, traditionally, would consider Nimble a mid-line or a starter-line, but I feel that they operate in an enterprise-class. I believe that especially their All Flash Arrays that came out, that was their new adaptation from their hybrid. We use an AF5000 in our environment… more »

What needs improvement?

I think HPE is headed in the right direction. From what I know, their management is actually putting Nimble on the forefront to be the leader, and I think that's where it belongs. To stay ahead of the game, they need to put Nimble in front and stay there, and ride that horse throughout.

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

It was actually one of the bleeding edge technologies we reviewed over the legacy stack that we were dealing with traditionally. We used EMC in the past from a spindle and, at that point, we didn't feel EMC was adequate to fulfill our needs. So we looked at Nimble from price and technology points of… more »

What other advice do I have?

I am actually here, at the HPE Discover 2018 conference, to find out what they plan on doing with Nimble in the future. We're also a user of the SimpliVity stack and I didn't feel that the roadmap for that has played out. We're here to see how the Nimble is going to play out. I'm very interested… more »
Real User
Vice President Tech Operations at Ten-X
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

Our upgrades are seamless. Whether we're adding storage, or upgrading the software, we don't take an outage for those upgrades. Also, InfoSight does exactly what it needs to do. It tells us when we have problems and if we need to move… more »

What needs improvement?

The only thing that I can really compare Nimble to is all-flash because, right now, Nimble is a hybrid solution. I would like to see them come out with an all-flash alternative. I'd also like to see them incorporate tools that let me get… more »

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

The switch was because of budgetary constraints. I knew I couldn't put in an EMC array in the initial solution that we used before, which was for VDI. If I had tried to deal with the EMC, I would not have gotten the performance and it would… more »

What other advice do I have?

I'd put Nimble at about an eight out of 10 because Pure storage reset our standard for what is absolutely the best. Pure is a whole different platform and not hybrid. I like Nimble, it's very good, it works, it's definitely cost-effective… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our production environment runs off of Pure Storage, our corporate environment runs off of Nimble.
Randy Daming
Real User
Consulting Engineer at Ameren Corporation
Jun 20 2018

What is most valuable?

* Zero downtime * Very easy installation * Easy upgrades

How has it helped my organization?

In our organization, when people say "I need a new server," I say, "I have the space."

What needs improvement?

My version does not have dedupe, it has compression. I know that they have dedupe now. I just need to buy it. I would like to see native network attached storage (NAS)… more »

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

The first two that I bought were incredibly expensive, compared to the last five to seven that I have bought. The price has come way down, and it has been a year or so… more »

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

One of the sales guys was aggressive and he met with me several times. We were, frankly, very impressed and very surprised. He said, "How about if you try it out?" and I… more »

What other advice do I have?

Try it out. You will love InfoSight, their online viewing tool, it is a wonderful addition. HPE thought so too, so they bought it and are putting it in everywhere. It is… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We thought about the HPE 3PAR, but it seemed to be pricey. Frankly, Nimble came in and sold us on their solution. The 3PAR guy did not really make a strong sales… more »
Tom Mcdougall
Real User
President at High Point Networks
Jun 20 2018

What is most valuable?

* The all-flash arrays, today people really want them. * Their hybrid stuff is great. * They do a good job of helping people do storage in a very simple way.

How has it helped my organization?

They could probably improve an organization with just about anything. It is all a matter of ease of use, ease of the implementation, etc. From that perspective, I would like to think it has been able to accomplish what people want done in… more »

What needs improvement?

There are customers who want to do some different things with the Microsoft Resilient File System. There are some customers who want to do different types of connectivity. I do not know if I would call that an improvement, necessarily… more »

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

If you are a super small company, the product is probably not right for you. It is out of your price range. Anything from mid-SMB up to enterprise, it is absolutely the right product.

What other advice do I have?

I am giving it a 10 out of 10 because I can't think of a reason why I would not. The product is good and always has been.
Real User
IT Assistant at Takeform
May 23 2018

What do you think of HPE Nimble Storage?

What is our primary use case?

This is the SAN for our network. We house all of our network files here, as well as our virtual machines.

How has it helped my organization?

Nimble Storage is a great storage solution. It provided us a lot insight on the growth of our storage.

What is most valuable?

InfoSight: It lets us see what we might have to prepare for in the future. This feature has been a big help, especially since we have been recently looking to move on as our contract is almost up.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

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

It is very pricey. You pay for what you get, and this storage solution is great. It is well worth the cost.
Real User
Technical Architect
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

Two things. * One is their support. You always get through to somebody who knows exactly what they're talking about. * The fact that once you've bought, any updates are just part of your subscription, so you don't have to buy add-ons for… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has totally taken away a layer of time and effort, management-wise, from two engineers to give that time back into developing more solutions. It has provided us essentially with a platform to go away and be more creative, knowing that… more »

What needs improvement?

More reporting is probably the only thing that is really lacking. It would be helpful to go to the business and say, "This is how we've evolved with our solution, and this is why we need more." Being able to put forward a business case with… more »

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are that vendor's ability to support its platform into the future. Also, a track record of actually delivering a solution. Nimble, when we went with them they were clearly a new company… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had an incumbent storage provider which was also tendering; one of the bigger storage providers. But we were a bit put out by their ability to provide us with any real reason to stay with them. They didn't seem to have any innovation… more »
Vendor
‎IT Infrastructure Manager at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 17 2017

What do you think of HPE Nimble Storage?

How has it helped my organization?

It's given us more time to do the important things, less time worrying about SANs and failures and picking up the pieces. It just works. 

What is most valuable?

Reliability Monitoring Support is brilliant

What needs improvement?

This is a tricky one, really. It does everything we would want from a SAN. It doesn't make the drinks, but all we're looking for is performance and reliability, and it does that.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There hasn't been any downtime that wasn't self-inflicted. We ran out of at space once. We didn't ignore the warnings, but we didn't do anything about the warnings. But it's been perfectly reliable on its own.

What do I

Real User
Product Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 17 2017

What is most valuable?

It's a fairly simple-to-manage platform. We had a situation in the past where we had more storage platforms than we had storage engineers. We've managed to cut that down, which is good. It is cost-effective, which is important for a service… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Firstly, we get pretty good support from HPE on it, in terms of leads. So that's valuable by definition. The quality of the service and management tools let us do things like contractual guarantees for storage performance for customers… more »

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see more granular quality of service rules. So things like: I think currently there's not much room for maximum IOPS, but there's not an option for minimum IOPS for a given volume. It's less about giving us more features and… more »

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

We replaced 3PAR with Nimble.

What other advice do I have?

We deployed Nimble about nine months ago, across all of our managed services customers. We've got about six arrays, about 400 terabytes of data provisioned on Nimble at the moment. When we look to work with a vendor like HPE or any other… more »
Consultant
Corporate at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Dec 13 2017

What is most valuable?

Before HPE bought Nimble, we had a couple of customers that use it quite extensively, not just for storage of data, but also as their backup solution as well. So, we have found the advantage of it is the easy, rapid setup, but also that it is very easy to manage. Their remote management and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest thing from when they have replaced the old storage is that they have not had to touch it. That once it is set up it, it dynamically understands what data is being stored on it and where to store it, because they have got a flash array at the front, then obviously the standard style of… more »

What needs improvement?

The backup solution that they are using now probably has not been deduped. I think this is probably sort of one area that the customer is a little bit concerned about. It is a timing issue for them, though it is still working at the moment. It is just not giving them enough header space that they… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our customers have been looking at 3PAR, but: * It is too expensive. * It was not automated enough, in the way that Nimble is. It is sort of one of those decisions that it is quite easy to make in terms of the Nimble solution for money for storage size regarding which is more cost effective. Also… more »
Real User
Head of IT at Law Firm
Nov 07 2017

What is most valuable?

It's not that expensive and it really brings the latency down; that was the promise from their end and it really did.

How has it helped my organization?

Since we are using virtual desktop environments, we had to deal with boot storms and we solved this issue with Nimble.

What needs improvement?

For me, this product has everything I need in there. What could be improved is performance monitoring, i.e., if it can get even better than what it is now, I will be happy. For example, there should… more »

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

We were using a different solution. I was visiting a specific software house conference (the software that we were using then), they had Nimble there and I was really interested; I asked them… more »

What other advice do I have?

Absolutely, try it out. For me, it was very easy because Nimble offered us to try and buy. They just came, set up the box, and I had a whole month's time to try it; it worked perfectly. For me, it was… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at the traditional products out there and did a comparison with Nimble as well. For example, we compared EMC Storage with NimbLe and I also did consider SimpliVity, at the time but for this… more »
Vendor
Senior Systems Engineer at a sports company
Oct 30 2017

What is most valuable?

* VMware integration, why is pretty self-explanatory. * Nimble offers better VMware integration then EMC does. * Veeam Backup integration: Veeam is the defacto standard for backing up of virtual environment. * Fibre Channel support

How has it helped my organization?

It delivers High IOPS, but more important, low latency. This is the most important part for our usage.

What needs improvement?

Nimble offers InfoSight, which in turn offers VMVision. This is a terrific feature. You can immediately see which VM causes the highest IOPS and which has the most latency. The downside of this feature is that you can only see it on InfoSight and the data is always a few hours old. It would be awesome if this was in the dashboard of the Nimble and shown as live data. Also, Nimble requires its DNS… more »
Vendor
Network Services Manager at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 23 2017

What do you think of HPE Nimble Storage?

How has it helped my organization?

Our storage solutions are stable and scalable.

What is most valuable?

The valuable features include encryption of data, hybrid performance, firmware updates, and overall simplicity.

What needs improvement?

The amount of firmware updates released seem excessive.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

The level of technical support is excellent. We are always able to speak to an intelligent engineer 24/7/365.

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

We used EMC Celerra. We switched due to the complexity of volume…
Real User
Infrastructure Specialst at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Jul 16 2017

What is most valuable?

All features.

How has it helped my organization?

* Predictive performance * 1/4 of a data center footprint than traditional SAN * Predictive and flexible capacity/performance scaling * Box license, unlimited… more »

What needs improvement?

Further improvements on existing features, always.

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

I strongly recommend everybody switching from traditional capacity-licensing models, to Box-license.

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

Previously used EMC VPLEX, VNX , XtremIO , IBM DS8800, and Storwize. We switched because traditional SAN solutions are outdated and inefficient.

What other advice do I have?

Try it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

HPE 3PAR, Tintri, EMC VNX, and EMC XtremIO.
Consultant
Senior Systems Engineer at Applies Computer Technologies
Jun 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Definitely ease-of-use. I've experienced many different arrays out there and Nimble is definitely there. The analytic side is very helpful on their info site. Integration with VMware is easy. There… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's definitely more of an appliance than a storage array in that sense. So from a "set it and forget it" mentality, it definitely is there.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see integration with OneView, at least for reporting or some sort of monitoring. Basic stuff like that would be nice. I can't think of any area that is lacking for what we use it for.

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

We have a slew of HPE products. Since we were a partner with Nimble prior to the acquisition, it was natural for us to use and sell their products.

What other advice do I have?

Try it. They have a VSA, so they have a virtual appliance. I don't know what the options are for testing it that way, but if there is an option to do a PoC, then give it a shot.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only evaluated HPE. Our previous experience has a bearing on which vendor we choose. In terms of Nimble, I did a thorough technical evaluation and had discussions with the vendor and with Nimble… more »
Vendor
Senior Network and Infrastructure Manager at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 21 2017

What is most valuable?

InfoSight, for sure, has been the best feature so far.

What needs improvement?

I really would like to see synchronous replication. This is something that when we have multiple arrays in our environment and being able to do something like a zero RPO. Being a law firm, we really want our data to be protected all the time. Although, we are really rocking the Nimble snapshots and… more »

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

We were using a different company before. There are actually several reasons why we decided to look at other vendors. One of which was that we had an unexpected outage with our older storage system for about 56 hours and it was significant enough that even though, we usually were loyal to that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We do actually have a certain set of criteria that we use and it's a weighted criteria set. One of the top criteria, for us, is the relationship that you have with the vendor because everybody hopes that things are going to go right, but the real question is when things don't go right, is your team… more »
Vendor
Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 18 2017

What is most valuable?

It provides good performance, ease of use and ease of administration. The usage statistics, the cloud and their info site are all very good.

How has it helped my organization?

It's easier to administer than other storage solutions so that gives us agility to implement storage services.

What needs improvement?

Let's see, well you already have the old flash, I felt that was missing but, I don't know. It's a very good solution but the price is not the best, probably better pricing would be good but yes, it's… more »

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

This was a new project where we needed a storage solution and we evaluated Nimble among others and we decided to go with Nimble.

What other advice do I have?

Try the solution, it's pretty straightforward to use and very easy to manage.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated some others but I'd rather not say which vendors. The features of the product, stability, performance, support and cost are important to us.
Vendor
Senior Director IT at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 18 2017

What is most valuable?

For Nimble, valuable for us is the hybrid solution that they have on flash and spindle disk. So we are able to put very flexible loads on our private clouds in Nimble.

How has it helped my organization?

Well it was simple for us to implement this technology. At some point, for the duration of the storage, we were using EMC basically. And also, the analytics piece that Nimbo has is very convenient because you have a lot of information in… more »

What needs improvement?

Actually they already have a solution for all flash. So, we are planning to use that in our deployment. So, actually there were no issues with features, and we are waiting for the upgrade.

What other advice do I have?

Well its price is very important but also the support. It has a global presence. We are in 35 countries. So, whenever we choose a solution or a standard, we need to define that very clearly. Response time and the technology itself. I mean… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Whenever we want some more capacity, CPU, memory, storage etc, then we normally make an analysis and basically we make the upgrades. We have Nimble and Tripper, as part of the approved solutions. We have Tintri and Dell Compellent. We have… more »
Vendor
System Administrator ll at Calabrio
Jun 16 2017

What is most valuable?

Deduplication and compression.

How has it helped my organization?

Improved performance. It's made my life easier. It integrates very well.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see SSL Certification. For someone like me who has been in the field for a long time, it’s easy to overlook. However, for someone who is fresh out of college, it will be hard for them.

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

We knew we needed a new solution because we needed something for restored backup.

What other advice do I have?

I would say jump on it right away, because it's really the solution. It is really user-friendly. It will make everybody's life easier. It's really wonderful.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was a decision that was made before I joined to the company. The reason they chose Nimble over other products was because HPE required too many licenses at that time. Nimble didn’t require all of… more »
Real User
Vice President Tech Operations at Ten-X
Jun 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The Nimble solution gives us hybrid storage at an affordable cost. We use it in our corporate IT environment. It's fast relatively easy to implement.

What needs improvement?

All-flash arrays.

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

The price is excellent.

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

We used to use Sentry and we switched to Nimble. It was a Greenfield solution. When choosing a solution for storage venues, which is what I do now, the main elements have to be reliability and support. This is our game. Nimble is now a part… more »

What other advice do I have?

Look at Nimble. It fits that median point of "I want something better than my own, home-grown solution", and "I don't to buy a product that is too expensive." It is squarely in the middle.
Vendor
Senior Network Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 14 2017

What is most valuable?

Its speed, ease of use, and it has been completely reliable.

How has it helped my organization?

It has vastly improved the responsiveness of our servers. It adds snapshots to help with our DR. The snapshots are sent across the way into our DR site, so we have DR copies of everything. It’s all around just improved the flow of… more »

What needs improvement?

They keep talking about doing one-to-many replication. This is what we'd like to see, just to help with data replication.

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

We were using a different storage solution and we weren't getting the speed that we needed out of it for some of our applications. We couldn't run an SQL server on our old one. It was just too slow. We looked into 3PAR , because at the… more »

What other advice do I have?

I'd definitely tell them to go with Nimble. I would suggest that they have the Nimble engineer come on site. They don't charge you for that part. This is just so you can get all the thing set up correctly the first time so you are ready to… more »
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 29 2017

What is most valuable?

* Extremely low write latency (for SQL Server) * High performance * Automatic QoS (~60 VMs on single array)

How has it helped my organization?

* No more RAID/pools/disk/LUN management * Our storage administrator got to focus on the virtualization stack 99% of the time (good for him) * We can run all our VMs on a… more »

What needs improvement?

The admin GUI is pretty ugly. It works, but it requires a plug-in. I never had to use it since the VMware vCenter plug-in is so good.

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

All-inclusive licensing (encryption, compression, replication, etc.) is very nice. The initial cost is high in the entry-level market, but worth it for features and… more »

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

We had local SSD, PowerVault MD3200, and EqualLogic arrays. We were not happy with EqualLogic’s performance and scale, so we consolidated it all into Nimble.

What other advice do I have?

Run a competitive PoC with your favorite arrays. Nimble will come out on top in performance AND price/performance.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Pure Storage, Compellent, and Tintri.
ITDirector253
Real User
IT Director at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* High IOPS and a relatively low price * Low space and power requirements: We are seeing a 75% reduction in rack space usage by replacing the previous storage with Nimble… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With snapshot, we achieve better IT operation as we have a snapshot before any major IT admin work takes place. This is good fallback if anything goes wrong with upgrade… more »

What needs improvement?

We heard from the Nimble pre-sales in 2015 that an inline deduplication feature is forthcoming (2016). What I know now is that this is not the case, dedup is only for… more »

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

Licensing is very simple and everything is included.

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

We were using EMC 5200. We switched because there was a forklift upgrade to EMC 5300 that cost almost three times as much compared to Nimble.

What other advice do I have?

Please test first, i.e., get a PoC. The product relies on cache, so streaming data, such as CDR and logs, may not be a good fit, IOPS-wise.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other options. We received a competitive offer from NetApps, but they lost on size. They are still a traditional solution, relying on the number of spindles… more »
Consultant
Service Delivery Leader at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Basically, InfoSight has been tremendous, together with the support process; the way it proactively sends communication back to the support center, the proactive dispatch… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have changed quite a bit in multiple areas. One area is simplicity in technology, in the following ways: * The administrative overhead costs are less. * It has reduced… more »

What needs improvement?

We are fairly happy with the product. I think most of it is definitely satisfying the requirements. But one area, for which we presented our feedback to Nimble, was how we… more »

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

It has got some advantages. It sells at a 60-70% lower price compared to NetApp, and EMC. On licensing, it's all bundled. You don't have to buy a separate license with… more »

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

We were using the NetApp solution beforehand. We switched because, one, obviously, we need to have simplicity in the solution; number two, the cost per unit should be… more »

What other advice do I have?

Go for it. It's definitely a good product from the current scheme of things and the current market trends. We are service providers; we do provide other service models to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate quite a few products. We evaluated Nimble vs Nutanix, Pure Storage and Tintri. We also tried exploring the hyperconverged solutions such as Nutanix and a… more »
Vendor
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ease-of-use: You don't have to be a storage expert to navigate and set up the product. * Reliability: If there are any issues with the product, their support team calls… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With our previous storage product, I would probably spend 2-4 hours a week managing it, logging, checking on things, and fixing issues. Since we've switched to Nimble, I… more »

What needs improvement?

Third-party integrations: A lot of products tend to come out and support NetApp, EMC, and various other storage managers. Nimble tends to be lagging behind in that space… more »

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

Their pricing window was more straightforward than in traditional storage. They have basically guaranteed maintenance pricing. In years four, five, six, and beyond, they… more »

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

We were on NetApp previously. It was too cumbersome to manage. Their support was atrocious, and they were really expensive.

What other advice do I have?

Don't be hesitant, and trust their technology, because it works. Just because they don't have the market share of NetApp and EMC, isn't a reason to overlook them.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at everybody on the market.
Vendor
Infrastructure Developer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 12 2017

What is most valuable?

* Easy management (and easy management during the lifetime of the product) translates into savings. Therefore, it’s important for us. * Speed and price: Nimble Storage is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We now need fewer hands to manage storage. Nimble has incredible speed and stability.

What needs improvement?

It’s just perfect the way it is! Nonetheless, it would be nice to have: * I need a real API (REST), and Nimble Storage made a REST for me (and all the other customers), so… more »

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

There is no licensing, only an up-front price (and service and support) and the price is cheap for the speed and volume.

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

We used NetApp. Nimble Storage is a better block storage than NetApp on every single parameter.

What other advice do I have?

Buy Nimble Storage!

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Violin, and it was much too expensive and not that much faster.
Vendor
CIO at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 12 2017

What is most valuable?

* Simplified storage administration: Due to this, a dedicated storage administrator is no longer needed. Now, we can easily handle the storage systems ourselves. * Very efficient adaptive flash technology: Even without having hundreds of… more »

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

One benefit with the Nimble Storage platform is that is doesn’t contain any software licenses. All functionality comes built-in to the platform.

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

We previously used a different product. The switch was made to gain a less-complex design for setup and administration.

What other advice do I have?

Embrace simplicity. You can dispense with in-house deployed administration tools or tricky CLI GUIs. All you need is just a simple and understandable web interface. Depending on which product platform you are about to replace, you will… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared both traditional vendors including NetApp and HPE as well as upcomers like Pure Storage, Violin, SolidFire, Microsoft Storage Server and others.
Consultant
Director, Microsoft, Storage And Backup, Recovery & Archiving Services at a tech services company
Feb 12 2017

What is most valuable?

* Nimble InfoSight: Provides deep information about not only the Nimble array, but also some insight into the data that resides on it. * Seamless OS upgrade

How has it helped my organization?

This provides for better decision making and forecasting of the evolution of customer data management infrastructures. Additionally, the stability of the Nimble OS… more »

What needs improvement?

This product could improve by adding support for file protocols such as CIFS or NFS, the ability to seamlessly migrate from one volume to another, and the capability to… more »

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

This is a great solution if pricing and licensing is a concern.

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

We are a provider of solutions. We will place technologies where they fit.

What other advice do I have?

Consider other options if file protocols are required. Enable encryption at the time of setup if required, prior to creating volumes.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated NetApp FAS, EMC Unity, and Pure Storage.
Consultant
IT Admin at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 09 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are snapshot & replication. The snapshot is straightforward in terms of how you can easily manage your backup schedule based on your RPO & RTO… more »

How has it helped my organization?

* Upgraded models that doubles the capacity and performance

What needs improvement?

Just continue the updates of technology features; I expect there will be more updates in capacity and IOPS as models upgrade in the future.

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

Pricing is very competitive compared to other solutions. All the features are bundled in the product without any additional cost. There are no licensing costs.

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

I previously used a different solution, and I switched to Nimble because of its cost effectiveness, its ease of use and it is very manageable. Nimble simplified everything… more »

What other advice do I have?

Please evaluate and review other solutions and from that, you can simply compare and experience the advantages of Nimble storage in terms of features, performance, cost… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I also evaluated other options such as EMC, HPE, IBM, etc. Among those brands, for me, Nimble was the most cost effective and simplified.
Vendor
Head of Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The performance and simplicity are the most valuable features. We originally moved from NetApp, which in our opinion was an extremely complicated system to learn. It was not intuitive at all, whereas… more »

How has it helped my organization?

One of the reasons why we had to move away from our old storage solutions was that we started to use virtual workstations. That's a solution that we wanted to move forward and we just didn't have the… more »

What needs improvement?

They only use block-level storage and with NetApp, we were able to use file-level storage. That means we could leverage NFS or we could leverage SIFS and we could actually host a file server on the… more »

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

I recommend the product because of the licensing and pricing. It seems like they are flexible regarding pricing in compared to other vendors. There is really is no licensing; it's all in one. It all… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to use it. Just make sure whether you need to go with an all solid-state drive solution or whether you can use their hybrid solution, because there's going to be a big price… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated NetApp, which is our previous solution, and then we also evaluated Pure Storage.
Vendor
Sr Manager - Infrastructure Implementation Services at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The single feature that is valuable is InfoSight and the visibility it gives us for our capacity planning.

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to enhance the recovery and deployment of our infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

It would be beneficial for Nimble to have an NVVM and/or an all-flash solution. Currently Nimble’s All Flash solution is SSD disk based. Nimble should investigate in… more »

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

I would like to suggest a price reduction seeing that there are similar products in the market. The licensing should not be touched.

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

The previous solution was very complex.

What other advice do I have?

If you don’t have a storage team, this product is right for you.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at HPE 3PAR and Dell EMC.
Consultant
Business Systems Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

Remote replication for disaster recovery is the primary use of the array. As we get further along in our implementation and are more familiar with the product, we intend to use the cloning features to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

In the past, our virtual servers had been deployed to on-board storage. By using an array, we are able to more easily manage and increase our storage capacities. In the future, we intend to use… more »

What needs improvement?

So far, the only area I have noticed that requires improvement is the ability to console directly to the device. The device is supplied with a special adapter that requires a female-to-female serial… more »

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

At one point, we used NetApp. We found it expensive, especially with the storage overhead required. The Nimble product was significantly less expensive and management was simpler.

What other advice do I have?

If you have the budget; go for it. As with any storage, don't under-buy, you'll always need more.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate alternatives.
Vendor
Data Centre Services Manager at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

* Nimble InfoSight is an extremely powerful and useful tool. We log in daily to look at any new alerts, mostly ones that have been cleared without us needing to do… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We supply hourly (or more frequent) snapshots on our private hosted clients. Under the previous vendor’s arrays, there was large management overhead to keep these working… more »

What needs improvement?

There is not a lot of room for improvement. All the items that we wanted to have implemented when we first started using Nimble arrays were either already on their road… more »

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

The pricing for the arrays is very transparent. There is one cost for the array, and another for support. There are zero licensing costs. Whatever you pay for the array… more »

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

We used to use a different storage vendor. The two main reasons we changed were the terrible levels of support we received from the previous company and the arrays'… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you’re looking to implement, ask for a trial; Nimble have been very accommodating with us and others. Their products speak for themselves and will show that the figures… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When we went to market, the team already had a good knowledge of other vendors, having used a good variety of arrays between us. Nimble were the first new array we got in… more »
Vendor
Senior IT Infrastructure and Systems Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

* Easy-to-implement snapshot technology * Replication included with no need for additional licensing

How has it helped my organization?

In addition to exceptional performance and reliability, it covers, "for free", all the needs our primary backup system cannot provide due to costly licensing.

What needs improvement?

The product is near perfect, but there is always room for further development; maybe, more automation in snapshot management.

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

Our last purchase took place three years ago. I cannot advise on today's market.

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

We had multiple storage solutions that simply got to their EOL.

What other advice do I have?

Nimble was pretty unique at the time with their new CASL architecture. There are many more products built on the same principles today on the market. So, as usual, shop… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I joined the company after the decision has been made. An external IT provider assisted with making this decision.
Consultant
Principal Architect at JWS Consult
Jan 10 2017

What is most valuable?

The built-in performance profiles have made tweaking settings for different uses (SQL log files, SQL data files, VMware datastores, etc.) extremely simple. The built-in profiles are more than enough… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The Nimble SANs, as part of an overall move from standalone servers to a combined virtual infrastructure, have allowed my client to be much more responsive to their clients. The client is a SaaS… more »

What needs improvement?

While I was not present for the sizing discussions, I believe there was some lack of discovery in selecting the model and features for my client. Even though the flash size on the array was doubled… more »

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

Licensing is dead simple and not a concern on this product, as all features are included. SANs are purposely CPU limited in a particular model, so be aware that even if you have enough flash for all… more »

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

This particular environment was all standalone servers and storage previously. Decision was made to move to shared storage to support movement from standalone servers to a VMware cluster on Cisco UCS… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was not part of the initial hardware selection. My client was working with a VAR to choose and obtain the hardware for a data center refresh. During this process, it eventually worked out that I… more »
Consultant
Sr. Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

* CASL makes use of hybrid disks to retrieve frequently used data from a set of flash drives while storing actual data to high capacity SAS drives. * Zero Copy Clone saves… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have a small datacenter with Nimble Storage SANs that replicates to Nimble Storage SAN at our remote Disaster Recovery location. We are able to replicate every two… more »

What needs improvement?

Over a year ago, Nimble was available with either iSCSI connectivity or Fiber. Controllers can be upgraded or replaced with either of the connectivity interfaces. But, a… more »

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

If you are looking for a scalable, easy, performance, expandable SAN which provides all the great features without charging you licensing fees for all these useful… more »

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

We had and EMC SAN in the past which took up a lot of space and required regular maintenance from a service technician including several downtimes.

What other advice do I have?

You will be up and running in an hour. Very easy steps to setup and five clicks to setup volumes, replication, etc.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, EMC, NetApp, Simplivity and Violin.
Vendor
IT Operations Manager at a import and exporter with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

1. Simplified storage administration A dedicated storage administrator is no longer needed. All of our engineers have attended the one-day training and has the knowledge… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Increased administrative simplicity and predictable performance.

What needs improvement?

* Improved snapshot overview in array management GUI. * Possibility to apply centralized policies across multiple systems.

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

One benefit with the Nimble Storage platform is that is doesn’t contain any software licenses. All functionality comes built-in to the platform.

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

Yes, the switch was made to gain a less complex design with regards to setup and administration.

What other advice do I have?

Embrace simplicity – no more in-house deployed admin tools or tricky CLI GUI’s, just a simple and understandable web interface. Depending on which product platform you are… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared both traditional vendors as NetApp and HPE, as well as up-comers like Pure Storage, Violin, SolidFire, Microsoft Storage Server and others.
Real User
IT Admin at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

Easy to configure and view information of the system's health. We do not need a dedicated staff member to handle the system we deploy. A regular infrastructure person that attends the Nimble training course will be able to handle the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Less manpower overhead to manage the storage.

What needs improvement?

Scalability, see below.

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

Pricing is decent.

What other advice do I have?

It depends on your infrastructure specialist, the very technically advanced specialists will prefer something that is not so user friendly. They would prefer more configuration options where only people with the technical know-how will be… more »
Vendor
IT Director at a consumer goods company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

* Hybird configuration * SSD Cache These features keep the cost per IO and Gig low while giving very good performance. We have multiple database servers on the SAN that… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Eliminated all IO bottlenecks, reduced from 6 SANs to 1.

What needs improvement?

Admin interface can be slow.

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

It is straightforward, no hidden costs.

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

Yes, Dell EqualLogic. Cost per IO and Gig. Stability.

What other advice do I have?

If you test it yourself, it is clear how it just beats every other product hands down.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, Dell, EMC, Hitachi, NetApp, Pure Storage.
Vendor
Virtualisation/SAN Specialist with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

* Simplicity, ease of upgrade of software (no downtime) * Performance Integration with Commvault * InfoSight reporting * Support – World Class * The Web GUI interface is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

* Data Protection is superb with downstream DR Nimble arrays. * Confidence in support and not being afraid to keep up to date.

What needs improvement?

* Web GUI should be HTML5. * Use smaller form factor disk to provide more spindles. Streaming Backup I/O overnight would dent performance if we were a 24*7 business. Most… more »

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

Competitive. No licensing. Since everything is included.

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

* NetApp, EMC, Dell EqualLogic. * NetApp relies on lots of disk and was a nightmare to keep up to date. Updating was a major project when it happened. * NetApp? To… more »

What other advice do I have?

They have All Flash arrays if people are concerned about Hybrid performance. The support is the major factor in choosing Nimble and the performance has been great in all… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Tintri
Vendor
Systems and Network Manager at a engineering company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

Snapshotting and replication. These features provide a good resilience for business continuity and disaster recovery, by enabling us to effectively store data away from our primary site and giving us… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Ability to replicate data offsite for DR protection in an easy and automated fashion.

What needs improvement?

Easier retrieval of snapshotted data and more granular control is desired. This is in comparison to something like Veeam or MS shadow copy, where restoration of files is easier in their respective… more »

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

Get what you pay for, in-line pricing with other vendors.

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

Yes, switched for scalability and cost effectiveness of data storage/protection.

What other advice do I have?

Evaluate with Nimble, they are very helpful and able to answer queries about data storage requirements. No hard sell.
Vendor
Director, Global IT Infrastructure at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

InfoSight is such a wonderful tool and given us insight we’ve never had into our storage environment. The ‘insight’ into our equipment is fantastic. And their support is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We can forecast when we need to invest in additional storage instead of the former, very manual effort. We have had excellent support experience with their techs and get… more »

What needs improvement?

There have been a couple of instances where we discovered previously unreported bugs.

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

If you have a logo they want, they get very aggressive with pricing to have that marketing collateral.

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

We used NetApp before, Nimble was a better architecture for us and we receive better support than with the NetApp support team

What other advice do I have?

You will be very impressed – we didn’t know we had a latency issue on our email system until we were in the process of putting it into production. It was great that the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp.
Vendor
Jr. Network Administrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

Flexible scaling for future-proof and Nimble InfoSight, easy and clear to use reporting portal.

How has it helped my organization?

* Centralize storage location for data and virtualized servers. * Minimum experiences with downtime. * Data compression ratio seems reasonable comparing to claims.

What needs improvement?

Pricing.

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

Seems to be competitive and reasonable, however, with industry shifting focus onto cloud platform, many small-midsize businesses are limited to what we are offered.

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

Yes, the decision was made before I joined the company, however, I believe it was due to pricing and the shift of our strategy.

What other advice do I have?

Keep future needs in mind. Data might grow at a rate that surprises you.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We previously had Dell EqualLogic It was considered when it’s time for renewal.
Vendor
Director of Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

Ease of use with the hardware and software GUI. Easy firmware upgrades. The performance for the price is extremely valuable. The hardware is simplistic. The physical wiring of the controllers… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are heavily reliant on SQL databases. Because of the performance out of the array, we are not storage bottlenecked. The price makes the value extremely appealing.

What needs improvement?

I used to have some gripes with how the GUI worked such as folder organization but the developers listened and released that in a new firmware version. I do want close to real time performance metrics… more »

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

There are no hidden costs, but go for InfoSight.

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

Yes and because of the performance and abilities of the array such as encryption without purchasing new hardware.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I inherited this vendor in my environment but it has proven to be a worthy vendor and no plans to change.
Vendor
Business Systems Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

* Support, it is superb! * InfoSight, especially VM Vision. * Easy of setup and management, no need for storage experts. * Performance, just delivers on all that it… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We do not need to employ storage specialists to set up and manage our storage. InfoSight gives us in-depth knowledge to ensure our storage and associated systems are… more »

What needs improvement?

Support for near synchronous replication. Currently the smallest snapshot window is 15 minutes, that means if we replicate data from one array to another array we will be… more »

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

Simple – one price for the equipment, one price for the support and maintenance (fixed for 5 years), any updates and improvements and all licences included.

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

* We had Hitachi AMS2100 SANs. * The CS210 reduced the required rack size from 12 U to 3 U for more than double the performance. * Price was competitive with Hitachi’s and… more »

What other advice do I have?

Make full use of their Pre-Sales engineers, make them your best friend, they will stay with you for the journey and can assist you get the best out of the equipment. Don’t… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Looked at options from Hitachi, EMC, NetApp and HP.
ITDirector020
Real User
Director of IT at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

Performance, snapshot and replication capability. It’s also nice that they continue to add features at no cost through software updates. Their online portal InfoSight is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We shifted from tape based backups to snapshot and replication based backups. That improved backup performance, restore time, reliability and reduced manual effort on… more »

What needs improvement?

It would be good to have a built in way to index snapshots so that we’d be able to granularly see what files were in a snapshot and restore at a file level. We’re using an… more »

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

Reasonable pricing compared to other SAN vendors.

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

Many different SANs.

What other advice do I have?

Give it a try with a POC. This is one of the rare vendors that do what they say they will. Their sales team is very easy to work with.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

EMC, IBM, NetApp.
Vendor
Manager, Information Technology Infrastructure at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

High-availability, performance, compression, cost to performance ratio and InfoSight. We’ve increased our performance, removing disk-latency errors in our SQL… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Provides the performance needed to meet business requirements of sub-3 second shipping label generation. Increased disk performance for all VMs, SQL databases, and… more »

What needs improvement?

Small tweaks to the management UI for usability.

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

Licensing is all inclusive, which makes it simple. Pricing on their hybrid arrays are very competitive.

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

EMC CX4s. Better performance, better cost, reduce rack space/cooling/power. We reduced our disk latency from 12-15ms to 1-2ms.

What other advice do I have?

Insure you have your iSCSI network ready. The Nimble agent on the hosts does require a restart. Data migration will depend on your application, our VM hosts were easy… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Pure Storage and EMC XtremeIO. We found both products could not scale in the way Nimble can, they could not compete on the price to performance ratio, and… more »
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

Great performance and capacity in just 3U. Volume collections with crash-consistent snapshots every 4th hour, without using up too much disk space (thanks to indexing and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Our hosting environment (VMware ESX-based) got a nice boost thanks to these products. We were able to decommission a whole rack of old FC SAN arrays (HPE EVA4400) and… more »

What needs improvement?

Perhaps more stability to the InfoSight VMVision feature. A couple of times last year, this feature had stop working for us. Well, Nimble Storage have had some… more »

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

Unlike HPE 3PAR, there is no licensing jungle to find your way out of.

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

Yes, we were using both older equipment (HPE EVA4400) and newer equipment (HPE 3PAR). The EVA4400 is now decommissioned, thanks to our Nimble array. Greater performance… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you're currently looking for a new storage solution in your environment, give Nimble Storage a chance. I can promise you, you won't be disappointed.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No. We got a PoC array delivered to us first, that got us convinced about the product.
Vendor
Network Services Manager at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 24 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are ease of administration, stability, performance and customer support. The SAN’s interface is easy to navigate. The processes to accomplish a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It reduced the complexity of managing multiple SANs.

What needs improvement?

The InfoSight continues to improve, but could use some more innovation.

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

It’s expensive, but worth it. Not much to say about licenses.

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

We previously used EMC. Storage administration was a nightmare in regards to LUN changes.

What other advice do I have?

Take the time to purchase the proper head unit and port speeds.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I evaluated Dell and EQL.
James Mercer
Real User
Director of Information Technology at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 20 2016

What is most valuable?

Performance, reliability, InfoSight, the ability to upgrade the O/S on the SAN without taking it down, and cost. Poor performance and reliability would adversely affect my… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Availability of our environment has exceeded “five nines”, along with performance being stellar.

What needs improvement?

Right now, all Nimble arrays offer data compression to disk, but only the Flash (SSD) arrays offer in-line deduplication. I’d like to see in-line deduplication extended to… more »

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

If you evaluate a SAN based on total cost of ownership, you have to consider the cost to the company for down time and maintenance windows, among other things. Their price… more »

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

We used NetApp. We switched due to performance and manageability requirements. NetApp was simply an average performer, and managing it was difficult.

What other advice do I have?

Be prepared for your staff to want to abandon all other SAN’s you may have in place. Make sure your network and network switches are capable of handling the performance… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated offerings from IBM, HP, EMC, and a number of smaller vendors, such as AppAssure.
Vendor
Independent IT Analyst with 51-200 employees
Mar 23 2016

What do you think of HPE Nimble Storage?

Originally posted https://www.juku.it/en/nimble-storage-all-flash-late-but-right/ Nimble has finally launched its new All Flash Array: Predictive Flash Array. It took too long but, now that it’s out, it can’t be said they didn’t get it right! All-Flash, finally Nimble-Storage-AFA-4up-rackAll-Flash is table stake now. Don’t have it? …well then, you can’t play! That’s the real problem. All-Flash still counts for a relatively small percentage of overall primary storage sales but, again, it is an option that customers want to have in every new project. It is true that prices are continuing to fall, and somewhere down the line your next primary storage system could most likely be an AFA, and that goes for smaller enterprises too. Nimble has been pressured…
Vendor
Information Systems Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 31 2015

What is most valuable?

* Support * Pricing * Technical engineers * Units are nice because its only one box, while, for example, ExtremIO was six units * Setup was very easy because the software was user-friendly

How has it helped my organization?

* We now have a smaller footprint. * I'm surprised at how fast the hybrid is. * The whole technical staff expertise is very strong. * It's resilient - you're only supposed to pull out two drives at a… more »

What needs improvement?

Currently there's no deduplication, and I would like to see that. Also, it's still slower than flash storage.

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

All the features are included in Nimble, so there's no need to pay for features later on.

What other advice do I have?

If you're not using it for VDI, it's also good for general storage.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking for a VDI solution that gave the same performance as a desktop/laptop. We tested PureStorage and ExtremIO, but chose to do a PoC with Nimble because others who were already using it… more »
Vendor
System Engineer with 51-200 employees
Jul 31 2015

What is most valuable?

* The product is easy and quick to implement * Licensing is easy to understand and doesn’t require a license for each feature that they offer * SSD for cache * Great… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The organization is now able to take advantage of the benefits offered by virtualization such as vMotion. The storage is now able to support the required IOPs for all of… more »

What needs improvement?

I haven't come across any so far.

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

Price is comparable to other vendors’ products in the same class. The licensing is extremely easy to understand compared to some of the other vendors. Nimble doesn’t… more »

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

Prior to this, we were using storage on our servers.

What other advice do I have?

Nimble offers solid products, are very easy to implement, and offer great performance.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* EMC * EqualLogic * NetApp
Vendor
Vice President, Products and Services with 51-200 employees
Jul 30 2015

What do you think of HPE Nimble Storage?

Originally posted at https://www.freeitdata.com/ Over the last 15 years, the storage industry has primarily been dominated (market share) by six companies, EMC, NetApp, IBM, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), HP and Dell. In 2013, these six companies made up approximately 85% of all storage sold in the United States. The remaining 15% of the storage market is made up of all the other storage manufacturers. Needless to say, it is a very crowded 15%. For as many new products that are introduced into the market each year, just as many disappear. However, a few of the very best have found ways to grow. Innovators like Nimble Storage, Pure Storage, Tintri, Simplivity, Tegile and the like are most commonly referred to hybrid storage, all flash storage, or hyper-converged products. All…
Vendor
Cloud Storage & Systems Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 02 2015

What do you think of HPE Nimble Storage?

What is most valuable?

Scale up Scale out Compression Analytics

How has it helped my organization?

Oracle DB ETL DWH indexing

What needs improvement?

I have a long list that I have shared with Nimble development team and am working with them on this.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for four months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were some problems.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: They're great. Just amazing. Technical Support: It depends, but we have a personal route to the right personnel.

Which solution did I

Consultant
President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 25 2015

What is most valuable?

The SSD caching and the snapshots within the array are unlike any other product I've ever worked with. Restoring VM's is VERY simple.

How has it helped my organization?

The SSD caching ensures VM performance is top notch 24/7 regardless of how much I/O the VM requires.

What needs improvement?

I'd love to be able to put larger spindles into the unit, but I get that that is how they make their money, by selling you a larger unit.

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

From one perspective they're pricey for what the hardware/software is, but they're definitely worth it if you're in a high IOPS environment. In fact they're a very cost… more »

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

We used to push Dell/Equallogic stuff, but the limited performance and lack of value caused us to look elsewhere.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely have a sales engineer give you a demo/explanation of the technology.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Everything from NetApp, EMC, Dell/Equallogic, and even QNAP. It's really no contest when you learn about the architecture in detail.
Vendor
Systems Team Lead at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 24 2015

What is most valuable?

The vCenter integration is very good. I can not only see what each of my iSCSI presentations look like from a performance standpoint, I can see the snapshots, I can… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The visibility and power of the vCenter integration allows me to troubleshoot, diagnose and rectify most issues before anyone notices. I can also deploy new virtual… more »

What needs improvement?

Honestly, the only thing that could really get better is the price. Although, the price on these units isn’t too bad at all.

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

The tendency when spending the kind of money you have to spend on storage is to get the minimum you need. I’d suggest that you think in terms of purchasing something you… more »

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

We used HP EVA Fiber Channel SANS before. The HP EVA SANS were starting to show their age and were very expensive to run and maintain. In addition to that, they didn’t… more »

What other advice do I have?

Nimble Storage array is a good buy no matter which way you slice it. I’m thinking it fits into anything but the large enterprise arena and they are making progress on that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at * EMC * HP Lefthand * HP 3PAR * NetApp

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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