Nimble Storage Benefits

MattBonfield
Senior Systems Engineer
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. We don't use it every single day, but we do check in on things every once in a while. Luckily, with Nimble, you can forget it and you don't really have to worry about it. However, if we do need to look into an issue, we definitely use InfoSight. InfoSight has increased the availability of analytics and our ability to quickly get to them. We can migrate things faster. We can pull stuff out of production. We can restore from backups more quickly with the Nimble system than anything else. We have had a couple of networking issues, temperature alarms, and a few things in our data center going on where InfoSight will scale back our utilization (or whatever) in order to keep us productive and up. InfoSight has enabled us to get our servers back up faster, especially on the back-end. We have instant recovery. We are able to access that fast storage within seconds, which is very helpful. It enabled us to get service back up in a minute and a half. The solution has improved our throughput tremendously. It has been on-demand access with 10 gig fiber. The disks, even though some of them are spinning discs, are rated, or in Nimble's little custom config in the way that it hits the cache first, then throws it off to the cold later. This is perfect, and it is great. It has improved everything. View full review »
Systems667
IT Infrastructure & Systems Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
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 we also need more traditional disk for our images. Having Nimble, where I can have both fast and traditional disk in one pane, and still see everything, is pretty awesome. We use InfoSight for predictive analysis because the answer to most of our problems is that, "It isn't our problem." However, we are being blamed for it. Thus, I can get my answers improved by using InfoSight that it isn't us causing the problem by going into it. For example, one of our applications was acting weird, and we had the application vendor on. They really couldn't answer much. As one of my troubleshoot methods, I said, "Let me check InfoSight." I logged in, and I could see a VM that was heavily pegged and almost in a critical-like status. That VM was the reason why the issue was the way it was. Now, It wasn't because of our infrastructure set up, it still was an application issue, but I was able to pinpoint exactly what it was based off of that. That application with problems had about 30 servers. As I'm not an application vendor, I don't know which servers serve what purpose within the application. I was able to go into InfoSight, and it told me that one in particular needed to be worked on, so I didn't have to waste time looking at the other 29 servers. Therefore, I knew that one was the one that we work on, and that is the one that needs to be fixed. View full review »
Jeff Tedform
Senior Network Administrator at a university with 201-500 employees
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 has improved vastly. We have gone from multiple devices down to a single device, making management much simpler. Previously, you could spend hours just going from one device to another, and now, it is all in a central location. It has improved the throughput because of how the device interconnects with our network. It has 10 gig connections to the network and also multiple 8 gig connections through our Brocade switches back to the server farm. From just the sheer number of connections that it makes onto the network and devices, the throughput is staggering. View full review »
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Dustin Newby
IT Director at a healthcare company
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 care. It has really helped us keep up and keep our users happy, and keep our patients safe and healthy. View full review »
Guillermo Black
Service Manager at Sadle Creek Logistics
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 customers have what they call "volume runs" during the month. For example, one of our customers is subscription-based, so we have to run about three million packages during a two-week timeframe. All of the data has to be fully accessible and we can't afford to have any downtime. This solution has increased our performance by ten to fifteen percent. From both an operational standpoint and management perspective, it is an improvement. It has also reduced costs and allowed us to allocate more towards other projects. My engineers have said that this solution has improved our throughput. This has helped because when a customer comes up asked for a solution then we can guarantee it will actually meet the demand for their product or service. The All-Flash storage positions us for growth because of the speed aspect. We have pool data that doesn’t have to be accessed quickly, but when it comes to other things then we are required to be on the spot. This is especially true for SQL databases. View full review »
Atul Sohla
Operations Manager at Nuvollo
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 solution. We have successfully integrated various applications such as SAP Business One, Microsoft Dynamics GP, any of the ERP systems we have tried work. The Nimble Storage solution has enhanced performance over the previous system. I haven't got the details of the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) so I don't know it exactly, but definitely performance on the service is much better. View full review »
Lee Holland
Director Of IT at Okland
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 accounting reports which, sometimes, could take a half a day to produce - now, with Nimble on the backside, with the high I/O that it has, we're finding that we're reducing the time to process these reports by up to 70 to 80 percent. It's a significant improvement. View full review »
SrManagea63e
Sr Manager, Computing at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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 allocate the storage, whenever it is required, thus reducing time. View full review »
Larry Stewart
Director of Hosting Operations at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 company. Performance has been restored to the same level of what we replaced, although it has taken six months of working with Hewlett Packard to allow them to understand our unique environment. I don't think that it's fair to say that All-Flash is for growth. It's the next logical progression that we had to make. View full review »
Randy Daming
Consulting Engineer at Ameren Corporation
In our organization, when people say "I need a new server," I say, "I have the space." View full review »
Principa0182
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It makes things less complex. It's a simple product and does what it's supposed to do. View full review »
Sanjeev JHA
IT Manager at Harvard University
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 keeps increasing. From 4K we are now moving to 8K and we expect that the size of each video file is going to grow very high. So our data size is increasing very fast. In addition, we have noticed that the solution has increased performance. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication at ThinkON
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 actual performance improvement. View full review »
Tom Mcdougall
President at High Point Networks
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 an easier way, so they can get other stuff done. View full review »
Infrastr2c88
Infrastructure Engineer at Ivanti
We migrated from a hybrid cloud to an all-flash. We have seen our average latency go from four milliseconds to point four. Therefore, we are getting 10 times better performance down to the end user on everything. We have seen an increase in our IOPS by ten times. Infosight is good. We watch the capacity side of it. That is about all we have seen on there. InfoSight does allow us to get servers back up faster. We run a lot of virtual servers, so it is about ten times faster from deploying until it is up. View full review »
ITManage722b
IT Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
This solution has given us reliability that is evident by the fact that it has been running for five years with virtually no hiccups. InfoSight automatically predicted or resolved problems in your environment. It has given us insights with respect to our VM using more resources than we thought. Our performance has increased by approximately ten to fifteen percent. View full review »
HeadOfIn5041
Head of Infrastructure and Operations at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The InfoSight platform and the reporting help us to identify network issues and compatibility problems. All-flash also positions our company for growth. We've deployed 3PAR all-flash for our core applications and will not transition outside of flash from this point forward. Nimble has increased performance with better IOPS evaluation, mixed-load capacity. Also, it improves throughput which means we've been able to transition off of remaining rack mounts onto Nimble plus virtualization structure, in a cost-effective manner. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication at ThinkON
It has allowed us to upgrade our DMS to the latest version and reuse the older array as the DR storage for VMware SRM. The entire DMS system performance has improved compared to the old which was on a previous generation CS260G. View full review »
Solution9877
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We spend less time managing it. 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. The solution has increased our throughput. View full review »
Christian Poortvliet
Head of IT at One
Everything is just faster. Though, it is not necessarily required for the deployment that we do. It just gives us a bit of that extra speed. InfoSight has helped us resolved an issue where the snapshots were growing too big. View full review »
Rick Shantz
IT Manager at Startech Computer Accessories
There has been no downtime, which is probably the best thing. We use InfoSight predictive analytics. It helps us from a performance perspective by identifying potential bottlenecks. InfoSight has identified controller failures or performance issues. View full review »
Troy Atwood
VP Of Global Technology at Synexys
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. View full review »
Christian Cipolat
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at TAL
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. View full review »
ITInfrasbde5
IT Infrastructure Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
It has reduced the requirement to have a specialist storage engineer. InfoSight has allowed us to centralize our management, understanding how it correlates to the array. It has identified a network issue in the network configuration of ESXi hosts. It enables us to get servers back up faster by 25 percent. It has stabilized throughput and provided less downtime for our applications. View full review »
Travis DeYoung
IT Assistant at a construction company with 51-200 employees
Nimble Storage is a great storage solution. It provided us a lot insight on the growth of our storage. View full review »
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