Nimble Storage Previous Solutions

Paul Sabin
Senior Network and Infrastructure Manager at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 company we said, "Maybe we should start talking to other people." We brought in Nimble Storage as well as about three or four other vendors and we did a little bit of bake-off. We had conversations with the teams, asked for references and really when we started asking to put some of our workloads onto their appliance, that's when it really made a difference for us. View full review »
Vice President Tech Operations at Ten-X
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 have cost a lot more. So we had to look outside the box. We chose Nimble over Tintri at the time, because Tintri's solution, while very good - with the things I was talking about, like granular VM, etc. - it's a footprint that you have to buy all at once. For the Nimble, I buy the unit and I can keep adding to it. With Tintri you have to pick a 13-terabyte or a 45-terabyte and when you run out of that, you buy another 45-terabyte. To me, it just didn't seem as expandable. In terms of criteria for selecting a vendor, other than scalability and price, the key is performance. The bar was set at EMC. EMC just adds flash disks to a standard array and accelerates things somewhat, but it really doesn't get you to where you need to be. With EMC, you need to buy a lot of disks, you need to get into the 200s for spindle count. With any of the newer hybrid solutions - Tintri, Nimble, Pure - those are all all-flash solutions or hybrid solutions that take advantage of flash the way it's supposed to be. View full review »
Dustin Newby
IT Director at a healthcare company
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 users. We had a lot of support calls. We did a PoC on the Nimble and we were able to immediately show that it would improve our performance. Our criteria when evaluating vendors include ease of use, something with a good management interface that doesn't require plug-ins or Java or Flash, so having the HTML5 interface was ideal. I really looked for something that would give me insight into what was happening on the array in my stack. With other arrays I've had in the past, it was really hard to pinpoint whether it was a storage issue, or a server issue, or a network issue. I also wanted an all-flash solution because I had tried some tiered storage before and it never seemed to have the data in the right tier. I had flash storage but what needed to be running fast wasn't in flash, it was on SATA and performance would take a hit. We went with Nimble because it fit all our criteria. Also, the sales team was great and the fact that they offer free training is awesome. There are not very many vendors that do that. Doing our PoC really proved that it was the product that we needed to fill our needs. View full review »
Lee Holland
Director Of IT at Okland
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 technology as we would have hoped, as had happened previously. I had always had my eye on Nimble anyway and was waiting for the right opportunity. That opportunity came, and I already knew what I wanted. I jumped ship and we're going full speed ahead with Nimble. We're transitioning everything over to Nimble because of the high performance we get out of it and the ease of use. From a supportability standpoint, it's a lot simpler. The Nimble people seem to detect when things have problems before we report that there's an issue. We needed a vendor that would come in at a similar price point, which they did. But we needed to have a better way of doing disaster recovery. That was probably the primary objective, how we would handle that going forward. The way we did Snapshotting, the old Dell EqualLogic way, was somewhat bloated, took up a lot of space and required a lot of free array space. With Nimble, a lot of those limitations didn't exist. Also, obviously, compatibility with hypervisors was important, and Nimble is compatible with all of them. View full review »
Sr Manager, Computing at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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 was lower, with what we had with other arrays. View full review »
Gareth Cleeves
Product Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We replaced 3PAR with Nimble. View full review »
Randy Daming
Consulting Engineer at Ameren Corporation
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 said, "Yes." It was try-before-you-buy, and it worked. Previously, we had some HPE P4500 LeftHand network devices which were getting old. We switched because needed a hardware refresh and more capacity. View full review »
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had 10 requirements and they filled most if not all the checkboxes, except for the active-active controller piece. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Solutions Engineer at ThinkON
Previously used Dell Equilogic arrays but they were end of life. View full review »
Sr VP Dep Director of IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 view and it met everything, all of our reviews and all of our requirements. View full review »
Head of IT at Law Firm
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 questions and then, eventually, it turned out into a project. While selecting a vendor, I want to be sure that we are getting good value for money and having good performance; for me, that's the main priority. View full review »
Brian Butler
Senior Network Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
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 time, Nimble was not yet bought out. We looked into 3PAR , we looked into some of the bigger ones and decided that Nimble gave just as good performance for a much lower cost point. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Solutions Engineer at ThinkON
No, we are a Nimble shop with nine arrays now. View full review »
Mahad Mohamed
System Administrator ll at Calabrio
We knew we needed a new solution because we needed something for restored backup. View full review »
Christian Cipolat
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at TAL
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 decided to expand the product. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at Applies Computer Technologies
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. View full review »
Jose Hijar
Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
This was a new project where we needed a storage solution and we evaluated Nimble among others and we decided to go with Nimble. View full review »
Vice President Tech Operations at Ten-X
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 of HPE and they just beat out the others. View full review »
Infrastructure Specialst at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Previously used EMC VPLEX, VNX , XtremIO , IBM DS8800, and Storwize. We switched because traditional SAN solutions are outdated and inefficient. View full review »
Network Services Manager at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We used EMC Celerra. We switched due to the complexity of volume management and performance. View full review »

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