Nimble Storage Previous Solutions

Senior Systems Engineer
We were running out of space. The ability to compress and dedupe stuff with Nimble is unmatched. Coming off old Dell EMC PowerVaults and our own custom SAN solution that that we had running with storage, it has changed our entire ecosystem dramatically with the fast access times and the 10 gig fiber coming off of it. There is just nothing like it. The access times are less than two milliseconds. We keep our latency super low, even with 200 plus servers on it, which has really changed the ball game. Access to that data used to be a lot slower. Now, it's not, which is great. View full review »
IT Infrastructure & Systems Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
We did not have a previous solution. View full review »
Jeff Tedform
Senior Network Administrator at a university with 201-500 employees
The former CIO hadn't upgraded anything in almost 20 years. Everything that we had was completely outdated. We wanted to move to a more efficient solution for our on-premise stuff. We were also looking into things with the cloud, but that doesn't have a lot to do with Nimble, per se. We just needed to modernize. We had all on-premise bare metal servers. We got rid of it four years ago, when they were still doing their backups to tape. This is why when we went to the Nimble. We cut our use of space down to about 25 percent. View full review »
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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 »
Guillermo Black
Service Manager at Sadle Creek Logistics
We did not use another solution prior to this one. View full review »
Atul Sohla
Operations Manager at Nuvollo
We previously used a different solution and knew we needed to change our solution to provide storage for our virtualization. The storage solution we had previously could not provide this and so it was not adequate. It was a rented system from another company and we were not happy with the performance. 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 »
Larry Stewart
Director of Hosting Operations at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We needed additional capacity and our old SAN solution was seven years old, at about end-of-life. We had been using a Dell Compellent, and it wasn't really suited for our type of workload. 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 »
Sanjeev JHA
IT Manager at Harvard University
We had legacy storage and my team recommended that we had to move to something new. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication 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 »
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
We came from a spinning SAN to hybrid SAN to all-flash. We just followed that path. We moved to all-flash because we were pushing the latency of the hybrid so far it was unusable. View full review »
IT Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
We implemented this solution because our legacy applications needed a better solution than we already had. We used to use the HP LeftHand Storage Array. Our performance has increased by approximately ten to fifteen percent. View full review »
Head of Infrastructure and Operations at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We previously used Dell EMC. We went to Nimble because of space-growth requirements. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication at ThinkON
No, we are a Nimble shop with nine arrays now. View full review »
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The storage that we had was going out of support. We previously used mostly HPE 3PAR. We switched to Nimble mostly because it was simpler to administer. Also, the scale that we needed in Nimble was probably better suited for us than the 3PAR systems. View full review »
Christian Poortvliet
Head of IT at One
When it came to renewal, the requirements are based on customer demands and projects. View full review »
Rick Shantz
IT Manager at Startech Computer Accessories
We had performance issue on our previous solution (AF3000). 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 »
IT Infrastructure Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The existing SAN was no longer a fit for purpose. View full review »
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