Nimble Storage Room for Improvement

MattBonfield
Senior Systems Engineer
I would like deduplication by default on all the volumes. I still don't understand (or know why) dedupe isn't enabled for the templates out-of-the-box. We have to go in and manually enable it each and every time. It might help to have a software revision for something like this, or even a more intuitive local dashboard, not InfoSight, but Nimble's local dash. That would be great. The UI and local dash need improvement. They have changed it around a little bit between firmware upgrades. When you do that, things are out of place and not where they used to be. There is also some granular nitty-gritty analytics that we would like to get down into deeper, like when you view volumes, you have percent-free space, and the ability to sort those volumes by the percentage or sort by the amount of data: the megabytes, gigabytes, etc. That is no longer available in the new UI. I would love to see that improved, where you can sort down the list. While InfoSight is very useful, if you widen your scope of range when you're trying to look at a month of reports, the averaging that it does sort of skews things a bit. If you drill down further into a day or hour, it looks a lot better. I wish they would have a chart or GUI that didn't average as heavily, just giving you minute spikes and things that you could see on a wider view. View full review »
Systems667
IT Infrastructure & Systems Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
I wish they would put the InfoSight page back the way it was. I got in it for the first time about two years ago, and it looked the same for about a year and a half. Then, about six months ago, it changed. There are different options now. I can still get to where I need to go, but it feels like it takes longer, where before it didn't. Also, I felt like I had a lot more options before. I have to do a lot more to digging now to get to where I need to go. I just wish they had their old page back. View full review »
Jeff Tedform
Senior Network Administrator at a university with 201-500 employees
I would like to see the network portion of the product improve, especially with some of the things which are coming out from Aruba and HPE. Both are innovating more of an automated networking. I would like to see our Nimble meld into that and do some automated networking. View full review »
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VPTech3691
Vice President Tech Operations at Ten-X
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 granular with the VMs. I want to see an individual VM, I want to Snapshot and recover an individual VM. Those are the kind of daily operations features that I'd like to see. View full review »
Dustin Newby
IT Director at a healthcare company
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. View full review »
Lee Holland
Director Of IT at Okland
What I have seen so far has been sufficient for our needs. View full review »
Mark Gregory
Corporate at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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 thought they would have because the dedupe does not seem to be working as well as it could. So, it is something that needs to be reviewed and to make sure the customer has not clicked a certain feature. I know for a fact that once they get in touch with HPE or Nimble, they will obviously look at the box remotely, see where there are potentially fine tunings, and if it is just a question of the customer having time to allow them to come online and review it, hopefully it will get solved. Apart from that, everything else has been positive. View full review »
Nathan Ulph
Technical Architect
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 data to back it up, essentially. It's purely as and when we get to the point where, we're either on a refresh, or we just need more capacity, or performance, then it's something to take to the business as proof. View full review »
SrManagea63e
Sr Manager, Computing at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The solution that I have is a hybrid, not a full flash. The hybrid version could be improved. View full review »
Gareth Cleeves
Product Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 about giving us ways to contractually guarantee the features that are already there. So something like performance is the classic one. It's more valuable to me to be able to contract the performance that's there, rather than have a new way of doing things, because customers are not interested in signing up for the "best effort, maybe" services anymore. View full review »
Randy Daming
Consulting Engineer at Ameren Corporation
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) functionality. Our customers are looking for NAS, and Nimble can't give it to them. View full review »
Sanjeev JHA
IT Manager at Harvard University
I would like to see more integrations. They might already have them, but I want to integrate it with the different hardware we have. View full review »
Principa0182
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Solutions Engineer at ThinkON
No areas require improvement at this time. The arrays run very well and updates are flawless when completing. View full review »
Tom Mcdougall
President at High Point Networks
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, because if you want that, you should get a different product. View full review »
SrVpDepD10d9
Sr VP Dep Director of IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Infrastr2c88
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
I want to see the full integration with OneView. I know they have started it, but I haven't had a chance to look at and evaluate it. View full review »
Tehnicala2bf
Tehnical Business Dev at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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, I am not hearing anything at this point. They just released the newest version, and so far, it's going well. View full review »
reviewer543450
Head of IT at Law Firm
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 be an exact drilling down to any workload/any virtual machine/any identified issue. So, if an issue appears and there is latency, there could be a faster or easier way to know what the reason is and how we can resolve it with Nimble. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Solutions Engineer at ThinkON
The product is great. When sizing the array based on requirements the option to add more network cards for throughput would be something to help clients. Product Support is best in class as always. View full review »
Solution9877
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The way the market is going, supporting NVMe storage would be useful as a step up. View full review »
Christian Poortvliet
Head of IT at One
I don't think it is officially released yet, but the main reason that we chose Nimble is because of the sync rep feature. So, I would like to see that further evolve. This feature will be essential for our setups. View full review »
Troy Atwood
VP Of Global Technology at Synexys
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. View full review »
Christian Cipolat
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at TAL
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. View full review »
it_user424509
‎IT Infrastructure Manager at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
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. View full review »
ITInfrasbde5
IT Infrastructure Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to have integration into cloud providers, apart from HPE. The release cycle for the firmware upgrades could be improved. They are a bit long. View full review »
Arend Pronk
Senior Systems Engineer at a sports company
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 to work in order to interface with VMware vCenter is a little thorn in my eye, but I am being nitpicky here. View full review »
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