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Pros
"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN."

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"The management software that runs in the cloud is called InfoSight and it is very good. It is similar to machine learning software that monitors your hardware.""Good architecture and produces a lot of IOPS.""The most valuable feature is the NVMe flash storage.""The scalability is straightforward.""It is easy to use. Not too complicated.""The performance and the processor are good.""The most valuable feature is data mirroring.""In the 20 days that we have been using this solution, it has been stable."

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"One of the most valuable features is that it's very easy to use and configure. It used to be more difficult, but now it's almost flawless.""The installation is nice and easy.""I like most of the features. Its speed, performance, and availability are valuable. We are implementing the data reduction technology the most.""IBM FlashSystem is a flexible solution with plenty of features.""One of the valuable features is the performance, it is one of the best in the market.""The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space.""The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable.""The most valuable features are flexibility and performance."

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Cons
"In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint.""I would like to see the management layer improved."

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"The scalability could be better.""I would like to have more administrative rights, for example, root-level administrative rights to the underlying OS of the storage array. We want more access to the kind of underlying infrastructure of the storage array rather than relying on support. However, most companies are looking to have more managed solutions which is the opposite direction of what I want.""The quality of technical support depends on which member of the support team you speak with.""There is no active-active controller, which means that we can only have one controller online at a time.""The solution requires a higher availability.""HPE does not have suffficient storage.""There is a new version of the Nimble and 3PAR systems called Alletra and they have a lot of new features.""I would like to see an added feature to auto-fix, or a dynamic alerting system on storage."

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"The Data Reduction Pools (DRP) support could be better.""The solution is quite expensive. That's one of the downsides to using it.""The pricing could be improved, but I think it's getting better and better with each version. IBM needs to implement NAS storage again, as this is a big flaw. Dell EMC is very good at this and if you compared them based on NAS storage, Dell EMC would win right away. IBM's solution for NAS storage is very complicated. We don't have a storage box that provides file sharing from itself, we have to put software on it and go through a whole complicated process. It should be simplified.""IBM should improve its data reduction development.""They can improve its initial configuration. The initial configuration is currently very difficult. There are multiple choices or alternative ways to configure based on the use case and what you are targeting out of the device, that is, more capacity or more performance. These multiple alternatives cause a lot of confusion. They should increase the processing part of the nodes. Currently, you can cluster up to eight nodes. From my experience and the workload that I am facing in my environment currently, I would like to see either a bigger or stronger node or a larger number of nodes that can be clustered together. We formally communicated to them that we need to see either this or that, and they are working on something.""The pricing needs to be more competitive.""Their technical support needs improvement in terms of reachability for the clients and response times. They should be more responsive and have more online platforms for support. They should make more technical information available online. There could be some kind of documentation community.""The design is a little old-fashioned and could be updated. The rack is very primitive and designed in an older style."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with.""The licensing fees are very reasonable."

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"The price is negotiable and when we first received the quote it was expensive, but after dealing with them and receiving a discount, the price is reasonable.""We pay a one-time fee for terabyte licenses, and the support is paid yearly.""I think HPE Nimble Storage is less expensive than Primera and is the best solution for Venezuela.""Nimble Storage is too expensive for our enterprise customers.""HPE Nimble Storage is more expensive than some of the other solutions, such as Pure Storage. They charge more for every feature than other vendors.""I would classify it as an expensive product.""There is a one-time price for hardware, and with the software support, everything is included, such as software upgrades. The licensing of the solution is included in the cost of the hardware and the support is an extra cost. We have purchased support on an annual basis, but you can purchase support up front for up to seven years. We usually buy five years and near the time of the expiry, we sometimes extend it.""HPE Nimble Storage didn't require a license at the time."

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"Among IBM, Dell EMC, and Pure Storage, IBM is the cheapest. The price is also based on our location, the size of our entity, and our regular annual purchases from them. We are a very big IBM customer, so we normally get very high discounts. We are not a big customer of Pure Storage. We don't buy that much from Pure Storage per year. Everything is included in the price. There is no extra license for different functions.""They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that.""The integration is already included in the license cost of IBM FlashSystem. The integration is very easy. You get the IBM storage core with all software, firmware, and upgrades. EMC provides the features in the box, but they are not free for customers. There is a licensing cost for features. We have yearly licensing, but IBM has also provided a new option where you pay as you go. They provide a big box, and I pay, for example, for 10 terabytes. If I exceed 10 terabytes, IBM will charge for the new storage after 10 terabytes. It is a good opportunity in the market for using the storage as a cloud and paying as you go.""This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better.""The solution requires a license and could be less expensive.""The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.""Overall the price of the solution is expensive and this includes the license.""The pricing may be a bit higher than other brands. If you compare the IBM FlashSystems in midrange with Dell EMC in midrange, IBM costs a bit more, but I prefer IBM because it has more specs that I can benefit from."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: HPE Nimble Storage dHCI Vs. VxRail One of the best things about the HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is the three, two, one,… more »
Top Answer: HPE Nimble is a versatile synced WAN San solution. It is easy to use and doesn’t require much training for admins. The… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the NVMe flash storage.
Top Answer: As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets… more »
Top Answer: The performance of IBM FlashSystem is very good. The new technology and high throughput have given us more confidence in… more »
Top Answer: The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.
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Overview

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

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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.

IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Ace Relocation, Atkins Nutritionals, Berkeley Research Group, Canadian International School, City of Hot Springs, Clackamas County, Corona-Norco Unified School District, Ideal Integrations, Linear Technology, P&O Maritime, Retail Apparel Group (RAG), Virtual Radiologic
Celero, Friedhelm Loh Group, Clarks, Mingkang Natregro Health Food Group, Sofia, Etisalat Fights Fraud, UF Health Shands Hospital, Generali, Elecon Engineering Company Limited, Ventiv , Technology, CPFL Energia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., SciQuest, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Paddy Power, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Interconnect Services, Severstal IP-Only AB, PVU Group GmbH
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider8%
Healthcare Company8%
Insurance Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm33%
Government13%
Comms Service Provider10%
Healthcare Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
REVIEWERS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise33%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise65%
REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise61%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,586 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE Nimble Storage is ranked 4th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 19 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 6th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage is rated 8.6, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage writes "Beneficial management software, straightforward installation, and good support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". HPE Nimble Storage is most compared with HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and HPE StorageWorks MSA. See our HPE Nimble Storage vs. IBM FlashSystem report.

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