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Pros
"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.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."

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"InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed""The solution runs pretty fast.""The performance and the processor are good.""Good architecture and produces a lot of IOPS.""Some of the beneficial features I have found are the Block-level backups, the interface is easy to use, backups work well and the portal is functional.""The deduplication and compression capabilities are powerful.""The most valuable feature is data mirroring.""Updates are very easy to do when the customer is connected to the internet."

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"The most valuable features are Erasure Coding, Deduplication and Compression, and the advancement in stretching regarding replication.""It's completely hyper-converged, so it's very convenient.""We find it easy to deliver this solution.""It is more stable now than it was before. It's not like it was in the first year. Now it is stable, and we trust it more.""Everyone uses virtualization to more efficiently utilize hardware resources. That's the main point of vSAN and VMware.""It is very easy to set up and very easy to use. It is very useful.""The solution has high performance.""Good performance, reliable and agile."

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Cons
"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.""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."

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"HPE does not have suffficient storage.""I would like to see an added feature to auto-fix, or a dynamic alerting system on storage.""The dashboard can be improved.""I think the scalability of HPE Nimble Storage could be improved.""We want to start storing data in the cloud really soon and we are looking at options.""The most difficult part about Nimble was the fact that it didn't have a standard length.""The solution needs to be an active-active controller.""There is a new version of the Nimble and 3PAR systems called Alletra and they have a lot of new features."

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"Licensing costs are a little too high for smaller sized companies.""The price for the hard drive, for vSAN, is very expensive.""In a future release, they could add micro-segmentation or security level features integrated into vSAN.""I would like to see better integration between the cloud and our VMware virtual environment. We only have one virtual environment, which is VMware vSAN. Right now, there is little interoperability with the cloud solution at the moment.""We would like to see even more storage capacity.""The stability needs to be improved.""More focus has to be put on deduplication and compression with a hybrid architecture.""The solution could maybe improve failure protection."

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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.""I think HPE Nimble Storage is less expensive than Primera and is the best solution for Venezuela.""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.""Nimble Storage is too expensive for our enterprise customers.""HPE Nimble Storage didn't require a license at the time.""The solution is a little pricey compared to others on the market.""The pricing is better than some of the competitors, such as Dell EMC.""I would classify it as an expensive product."

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"It is too expensive.""vSAN has many versions with standard and advanced including Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Regarding the Enterprise and the Advanced, it could be lower.""Enterprise customers can customize their licenses according to their own needs and budget.""It is cheap. It is $0.02 a gig.""The solution requires a license. The payment is on a yearly basis and It is not overly expensive.""I feel the pricing to be reasonable.""It is fairly cost-effective for entry to mid-level performance based on the underlying hardware components.""This solution is expensive. Nutanix provides us with Acropolis Operating System (AOS) along with its hardware, while VMware provides vSAN, vCenter, and vSphere which all have separate licenses and costs."

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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 management software that runs in the cloud is called InfoSight and it is very good. It is similar to machine… more »
Top Answer: While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an… more »
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
Top Answer: HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
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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.

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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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
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Top Industries
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider8%
Healthcare Company8%
Insurance Company7%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm14%
Healthcare Company13%
Retailer10%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise65%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise69%
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HPE Nimble Storage is ranked 4th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 19 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage is rated 8.6, while VMware vSAN 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 VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". HPE Nimble Storage is most compared with HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and StarWind Virtual SAN.

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