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Chris Childerhose
Lead Infrastructure Architect at ThinkON
Real User
ExpertTop 5
It has allowed us to upgrade our DMS to the latest version

What is our primary use case?

The AF5000 array is the primary storage for our iManage DMS 10 document management systems.  It allows the best performance for users using the system.

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to upgrade our DMS to the latest version and reuse the older array as the DR storage for VMware SRM.  The entire DMS system performance has improved compared to the old which was on a previous generation CS260G.

What is most valuable?

Having all-flash with two banks of disk for population is great for expansion. InfoSight is always one of the best out there for array reporting and troubleshooting.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues here and we have a full bank for disk expansion.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer service is great and they go above and beyond to help.

Technical Support:

Technical support is second to none out there combined with Infosight. Also having technicians assigned directly to you when needed is great!

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No, we are a Nimble shop with nine arrays now.

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward and very easy, as always.

What about the implementation team?

Implementation was in-house, done by myself.

What was our ROI?

ROI will be determined over the next year, after we go-live.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When selecting a vendor make sure to validate with the vendor that the throughput is enough. With the AF5000, it is 2GB/s write and 4GB/s read, which we are maxing out. Also, ensure to get the right amount of network cards.

Also, make sure that the specifications meet the application domain and ensure the right amount of network cards are in the array.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nothing else was evaluated.

What other advice do I have?

Nimble AF is a great platform and is only getting better. On top of that, InfoSight's great technical support makes it an easy choice.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good deduplication and compression features, scales well, and the support is good
Pros and Cons
  • "The deduplication and compression capabilities are powerful."
  • "There is no active-active controller, which means that we can only have one controller online at a time."

What is our primary use case?

We use HPE Nimble for deduplication and to compress data.

We have a large number of customers that rely on high availability from this product.

What is most valuable?

The deduplication and compression capabilities are powerful. We see deduplication savings ratios at ten to one, and twenty to one.

What needs improvement?

For me, Nimble has two main problems.

There is no active-active controller, which means that we can only have one controller online at a time. Replacing the controller is what I see as the only major issue, although I'm not sure that HPE can do this.

Nimble has a limit for objects. We have it configured for VMware, so if you have a laptop machine then you have a problem because of this limit. Also, if you have a virtual desktop with a lot of VMs, such as 2,000 to 3,000, then it's a problem because the window has a limit.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE Nimble Storage for more than two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nimble is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability-wise, it is very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been in contact with technical support and I would rate them an eight or nine out of ten. They are very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I am also using HPE 3PAR.

I also have experience with HPE Primera, which is a better product. It's a merge of 3PAR and Nimble and it's a more stable storage solution.

If I were comparing a group of products then I would rate StorageWorks MSA a five, Nimble a seven, 3PAR an eight, Primera a nine, and StorageWorks XP a ten.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very simple, and in fact, the simplest of these solutions.

It takes approximately four hours to deploy including hooking up power, cabling, getting it set up on the rack, and configuration.

What about the implementation team?

Deployment and maintenance are done in-house.

We keep the versions updated.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Product Manager at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Good performance and processor, with a good support system for assistance
Pros and Cons
  • "The performance and the processor are good."
  • "I would like to see an added feature to auto-fix, or a dynamic alerting system on storage."

What is our primary use case?

We are resellers. We provide products to our customers.

Unfortunately, we were not able to sell this product because it is too expensive. We use it in our own cloud. We created a VMware VCPP cloud to provide VMware services to our enterprise customers.

What is most valuable?

The performance and the processor are good.

HPE has very good technology in terms of storage, and they have very good support assistance.

What needs improvement?

The problem is the price. It needs to be improved.

I would like to see an added feature to auto-fix, or a dynamic alerting system on storage. This is very important because we would like to prevent a disk failure before it happens.

If we had some sort of AI in place to alert us then we could replace the disk before it occurs.

Also, we would like to receive alerts if space is over the limits. This is necessary for us.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been selling HPE Nimble Storage for a few months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable product. We have one POC user in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. HPE has a good channel system in Taiwan.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we used Dell.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Nimble Storage is too expensive for our enterprise customers.

What other advice do I have?

We are still trying other products. HPE GreenLake has very nice packaging. It's a financial program, and we used Nimble through this financing program. We didn't purchase it, we were testing. 

We are still testing other products, such as Dell Storage.

We have some local storage vendors, so we are not formally using it in production.

We are not able to recommend this product as we are still in the testing phase. We are still doing the POC tests.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Ricardo Buysse
HPE Technical Support Manager at Servicios GZ, C.A.
Real User
Top 20
Can manage storage requirements and can be rapidly deployed
Pros and Cons
  • "The fact that you can manage the requirements is one the most valuable features of HPE Nimble Storage. The other is the rapid deployment time."
  • "I think the scalability of HPE Nimble Storage could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We currently work with banks and insurance companies, who are our primary customers with regard to HPE Nimble Storage.

How has it helped my organization?

Our clients have been very happy with this solution and like the fact that it is very easy to install. They have also had no problems with migration.

What is most valuable?

The fact that you can manage the requirements is one the most valuable features of HPE Nimble Storage. The other is the rapid deployment time.

Our customers are also happy that they can easily manage the requirements from the very beginning.

What needs improvement?

I think the scalability of HPE Nimble Storage could be improved.

In Venezuela, we have to purchase the solution for two years and cannot obtain a secondary storage platform. So from my perspective, the scalability is not as easy as that of 3PAR StoreServ or HPE Primera.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Our clients have not reported any issues, so I think that HPE Nimble Storage is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of this solution is not great in comparison to that of 3PAR StoreServ or HPE Primera.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Most of our clients used 3PAR StoreServ and HPE Primera.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think HPE Nimble Storage is less expensive than Primera and is the best solution for Venezuela. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our clients evaluated other options such as 3PAR StoreServ, HPE Primera, Pure Storage, and Dell EMC.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate HPE Nimble Storage at nine. It is less expensive than some of the other options and is very easy to install.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Reseller
Top 20
Great performance and a fast deployment but can be expensive
Pros and Cons
  • "The deployment is fast."
  • "It would be ideal if all these enterprise-class high-performance products would come at a cheaper price."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for ERP.

What is most valuable?

The performance of the solution is excellent. It's the most valuable aspect of the product. The stability is great.

The scalability of the solution is great.

The deployment is fast.

Technical support is helpful. 

What needs improvement?

It would be ideal if all these enterprise-class high-performance products would come at a cheaper price.

The initial setup could be simplified a bit. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been dealing with the solution for a few years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable and reliable. The performance is great. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is good with this product. If a company wants to expand it, it's not a problem.

We have two or three clients on the product right now. 

How are customer service and support?

I've had no issues with technical support. They are helpful and responsive. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is always complex, however, it is manageable. Of course, it could always be a bit easier in the future. 

The initial deployment is pretty fast and takes less than a week.

A company would typically need one or two engineers for deployment and maintenance tasks. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is quite expensive. We'd like them to lower the cost of the product.

You can buy the solution outright to avoid ongoing licensing costs.

What other advice do I have?

We are resellers of the solution.

As resellers, sometimes how easy or hard the solution is to deal with and set up depends on the customer requirements. It's really subject to what a customer wants in their environment.

I'd rate the solution at a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Technical Specialist at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Easy to set up, good documentation, and the mirroring is useful
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is data mirroring."
  • "Scalability, in terms of being able to scale out, is not easy and should be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and Nimble is one of the storage products that we implement for our clients.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is data mirroring.

The documentation is good.

What needs improvement?

Scalability, in terms of being able to scale out, is not easy and should be improved.

In the future, I would like to see the vendor upgrade the hardware.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Nimble Storage for seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is definitely stable and we use it on a daily basis.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scaling up is easy, but scaling out is not easy.

We have a team of five people who are responsible for maintenance. There are a very large number of end-users.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never been in contact with technical support because we have sanctions that prohibit it. When I need assistance then I seek help in the community.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with other similar solutions and I find that there are no big differences between them.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy.

What about the implementation team?

Once the solution has been delivered, I can set it up myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is better than some of the competitors, such as Dell EMC.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing Nimble Storage is to perform a step-by-step deployment, and write down the steps as you go. This will ultimately save a lot of time if you experience any problems.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stability at a price that we expect, but the non-standard dimensions create challenges
Pros and Cons
  • "In the 20 days that we have been using this solution, it has been stable."
  • "The most difficult part about Nimble was the fact that it didn't have a standard length."

What is our primary use case?

We will be using this solution for virtualizing specific workloads that we have.

What needs improvement?

The most difficult part about Nimble was the fact that it didn't have a standard length. It had a prolonged length to standard servers, which made it slightly challenging to get it installed and we had to switch racks around.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE Nimble Storage for 20 days.

We are still in the installation phase, but will probably be using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In the 20 days that we have been using this solution, it has been stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

From what we have investigated, it's pretty scalable. 

The preliminary test shows that it does what we want it to do. We will continue using this solution in the future.

We have approximately 20 users in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not contacted the technical support yet.

How was the initial setup?

We have a team of five to maintain this product.

What about the implementation team?

We had an HPE engineer install this solution. We purchased the installation package with it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would classify it as an expensive product. It's a high-end product.

It's quite expensive, but it's what you would expect from a storage box.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Pure Storage FlashArray and IBM Storwize, which is now called IBM Flash Array.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I would recommend to others who are interested in using it.

I would rate HPE Nimble Storage a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Infrastructure Specialist at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
Simple to scale, helpful support, and stable
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is the NVMe flash storage."
  • "We would like there to be more enhanced features."

What is our primary use case?

We use HPE Nimble Storage as a storage solution.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the NVMe flash storage.

What needs improvement?

We would like there to be more enhanced features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution HPE Nimble Storage for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability and performance are very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is easy to scale, but there are some limitations. We would like to add more storage but there are certain limitations.

We have a small environment, and six people are using this solution in my organization on a daily basis.

How are customer service and support?

We had some issues with the configuration and we contacted support. We were satisfied.

What about the implementation team?

HPE did the implementation of the solution for us with their certified engineers and it took approximately one week.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

What other advice do I have?

We are not utilizing the maximum functions. We are utilizing the protect facilities. 

HPE Nimble Storage is a good solution. it is useable in a production environment. However, the useability all depends on the environment. After a year if you want to renew the support, or have enhancements it is going to cost you more. Planning is very important.

We have switched from HPE Nimble Storage and we now use Pure Storage. 

I rate HPE Nimble Storage an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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