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2015-05-28T18:30:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering HPE Nimble Storage?


If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering HPE Nimble Storage, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 20Real User

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.

2021-11-09T21:55:58Z
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Top 20Real User

We are transitioning a lot of our hardware to Azure and we partnered with Microsoft on their cloud services. For our on-premise setup, we are doing a switch from traditional storage arrays to more of a VMware Cloud Foundation type of structure where we are using VMware vSAN instead of storage arrays. I rate HPE Nimble Storage an eight out of ten.

2021-10-14T21:30:08Z
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Top 5Reseller

We are resellers. We are using the most up-to-date version of the solution, however, I cannot speak to the exact version number. I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten. We haven't had any issues.

2021-09-03T15:28:53Z
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Top 10Real User

My recommendation of this solution would depend on who is interested in using it, and what the purpose of using it would be. I would rate HPE Nimble Storage a six out of ten.

2021-07-30T13:30:32Z
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Top 20Reseller

I'm working with one of the distributors here in Indonesia, Helios Informatika Nusantara. Mainly I'm involved with managing the SMB company. I rate HPE Nimble Storage as a nine out of ten.

2021-07-02T12:22:28Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2021-04-18T10:08:11Z
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Top 5Real User

In summary, this is a good product and I recommend it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2021-02-12T17:40:29Z
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Real User

We'll use this solution more in the future. With what I see now with the segregated hyper-converged infrastructure, I think that Nimble is going to get a lot more clients because hyper-converged solutions are a closed box and customers want this kind of solution. Customers felt that with the hyper-converged solutions, their hands were tied. I would recommend this solution. It's been around for over 10 years, working with machine learning in artificial intelligence. It has inline deduplication for all flash storage, and a hybrid version that gives a lot of features. It's an architecture that's based on the controller. The only drawback of this solution is the active-passive controller, otherwise I rate it very highly. I rate this solution a nine out of 10.

2021-02-09T02:56:30Z
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Top 20MSP

I rate HPE Nimble Storage a nine out of ten.

2021-01-15T23:08:45Z
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Top 5LeaderboardConsultant

This is a good product and if anybody asks me for SAN storage then I recommend HPENimble. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2021-01-10T09:54:47Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend HPE Nimble Storage to potential users. On a scale from one to ten, I would give HPE Nimble Storage a nine.

2021-01-10T08:08:17Z
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Top 5Real User

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.

2021-01-05T17:24:49Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

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.

2020-12-01T16:21:55Z
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Real User

We're currently using model CS5000 and we're on version 5.05.200. We are not yet on the cloud. We're on-premise. We installed it in our data center. In tests and features, they call it InfoSight. InfoSight collects logs and tries to send to the cloud. It's customizable, and it offers reports for you and any upgrade. It tries to give you information about your device. I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it nine out of ten.

2020-07-08T09:00:59Z
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Top 5Reseller

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.

2020-06-28T08:51:00Z
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Real User

Try it out. Demo it. Just have somebody put it in front of you, so you can poke around and demonstrate how it works with a real environment. Check out a Hyper-V or VMware. VMware is a lot more integrated with Nimble than Hyper-V. Live migrate your stuff. Move your stuff. Send backups to it. Send it over across the wire to a DR. Everything just works, and that is what we want. It has been rock solid, 100 percent on time, and we have never had any issues with it. We receive about a 2.4x compression rate, even on our old HPE CS300. With the new HF-Series, we will probably achieve a lot more than that because they have a lot of deduplication, etc. Unfortunately, we just deployed that last week. So, we are still in the trial process with it. All-flash is coming down the pipeline. We don't have all-flash yet. We have all hybrid arrays. We are moving in that direction probably within the next two years or so. We don't utilize any public cloud or HPE cloud stuff yet. Biggest lesson learnt: Always go with a great vendor that has a great product.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

This solution is efficient in more than one way. Not only is it high performing, but it is also more compact and fits better in our storage arrays than equipment from other storage providers. This helps out with space in the data center. We have experienced an increase in performance of ten to fifteen percent. This product has proven itself to be very reliable and we're looking forward to where it's going to take us in the future. Everything that they've told us it's going to do, it has done and exceeded. The biggest lesson that I have learned is not to run at any solution that is already out there. Really dive into what it is that you need. Find out what your baseline is, and have a number in mind from a cost perspective. Then take a look at what your priorities are. Is it cost, or uptime, or perhaps having a reliable solution? Always define what your parameters are. My advice to anybody considering a solution such as this is to always do your research. Look at everything, including peer evaluations, and always take your time. I have met a lot of people that try to rush into a solution and then end up finding stuff that they didn't think they needed. So, as much as possible, take your time and do your studies. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

We like the flexibility. Anybody who is looking for a product that is easy to use and deploy, this is good. I do need to evaluate the security aspect of it, especially intelligence to counter any unpredictable growth. I would also like to see how to use the storage space efficiently, because we do, at times, suddenly come across big videos.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

Using this solution has shown us some of the things that are possible, and what we can better improve on in the future. Nimble Storage is a solution that I would recommend to anybody who is in the same kind of space as I am. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

My advice is that you bring it onsite and evaluate InfoSight's reporting. The biggest lesson we've learned from using Nimble is that it provides better insight with a single pane of glass. It's feature-complete for what we are looking for. I rate it a ten out of ten. We've been very happy with Nimble.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

At my previous place of employment, I mentioned to my previous boss about this solution because it would have been good at my prior place of employment. They were in a similar situation. They had flash, spinning disks, etc. However, they used Pure Storage, Hitachi, and even some Dell EMC. When you have so many different arrays, or so many different companies, that you have to work with, it is very easy when there is a problem for a vendor to point their finger at another vendor. For a better chance of a successful integration, keep the products (and vendors) down to a minimum. I don't really have to do a whole lot to it. Plug it in, and it does its job successfully. The performance was already good. This isn't a reactionary, but being proactive. We are doing these measures to ensure that we don't have an issue. The biggest lesson learned is to keep using Nimble.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of one to ten, I would say this product is a nine. I think it does what it promises and support is decent. The only drawback I find is the size of the components. They never told us that the hardware has a large form factor and we were barely able to squeeze it into our older racks. Storage is a critical piece of our business and, with a small team like the one that we have, Nimble ends up being a pretty good system that fits our need while lowering administrative needs. For anyone considering this solution seriously, I would suggest you do your research with other competitors out there and look at what you are using, what type of infrastructure you have, as well as resources you have to support your system. Based on that, I would do a small POC (Proof of Concept). The flash version is more expensive, but I think you can get away with this with a hybrid model. The solution we chose is a hybrid system which we found to be just as good as the flash system. We have another system that is flash-only and the hybrid appears to behave just as well. We accomplished that by just adding 20% or so SSDs and doing that gave us what we needed to achieve similar performance. We have feeds into HP that give us the Infosight analysis. However, I'm not sure if we're doing it proactively. The all-flash solution could be considered as positioning our organization for growth, but we also have a hybrid system which we find just as good as the flash. Either would position us for growth compared to previous solutions.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this solution is to only make changes in maintenance windows, even when the engineers say that nothing will happen. My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to go through a detailed sizing operation with HPE so that it can be appropriately scoped. We do use this solution for business-critical applications but it is too broad and there are too many to name a specific example. I like this product, but there is always room for improvement and nothing can be a ten. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

We receive great support. We have had no unplanned downtime. Our experience with the product has been excellent.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

Go with Nimble if you want the best. It is reliable, the support is good, and it provides us with good performance.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

The product comes down to budget, I/O, and the use case that you need. It is really efficient in the size that it is. Biggest lesson learnt: All-flash matters.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

Definitely, give the product a go and do a PoC. It fits my needs perfectly. Biggest lesson learnt: Sometimes, the simplest solution is actually a complex solution.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

I would definitely point a colleague toward the Nimble product. Most of my peers are also at universities, and the product fits perfectly into what we are trying to do. As another administrator at another university, it will be key to what they are doing. It has met all of our needs. We haven't had any issues. They have been consistently innovating stuff and seeing it before we even think of the possible outcomes. We are consistently shocked by what is coming out. We do HIPAA compliance as a university. Part of that compliance has to do with how we back up employee files, which we do on the cloud, but we don't use the Nimble for that.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

If you are not going for the all-flash arrays, then try to understand your I/O profile and working set. That will help you with your sizing. Performance is great. It is still reasonably expensive, but the product is good. It does what it needs to. From an availability viewpoint, it provides us with confidence that applications will be available when they need to be. It does what it says on its own.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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ExpertTop 5Real User

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.

2017-09-13T11:28:00Z
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ExpertTop 5Real User

Given the chance to evaluate Nimble it is highly recommended. Their CASL architecture is very fast and being able to get the performance from spinning disk that you see on some flash arrays is great. They are always improving the product and software including the recent changes to the InfoSight web page that allows Per-VM monitoring now. Excellent support and customer service when you need it.

2015-05-28T18:30:00Z
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