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HPE Nimble Storage is #4 ranked solution in best All-Flash Storage Arrays. IT Central Station users give HPE Nimble Storage an average rating of 8 out of 10. HPE Nimble Storage is most commonly compared to HPE Primera:HPE Nimble Storage vs HPE Primera. HPE Nimble Storage is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 65% of users researching this solution on IT Central Station. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 27% of all views.
What is HPE Nimble Storage?

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.

HPE Nimble Storage is also known as Nimble Storage.

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HPE Nimble Storage Customers

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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What users are saying about HPE Nimble Storage pricing:
  • "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."

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TG
Senior Storage Specialist, Digital Systems at Shaw Communications
Real User
Top 20
Beneficial management software, straightforward installation, and good support

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We use HPE Nimble Storage for VMware VMDK object workloads.

How has it helped my organization?

The first installation we did was at a mine in South America, Chile, in a place called Ike where the elevation was very high that spinning disks were failing, the meantime for failure was low. The main reason we put our first all-flash array was that it was solid-state which has no moving parts. This solution allowed our organization to operate in that location.

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

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. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE Nimble Storage for four years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 5,000 virtual machines servers and over 100 storage arrays and they are placed all over our organization. We are using this solution extensively in our organization.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support has been good in our experience. I have worked with the support quite a lot and I have not had any issues with their support.

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

We have used NetApp previously and our management preferred to use HPE Nimble Storage.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward. The whole implementation took use approximately one day.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation using an in-house team. The solution does not require a lot of maintenance. I have not updated the software in a year and when it is updated it is all done online with no downtime.

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

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. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Pure Storage and they are very similar to HPE Nimble Storage but are a lot more expensive. For ease of setup and cost perspective, HPE Nimble Storage is the better choice.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Chris Childerhose
Lead Infrastructure Architect at ThinkON
Real User
ExpertTop 5
When we had issues due to a bad Postgres database, Nimble was very helpful and even replaced the array with a brand new one for our troubles.

Pros and Cons

  • "InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed"
  • "We have had some stability issues with one array which has happened twice during subsequent software updates but is due to a bad Postgres database."

What is our primary use case?

Nimble storage is our primary Production storage vendor.  We use this with VMware on a daily basis including a new AFA5000 all flash array for our DMS system.

How has it helped my organization?

These arrays perform very well and have allowed us to move many physical servers to virtual and run them from the Nimble arrays without any performance impact and there is actual performance improvement.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are -

1. Ease of setup

2. Ease of Management with Web UI

3. InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed

Infosight has been very valuable with determining upgrade requirements, bottlenecks, etc. The latest update to the site now allows Per-VM monitoring within the Virtual Infrastructure now too.

What needs improvement?

No areas require improvement at this time.  The arrays run very well and updates are flawless when completing.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had some stability issues with one array which has happened twice during subsequent software updates but is due to a bad Postgres database. Nimble has been very helpful and are even replacing the array with a brand new one for our troubles.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are no scalability issues and the arrays can be upgraded with ease.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer service has been top notch with Nimble and would be 10/10. They even worked with use to replace a faulty array.

Technical Support:

Technical Support is one of the best and is 10/10. The autosupport system they have in place that creates tickets for you automatically is great. You can even specify on the InfoSight webpage which ones you want to Auto-Close, etc.

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

Previously used Dell Equilogic arrays but they were end of life.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. You connect the array to the network and power it up. You then run the Nimble Setup Manager which will detect the array on the network and allow you to complete an initial configuration. Once that is done you can then use the Web UI to finalize the configuration.

What about the implementation team?

It was completed in-house with the assistance from Nimble when required.

What was our ROI?

Nimble has allowed us to run without much down time giving us a great ROI on our investment.

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options for storage were evaluated.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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BA
Network & System Support Engineer at a recruiting/HR firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Runs fast and without errors while being very stable

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution runs pretty fast."
  • "The solution requires a higher availability."

What is most valuable?

The device works very well.

We like how we can report and access everything directly over the cloud.

The solution runs pretty fast.

What needs improvement?

The solution requires a higher availability.

The pricing of the solution isn't ideal. They should work to make it more affordable. It's very expensive.

I'd like to be able to configure the solution from vCenter, which isn't possible right now.

It would be great if the solution offered even more integrations and plugins.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. It's been working for three years, and we haven't had any errors. There aren't crashes. There isn't any bug or glitch that affects the way it functions.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. It's easy to expand the solution as needed.

We have around 1,000 people working with the solution currently. We use it quite extensively.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is really good. They give us adapted support and it's very helpful. We're satisfied with the level of support we get.

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

I have experience with a few different solutions. Nimble is quite a large solution that runs well without errors. One of its competitors, NetApp, is good but hard to configure. You need to really be an expert to configure it. With Nimble, you don't have to be overly technical. 

I've also worked with Huawei devices in the past as well.

How was the initial setup?

The solution has an easy initial setup. It was straightforward. We didn't find it to be complex. You don't need advanced knowledge, or to be an expert.

Deployment is pretty quick and takes just 25 minutes. It's really quite fast.

We had three team members deploy the solution. They also maintain it. They were all part of the administration team.

What about the implementation team?

We were able to install the solution ourselves without any outside help. We didn't need any help from an integrator or consultant.

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

The solution is quite expensive. We can't really afford to buy a second device.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've recently been looking at Pure Storage.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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MR
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Great architecture and verification features

Pros and Cons

  • "Good architecture and produces a lot of IOPS."
  • "The solution needs to be an active-active controller."

What is our primary use case?

The companies that bought this solution from us use it for VMware. They have also used some Oracle in the Red Hat operating system. It's mostly used for the VMware environment. The companies we provide the solution to are generally medium size; one of them is a hospital and the other is an agency that controls the sale of gas. We are partners of HPE Nimble Storage and I'm the technical manager of the company.

What is most valuable?

A valuable feature for me is the architecture which is pretty good. We have a good throughput and we like that they have a lot of IOPS and low latency is also pretty good. And we also like the verification features because we get some good things with the method Nimble takes to duplicate. If you have a hybrid secondary storage, it allows you to do remote copy, data recovery and business continuity with the solution. And the integration with some other solutions is also good. For now, Nimble has a way of integrating with each solution, it's very good. 

What needs improvement?

When I'm competing against someone, I would like Nimble to be an active-active controller. As it is now, Nimble is an active-passive controller. If the customer is looking for an active-active controller, then we can't use Nimble and have to go with Primera. Nimble gives us a lot of good things, but without the active-active controller, it's pointless.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using this solution for a year. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is pretty good. We do the iteration ourselves, because we have the experience and we provide first-hand support, given the service qualifications that HPE expects from us. Beyond that, Nimble has good support, because it also has Infosight, another value-added solution for Nimble. Infosight has around 10 years of log collection. We provide good first line support to our customers and I think it's important for them to have that.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nimble competes against IBM Storwize and Dell. The main reason we went with Nimble was that we have over 10 years of experience with Infosight.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Markus Arnold
ICT Architect / Team Leader at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Easy to set up with good performance and reliability

Pros and Cons

  • "The scalability is straightforward."
  • "There is a new version of the Nimble and 3PAR systems called Alletra and they have a lot of new features."

What is most valuable?

The performance and reliability are excellent. Due to the fact that we are a provider, we need systems which just run and run and run the whole day and the whole night without issue. This product does just that. We are selling services, and therefore we need a system which works 24/7.

The initial setup is very easy.

The stability is very good.

The scalability is straightforward.

What needs improvement?

There is a new version of the Nimble and 3PAR systems called Alletra and they have a lot of new features. We have to check and have to give them a read, however, at the moment, there are some new features with cloud connections. It's a feature that they haven't finished yet. There's the possibility to move the workload to the cloud and back. At the moment, they don't really need any improvements.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for around 20 years. It's been two decades. I've used it for a long while at this point. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is great. It just keeps running without issue. There are no bugs or glitches. It does not crash or freeze. It is quite reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is great. It scales in every direction.

How are customer service and technical support?

While the technical support isn't good every single time, for the most part, we are happy with it. 

They could improve their services a bit. If you have some easy problems, for example, if a hard drive fails or something like that, that's not a problem for them to deal with. However, if you have strange problems related to performance issues or something like that, sometimes it's difficult to find the right person. In most cases, we are happy with the support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy. It's not very complex or hard to do. If a company needs to set it up, it can do so with very little difficulty.

What about the implementation team?

We are certified partners. We know exactly how to set up the solution and can do so for our clients if they need assistance. 

What other advice do I have?

We are an HPE partner. We also use it as customers and end-users. 

Right now, we use the HPE 3PAR 8000 systems, we use Nimble systems, and we also sell some systems like Primera.

I'd recommend the solution to other companies.

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We're mostly quite happy with the product.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Handriyo Sidhi
Team Leader at PT.Helios Informatika Nusantara
Reseller
Top 20
Easy to update with simple end-user management

Pros and Cons

  • "Updates are very easy to do when the customer is connected to the internet."
  • "HPE does not have suffficient storage."

What needs improvement?

Competitors, such as Dell EMC, make use of NVMe storage. They also use the STM storage module. Primera only has a maximum of eight. In contrast, HPE Nimble Storage does not use NVMe and this makes it challenging for us to convince the customer, who is sometimes aware of this technology, to go with it.

HPE does not have sufficient storage. Overall, the customers in need of the solution have sufficient network data storage. There is also SAN storage in one solution, in a single product. I have made three requests that the storage be capable of being samples in a single bundle. We have the protocol as an example when it comes to the product. Yet, if the customer needs to configure NAS storage, this necessitates the purchase of separate software. As the competitors have already launched the solution with NVMe or STM storage, we have also done so with Primera. The same holds true in respect of Dell EMC. In Indonesia we encounter customers who are knowledgeable about the storage and infrastructure and enquire about the solution as it concerns HPE storage. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been working with HPE Nimble Storage for two years, since the time of its release. With HPE Primera we have been working for at least one year. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. Their responses are interactive and they work with us. We try to keep open communication with our customers and I know that in internal support the issue has arisen of how long it takes to be escalated from L2 to L3 support. 

I feel that it takes too long. When it comes to performing integration with InfoSight, it is helpful that we can then segment the issue or possibly check the connection. 

How was the initial setup?

Updates are very easy to do when the customer is connected to the internet. This is also the case with InfoSight if the customer is connected. 

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

HPE Nimble Storage has a simple management end-user. The customer will generally provide us with feedback about performance upon installation of the solution, including in respect of VMware. Our customers are helpful when our performance involves configuring integration such as that of vCenter with InfoSight. I am aware of the tech problem we encounter. The VM we have with high-class latency is, surprisingly, very helpful to manage. 

What other advice do I have?

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. 

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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
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LB
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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