Our prospects always ask us what are the top reasons for them to choose Nimble Storage for their IT environment. We flipped the question back to our customer -- why do they love their Nimble Storage.  Here are top reasons we compiled from our customer's stories and conversations:

 

  • Performance. Performance. Performance.
    • Customers with workloads ranging from high performance transactional workloads to desktop virtualization have reported as much as 10x better performance versus their previous storage solution with sub-millisecond read and write latencies. This is made possible due to the innovative use of flash to dynamically cache active data for reads and a write optimized data layout that decouples storage performance from spinning disk. Nimble's CASL architecture ensures that this level of performance is sustained even at high levels of utilization.
  • Provision and Deploy -- without an Advanced Degree in Storage Management.
    • Customers have reported getting their systems up and serving data less than time than it would have taken to provisioning storage volumes with their legacy solutions. They are also accelerating deployments using pre-defined templates for optimized operations and data protection -- all without needing to set or tune any parameters.
  • Efficiency that stretches how far IT budgets go.
    • Customers are pleasantly surprised with the efficiency they've gotten from their Nimble Storage. For example customers running SQL Server are seeing compression rates upwards of 2 in production.  This is the savings associated with our efficient in-line universal compression alone. Complementing compression, customers also report benefits from thin provisioning, high-performance RAID-6 with fast rebuilds and efficient snapshots (more on this below).
  • Clone without copy--it's that easy
    • With compression and efficient snapshots alone, customers report they are already ahead of their efficiency goals. But that's not all -- our VDI and database customers report the ability to create clones of golden virtual machines and production databases in minutes has been a huge benefit in the areas of VDI and application/database test & development.
  • Scaling to Fit Ballooning IT Growth.
    • Customers have told us that they love the fact that they can independently scale performance and capacity on their Nimble Storage array as their applications. This means they don't have to invest lots of infrastructure upfront nor would they have to worry about fork lift upgrades when they need to scale. One of the best parts of Nimble's scale-to-fit functionality is that it is non-disruptive.
  • Protect More. Sans complexity.
    • A lot of IT administrators told us that backup and recovery tend to consume more time than almost any other storage/data related task. Our customers have reported that that combination of efficient snapshots plus replication as well as the intuitive management tools has greatly simplified their life. The move to Nimble has meant they no longer have to worry about backups completing in backup windows nor do they have to worry about inconsistent backups.
  • Affordable Business Continuity... check.
    • Virtualization has made highly available applications a reality for all. Our customers including public sector organizations with a focus on delivering the most IT services bang for their budgets are leveraging efficient replication and intuitive management to deploy an easy to test DR solution. This includes leveraging integration with VMware SRM -- all included with every Nimble Storage CS-Series.
  • Lowering IT Stress levels (and Deployment Risk) with proven Reference architectures.
    • Our customers have been leveraging validated SmartStack solutions for VDI, Data Protection and Windows Server/Private Cloud with our strategic partners (Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and CommVault) to reduce the uncertainties encountered during deployments. These comprehensive solutions combine the best-of-breed storage, compute, networking and software in prescriptive reference architecture.
  • Viva la Operational Efficiency
    • With the launch of InfoSight, our customers have reported improved efficiencies across the storage lifecycle. Using this data sciences-driven support portal, customer benefit from cloud-based monitoring, capacity forecasting, performance recommendations, proactive alerting, and automated case creation.
  • Keep Running... Through Upgrades
    • Our customers have reported uptimes upwards of 99.998% with our latest release of Nimble OS. This is in no small part due non-disruptive software and hardware upgrades, and highly available controllers.

 

We would love to hear what you think about your Nimble Storage array. Share why do you love using your CS-Series!