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We performed a comparison between DDN IntelliFlash and HPE Nimble Storage based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two All-Flash Storage Arrays solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed DDN IntelliFlash vs. HPE Nimble Storage Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The initial setup is straightforward.""It performed great originally, and when it performed great, it was awesome."

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"Even if one control fails, it automatically turns on the other controller and everything moves from one to the second instantaneously without any issues.""The deployment is fast.""They have really thought through their solution. They've covered everything.""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.""The scalability is straightforward.""The performance and the processor are good.""The most valuable feature is the management of Nimble Storage, InfoSight. This is like a cloud. That's really a very nice feature. I think that's the only reason to buy Nimble Storage.""The deduplication and compression capabilities are powerful."

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Cons
"Technical support is bad. It'd grade them at 30% or 40%. The response time is terrible.""I wouldn't say I like anything about this solution. We are looking for a replacement with Dell EMC and Pure Storage. Tegile's performance, support, and features are horrible. It's going down. Multiple companies have bought it. It looked okay at one point in time, like four years ago. Even though it wasn't one of the best, it still looked okay. Since the management has changed several times, it looks like it's going down the drain. Performance is horrible now. Our original intent was to buy new storage in about two years. But since it became a critical urgency for us, we decided to purchase a new one in two or three months. It would be better if they improved the codebase. We have issues very often with their code, and I think that is the main pain point. The hardware is also horrible because we have either a controller failure or a SATADOM failure very often. Now and then, we also have a disc failure. They have to get their act together. They have to make sure their hardware is robust, they have to make sure their code is good, and then we can think about new features and functionality. First, make the unit run properly, and then we can think about additions. Obviously, their support has to be knowledgeable. Because when I told them, "we have latency issues, come troubleshoot it for us," nobody came. But if we tell them that "we need to do a firmware upgrade," then they are like, "okay. Let's do a firmware upgrade." They will come to do the firmware upgrade, and then they will go. But with the firmware upgrades, you might never know when it works properly and when it doesn't work properly. If there is a disc that needs to be replaced, and we ask them to replace it, they'll say, "okay, just share the remote station with us, and we'll run some commands, and we'll validate which disc is faulty. If it's really faulty, we will send the disc. We do that, and then they find the faulty disc and send a replacement. They will do these minor things. But that's not what we are looking for. We are looking for more features and more functionality. Like if there is latency, try to help us out and help the customer find where the latency is. It doesn't necessarily have to be only with SAN storage. It might be a configuration issue, or it might be something else. So, you should help the customer find where the issue is. Unfortunately, that is not what we are getting from them. So they have to improve that a lot."

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"A feature that would be a nice addition to the next release would be a filer option. A filer option so that you could connect the sim or NFS or chips like NetApp does for NAS functionality.""I think the scalability of HPE Nimble Storage could be improved.""HPE Nimble Storage could be improved with some critical application or servers.""The solution should allow for easier configurations.""There is a new version of the Nimble and 3PAR systems called Alletra and they have a lot of new features.""When we’re setting up the solution, making options available regarding the replication tool mechanism would be ideal.""The solution could improve by having more granularity. For example, having the ability to go deeper into specific IO channels or specific latency issues that can happen would be a benefit. HPE has this ability on their side but it would be useful to have it on our side.""There is no active-active controller, which means that we can only have one controller online at a time."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think we pay around 100 grand per year for three arrays or four arrays."
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  • "Nimble Storage is too expensive for our enterprise customers."
  • "I would classify it as an expensive product."
  • "HPE Nimble Storage didn't require a license at the time."
  • "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."
  • "The solution is a little pricey compared to others on the market."
  • "I think HPE Nimble Storage is less expensive than Primera and is the best solution for Venezuela."
  • "We pay a one-time fee for terabyte licenses, and the support is paid yearly."
  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It performed great originally, and when it performed great, it was awesome.
    Top Answer:I'm not sure of the exact pricing. Over three years, the support might have been in the ballpark of $15,000. We bought the solution itself outright.
    Top Answer:Once you started pushing it, it would start to not respond properly and then we would have to reach out to support, to try to figure out where these issues came from. They couldn't tell us where the… 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, zero rule. That means I need three copies of my data on two different types of… 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 solution offers SSD-based cache devices and all SSD devices so you can have… more »
    Top Answer:They have really thought through their solution. They've covered everything.
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    Also Known As
    Tegile, IntelliFlash N-Series, IntelliFlash T-Series, IntelliFlash HD-Series
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    Overview

    Western Digital through its IntelliFlash arrays delivers high-performance storage with a complete range of features and connectivity options, including inline compression and deduplication, application and VM consistent snapshots, replication, RAID, data encryption, VMware vCenter integration, and multi-protocol support for SAN (FC, iSCSI) and NAS (NFS, SMBv3). IntelliFlash arrays deliver high availability through dualredundant and hot-swappable components, active/active or active/passive controllers, non-disruptive software upgrades, eMLC flash, and proactive cloud-based monitoring, analytics, and intelligence. A RESTful API provides scripted or programmatic control.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Bank of Stockton, Barnsley College, Boyes Turner, Brigham Young University
    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
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government10%
    Healthcare Company7%
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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    DDN IntelliFlash vs. HPE Nimble Storage
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about DDN IntelliFlash vs. HPE Nimble Storage and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    653,522 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DDN IntelliFlash is ranked 28th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 2 reviews while HPE Nimble Storage is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 30 reviews. DDN IntelliFlash is rated 4.0, while HPE Nimble Storage is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of DDN IntelliFlash writes "A unified flash storage solution with poor performance, support, and features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage writes "Proactive end-to-end management". DDN IntelliFlash is most compared with Tintri VMstore, Dell PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Pure Storage FlashArray and Dell Unity XT, whereas HPE Nimble Storage is most compared with HPE Primera, Dell PowerStore, Dell Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray and IBM FlashSystem. See our DDN IntelliFlash vs. HPE Nimble Storage report.

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