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Executive Summary
Updated on March 30, 2022

We performed a comparison between HPE Nimble Storage and HPE Primera based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Both HPE Nimble Storage and HPE Primera reviewers said the setup and deployment were relatively easy.
  • Features: HPE Nimble Storage users said the software had excellent performance and quickly-released updates that fixed bugs, but that there were some stability and scalability issues. Users of HPE Primera liked the efficient storage but felt that the reporting console needed improvement and that the interface wasn’t so user-friendly.
  • Pricing: Most HPE Nimble Storage users felt the product price was high. On the other hand, most HPE Primera users were satisfied with the price.
  • Service and Support: HPE Nimble Storage users were satisfied with the support, however, a few mentioned that some support staff wasn’t knowledgeable enough to solve their issues. On the other hand, HPE Primera users were happy with their support.

Comparison Results: The two solutions had a similar user rating in terms of ease of deployment. HPE Primera had a better user rating regarding pricing and service and support. In terms of features, HPE Nimble Storage users felt there were stability and scalability issues, while HPE Primera users felt the reporting console needed improvements and the user interface wasn’t user-friendly.

To learn more, read our detailed HPE Nimble Storage vs. HPE Primera report (Updated: July 2022).
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Pros
"InfoSight is helpful because it is proactive support.""Updates are very easy to do when the customer is connected to the internet.""The most valuable features are its cost-effectiveness, performance, and its deduplication deficiencies.""This product is very easy to set up.""The most valuable features are the duplication and compression traffic. We have second storage that we can use for the synchronization of data between the data centers.""Good architecture and produces a lot of IOPS.""Some of the beneficial features I have found are the Block-level backups, the interface is easy to use, backups work well and the portal is functional.""The most useful features are high availability and the storage snapshot backup functionality."

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"The features that I have found most valuable are the artificial intelligence for the storage inside of the software and firmware because customers do not like functionalities which require manual interruption.""HPE Primera has good integration. All the users are using HP servers and some systems, such as Synergy, which integrate well into the solution.""One of the most valuable features is the ease of deployment.""HPE Primera is an all-flash storage product that's very stable and has a higher storage capacity. It can also give better ROI compared to NetApp.""All of the capabilities of the hardware such as replication, snapshot, and the specific features are all included from the start as opposed to being on another license.""The performance of the solution is good.""The high availability was most valuable because they come with what's called 100% data availability. With special terms, they license and guarantee 100% data availability. That was probably one of the key features or components that HPE was offering with that model.""It is a stable and scalable solution with quick and efficient storage capability."

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Cons
"We are doing a hybrid and are moving some machines to Microsoft Azure to run in hybrid mode. We are checking the availability of extra software-defined storage so that we can configure it.""Pure Storages have some option, which allows us the ability to directly download that host inventory and volume report. We can receive everything directly generated from the storage itself. We do not need to use some other web browser or something. If HPE Nimble Storage could do the same it would be a benefit.""I would like to see an added feature to auto-fix, or a dynamic alerting system on storage.""The quality of technical support depends on which member of the support team you speak with.""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 a new version of the Nimble and 3PAR systems called Alletra and they have a lot of new features.""The HPE Nimble Storage could have better integration with monitoring and machine learning system information solutions.""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."

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"On the hardware side, you should have the ability to expand capacity to larger numbers.""There really isn't any aspect of the solution that needs improvement for the customer other than its price.""The reporting console can be improved with out of the box reports.""On the controller side, I would like to see NAS capabilities.""One of the drawbacks of the model we purchased is that it is not running NVMe drives. Even though they say that it is NVMe-ready, it is still on the SSD drives. The model that we purchased has only eight hard drives, and only the ones on the top could work on NVMe. The rest of them are still on the SSD. Its competitors, such as EMC and Pure Storage, are moving or have already moved to NVMe. HPE should improve this solution for NVMe. HPE should also improve IOs in this solution. IOs in HPE are weaker than Hitachi and Pure Storage.""They could work to make scalability easier.""Increasing the IOPS and throughput values would make the product even better. Improving the scalability of HPE Primera is also recommended.""There are certain features that require engineering-level access, which should be accessible to storage admins as well."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "From what I see, this is competitively-priced and HPE are doing their best to stay competitive."
  • "The price to capacity ratio is good."
  • "It is basically in the mid-range of the price. It is not cheaper than Hitachi, but it is cheaper than Pure Storage. There are no additional costs. Everything was taken care of in the price."
  • "Licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis and the cost of GreenLake service is included."
  • "I believe HPE Primera and Pure Storage are similar in price."
  • "There is only a one-time license purchase needed and no additional costs. If HP could reduce the training cost, then that would be advantageous to the seller."
  • "The price of HPE Primera could improve, it is expensive."
  • "HPE Primera service is cost-effective."
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    Top Answer:The most useful features are high availability and the storage snapshot backup functionality.
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    Top Answer:The initial setup is very straightforward. It's not overly complex.
    Top Answer:We are under a perpetual license in terms of software.
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    Overview

    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 introduces HPE Primera, a new storage platform designed to deliver superior simplicity, availability, and performance for mission-critical applications
    HPE Primera advances the HPE Intelligent Data Platform, a portfolio of products and solutions designed to help customers transition from delivering storage to unlocking business value with intelligent data

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    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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    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Nimble Storage vs. HPE Primera
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage vs. HPE Primera and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,336 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE Nimble Storage is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 28 reviews while HPE Primera is ranked 9th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 19 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage is rated 8.8, while HPE Primera is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage writes "Proactive end-to-end management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Primera writes "A rock-solid, enterprise-class product that provides 100% availability and is backed by an excellent company". HPE Nimble Storage is most compared with Dell PowerStore, Dell Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray, IBM FlashSystem and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), whereas HPE Primera is most compared with HPE 3PAR StoreServ, Dell PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), IBM FlashSystem and Dell Unity XT. See our HPE Nimble Storage vs. HPE Primera report.

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