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We performed a comparison between HPE Nimble Storage and Pure Storage FlashArray 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 HPE Nimble Storage vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report (Updated: August 2022).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Nimble Storage vs Pure Storage, which do you recommend?
Answer: I read all of the previous answers and agree that both Nimble and Pure and solid options. Pure is definitely more expensive. Both products will grow as need grows. Our organization chose Nimble because it was more cost effective for our growth rate. Sorry to make your choice difficult, just weigh the pros and cons of both per your needs.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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.""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 performance and the processor are good.""HPE Nimble Storage is very stable and performs well.""Good architecture and produces a lot of IOPS.""InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed""It is easy to use. Not too complicated.""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."

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"The most valuable features of Pure Storage FlashArray are the management view of the solutions, ease of provision, and deprovision, it is fantastic.""I like the speed, and I like the API and how programmable it is.""The solution offers amazing performance.""The most valuable features in Pure Storage FlashArray are deduplication and active cluster.""The mobile app is very helpful.""The most valuable feature of Pure Storage FlashArray is the all-flash storage performance, low latency, and efficiency of their de-duplication technology. Additionally, the ease of use is good compared to other storage systems. The features in data protection, snapshotting, and replication between data centers and sites are superior to other solutions.""I like FlashArray's ActiveCluster as well as its snapshot and cloning capabilities.""We're getting good performance, and the compression ratio is also very good in Pure Storage FlashArray."

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"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.""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.""I think the scalability of HPE Nimble Storage could be improved.""The HPE Nimble Storage could have better integration with monitoring and machine learning system information solutions.""It would be ideal if all these enterprise-class high-performance products would come at a cheaper price.""The solution needs to be an active-active controller.""HPE does not have suffficient storage.""If they could reduce the cost, that would be ideal."

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"I feel like there is too much automation; the user doesn't have any manual input.""It would be nice to have a better view of the allocated capacity on their Platform as a Service solution because we have to do some manual calculations to understand how much we are going to pay every month to use the storage that is allocated.""I think replication is one area that still needs improvement. Earlier, Pure Storage FlashArray only had IP-based replication. There was no API-based replication, but they have enhanced the feature now. However, they need to work on API replication for C-type of arrays.""Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""The price should be lower.""Pure Storage FlashArray could improve in the area of cryptographic information in the consoles. The user-friendliness could improve. The Pure Storage FlashArray team should come and log into the system with their maintenance credentials and then pull out the information as evidence of cryptography.""The price could be better.""I can't see where they can make anything better, unless, of course, they lower their prices even more."

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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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  • "Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution."
  • "The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more."
  • "They have a standardized fee; it's been the same price for 10 years straight. I am happy with the price — I think it's good."
  • "We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee."
  • "My organization has a yearly license, but I believe that Pure Storage FlashArray has capacity-based licenses as well. I'm definitely happy with the pricing."
  • "There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution."
  • "Pure is typically more expensive than everyone else. You get what you pay for, but I have lost deals to similar solutions because of pricing. They include everything, and that's another positive about Pure Storage. They aren't trying to nickel and dime their customers for different features. It is all included in one price. The license is by capacity, and the price depends on the capacity and the discount we're getting from the vendor. You get the SKU of the physical appliance, support, and maintenance, and that's it. You're licensed for whatever feature they offer. It is all rolled up into the price of the appliance."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
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    Answers from the Community
    Nurit Sherman
    it_user725136 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user725136 (User)

    These are my experiences with both storage arrays:

    Nimble has recently been bought by HP so it’s future is uncertain
    Both are able to snapshot and replicate to another SAN of the same brand
    PURE does not need to integrate with vSphere for Snapshots, Nimble has to integrate with vSphere to snapshot VM’s with SQL server installed which can cause errors with snapshots and causes some storage volume limitations
    Nimble has iSCSI toolkits for Windows and Linux to make setting up multi-pathing and setting up new connections easier, PURE does not
    PURE is more expensive
    PURE has much higher IOPS due to the all flash array
    PURE has better data reduction through compression and deduplication
    PURE has a longer lifespan with their highest level of support that will replace the entire SAN as it becomes obsolete
    The Nimble user interface seems to be more intuitive from my perspective
    Nimble firmware upgrades can be performed by IT staff
    PURE support has to perform the firmware upgrades for you

    Overall I would choose PURE over Nimble.

    reviewer357684 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer357684 (Technical Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees)
    Real User

    At a high level, you really can't go wrong with either array as both Nimble and Pure deliver phenomenal performance. As one user has correctly indicated, the Infosight that Nimble offers is probably the single biggest reason for a lot of its success. It leverages machine learning in the background and provides deep insight into storage usage and performance. HPE’s acquisition of Nimble was primarily for Infosight which is now available on 3PAR boxes as well and will also be available on Simplivity as well in the future. Now from an architecture perspective, Nimble uses CASL which is very write optimized and was originally intended for hybrid arrays. It has been adapted to fit all flash offerings and in many cases gives almost ridiculously low write latencies ranging in the sub-milliseconds. Pure is one of the pioneers of the entire AFA market and has been a thought leader from day one. Pure offers similar data efficiency (inline dedupe and compression) and writes data initially to NVRAM and then destages it onto SSD for very solid and predictable performance. Both products again have very strong replication suites as well. One point to note would be the following. From experience what I have seen is that sizing Nimble is very very important as scaling is generally much more complex. So initial sizing becomes crucial from a controller perspective. Most importantly and the one that I find most important is that both offer very strong guarantees/warranty. For example Nimble’s 6 9’s guarantee is crucial and comes with all models/arrays. Pure has the “love your storage” guarantee and more importantly has something called as the evergreen warranty which I believe is pretty cool. You would want to explore these but in summary you really can't go wrong with either as they are both field proven. What I would suggest is to explore the use case and match feature sets accordingly and then make a choice. Of course commercials will come into play.Tks

    it_user730569 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user730569 (Senior Systems Consultant at a tech services company)

    As a user of both Nimble and Pure, I would find it very hard to select a winner between the two. I totally agree with Shu that it really is a "Chevy versus Ford" comparison. Both are very easy to use, both have brilliant diagnostics and performance monitoring. It probably comes down to price and support capability. Whilst Nimble has Hybrid and Flash-only offerings, Pure Storage is just pure flash. Both vendors claim very high compression and de-dup ratios. Both can match their claims.

    Shu Mookerjee - PeerSpot reviewerShu Mookerjee
    Real User

    I feel this is akin to a "Ford" vs "Chevy" debate; both are quality products but it depends on personal preference. Both Nimble and Pure have roughly the same performance characteristics, ease of use and installation and similar feature set.

    However, I recently installed a Nimble AF1000 in our data center and am really impressed with it. It took almost no time to set up, has a very intuitive interface and is handling our applications extremely well (although, in all honesty, we're not really overtaxing it).

    What really sells Nimble for me, however, is InfoSight. It's easy of navigate and presents a wealth of analytics data. The analytics aren't just limited to the storage...I can get a very comprehensive view of my hosts and network performance. We also were able to architect a D/R solution for one of our clients with only their InfoSight data. It was comprehensive enough to give us everything we needed to develop our architecture.

    Tahera Caprietta - PeerSpot reviewerTahera Caprietta

    Hands down Pure Storage over Nimble. The main reasons I choose Pure are for all the capabilities and benefits. The deduplication and compression capabilities of Pure wins it for me. If you have an extensive workload, this is the choice you want to make. Other benefits would be the Forever Flash M&S. Pure offers to replace the hardware and software forever and upgrade the controllers every three years forever at the same price you first purchased... you guessed it forever. That means that your CAPEX remains lean and expected forever. This is the hassle free choice financially and the best choice technically for our ever growing and changing IT environment.

    it_user357297 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user357297 (IT Director at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees)
    Real User

    For me, the possibility to have a hybrid storage in the same platform as the pure flash is the defining advantage of Nimble.

    MK5 - PeerSpot reviewerMK5

    A big + for Pure from my point of view is the HA Active/Active Metrocluster Feature. I think it is more important for the european Market. But for us it is a must although you are loosing a bit performance.

    Reviewer117139 - PeerSpot reviewerReviewer117139 (NetApp, Inc.)
    Real User

    This is anonymous feedback. I don’t want my name plastered all over the internet, but this is my opinion.

    Neither..both have their challenges. I’d recommend NetApp.

    I wouldn’t put Nimble in the Enterprise storage category. My bigger concern is with HP. What are they doing to innovate? How does this play with the other HP solutions. When will they go through a SKU rationalization process and will Nimble make it out? Will it ever be in the same category as Enterprise.

    Pure’s storage efficiencies are good, but they’re based on usable capacity and their Raw to usable number is terrible. They get about 60-62%. So 100 TB of raw is about 62 TB usable. They have to get 3:1 just to keep up with everyone else getting 2.5:1. And make sure you read the terms and conditions of the contract, they’ll claim 5:1, but won’t stand behind it. It all comes down to the data. You can only dedup/compress so much. Overall, it’s marketing and isn’t as great as they sell it.

    Where is the cloud integration with both of these? Hybrid cloud is the future for everyone and neither of these solutions have good options.

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    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.

    Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class storage array that runs exclusively on the nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) protocol for memory access and storage. It represents a totally state-of-the-art type of storage technology. It offers users shared accelerated storage that delivers cutting-edge features in the realms of performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure Storage takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

    Pure Storage FlashArray is built with simplicity and reliability in mind. The solution can be implemented and optimized in hours, as opposed to other similar solutions that can take days. It has no moving parts, which removes areas where it could potentially be vulnerable to suffering errors. It is highly stable and gives users the ability to manage system shutdowns in a way that  prevents data loss.

    Benefits of Pure Storage FlashArray

    Some of the benefits of using Pure Storage FlashArray include:

    • A much higher level of speed than similar pieces of technology. Pure Storage FlashArray maximizes the speed at which data can be transferred while at the same time minimizing system latencies that might slow the transfer down. Additionally, it offers users quick memory read and data access speeds.

    • A higher bang for your buck in terms of the storage capabilities you get for the money you pay. They are smaller in size than more standard storage technologies, but they offer flash memory, which enables users to store larger amounts of data than the current standard.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Pure Storage FlashArray is a highly effective piece of storage technology which stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its overall robustness and the value that it offers by way of its reliability and ease of use. It provides users with many valuable features that allow them to maximize what they can do with this solution. Pure Storage FlashArray’s reliability and ease of use make it a highly valuable solution. 

    PeerSpot user Prabakaran K., a technical consultant at Injazat Data Systems, notes the robustness of this solution when he writes, "FlashArray has many valuable features. It's very user-friendly and it has high availability, so there is comparatively less downtime. During maintenance, there is no shutdown procedure, so you can directly power off the Array and manage the shutdown process without any data loss, which is a unique feature. Managing replication and data migration is also very easy."

    PeerSpot user Jason D., a cloud solutions architect at a tech services company, notes three features that make this solution valuable when he writes, "We've had different types of storage, and three things of this solution are valuable. The first one is its outstanding performance. The second one is its stability. In the about three years that we've had it, we've had component failures, but we never had a service interruption or any data loss. The third one, which is really critical, is that it is super easy to use in terms of provisioning, storage, and managing the arrays. I'm able to maintain a multi-site environment with a couple of dozen arrays with a single mid-level storage admin."

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    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Nimble Storage vs. Pure Storage FlashArray
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
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    HPE Nimble Storage is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 30 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 44 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage is rated 8.6, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage writes "Proactive end-to-end management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashArray writes "Provides protection against ransomware threats with immutable snapshots, and it is well known for its scalability, ease of use, and non-disruptive upgrades". HPE Nimble Storage is most compared with HPE Primera, Dell PowerStore, Dell Unity XT, IBM FlashSystem and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with Dell PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), IBM FlashSystem, VMware vSAN and Dell Unity XT. See our HPE Nimble Storage vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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