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 consistent fast storage or a high-level box that can serve up fast.
We used Nimble storage, and we could migrate almost all our physical hardware. It is easy to implement and provides high performance. It is good for organizations that are doing a complete re-haul or refresh project. For us, though, it was a bit too expensive to justify the cost.
Although it provides easy hardware management, single-pane management can confuse a user when trying to manage multiple units. Also, if you need to upgrade parts for the system, the cost can get high. We also found that it doesn’t have enough documentation for support if you want to add more Nimble boxes for redundancy.
For us, HPE Primera was a better choice. First of all, it is more affordable than Nimble. Primera offers us a stable storage environment and good performance, allowing us to save on storage through decompression and deduplication. Even if you handle high IO clients while dealing with background tasks, it doesn’t have issues. Finally, because it is self-installable, you can do your own upgrades.
Primera does leave some room for improvement, though. It doesn’t support auto-tiering. You cannot tune hot/cold blocks to reduce costs. It is also not very scalable, with a limit of 4 nodes.
Among HPE storage services, Nimble is a better option for large enterprises or companies undergoing a full haul. For smaller companies, Primera might be a better option. The management of the storage array is very simple, and the self-installation was an added benefit.