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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Unity

It could help to add more detail on the networking side. Better integration with RecoveryPoint would be helpful. Support has a lot more access and visibility to things that are happening. If we have more visibility it would help for troubleshooting purposes and allow faster resolutions to issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Nimble Storage

HPE Nimble is well suited for any situation where a company wants a stand along or synced across the WAN San solution without needing to invest in too much training for the admins. Since they sell both partly SSD based cache devices as well as all SSD devices, they have the best of both worlds whether you need consistently fast storage with some front end cache or high-level box that is always serving up fast. As in our case, it is also well suited as a back end iScsi based box for cluster scenarios. If a company is just looking for Standard hard drive storage then Nimble is overkill.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

Dell EMC Unity
7.6
HPE Nimble Storage
8.9
Flash Array Performance
Dell EMC Unity
7.3
HPE Nimble Storage
9.4
Flash Array Integration
Dell EMC Unity
8.3
HPE Nimble Storage
8.6
Data Compression
Dell EMC Unity
5.7
HPE Nimble Storage
8.8
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Dell EMC Unity
8.3
HPE Nimble Storage
9.5
Simplicity
Dell EMC Unity
9.0
HPE Nimble Storage
9.5
Power Savings
Dell EMC Unity
7.0
HPE Nimble Storage
7.4

Pros

Dell EMC Unity

  • Very reliable arrays with a notification system when a disk fails
  • Simple disk provisioning and mapping
  • Easy to upgrade the firmware
  • Fast access with a relatively cheap storage combination of flash and SATA drives
  • integrates with Vmware vcenter
Timothy Sawah | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Nimble Storage

  • Nimble provides top notch predictive flash caching that "just works". We typically see 95% + cache hits daily.
  • World class support... You typically don't' call Nimble support when there are problems, they call you.
  • The Nimble hybrid array is a cost effective solution with no compromises.
  • Infosight, the cloud management dashboard, is easy to use and provides quick access to useful information.
  • Our Nimble has had 100% uptime, 4 years and counting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Dell EMC Unity

  • Alerting: receiving an alert when an issue occurs. That is good to know. However, if the alert is cleared, or somehow no longer in alarm, no email is received. At times I will receive the email alert on weekends, not knowing if the issue is resolved or not until Monday when I can access the unit. I have learned in most instances, the alert is a false alarm, which could be a problem.
  • The alerting itself is sometimes not clear. For example, it tells me the link is down, we reset the connection, the link is still down, a tech was dispatched, he troubleshot, and finally the alarm cleared. This incident took almost a week. It went back into alarm after he left, then suddenly it cleared on its own.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Nimble Storage

  • I'd like the GUI to include more information for some of the features such as replication data totals each night. You have to go to the command line for this.
  • It would be nice to have a feature built into the GUI that would show you the command line equivalent to get the same results you are seeing in the GUI.
  • Although the intial setup was easy, they could always improve on that portion. During my setup, I did have to do a lot of back and forth with research on their site as to what each setting was that I was setting up. They could have provided some sort of description for each field within the setup that would have made it easier to know what they were having us set up.
Jeff Koelker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC Unity

No score
No answers yet
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HPE Nimble Storage

HPE Nimble Storage 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Nimble is doing its job well and any issues that do come up cause the Nimble support team to alert us before we would potentially see an impact to our production environment. I do wish we could expand into the unused space in the CS210 shelf which is limited by what I assume is a marketing/sales strategy, but we will likely add shelves moving forward.
Larry Askew | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Dell EMC Unity

Dell EMC Unity 3.0
Based on 1 answer
Very cumbersome compared to other vendors in the same marketplace.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Nimble Storage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Dell EMC Unity

Dell EMC Unity 8.7
Based on 3 answers
Dell EMC's support for the Unity array is normally quite good. However, when there are issues with the reporting and statistics, they often are not responsive.
Muhammad Mulla | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Nimble Storage

HPE Nimble Storage 9.5
Based on 6 answers
Any time I have had to contact support, they have always been quick to respond, and very efficient in resolving any issues. When an action has been required on our side for a fix, they have been very helpful in explaining step by step what was required, and when replacement parts have been needed, we've had them within 24 hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Dell EMC Unity

We selected the Dell EMC Unity after looking at several other vendor solutions. We were budget conscious and wanted to select a device which would bring known quantities to the table. We were looking for devices which could support flash drives as the read cache for frequently used files but also needed a device to fit within our sizing and budget.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Nimble Storage

Comparing Nimble Storage to the top three players EMC, NETAPP, and HP was hard to do. Everyone had their own special perks. Those companies have been around a lot longer. Three years ago when we made our purchase with Nimble, the company was only 3 years old. We were skeptical about the future. As we learned more about Nimble Storage we found out the creator/owner moved from NetApp. He developed code and a new way of thinking for SAN infrastructure to use compression. We found it useful that the company wasn't fresh out of the water, but enhancing. When it came down to price it stacks up about the same as the top three players. You do get more storage for your money. You get compression which can save 5%-20% depending on the data you have. It works great and doesn't have any kind of performance impact. You also get a smaller foot print. I know to get some of the performance and features from HP you have to have two or three arrays. That is at least 12U. One Nimble array is 4U.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Dell EMC Unity

  • ROI on VxBlock is not so good since RCM updates cost a lot.
  • ROI on Unity by itself is good, however.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HPE Nimble Storage

  • People walked by my office for the first time ever asking what did we do to the servers because they are much faster. I have never experienced that before when putting in a new piece of equipment.
  • It has paid for itself in space savings of not having to increase the size of the array.
  • Speed and performance and data migration times are all parts of my ROI. Its been a great ride so far.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dell EMC Unity

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

HPE Nimble Storage

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Unity
7.4
HPE Nimble Storage
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC Unity
HPE Nimble Storage
9.0

Usability

Dell EMC Unity
3.0
HPE Nimble Storage

Support Rating

Dell EMC Unity
8.7
HPE Nimble Storage
9.5

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