HPE Nimble Storage vs. Pure Storage FlashArray

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
HPE Nimble Storage
Score 8.9 out of 10
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Nimble Storage was acquired by HPE in 2017. The enterprise flash array product line now goes by the name HPE Nimble Storage.N/A
Pure Storage FlashArray
Score 9.5 out of 10
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Pure Storage in Mountain View, California offers all-flash array data storage promising affordability, high availability, and consistent performance.N/A
Pricing
HPE Nimble StoragePure Storage FlashArray
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HPE Nimble StoragePure Storage FlashArray
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
HPE Nimble StoragePure Storage FlashArray
Considered Both Products
HPE Nimble Storage
Chose HPE Nimble Storage
A strong user community Improves performance saves time and helps us to focus on other critical components.
Chose HPE Nimble Storage
The Main reason for choosing HPE Nimble Hybrid storage is the Cost. However, even though its not ALL Flash Storage it was still providing the high performance, Latency less than 2 ms, good compression and de-duplication, zeop downtime on software upgrade, good reporting through …
Chose HPE Nimble Storage
HPE Nimble compares well from a performance and storage perspective. It is easy to manage and maintain and there is adequate support with a 4hr Same Business Day response for parts. The unit is a little larger than AFA from competitors however it fits well in a 4U rack. Pure …
Chose HPE Nimble Storage
The expense and general cockiness of Pure Storage is what pushed me to Nimble. The guys at Nimble were laid back and had invited me to a bunch of events and I got to learn in a non-pushy environment about the technology that makes their devices tick. They were also there to …
Chose HPE Nimble Storage
All of the storage vendors we tested in a shoot-out performed pretty well, though I don't have the raw numbers. What sold us on Nimble is the service and support, which the others cannot touch.
Chose HPE Nimble Storage
We looked at multiple vendors when searching for storage. Nimble came up ahead on most of the benchmark testing and was within our price spectrum.
Pure Storage FlashArray
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Really the deduplication and compression ratio has been all over these guys. The speed on the flash storage seems more customized if I may say and our deployments were smooth. Nothing against these guys since we work with all at the same level, but there are very notable perks …
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
It was a very tight call before finalizing the solution. Since Pure Storage FlashArray was able to offer the best deal and the kind of relationship the pure engineer maintained with us during the entire POC journey made them unique compared with the other vendors and I strongly …
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Comparable performance to nimble. The reason we selected Pure Storage for our ERP storage is that other companies in our field have had success with implementing it in AIX.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
There was no Active-Active cluster. Perhaps now there is one.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
It beats them hands down on everything. It is faster with better compressions and dedup. Management is at the next level - not legacy at all. Upgrades are easier. Getting a unit online and working was faster, as was expanding storage. vCenter plug-in's are easier to use …
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Performance and the guarantee were the main reasons to replace and move away from the other storage vendor. We looked at EMC, Netapp, HP all products owned within the company, and went with Pure, we went with it because of the simplicity of administration.

Since we have owned …
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
All of the major competitors did not perform as fast nor were as easy to maintain and administrate.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
The Forever Flash offering from Pure is the deal maker. We will always have new controllers every 3 years and will not need to ever purchase new or upgrade our array.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
The all-flash array was in place when I started at this company.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Pure had a better cost offering and better sales process than the vendors above. They were also ranked higher on independent research such as Gartner which made the decision to go with Pure much easier.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
These are all good systems in their own right, but there are two areas where Pure Storage FlashArray beats them all hands-down! First is management. The software interface for management and provisioning is cleaner and doesn't make one jump through complicated processes to …
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
We considered Nutanix HyperConverged systems, EMC XtremIO, NetApp SolidFire; evaluated HP Nimble All Flash & Hybrid, NetApp AFF series and VMware vSAN. The former 3 were ruled out for being too expensive and in some cases offering too little for too much money. The later did …
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Nimble, NetApp and VSAN are all products that were evaluated and with which we had previous experience.

Nimble and NetApp at the time were both promoting hybrid systems rather than all flash. In both cases, we favoured all flash since it had become affordable and is much more …
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
NetApp, at the time, was more a hybrid approach as did not have the same level of features and capabilities in the all-flash array market, newer products have since been released to market that would make a closer comparison now, but three years ago this was not the case.
Nimble,…
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
The FlashArray is faster and easier to use than all the other products I've used. Other ones are close, but from our perspective, Pure won in every area.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
I have used Nimble all-flash arrays which are very similar. The Pure Storage FlashArray management interface is slightly better, however, Nimble was much better in terms of information available via the cloud monitoring and management via Inisight.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
We choose Pure storage FlashArray over all of these competitors because we found better Performance, Price, and Support.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Nimble storage could not be clustered like Pure, Simplivity was completely converged so if one aspect of the design was under-specified it would require a full new node, Netapp only offered clustering with a special cost licence, whereas with Pure all functionality upgrades are …
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Nimble is good for a mixed workload, but at the time it didn't have an all flash offering. Now there is no advantage to a rip and replace. They were the first into the hybrid space which was good for SMB, but didn't work at the enterprise level.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Pure wins easily with ease of use and predictable pricing against all competitors we reviewed.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Pure started with all FlashArray since beginning of the company and Nimble was just changing from convectional spin disk to flash, so we selected Pure because of the length on the business with FlashArray SAN and the review and reputation we read about it.
Chose Pure Storage FlashArray
Better price/usable storage, better performance, higher dedupe and compression, easy to use and self-explanatory GUI, good support, rack and stack and running in 4 hours were some of the reasons we selected Pure Storage.
Top Pros
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Features
HPE Nimble StoragePure Storage FlashArray
Enterprise Flash Array Storage
Comparison of Enterprise Flash Array Storage features of Product A and Product B
HPE Nimble Storage
9.5
11 Ratings
4% above category average
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3
154 Ratings
2% above category average
Flash Array Performance9.610 Ratings10.0154 Ratings
Flash Array Integration9.79 Ratings9.0144 Ratings
Data Compression9.610 Ratings8.0153 Ratings
Non-Intrusive Upgrades9.811 Ratings10.0148 Ratings
Simplicity9.611 Ratings10.0154 Ratings
Power Savings9.010 Ratings9.0131 Ratings
Best Alternatives
HPE Nimble StoragePure Storage FlashArray
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Pure Storage FlashArray
Pure Storage FlashArray
Score 9.5 out of 10
Dell Compellent (discontinued)
Dell Compellent (discontinued)
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Dell VMAX
Dell VMAX
Score 9.7 out of 10
Dell VMAX
Dell VMAX
Score 9.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
HPE Nimble StoragePure Storage FlashArray
Likelihood to Recommend
9.4
(27 ratings)
10.0
(207 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(25 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(16 ratings)
Availability
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9.1
(5 ratings)
Performance
-
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8.8
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(5 ratings)
9.3
(75 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
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8.8
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
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9.1
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
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9.1
(6 ratings)
Configurability
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9.1
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
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9.1
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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9.1
(4 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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9.1
(5 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
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9.1
(5 ratings)
User Testimonials
HPE Nimble StoragePure Storage FlashArray
Likelihood to Recommend
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
HPE Nimble Hybrid storage is very cost effective that can provide the same Latency, I/O and Bandwidth compared with any other All FLASH storage which is 3 times expensive than this. From a feature comparison standpoint of view, there isn't much difference between Hybrid Vs ALL Flash. HPE Nimble Storage uses ALL Flash disk at the front end to process the data thus by reducing the cost by using a regular SAS disk at the back end. Its the software and the algorithm that HPE Nimble StorageE uses to achieve this. having said that, the overall data reduction, de-duplication and compression is above the mark as what the sales team promised initially. Overall, the storage is performing well without any challenges.
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Pure Storage
When you need speed, it's FAST, especially for MS SQL databases. If you are having bottlenecks, you can spend your time finding it in the code because it's not Pure Storage. Love the data reduction and duplication. We can store so much more on this unit than the base physical size. Love the data snapshots. When you need to complete copy your entire environment for testing etc. Nothing is easier, a few clicks and you are done. Extremely helpful for testing and training.
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Pros
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • HP Nimble is basically an all in one SAN with SSD cache or in some cases fully SSD based however the thing it does the best is its front end GUI and user management capability making it easy for anyone to ramp up on managing it quickly.
  • The Nimble SAN is also very easily managed when it comes to hardware management. Outside of some major internal parts such as the mainboard, almost everything in the system is duplicated so single failures never bring the system down. Power supplies and drives are easily swapped out.
  • Nimble has incredibly capable and easily accessible support that is available 24/7.
  • The price point on Nimble, though higher than piecing together a home made SAN out of spare Windows Servers, is perfect even for some SMB's.
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Pure Storage
  • The Pure Array does data reduction particularly well. We've seen a 7x reduction on some of our volumes.
  • It is easy to get used to the system after coming from other storage arrays.
  • It has some welcome additions such as a smartphone app that makes it easier to view your cases, etc.
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Cons
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • 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.
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Pure Storage
  • Reporting is too general. Being a tech nerd, I want to be able to see the nitty-gritty details. I also need to be able to define canned sets of reports for problem application systems.
  • Pricing is a bit higher then some of their direct competitors .
  • Seriously, I have nothing else.
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Likelihood to Renew
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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.
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Pure Storage
It has so far been a very fast and stable product. We have had wonderful support when we have needed it and the account manager and engineer attached to our organization have been very responsive with any questions and concerns we have had.
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Usability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Pure Storage
The install went smoothly, and the engineer explained every step along the way. The next couple of days he checked in to make sure that migration was running as planned. The user interface is designed with usability in mind. You don't need a dedicated "Storage Silo" to manage this product. For smaller IT departments that need to support many different workloads, this could not be a better feature
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Reliability and Availability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Pure Storage
We have never had an outage with Purestorage. Yes we have had 2 drives go out but replacements were installed so fast there wasn't any issues. We have had a NVRAM module replaced but were noticed from Pure they were sending a replacement because they were predicting a failure so pure was proactive preventing any issues. Knowing Pure is monitoring our device 24x7 gives us peace of mind.
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Performance
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Pure Storage
The corporation has a very diverse data load and when we migrate from a hybrid storage to pure all-flash, significant gains have already been observed. Latency always remains below 1 ms regardless of the load and volumetry used. Application performance also depends heavily on whether or not the code is more permormatic and network access infrastructure. The product has been meeting expectations
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Support Rating
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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.
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Pure Storage
Pure Support is timely and communicative. They are always ready to assist and very skilled at what they do, no matter the time of day. Even at 12:10 a.m. on New Years Day when your array has a hiccup that causes some errors in your environment, they will be on the phone with you in an instant. If they are unable to determine the cause right away, because things appear to be normal, they will take your environment's configuration, lab it up in their support environment and then research until they figure out what caused the problem. Even if it takes 3 months. True story.
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In-Person Training
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Pure Storage
Excellent training and really you don't need that much. We received training at the Pure offices and also on site when the product was installed. Simple things like how to login to the GUI interface, how to setup users, how to create volume and mount it. How to make a snapshot, how to copy it and mount it. Really is pretty self explanatory on how to do things with the GUI interface. We were expecting complicated base on other vendor products, we got super simple.
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Online Training
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Pure Storage
Great videos and documentation. There is a common theme with PureStorage, "Keep it elegantly simple". They have great support network and great support user groups. Documentation has been very helpful with providing auditors with methods and procedures on security and other ways the product works. Great documentation on setting PureStorage to be the most effective with VM's, SQL Server, and other products.
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Implementation Rating
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Pure Storage
The install was very quick. The engineer that Pure sent said that if we started by 10 am we would be done by lunchtime, and he was not kidding.
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Alternatives Considered
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
We used a Dell EqualLogic PS Series storage array for many years and it worked well. A big issue was that upgrading firmware required system downtime and during one upgrade I was unable to bring the systems back up afterwards. I spent several days on the phone over a holiday weekend with Dell and VMware support in order to get my systems back up and running. It made me very nervous about doing firmware upgrades after that.
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Pure Storage
Pure Storage FlashArray came up as being the most cost-effective of the lot plus the extras added like call-home support were very welcome. The competitors' options were a lot more expensive and the call-home support added a lot more to the already high costs.
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Scalability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Pure Storage
The product suite scales well and the FA in particular can service any need for all but the most demanding file protocol environments
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Return on Investment
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • 100% uptime 4 years and counting in a 24/7 environment.
  • Long hardware support lifecycle, with extremely affordable maintenance renewal plans that provide real value.
  • Nimble has been the most cost-effective SAN solution I have ever deployed.
  • The inital costs, ongoing maintenance, and administration requirements were all 50% less than EMC and NetApp.
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Pure Storage
  • Thanks to the deduplication that is built into the product we are seeing great reduction in total space required by consolidating similar data types on the same array.
  • Our users are very pleased with the performance.
  • The replication allowed us to move our workload from to another data center with minimal downtime.
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