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HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays Case Study

Lawrence Sikutwa and Associates Limited

Introduction

This case study of Lawrence Sikutwa and Associates Limited is based on a July 2018 survey of HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“After deploying HPE Nimble Storage, we have had smoother operations than before and we have been able to deploy and run far more workloads than our previous storage and with no performance penalties whatsoever.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays:

  • Addressed the following requirements with HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays:
    • Need for cost-effective storage
    • Need for high performance
    • Ease of initial setup and administration

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays that the surveyed company uses:

  • Consolidating the following workloads or applications on their HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays:
    • Back-up and replication
    • Development and testing
    • Big data / analytics
    • Database workloads
    • Active Directory, Document Management
  • Using the following apps or database environments in conjunction with HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays:
    • VMware
    • File Storage (back-end)
    • Oracle
    • Weblogic, JBASE, T24

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays:

  • Rates the value of the following capabilities offered by HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays:
    • Ability to predict and resolve problems (InfoSight): very valuable
    • Design for both primary and secondary flash workloads: very valuable
    • Replication and integration with leading backup software: very valuable
    • Prescriptive forecasts into capacity, performance, and bandwidth requirements (InfoSight): very valuable
    • Holistic view across the infrastructure stack: very valuable
    • Data encryption and secure over-the-wire protection: very valuable
  • Identifies the following as HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays’ strengths over other storage vendors:
    • “All-flash” like performance at a lower cost than other similar offerings
    • Predictive Analytics with InfoSight
    • Cloud-readiness (plug and play)
    • High reliability (guaranteed 99.9999% availability)
  • Improved the following metrics related to administrative tasks since using HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays:
    • Performance troubleshooting: >75%
    • Storage provisioning: >75%
    • Capacity planning/design (predictive analytics): >75%
    • Provisioning upgrades: >75%
    • Time to respond to customer requests: >75%
  • Improved the following metrics since using HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays:
    • Improved the cost per capacity: >75%
    • Improved the cost per performance: >75%
    • Reduced power / cooling / rack space: 1-25%
    • Increased the managed capacity per admin: 51-75%
    • Reduced unplanned or planned downtime: >75%




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