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HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays Case Study

Austin Retina Associates

Introduction

This case study of Austin Retina Associates is based on a March 2020 survey of HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

Challenges

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

  • HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays addresses a:
    • Need for a simpler user experience across all aspects of the storage lifecycle
    • Need to predict and prevent problems across the entire infrastructure stack
    • Need for cost and price performance balance for mainstream and mixed primary workloads
    • Need for secondary storage that is optimized for high performance backup, DR and test/dev workloads
    • Need for non-disruptive platform upgrades and a subscription-like ownership experience
    • Need for higher resiliency with guaranteed non-stop availability

Use Case

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

  • Consolidating the following workloads/applications on their HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays:
    • Back-up and replication
    • Database
    • Medical imaging
  • HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Arrays’ strengths over other storage vendors:
    • “All-flash” like performance at a lower cost than other similar offerings and with no performance risks/tradeoffs
    • Predictive analytics with InfoSight
    • Cloud-readiness (plug and play)
    • High reliability (guaranteed 99.9999% availability and industry leading data integrity)
    • Ease to buy, install, provision, operate, and upgrade (Nimble Storage)
    • Ability to eliminate surprises and ensure investment protection for the long term with Timeless Storage for Nimble Storage
    • Ability to scale-out: to increase storage performance as capacity requirements grow

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
    • Ability to migrate data between all-flash, hybrid-flash, and multi-cloud storage: very valuable
    • Data encryption and secure over-the-wire protection: very valuable
    • Predictable performance and capacity for applications with no data integrity trade-offs: very valuable
    • Modular and simple capacity and performance growth with non-disruptive scale up and scale out: very valuable
    • Superior capacity efficiency with no performance or resiliency impact: very valuable
  • Made improvements in 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 cost per capacity: 75%+
    • Improved cost per performance: 75%+
    • Reduced power / cooling / rack space: 75%+
    • Increased managed capacity per admin: 75%+
    • Reduced unplanned or planned downtime: 75%+
    • Reduced support tickets: 75%+
    • Reduced time spent resolving storage-related support tickets: 75%+
  • Values the following HPE Nimble Storage dHCI’s capabilities:
    • Ability to independently scale compute and storage
    • Problem prevention through predictive analytics (HPE InfoSight)
    • Ability to tolerate three simultaneous drive failures with no effect on performance or data
    • Guaranteed 6-nines storage availability
    • Integrated data protection and replication
    • 15 minutes rack-to-apps setup




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