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HPE Nimble Storage All Flash Arrays solutions Case Study

Children’s Hospital Association

Introduction

This case study of Children’s Hospital Association is based on a May 2018 survey of HPE Nimble Storage All Flash Arrays solutions customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“We have greater insight into our usage and which servers and applications impact SAN performance. Having encryption on the array has been cost-saving by reducing the number of software encryption licenses needed on our SQL servers.”

Challenges

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

  • Need for high performance
  • Need for flexible and scalable capacity

Use Case

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

  • Consolidates the following workloads or applications on their HPE Nimble Storage All Flash Arrays:
    • Development and testing
    • Databases
    • Server virtualization
    • Email / collaboration
  • Uses the following apps or database environments in conjunction with HPE Nimble Storage All Flash Arrays:
    • VMware
    • Microsoft SQL
    • File Services

Results

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

  • Rates the value of the following capabilities offered by HPE Nimble Storage All Flash Arrays:
    • Ability to predict and resolve problems (HPE InfoSight): Very valuable
    • Prescriptive forecasts into capacity, performance, and bandwidth requirements (HPE InfoSight): Very valuable
    • Replication and integration with leading backup software: Very valuable
    • Holistic view across the infrastructure stack: Very valuable
    • Data encryption and secure over-the-wire protection: Very valuable
    • Ability to migrate data between all-flash and hybrid flash: Very valuable
    • Ability to migrate data between on-premises and cloud: Valuable
  • Reports the following as strengths of HPE Nimble Storage All Flash Arrays over other storage vendors:
    • Predictive Analytics with HPE InfoSight is a unique differentiator
    • Allows storage of more application data per TB of flash
    • Cloud-readiness (plug and play) is better
    • Nimble Storage reliability (guaranteed 99.9999% availability) is best in class
    • Timeless storage features and benefits for better value over time
    • Support engineer model helped sell us on this product. They have been phenomenal in helping us with their product as well as solve some VMware and SQL related issues tied to our Nimble SAN
  • Improved the following metrics since using HPE Nimble Storage All Flash Arrays:
    • Improved the time required for Performance troubleshooting: >75%
    • Improved the time required for Storage provisioning: >75%
    • Improved the time required for Capacity planning/design (predictive analytics): >75%
    • Improved the time required for Provisioning upgrades: >75%
    • Improved the time to respond to customer requests: >75%
    • Saw an improvement in performance (IOPs): >75%
    • Reduced their power / cooling / rack space: >75%
    • Increased their managed capacity per admin: >75%
    • Reduced their unplanned or planned downtime for improved availability: >75%
    • Improved their cost per performance: >75%
  • Agrees with the following statement:
    • Their experience with HPE since Nimble became part of HPE has been positive: Strongly agree
    • They continue to have a productive customer support experience since Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s acquisition of Nimble Storage: Strongly agree




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