Business Management

Proven HFA Vendor Nimble Storage Achieving Rapid Success in the AFA Market

Provided by Nimble Storage

Category Business Management

Type White Paper

Length 11

Publish Date August 26 2016

Date posted March 30 2017


Flash has permeated enterprise storage in small, medium-sized, and large enterprises as well as among webscale customers like cloud and service providers. It is available in a variety of different system architectures, including internal storage, hyperconverged and converged platforms, and shared storage arrays. Revenue driven by shared storage arrays, of both the hybrid flash array (HFA) and the all-flash array (AFA) type, is much larger than from other segments today and will continue to dominate enterprise storage spend through at least 2020.

Customers purchasing flash-optimized shared storage arrays prize them for their performance, enterprise-class data services, and the efficiencies of centralized management. As the flash-optimized array market has matured, it is becoming increasingly clear that vendors that can offer a range of flash-optimized options, including both HFA and AFA platforms, are better able to meet the wide range of customer requirements than those vendors that can only offer one or the other. Vendors that share a common management environment and use a common set of data services across their HFA and AFA solutions bring significant management advantages to the table, giving customers more options to cost-effectively meet their performance and capacity requirements across a range of enterprise storage workloads. Nimble Storage has been one of the more successful HFA vendors over the past six years, with well over 8,500 customers across Fortune 5000, service providers, and midsize enterprises, and in early 2016, it entered the AFA market with a very competitive offering that runs the same, mature Nimble OS as the company's proven HFA platforms.

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