Can Nimble Analytics predict its own future?.
There has been a lot of analysis and speculation about why HPE acquired Nimble. The official statements from both companies state that the acquisition “complements and strengthens HP’s current 3PAR products in the high-growth flash market” while the Nimble products will benefit from HPE’s broader distribution.
But a deeper look shows a different picture. While Nimble’s product line spanned from low to high end as part of its ambition to move to enterprise, it primarily sold to SMBs on the low end. In the same way, HPE has positioned 3PAR broadly from low to high end. In fact, in IDC’s price band research, no two vendors have more overlap than Nimble and HPE. With such extensive overlap in products, one can only imagine the ensuing confusion within the companies’ partner community, installed base customers, and even employees.
Both companies have also claimed that HPE’s interest in Nimble is driven by its interest in InfoSight, Nimble’s analytics tool.
At Tintri, we agree that analytics plays a hugely important role in the rapidly evolving IT landscape. As you make the journey from traditional IT to enterprise cloud, you need deeper insights than you get from conventional storage.
Nimble has done a great job of marketing InfoSight as cutting edge analytics. The reality is that it’s hampered by Nimble’s architecture—it can only provide meaningful numbers at the volume (not VM) level. While Nimble touts some VM-level calculations (for VMware environments only!), it’s based on correlations and algorithms, not ACTUAL VM behavior. And HPE’s line-up has the same architectural limitations, so any application of InfoSight across the broader portfolio will be similarly constrained.
If it’s analytics that YOU are after, and you want to go beyond information to deep insight, then choose a solution that offers these five capabilities:
Today, Tintri Analytics already delivers the above five capabilities, and in an upcoming release, we are extending Tintri Analytics to compute as well. Getting an accurate picture of both compute and performance needs from a single tool greatly simplifies infrastructure planning.
The simple lesson is that when you’re looking at your analytics options, make sure you know exactly what you’re buying.
Unique control with VM-level actions for infrastructure functions including snapshots, replication and QoS make protection and performance certain in production, and accelerate test and development cycles.