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Nimble Storage Redefines Enterprise Storage Management Experience With InfoSight

Nimble StorageNimble Storage announced that it is redefining the enterprise storage management experience with InfoSight, the company’s cloud-connected management and support engine that leverages actionable intelligence through the power of sophisticated data sciences. Integral to the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform, InfoSight simplifies management and support with intelligent, analytics-driven automation to preempt issues, maintain storage health and manage growth. With the addition of VM-level monitoring capabilities, InfoSight now provides granular visibility into VMware virtual machine environments, enabling enterprise IT organizations to rapidly resolve resource contention issues and optimize performance.

“Our previous legacy storage solution had us caught in a juggling act when managing our VMs,” said Steven Jackson, IT manager at QUMU, a business video platform provider. “The only way my team and I could keep pace with our organization’s changing needs was to turn certain VMs on and off to free up IOPS because it was so resource-constrained and severely limited in terms of scalability. InfoSight completely changed our storage management practices by providing full visibility into VM resource consumption, and a single performance dashboard that gives me an instant heads-up when upgrades are imminent. The intelligence behind InfoSight provides all the justification executive management needs to sign off on storage upgrades or expansion.”

Enterprise IT organizations must contend with a number of challenges when it comes to harnessing data growth, while adhering to service level agreements. Adding to these challenges, various aspects of the storage lifecycle management remain reactive, error-prone processes that can lead to downtime or loss in revenue. In contrast to disparate legacy storage management frameworks and tools that generate an abundance of raw data, but aren’t able to synthesize the information into an easily consumable, actionable format, InfoSight integrates, automates, and substantially simplifies storage administrative tasks, ensuring the optimal health of all Nimble Storage arrays.

The InfoSight deep data analytics engine captures and analyzes over 30 million data points collected daily from each one of the thousands of installed-base Adaptive Flash storage arrays to provide comprehensive intelligence into overall storage infrastructure health. InfoSight automatically opens 90 percent of all support cases, and generates resolutions for over 80 percent of them, saving customers the time and effort of having to drive manual support processes. InfoSight provides intelligent, actionable recommendations to IT organizations on how best to scale storage resources in alignment with changing requirements, all of which is easily accessible from any laptop computer via a single cloud-connected interface.

“We initially chose to go with Nimble’s Adaptive Flash arrays over an expensive upgrade to our existing SAN because it offered far better scalability and was a better fit for our overall cost model. InfoSight proved to be an equally substantial value to us with the time it saves our IT team,” said Alexander Lawrence, Lead System Administrator at Pacific Lutheran University. “At any given time, we’re working on a number of different projects in support of our faculty and students. Gaining both automation and granular visibility into our environment allow us meet end user demands. Both InfoSight and the Nimble arrays fit extremely well with our needs.”

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