My name is Greg Profitt, and I am virtualization engineer for Greenway Medical, where I manage our virtual infrastructure and storage.

Greenway Medical is part of the healthcare Industry. We make EHR solutions for converting/replacing traditional paper medical records to high tech electronic tools.

One of our significant storage challenges is the complexity of backups. Nimble’s lightweight snapshots allow us to have many backup windows.  Nimble caching and performance has allowed us to move away from the traditional expensive 15K drives as well as power and rack space savings in our datacenter providers.

We were previously a heavy Dell Equallogic shop, which we enjoyed, but we are always open to new solutions.  Ultimately the backups, more efficient snapshots, and great performance lead us to give Nimble a try.

Our top 3 reasons to pick Nimble Storage were:

  1. Performance
  2. Backups
  3. Ease of Use

We purchased three 240 10gb models, which will eventually run up to a 1000 virtual machines in our ESX clusters.

The 2-2.5x compression has helped us greatly to reduce storage cost, also we are enjoying the easy firmware/software updates.  It is also great we can do with 3U of disk space what we were doing with 10-15U’s of competing products.

We are a somewhat new customer but our experience has been great, we have seen low latency, easy backups and great support.  We haven’t had any outages or failures at all.