HPE sees Nimble Storage’s products as a complement to our existing mid to high-end 3PAR flash solutions. Together, we will simplify and strengthen the way we serve you, in particular by extending the value of Nimble Storage’s innovative InfoSight predictive analytics software across the entire portfolio.
Together, HPE and Nimble Storage deliver a full range of superior flash storage solutions for customers across every segment. Flash storage is a fast-growing market, one that is an increasingly important element of today’s hybrid IT environment. Nimble’s predictive flash offerings are the perfect complement to the HPE storage portfolio, from scalable midrange to high-end 3PAR solutions and affordable MSA products.
In addition, HPE plans to incorporate Nimble’s InfoSight Predictive Analytics platform across its storage portfolio. This will enable a stronger, simplified support experience for HPE customers. For example, InfoSight automatically detects over 90 percent of issues within a customer’s infrastructure, and resolves over 85 percent of them. This dramatically reduces the amount of time and effort a customer’s IT team spends on support activities.
Key benefits the combined HPE and Nimble portfolio offer customers:
Nimble Storage will continue to operate separately from HPE during the transition period. The availability of combined HPE and Nimble Storage solutions will be announced later in 2017. Until then, please contact your Nimble or HPE account representative, respectively, if you have questions about ordering.
HPE will not “end of life” EOL the Nimble Storage product line. HPE is viewing this deal as an expansion and intends to continue investing in the Nimble product line. Together we will enable customers like you to simplify IT operations and optimize your data needs with the right balance of price, performance, and agility.
Though we plan to make specific announcements about Nimble and HPE products by the end of the year, our expectation is that existing HPE and Nimble Storage Products will be unaffected by the acquisition for the foreseeable future.
Looking forward, we have a clear product roadmap for our hybrid IT offerings and storage portfolio. Our acquisition of Nimble fits squarely in it. We are listening to our customers’ needs and continuing to help them shift from the traditional data center to a software-defined datacenter, with all-flash storage at its core.
A key element of that roadmap is the Nimble InfoSight predictive analytics platform. HPE will leverage InfoSight across our portfolio of storage products, enabling our customers to monitor deployed infrastructure from the cloud, apply machine learning and predictive analytics to simplify operations and deliver a transformed support experience.
No. The scale of the combined business will allow for accelerated investment in Nimble Storage. HPE is viewing this as an expansion deal and we expect HPE will invest aggressively in innovation across its portfolio, including Nimble Storage. Our combined entity will be able to bring flash optimized flash storage solutions that provide the right balance of price, performance, and agility, to all customers.
Hyper Converged and HPE SimpliVity OmniStack are unaffected by the acquisition of Nimble. Together, Nimble and SimpliVity will enable HPE to address a broader set of customer use cases and needs from leading predictive flash block storage to enterprise software defined Hyper Converged infrastructure, enabling customers to deploy the right data services across all workloads and deployment types.
Nimble flash arrays will extend the reach and coverage of the HPE storage portfolio. The portfolio provides predictive, cloud-ready storage with management simplicity for on-premises and the public cloud deployments. Nimble InfoSight will accelerate the transformation of the HPE storage portfolio into an analytics-based customer experience — including for 3PAR StoreServ.
The Nimble portfolio interoperates with a broad range of HPE and other vendors’ servers today. The Nimble interoperability matrix is planned to be added to the HPE interoperability matrix.
Nimble builds on our strategy to deliver the next generation software defined data platform. This enables customers to simplify Hybrid IT across on-premises and public cloud environments. The combination of HPE Synergy, Nimble and HPE 3PAR provides an agile, efficient platform for traditional and cloud native applications. Nimble also complements the recent additions to the HPE portfolio of SimpliVity and CloudCruiser, making it possible for customers with enterprise data services and analytics to deliver the right mix of private and public cloud. HPE Flex Capacity offers flexible consumption models from CAPEX to monthly usage based pay for use.
Nimble arrays provide predictive, cloud-ready storage with management simplicity. HPE 3PAR StoreServ arrays provide the most flexible unified storage solutions for the all-flash enterprise datacenter. The combination of the product lines plus Nimble InfoSight will provide a broad spectrum of customers with the most compelling portfolio of flash-optimized storage available.
HPE plans to integrate Nimble Storage in a way that will retain the unique Nimble Storage customer experience. The best-in-class support engine at Nimble Storage, including InfoSight, is one of the primary drivers of the acquisition. There are three aspects to maintaining and improving the customer experience over time:
The strength of Nimble’s support experience was a key factor in the HPE decision to acquire the company. HPE is committed to adopting best practices within the broader HPE support organization. One of the factors in Nimble Storage’s support experience is the ability to predict and prevent issues using InfoSight predictive analytics. HPE plans to implement InfoSight across existing HPE storage product lines, and is investigating how to integrate with other parts of the HPE portfolio as well. This has the potential to transform HPE’s support experience.
Will I still be able to work with my partner to buy more Nimble Storage products?
Yes. Partners will continue to operate within the terms of the Nimble Storage Partner Program and maintain existing agreements until the deal closes. There will be a transition period with no change to the agreements between Nimble Storage and the channel partners to ensure business continuity.
We will communicate any changes to customers and partners. HPE has a goal of integrating Nimble Storage sales force with HPE through a transition period, minimizing any disruption to the customer.