HPE Acquires Nimble



  • In today's email...

    Today is a significant milestone in our company history, as we have signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (“HPE”). When we were founded in 2007, our vision was that we could leverage flash and cloud-based predictive analytics to eliminate infrastructure constraints and accelerate applications, and we have steadfastly focused on that vision. Perhaps, even more significantly, we have been maniacally focused on building a thriving customer community through integrity in every customer interaction, and by delivering an unmatched support experience.

    As we look ahead, we are confident that by combining Nimble Storage’s technology leadership with HPE’s global distribution strength, strong brand, and enterprise relationships, we’re creating expansion opportunities for the combined company. Our mission of enabling applications to perform without disruption will continue as we move forward. Our technology innovation can accelerate with the increased investment, reinforcing the strengths that have attracted you and other customers:

    • Reliably fast performance

    • Radically simple operations

    • Efficient, cost effective arrays and converged infrastructure

    In addition, last week we announced Nimble Cloud Volumes – the first and only enterprise-grade multicloud storage service for AWS and Azure. This new service ensures your Nimble investment is cloud ready by providing an easy on-ramp to the cloud.

    As significant as the innovation in our products, it is critically important to both companies that we continue our intense focus on customer satisfaction as we look to nurture and rapidly grow the customer community. To that end, we will continue to invest in a transformed and proactive experience, enabled by InfoSight and our world-class support teams.

    We are proud of our accomplishments which compelled HPE to select Nimble:

    • Strong AFA presence, with over 700 customers adopting in less than one year.

    • Revenue CAGR of 65% since going public in 2013.

    • ‘Six 9s’of availability, achieved through predicting and preventing infrastructure disruptions before customers even know they have a problem.

    • Industry leading net promoter score (NPS) of 85, measured across our thriving base of over 10,000 loyal customers.

    • Award winning technology, recently our AF-Series All Flash arrays were named by SearchStorage as the All-Flash Systems Product of the Year.

    • Leadership position in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for General Purpose Storage Arrays for the second consecutive year, and positioned us furthest of all companies on the visionary axis.

    In conclusion, we thank you for being a customer. We believe that joining forces with HPE enables us to further accelerate the pace of innovation that has been a hallmark of our value proposition to customers. Even more significantly, our NPS score of 85 reflects the benefits of InfoSight and our passion to deliver world-class support to our customers. The combined company remains committed to that support experience, and we look forward to growing our relationship with you.

    Sincerely,

    Suresh Vasudevan

    CEO, Nimble Storage



  • Not sure how I feel about this. HPE has made good storage products... I just hope they don't mess up the Nimbles!


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    @dafyre said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    Not sure how I feel about this. HPE has made good storage products... I just hope they don't mess up the Nimbles!

    Maybe they will use the Nimble to replace the DotHill lineup ;)

    I wonder how Nimble will fit into the existing portfolio.



  • @scottalanmiller said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    I wonder how Nimble will fit into the existing portfolio.

    Not familiar with the DotHill stuff... but I know Nimble has become yet another storage vendor swallowed by HPE. LeftHand was the other one that I know of.



  • I really don't know anything about this space - but does this allow them to play against Dell any better with all of their acquisitions?


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    @Dashrender said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    I really don't know anything about this space - but does this allow them to play against Dell any better with all of their acquisitions?

    Not sure, HPE has had head to head gear with Nimble already in 3PAR.


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    @dafyre said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    @scottalanmiller said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    I wonder how Nimble will fit into the existing portfolio.

    Not familiar with the DotHill stuff... but I know Nimble has become yet another storage vendor swallowed by HPE. LeftHand was the other one that I know of.

    The majority of what you see on SW is DotHill gear rebranded by HPE. It's sub-business class gear. Like the P2000.



  • @scottalanmiller said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    @Dashrender said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    I really don't know anything about this space - but does this allow them to play against Dell any better with all of their acquisitions?

    Not sure, HPE has had head to head gear with Nimble already in 3PAR.

    That was the other one...3PAR. Didn't HPE buy them out?


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    @dafyre said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    @scottalanmiller said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    @Dashrender said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    I really don't know anything about this space - but does this allow them to play against Dell any better with all of their acquisitions?

    Not sure, HPE has had head to head gear with Nimble already in 3PAR.

    That was the other one...3PAR. Didn't HPE buy them out?

    Long ago, so long that people just think of 3PAR as an HPE original product.



  • This will really lower competition in the SAN space. Only a few viable vendors left. Nimble was one of the few major players.



  • @Reid-Cooper said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    This will really lower competition in the SAN space. Only a few viable vendors left. Nimble was one of the few major players.

    Yeah. This is one of the reasons I am concerned. Admittedly, the LeftHand setup I worked with wasn't terrible. But it wasn't stellar either.



  • @Reid-Cooper said in HPE Acquires Nimble:

    This will really lower competition in the SAN space. Only a few viable vendors left. Nimble was one of the few major players.

    I disagree. What about Tintri, Kaminario, or Tegile? There are still plenty of vendors out there in Nimble's competitive tier. I mean they don't compare to HDS or IBM but again, Nimble is a completely different use case.

    Honestly I think it would have made more sense for HPE to acquire Tintri for their portfolio at a reasonable price. Nimble is awesome for its own use case, but the acquisition seemed to be just one of appeasement to shareholders.

    Unless they are shifting gears and trying to get more competitive in small-medium markets as an all around vendor (aside from adding Nimble, thinking of them purchasing Aruba a couple years ago as well).



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