HPE acquisition of Nimble augurs well for vendor, partners
Customers to benefit from integrated solutions stack with HPE legacy storage and Nimble all flash arrays
Last week, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced it would buy data storage provider Nimble Storage for more than one billion dollars, with HPE seeking to gain a foothold in the all-flash storage market, and further into the fast growing Hybrid IT market.
Market sentiment on the buyout has been positive.
Andy Vandeveld, VP of Global Alliances at Veeam described the acquisition as a smart move for HPE as it expands their storage portfolio to serve even more market segments, with Nimble’s predictive flash arrays among the strongest solutions in the market. “The storage industry is no stranger to consolidation, and as flash and hybrid flash arrays become the norm in the enterprise data centre, it makes sense that the big players would seek to acquire advanced solutions that will give them a competitive edge,” Vandeveld says.
Veeam is a technology partner of both HPE and Nimble.
“This partnership gives Veeam customers the opportunity to have an end-to-end integrated approach with Veeam, HPE and Nimble technologies,” added Vandeveld.
Veeam has since 2012 had an integration with HPE storage, and today integrates with HP StoreServ and StorVirtual arrays for primary storage and StoreOnce for secondary storage.
Mohamad Rizk, manager system engineers, Middle East at Veeam says Veeam customers and partners will enjoy additional integrated options with Veeam and HPE after the acquisition. “This end-to-end integration gives customers a great Availability experience with Veeam.”
Additionally, Nimble Storage will introduce an additional integrated source with the Nimble integration that has been available since Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, Rizk explains.
Rizk says current Veeam pricing and licensing is not expected to change.
Analysts are upbeat as well.
Krista Macomber, senior analyst at research firm Technology Business Research (TBR) says the acquisition reflects the quickening data centre industry transition away from traditional, stand-alone spinning disk-based storage arrays, in favour of converged architectures and virtualised functionality.
The integration of HPE and Nimble would unlock additional opportunities serving next-generation workloads such as hybrid cloud service hosting, especially when factored in to HPE’s additional flurry of recently announced acquisitions – in particular hyperconverged platforms provider SimpliVity and cloud consumption analytics provider Cloud Cruiser, Macomber said.