Re: Doesn't matter what you call them, doesn't change what they are
Hi all, Dimitris from HPE-Nimble here (http://recoverymonkey.org)
Nimble global inline deduplication in the SFA is extremely optimized so that what the user ends up with is a hybrid system that's really cost-effective and space-efficient, capped at about 40K r/w IOPS.
It's fully compatible with existing Nimble estates so it can be a replication target, etc. But it also has extremely deep integration with products such as Veeam.
The typical use case is things like backups that you can actually use to do stuff with (testing, development, whatever) without needing to restore first.
But I can also see people buying this to be even a general-purpose, very efficient system, as long as their performance needs fit what it can do.
If one needs to go very fast and have great data reduction, then a full-blown AF is of course the preferred vehicle. Less expensive yet fast and with decent data reduction, then a CS hybrid is still the answer.
Hybrid systems from other vendors typically can't sustain large-scale inline deduplication (notice how most vendors that offer AFAs and hybrids only offer the cooler inline data reduction tech for AFAs only).