Cristie Data Helps Alliance Homes Increase Performance with a Solution from Nimble Storage

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Stroud, UK: 27 September 2016 – Cristie Data, the innovative and leading edge data storage, backup and virtualisation solutions provider which is part of the iomart Group, today announced that it has implemented a data storage solution at Alliance Homes, a social housing provider operating in the west of England.

Cristie Data were selected by Alliance Homes to recommend a suitable solution to replace their existing SAN, which was approaching end of life. A Nimble Storage CS300 array was selected to support Alliance Homes’ heavily virtualised environment, and the hybrid solution has enabled Alliance Homes to try SSD storage without the expense of a pure SSD SAN. The hit rate from SSD is currently running around 97% minimum which is a marked improvement for Alliance Homes.

“I am really pleased with my SAN,” commented Philip Hill, IT Systems Analyst at Alliance Homes. “My Nimble’s brilliant and takes up less space in my racks. If it came down to it and I had to purchase another, I will certainly favour Nimble – it just sits there in the rack, doing its thing and getting on with it!”

Equally important for Alliance Homes, was the due diligence on the people they’d be partnering with. “More than anything I liked Cristie Data. I found them to be easy-going and not pushy, and I thought these are people I could really work with,” continued Hill. “When you’re making an investment that will last 3-5 years you have to be confident in that relationship, and Cristie had built that trust.”

“We have developed a great partnership with Alliance Homes,” concluded Peter Bennett, Business Development Manager at Cristie Data. We knew that the Nimble was a really good fit for them and it’s really rewarding to know that it has surpassed their expectations.” 

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About Cristie Data

Cristie Data, part of the iomart Group, is a trusted, innovative and leading edge data storage, backup and virtualisation systems integrator and solutions provider. For more than 40 years, Cristie has specialised in technically superior solutions across all sectors of industry.

Through thorough testing Cristie augments and improves infrastructures which saves customers time, cost and delivers significant value to their businesses. Cristie’s consultative approach is a key differentiator and involves creating long-term partnerships with customers. Cristie has the ability, through consulting, to be both flexible and dynamic so that customers receive guidance on infrastructure strategy, tailor-made solutions and true vendor independence.

Cristie is proud to have been certified the BSI ISO 9001 for over 10 years, which demonstrates the continual monitoring and management of quality across all of its operations. For more information please visit


About Alliance Homes

The Alliance Homes Group is a charitable “registered society” and community based social housing provider working in the West of England. Its primary purpose is providing social housing and care and support within the community.

  • The Group operates on a not for profit basis, employs around 400 people and has an annual turnover of around £36m.
  • With a strong focus on people, services within the Group are delivered under the following brands:
  • Alliance Homes – manages the Group’s 6,500 homes and delivers a range of services to help create stronger communities.
  • Alliance Living Care – delivers domiciliary home care services to help people achieve maintain independence in their homes.
  • Alliance Living Support – delivers support services to help people achieve or maintain independence in their lives.
  • Alliance Ventures – provides a range of green initiatives to improve homes and reduce energy costs to tenants.
  • Alliance Property Care – provides Repairs and Maintenance Services.

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About Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is the leader in predictive flash storage solutions. Nimble offers a Predictive Flash platform that combines flash performance with predictive analytics to predict and prevent barriers to data velocity caused by complex IT infrastructure. Nimble customers experience absolute performance, non-stop availability and cloud-like agility that accelerate critical business processes. More than 8,850 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed the Nimble Predictive Flash Platform across more than 50 countries. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.