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Converged Infrastructure Implementation Reviews

Showing reviews of the top ranking products in Converged Infrastructure, containing the term Implementation
Vblock [EOL]: Implementation
Senior System Specialist at Burns & McDonnell

The seller included installation and the initial configuration.

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Chief Consultant and Architect at Tahir Professional Services

DELL EMC teams are very well trained and offer very high level of expertise and support. 

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Oracle Exalogic [EOL]: Implementation
AGM at Tech Valley Networks Limited

We get the assistance of the vendor for the implementation. Oracle ACS helps us with the setup.

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FlexPod: Implementation
Systems Engineer at Symbol Technologies PLC

Installing FlexPod isn't complex if you follow the implementation guide that the vendor provides. We partner with major vendors like Cisco, NetApp, and VMware, so we have extensive implementation support to help us with migrating the solution. Our first deployment took about nine weeks. Implementation requires only two or three engineers, and we use a third-party provider for the security part. In total, it's a maximum of five people. 

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HPE ConvergedSystem: Implementation
Technical Director at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

I'm a consultant and have experience working with the solution both as a consultant and as an end-user.

We currently have thousands of people using the solution. In our IT department, we have about ten to 15 people working on the solution as admins.

I'd advise others to choose their use cases carefully. It's suitable for certain environments but not all environments.

Others would also be sure to read the small print and really understand the solution before implementation as well. For example, beware of any additional licenses you may need.

I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. If it had a better administrative console, I'd give it full marks.

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IT Infrastructure Manager at Yıldız Holding

Most of our landscape is HPE products at the moment. We also have an EMC Backup Appliance in our environment. Currently, we have HPE Blade in our environment. We are thinking of changing all of these products. At the end of this year, we'll probably target HPE Synergy Systems hardware in our environment. Some of the projects require unified storage on our environment due to this. We prefer a storage model, like EMC.

Currently, we also use the HPE Converged Systems. We have SimpliVity nodes in our environment. We use these nodes for most systems, but we are currently having some difficulties in terms of IO utilization issues. We will probably change the systems to SL systems.

In our current situation, HPE still suggests to use the new HPE SimpliVity System in our environment, however, there are some difficulties with the implementation of this project. The project requires NFS sharing on the ACI side. 

In terms of advice to others considering the solution, with the implementation of the systems, the networking connections and VLAN settings can be done by VSAT. It would make the implementation of this kind of device simpler. New users may need to add some sort of storage access like NFS. I don't know whether putting in another controller into these devices would help. The virtualization platform can be run on a different controller.

I would caution that a user needs to calculate their IOPS and utilization size very well. If the application requires intensive party access and if they are not in the scope of the application of the SimpliVity devices, the entire application requires the IO of the hard disk located on the SimpliVity.

It's important to run a POC before implementing any application on this kind of ACI system. ACI systems cannot be addressed by every general application. You have to know your application and know your application requirements, and test your application requirements on each appliance. Then, you can proceed to the production environment on the ACI side. Sometimes your application may not be suitable for the ACI systems.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

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Director at ISA

Initial setup is complex but not because HP is complex, but because the customer has a lot of integrations or components. When a customer buys Converged they have to eliminate the storage, the switch, and other components. It's difficult to implement correctly in that situation. The last implementation we did took a month but an earlier one took three months. Deployment time really depends on configuration.

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Dell EMC VxBlock System: Implementation
Sr. System and Storage Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

The initial setup was straightforward and deployment took us about a month. We used a system integrator for implementation. We have five people in the system team managing the solution. 

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Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The only thing that I can say is when you procure the VxBlock, obviously you have to complete detailed questionnaires about your architecture including the configuration, et cetera. If you make a mistake on the implementation, then you need to rebuild the entire VxBlock. That is just a point of consideration rather than a flaw. You need to be absolutely sure and validate the upfront configuration information that you provide due to the fact that your VxBlock comes delivered and built according to that exact information.

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Data center Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We used an integrator.

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General Manager -Enterprise Technical Solution at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The initial setup is done at the factory. It comes pre-built, and onsite integration is plug-and-play. Irrespective of the hardware environment, it takes no more than two days per site. It takes about one or two people to deploy VxBlock. Since we are integrators, we do most of the pre-planning for the implementation. This entails making sure the environment is ready to receive and start using the equipment. So we ensure everything meets the criteria and is prepared for deployment. We spend more time on planning than implementation. If you take the time to develop a perfect plan, your deployment will be smooth.

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Dell PowerEdge VRTX: Implementation
Senior Network Admin at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

I did everything myself. Dell offered help when we bought it, but that help never materialized. Our account manager was always too busy to return my calls or respond to my e-mails.

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Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We want to move from a stand-alone implementation of VM hosts and we want to migrate to hyper-converged infrastructure. We will still be using the same virtual machine that we have, but we will migrate it to hyper-converged to have a higher level of availability and resiliency.

The problem is with our configuration. We know we can use PowerEdge for hyper-convergence if we have PowerEdge and configure vSAN. We will be able to achieve what VxRail is being able to provide, but we need to migrate it to a new infrastructure instead of changing our existing. It will be much more difficult for us.

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Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We did not use an integrator or reseller. I complete the implementation by myself.

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System Administrator at a non-tech company with 11-50 employees

I used the support from Dell to do the implementation.

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Oracle SuperCluster: Implementation
Systems Administrator at a government with 501-1,000 employees

We used a consultant for the deployment. All of the maintenance is done by Oracle. 

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Dell EMC Vscale Architecture: Implementation
Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

People should use the help of an integrator, re-seller or consultant and not just use an IT team.

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