HPE Synergy vs Lenovo Flex System comparison

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We performed a comparison between HPE Synergy and Lenovo Flex System based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Blade Servers solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks.""The stability of the solution is very reliable.""The initial setup is fine.""We like that the solution can be arranged for an all-in-one single pane of glass, something our customers find important.""The i3S module can be configured to provision storage to all blade servers and boot to any operating system without needing local hard drives.""The scalability is great.""It allows for easy management.""We've found the scalability to be reasonable if you are ready to invest in it."

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"One of the most valuable features of this solution is its ease of use.""The product is very user-friendly and has many resources at the enterprise level.""The most valuable feature of the Lenovo Flex System is the storage system.""The initial setup is straightforward.""Flex System's best features are its performance and stability."

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"The cost is quite high.""Product documentation is disorganized.""Sometimes there are firmware or software difficulties when connecting between networks or with storage.""The only good thing is that they have some powerful machines that you can use, such as the latest generations of HPE Compute that you can use.""The setup was a bit complex.""HPE Synergy could improve its remote support.""The pricing can be improved as it is a costly solution due to sanctions in Iran.""Technical support was time consuming and unsatisfactory. The initial product setup was complex, lasing around three weeks to a month."

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"The most valuable feature of the Lenovo Flex System is the storage system.""Forced restarts due to free upgrades is an issue that needs to be resolved. We can manage this as we have high availability and redundancy, but without that it could be a real problem.""The product could improve its integration capabilities.""Flex System's integration with the XClarity Management System could be improved.""The solution could improve by providing more integration with other platforms."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We don't have to pay for Synergy because it's part of our plan."
  • "The hardware licensing cost is reasonable."
  • "There is a perpetual license given when you purchase HPE Synergy."
  • "We have already paid once. It is just the price for the permit and its use. It seems you don't have to keep paying for it, but I am not sure."
  • "The cost is high and that is a drawback for some customers."
  • "The solution can be expensive because it requires both hardware and software purchases."
  • "We pay about £500 for the solution."
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  • "There is a one-off payment to buy the equipment and the support is purchased annually."
  • "The is an annual license cost to use the Lenovo Flex System. If the price was less expensive and flexible overall and for additional features, our customers would be happier."
  • "The 14 blade server allows significant room for upscaling before having to invest in another chassis. You would have to purchase another chassis much sooner in the case of an eight or nine blade server."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:For me, choosing between HPE’s Bladesystem and Synergy came down to which solution was more powerful, reliable, and stable. It turns out Bladesystem was the winner. Bladesystem is excellent because it… more »
    Top Answer:The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks.
    Top Answer:I cannot properly advise on setup, pricing or licensing costs.
    Top Answer:The Lenovo Flex System is very stable.
    Top Answer:The price is interesting. I am able to quote a client based on their needs and offer them either Lenovo or Dell.
    Top Answer:It does not have the same module flexibility that was present in IBM Blade. On the Blade System, I was able to choose between the Cisco module, or BMC module. Since the switch to Lenovo, I have not… more »
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    Also Known As
    Flex System Blade Servers, Flex System SN Series
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    HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, offers an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value instantly and continuously. It is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application. As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. With HPE Synergy, IT can become not just the internal service provider but the business partner to rapidly launch new applications that become the business.

    Flex System is Lenovo’s proven, 2nd generation blade, that efficiently runs your infrastructure applications with up to 80% better density than standard rack server deployments.

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    Sample Customers
    HudsonAlpha, Virgin Media, EMIS, United
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    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Company Size
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Synergy vs. Lenovo Flex System
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Synergy vs. Lenovo Flex System and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
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    HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 22 reviews while Lenovo Flex System is ranked 6th in Blade Servers with 5 reviews. HPE Synergy is rated 8.4, while Lenovo Flex System is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HPE Synergy writes "The composable infrastructure allows you to build and stack shared capacity". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo Flex System writes "Provides a high initial ceiling before upscaling is required, user-friendly and rich in resources, but has occasional stability issues". HPE Synergy is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, Cisco UCS B-Series, HPE Apollo and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, whereas Lenovo Flex System is most compared with HPE Superdome X, Dell PowerEdge M, Cisco UCS B-Series and HPE BladeSystem. See our HPE Synergy vs. Lenovo Flex System report.

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