Sales Director at MTF DATA AG
Real User
It makes daily operations easier for our customers, but they complain about the lack of file services
Pros and Cons
  • "There is no single feature that's the most valuable. All of SimpliVity's components work together to make daily operations easier for our customers."
  • "SimpliVity has no file server services. That's one of the solution's biggest shortcomings."

What is our primary use case?

The use case depends on what our customers need. We don't have SimpliVity on our infrastructure, but we deploy it at the customers' sites. Generally speaking, SimpliVity is for prediction, SAP, and VDI.

What is most valuable?

There is no single feature that's the most valuable. All of SimpliVity's components work together to make daily operations easier for our customers. 

What needs improvement?

SimpliVity has no file server services. That's one of the solution's biggest shortcomings. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using HPE SimpliVity for five years now.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SimpliVity is pretty stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

SimpliVity is a good fit for small to medium-sized companies, but it's not scalable enough for large enterprises. 

How are customer service and support?

HPE support is good. 

How was the initial setup?

Our customers usually have VMware infrastructure already, so we can easily migrate everything with the VMware technologies. It typically takes about two to three days maximum. One systems engineer can handle the whole deployment. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate SimpliVity seven out of 10. I would rate it higher if HPE added file services.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Process Control Senior Supervisor at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Easy to configure and simple to work with but technical support could be better
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is scalable."
  • "The way that it handles the memory could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for hyper-converged purposes.

What is most valuable?

It's quite simple to work with. I don't have to configure any other storage system.

The solution is scalable.

What needs improvement?

The initial configuration could be improved. 

The way that it handles the memory could be better.

The initial setup can be quite difficult. 

Technical support needs to be more responsive. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for a while.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product is very scalable.

We use the solution for 15 people. 

We are increasing usage. We already bought some systems that are the same as HPE. However, that's due to the fact that our company has a standard of using HPE. If I could, might choose another solution.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support is not so good. We have some issues with the memory and we still don't have answers for that problem.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This was the first hyper-converged system we used, however, we do have some experience with VMware now. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial is quite difficult for me. That's mostly due to the configuration as it is difficult to understand the configuration.

The deployment process took quite a long time. I cannot remember exactly how many days or weeks, however. 

We only need two engineers for deployment and maintenance.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the solution with the help of a partner. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I can't speak to the licensing costs. I don't have access to that information.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at some other options. I can't speak to the exact brands, however.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a customer.

This is an overall good product. However, they do need to work a little bit on the support. 

I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior System Administrator with 11-50 employees
Real User
Useful multi-platform support, highly scalable, and reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "The features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V"
  • "The solution could improve by adding better support of the VMware add-ons and a more intuitive user interface for administrators."

What is our primary use case?

We are using BHPE SimpliVity for hosting infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by adding better support of the VMware add-ons and a more intuitive user interface for administrators.

In a future release, all the management features should be able to access from one location. For example, management of networking and system resources on the server should be in one place to view and manage.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE SimpliVity for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable with many high availability features.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

HPE SimpliVity is easy to scale. You can simply add resources, for instance, ram, or storage. Additionally, adding another node is possible. It is very easy and straightforward.

We have more than 5,000 people using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We needed help to integrate some of our older systems to use with HPE SimpliVity and we contacted support. We opened a ticket and they responded within five business days.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have used Check Point.

How was the initial setup?

The installation difficulty level depends on whose perspective. From a beginner's perspective, it is complex, but for advanced administrators, it is straightforward and not so complicated. 

The infrastructure is easy to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

We used integrators to do the implementation of the solution.

We do not have special servers, only regular ones, the maintenance of the solution is simple.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If we compare the price of HPE SimpliVity with other vendors that are selling the hyper-converged infrastructure, all of them are not cheap and are priced similarly. However, the price we pay and what we receive makes it a good price.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate HPE SimpliVity an eight out of ten.

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Senior Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Greatly reduced the amount of administration for our site
Pros and Cons
  • "The way it does backups is its most valuable feature. It replicates snapshots with very low bandwidth. We only have a 50 megabit link to that site, and it doesn't really use much of it at all. Therefore, it is a really good fit for getting our backups done."
  • "SimpliVity has this thing where if a virtual machine is on the wrong node with two nodes, it will be optimized. However, if one of the nodes won't be optimized, then it will complain about that. It will give you a little warning to say the source is not optimized. Please move this to one of the other hosts. They should just add a little thing in SimpliVity to move all the VMs to the right host, because it is a pain to load balance across the three nodes when all these VMs are complaining and you have to move them to one."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is its an offsite virtualization. It runs all our servers at an offsite office in Brazil. Our main sites are in New York and London. We bought a company in Brazil that had aging hardware, so we replaced that with three nodes of the SimpliVity solution. Since it is small office and it does everything, you don't need to have a SAN nor a fancy network. It is a one stop shop, which was really good for this particular thing.

What is most valuable?

The way it does backups is its most valuable feature. It replicates snapshots with very low bandwidth. We only have a 50 megabit link to that site, and it doesn't really use much of it at all. Therefore, it is a really good fit for getting our backups done.

What needs improvement?

SimpliVity has this thing where if a virtual machine is on the wrong node with two nodes, it will be optimized. However, if one of the nodes won't be optimized, then it will complain about that. It will give you a little warning to say the source is not optimized. Please move this to one of the other hosts. They should just add a little thing in SimpliVity to move all the VMs to the right host, because it is a pain to load balance across the three nodes when all these VMs are complaining and you have to move them to one. It's sort of silly. I feel like it would be like half a day of programming for somebody to write something that would just auto-balance it.

The vCenter integration could probably improve a little. It is just a plugin that you are interacting with, and it feels like it has been largely the same for a while. It could probably get better.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It used to be kind of touchy. Now, it is great. I have not touched it in about six months since it doesn't break.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is not very scalable. However, I think it is supposed to be like that. It is not supposed to be like a massive solution with about 30 clusters, and that is by design. I don't think that is a flaw. It is designed for small clusters, so it is not very scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is not the worst ever. It has changed, because it used to be bad. It used to be where they had amazing techs, but you could never get them on the phone. Now, you can get somebody on the phone but they never know what they are talking about. 

There is pretty good support for upgrades. I got a pretty senior tech the last time that we did an upgrade, so it is workable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had an aging infrastructure that we didn't want to replace with a ton of physical servers. We went from a whole mess of old, difficult servers to support to three servers that we never have to touch. Therefore, it has greatly reduced the amount of administration for our site, and we basically don't touch it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I believe that we bought the solution through some reseller in Brazil.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I feel like all the other companies gave up.

What other advice do I have?

For smaller node clusters, I wouldn't go with anybody else. For small node hyper-converged three-node clusters, it is the best game in town. It was great before HPE bought them. Now, it has a large organization standing behind it. I would definitely recommend SimpliVity. If people are using it for the right purposes, like we are, it is a really good solution.

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Solution Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Provides an entire solution in a single box and offers a single management platform for the entire staff
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature for us is its integration, as it provides an entire solution in a single box."
  • "The ease of new deployments could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is to offer a combination of computing storage services to remote locations. It operates in our data centers.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our organization because it provides ease of management and offers a single management platform for the entire staff.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is its integration, as it provides an entire solution in a single box. The performance is also very good.

What needs improvement?

The ease of new deployments could be improved. Also, I think that the scalability of the solution may be inadequate for some people.

It would be good for this platform if we could have an independent gross-storage on the computer.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have good a good impression of the stability of this solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, this solution fits us. However, I think that the actual limitations are somewhat less than what people might want. For our purpose, it's ok.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use a solution previous to this one. It was added to our IT portfolio because there was a need for it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not extremely easy, so we needed specific skills in order to bring it into production. Once it was up and running, it was ok.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When it comes to selecting a vendor, I think that partnership is one of the most important criteria. We needed a technology that is universally deployable and has the capability of functioning in the cloud. This allows us to use the service not only in our own premise's data centers but with cloud providers as well.

At the time we were evaluating solutions but there were not many players in the market. We considered Nutanix, but it had its own hardware platform. SimpliVity had an OmniStack configuration that could run on hardware platforms that we already had within the organization. We chose SimpliVity because of this. 

What other advice do I have?

There is a massive technology shift now toward software-defined storage, so we are trying to move from a functionality perspective to an abstraction layer above the equipment we buy.

I think that this is a safe investment for anyone who wants to have a straightforward solution that comes out of the box and can be deployed on an appliance. 

I would rate this solution eight out of ten.

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Head-IT/SAP at Barista Coffee Company Ltd.
Real User
Good performance, availability, and support
Pros and Cons
  • "Its performance and availability are most valuable."
  • "Its deployment should be easier."

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for SAP HANA.

It is a hybrid solution. We updated to the latest version two months back.

What is most valuable?

Its performance and availability are most valuable.

What needs improvement?

Technologies are going ahead with new patches and updates, and HPE has to find out a solution to make it more reliable and secure.

Its deployment should be easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using HPE SimpliVity for a few years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have around 200 users.

How are customer service and support?

Their support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't use any other solution.

How was the initial setup?

It was very difficult. If you want to implement this, you have to hire the most technical consultants.

It took us six to seven months for the entire portfolio, including SAP HANA.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its licensing is yearly.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution. It is a good solution, but it needs some improvements.

I would rate it an eight out of 10.

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Sr Infrastructure Engineer at Delta Plastics of the South
Real User
Good disaster recovery, backup simplification, deduplication, and compression features
Pros and Cons
  • "The feature that I have found most valuable is the backup recovery."
  • "The upgrades need improvement."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is for our data center.

How has it helped my organization?

Disaster recovery, backup simplification, deduplication, and compression features have helped improve my organization. 

What is most valuable?

The feature that I have found most valuable is the backup recovery.

What needs improvement?

The upgrades need improvement. 

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

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Systems Administrator with 201-500 employees
User
Our backups are now more efficient and reliable because the system manages them much better for us
Pros and Cons
  • "Having one management console to do everything from was a great improvement over dealing with separate hardware for servers, SANs, backups etc."
  • "Upgrading the firmware/software could be more seamless."

How has it helped my organization?

Our backups are now more efficient and reliable because the SimpliVity system manages them so much better for us. It allows us to replicate them as often as we like to another pair of SimpliVity boxes at one of our remote sites.

What is most valuable?

Having one management console to do everything from was a great improvement over dealing with separate hardware for servers, SANs, backups etc. Also, the ability to spin up a new VM within minutes has been a huge time saver.

What needs improvement?

Upgrading the firmware/software could be more seamless (or at least be assigned a technician who could walk us through the process for both the SimpliVity software as well as the VMware software).

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The SimpliVity solution has been very reliable and stable for us. A few times over the years where we had errors or hardware issues, they were resolved in a timely manner by SimpliVity support.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's been pretty good. Before HPE bought Simplivity, I feel the customer service was great. The couple times I have had to contact support after HPE bought SimpliVity, it has been what I have come to expect from large companies.

Technical Support:

The techs that I have worked with have been really good and seem to know their stuff.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This was our first hyper-converged solution. Previously, we had used separate blade servers tied to separate SANs tied to separate backup solutions.

How was the initial setup?

With the assistance from SimpliVity engineers who were on site for the initial deployment, everything went very smoothly.

What about the implementation team?

Our solution was recommended by our trusted vendor and SimpliVity engineers were on site to help implement the solution. Everyone was very knowledgeable.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Make sure you plan for future growth and get a solution that has enough storage/resources for years to come. Originally, we thought we were only going to deploy our most critical VMs using this product, but once we saw how much better it was to manage the VMs, back them up, and deploy new VMs, we started moving a lot more servers over to it. Eventually, we had to buy another pair of SImpliVity OmniCubes to accommodate everything.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, once we found out about the SimpliVity product and saw a demo, we were sold. We have been very happy with our decision.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking to consolidate and simplify the management of various servers, definitely look into a solution from SimpliVity.

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