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"The solution is built very well. It's very robust and durable.""Great data storage and very good for software defined solutions.""Its versatility, performance, and size are most valuable. It is very decent for its size. It has very good performance and very good specifications.""The stability of the solution is very reliable.""For me, this is the best frame server technology available in the market. We can compare it to Cisco UCS. It is robust and stable, and it is also easy to deploy and scale. Their support is the best.""We've found the scalability to be reasonable if you are ready to invest in it.""The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks.""In terms of the productivity of our deployment team, the amount of time has been decreased a lot. In the past, to deploy one c7000 chassis with 15 or 16 blades, we literally used to spend two to three weeks. But with a Synergy, it's very quick. Within three days we can do the deployment."

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"The initial setup is pretty quick.""The main feature I have found to be product replication.""The most valuable features are the Metro clustering, and disaster recovery.""It is very easy to use, and it is very fast.""The product is scalable and easy to expand.""The onboarding and integrated monitoring tools are pretty good.""It performs well and it is also very fast.""It uses the same platform for connectivity so integration is seamless."

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"It would be nice if the updates were not accompanied by downtime.""Changes to the solution are quite complex.""The Synergy platform is HPE-specific and more for on-premises. You're kind of locked in with VMware and the HPE with the VMs. The Nutanix offering is a bit more flexible.""ICMs could be better in this model. When you look at its competitors, the most critical point is the throughput. HPE is the best with the ICM module, which is an interconnect module that connects the servers of the frames to the LAN and SAN. HPE Synergy should also support the latest processors provided by Intel.""Technical support was time consuming and unsatisfactory. The initial product setup was complex, lasing around three weeks to a month.""Its management needs some work. It is not the best in terms of management. It has decent management. Its user interface can also be better.""The profiles aren't so easy to work with.""The performance could be better. The converged network cards initially didn't work. However, later on in the newer version, they came up with 50 GB network cards to replace the 20 GB ones, and it's perfectly fine now. At times, it could also be more stable."

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"It's on the expensive side, as expected for a niche product.""There could be improvements in public cloud integration.""There is some room for new features related to authentication and integration with Kubernetes, and other solution using S3 Bucket.""I want efficiency. FlashBlade doesn't have efficiency now.""The solution is expensive.""It would be nice if you could store file-based in the same box with the same technology.""I would like to see the licensing fees improved as well as the price per terabytes.""Compared to, for example, Hitachi NAS, the solution is not mature at all. It's just in its infancy as far as technology goes."

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  • "We are satisfied with its price."
  • "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."
  • "We don't have to pay for Synergy because it's part of our plan."
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  • "The price is a little high."
  • "In my opinion, we have paid the right price for the product. I don't think that it is too much or too little."
  • "The price of this solution could be made more affordable."
  • "Licensing fees are paid yearly."
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    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 »
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    The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks.
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    I cannot properly advise on setup, pricing or licensing costs.
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    The main feature I have found to be product replication.
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    The price of this solution could be made more affordable.
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    There could be improvements in public cloud integration. In the future, one innovation could be for them to make an embedded backup system.
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    Overview

    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.

    FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.

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    HudsonAlpha, Virgin Media, EMIS, United
    ServiceNow, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dominos, Man AHL
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    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Retailer11%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    University13%
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 11 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 4th in File and Object Storage with 9 reviews. HPE Synergy is rated 8.8, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of HPE Synergy writes "Significantly decreases deployment time and the number of support issues". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashBlade writes "Performs well with very little maintenance and an easy initial setup". HPE Synergy is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, Cisco UCS B-Series, HPE Apollo and Fujitsu Primergy BX400 Series, whereas Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Qumulo, HPE Primera, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Tintri VMstore.

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