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HPE ConvergedSystem is #1 ranked solution in top Converged Infrastructure for SAP HANA tools and #4 ranked solution in top Converged Infrastructure tools. PeerSpot users give HPE ConvergedSystem an average rating of 8 out of 10. HPE ConvergedSystem is most commonly compared to Dell PowerEdge VRTX: HPE ConvergedSystem vs Dell PowerEdge VRTX. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 28% of all views.
What is HPE ConvergedSystem?

HPE ConvergedSystem gives you lower cost of ownership and greater flexibility to meet more business demands. Eliminate the inefficiencies and inflexibility of one-silo-at-a-time infrastructure with software-defined agility and automation.

Deploy pre-validated, factory-tested configurations in weeks instead of months. Set up IT services in minutes, not hours. Integrated, workload-optimised systems eliminate infrastructure silos for improved efficiency, simplicity and speed.

HPE ConvergedSystem was previously known as HPE ConvergedSystem 700, HPE ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA, CS500, HPE ConvergedSystem 900, HPE ConvergedSystem 500, HPE ConvergedSystem 300.

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Mehmet Inoglu
IT Infrastructure Manager at Yıldız Holding
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Flexible with good restore functionality and excellent technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "The flexibility is the most advantageous aspect of the solution. Our system has a very big environment. Due to this, the replication and backup operation is not an easy task. We prefer HPE SimpliVity modules in our environment, even when we have some different cases in operations."
  • "The solution needs to add NFS features."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for recovery and backup purposes.

How has it helped my organization?

Even we could not restore some of our systems by using some conventional methods. Instead of using the SimpliVity backup and restore methods, we can easily restore our data without any risk. That is the advantage of these systems.

What is most valuable?

The flexibility is the most advantageous aspect of the solution. Our system has a very big environment. Due to this, the replication and backup operation is not an easy task. We prefer HPE SimpliVity modules in our environment, even when we have some different cases in operations.

So far we have been very comfortable with these kinds of devices.

What needs improvement?

In terms of our HPE ConvergedSystem, currently we use Gen8 Blade Systems and HPE c7,000 chassis in our environment. We have a three-part 7400 module in our environment. We also have StoreOnce 6000 models here for backing up our operating systems. Currently, we have problems with the HPE StoreOnce module in regards to the backup operations. This is because sometimes we can lose our backup reports storage from the Veeam side. We checked this issue on the HPE side and it was suggested to us to use the catalyst model instead of a 6-sharing model. They say that this approach can solve our issues easily, but we are still testing to see if this is the case.

Full flash systems require high utilization of the application. Due to this, HPE changed their systems into full flash modules. Currently, we use inbuilt modules in our environment. These kinds of modules require fast disks and SSD disks, but SSD disks are generally used for the caching of operations. The majority of our data is located on the fast disk. Due to this, sometimes we experience some ancillary issues. 

The solution needs to add NFS features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Currently, we do not have enough experience regarding the full flash system's efficacy. We have new projects and we still have the old SimpliVity nodes. We have some POCs in the works in our environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, these types of devices are very successful in expanding. This is due to the fact that you can expand simply by adding nodes and changing the size of the storage. It's easy.

How are customer service and technical support?

HPE is very good in terms of providing assistance as required. We do not have any issues with the support side of this device. We're quite satisfied with their level of service.

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

We tested EMC with three ACI systems in our environment. As far as I remember, we put our exchange systems on the environment. However, they failed. We tested Nutanix's Systems in our environment as well. Both of these were tested in our environment quite a long time ago.

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

HPE pricing is generally high for these devices. Using HPE Servers in the SimpliVity module, it should in theory be possible to decrease pricing to a reasonable amount. However, at the moment, the pricing remains high.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
Ismael Prieto
Director at ISA
Reseller
Top 10Leaderboard
Great consolidation and duplication features; very easy to manage
Pros and Cons
  • "Consolidation and duplications features."
  • "The MTG inside HP could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We sell Converged to government organizations. In the past year we've been working with the healthcare and education departments. We are partners, resellers and integrators of Converged, primarily a Hewlett Packard enterprise partner. I'm the director of the company. 

How has it helped my organization?

This is a beneficial system for organizations. Rather than having a separate processing system and backup system, Converged provides it all in one. 

What is most valuable?

The consolidation is an advantageous feature along with the duplications. The product reduces energy required by the system. It's also easy to manage. 

What needs improvement?

I think the MTG inside HP could be improved. It would simplify quoting for services. When you get a quote from HP now, they tend to quote separately for services and the product. This makes it difficult to try to quote for the client and to integrate the solution. 

For the future, it would be good to see integration with cloud services. Our customers want to share the solution, currently on-premise, to the cloud, and it's sometimes difficult to implement. It would be great if they could bridge the two. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been reselling this solution for five years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's very easy to scale this solution. Our customers are generally medium enterprise, at least medium for Mexico. They have plans to increase usage. 

How are customer service and technical support?

 I think the technical support is excellent.

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

Our first customer evaluated Nutanix and Converged before going with Converged. HP has an advantage because they have hardware and Nutanix is software. That's the reason the customer preferred to make the fusion with the hardware because it reduced the overhead of the processing. Secondly, HP enables a backup in the same solution, and with Nutanix you have to integrate another product from another software and another vendor. 

How was the initial setup?

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.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this solution, I think it's easier to implement Converged than other solutions. The solution doesn't require many people to manage or maintain, or involvement with the infrastructure. That's why I would recommend it. It's easy and that's one of the advantages the customer has when they buy a Converge System, it's easier than an iOS infrastructure.

I would rate this solution a 10 out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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Technical Director at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Stable and scalable with excellent ability to restore lost machines
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution's most valuable feature is its ability to restore lost machines. Essentially its high availability capabilities are extremely valuable to us."
  • "The solution has a complicated front-end."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as a container-as-a-service. We use it to host containers. It effectively supports a cloud-based container system.

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable feature is its ability to restore lost machines. Essentially its high availability capabilities are extremely valuable to us.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs to be easier to use. The administration's ease of use it poor and it needs a better administrative console.

The solution has a complicated front-end.

In terms of features, the solution is very complete. It doesn't seem to be missing features that I can see that would need to be added in future releases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is incredibly stable. It's one of the great advantages of the product. We've never faced any problems when it comes to stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is highly scalable in a modular fashion. We've never had any issues with scaling.

How are customer service and technical support?

The tech support is really good, both online and with engineers. We've been satisfied with the level of service we've received.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
System Administrator at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Leaderboard
Provides deduplication, compression and backup, but has inadequate HPE and website functionality

What is most valuable?

We find the deduplication and compression features to be most valuable, as well as that of the backup solution inside.

What needs improvement?

Features that should be addressed concern the HPE functionality and the interaction with VMware. We would also like to see additional website functionality, because the surfeit of those who come online makes the addition of complete information challenging.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using HPE ConvergedSystem for several months. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is French approved  and transpires in this language, which works for us. So, too, we share the same work hours with those of technical support and they are adaptable to our schedule.

How was

What is most valuable?

We find the deduplication and compression features to be most valuable, as well as that of the backup solution inside.

What needs improvement?

Features that should be addressed concern the HPE functionality and the interaction with VMware. We would also like to see additional website functionality, because the surfeit of those who come online makes the addition of complete information challenging.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using HPE ConvergedSystem for several months. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is French approved  and transpires in this language, which works for us. So, too, we share the same work hours with those of technical support and they are adaptable to our schedule.

How was the initial setup?

All of the activity concerning the initial setup was complex, as we are obliged to coordinate it with HP support.

What other advice do I have?

I rate the solution a six or seven out of ten. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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