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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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IT Consultant at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Good user interface, performance, and backup capability
Pros and Cons
  • "The user interface, reporting, and management are good, and we are quite happy with the performance."
  • "The interface is not fully integrated with the ESXi, which is something that could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

Our HP infrastructure is used as the host system to run our VMware ESXi.

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest improvement that we have seen is with respect to our backups.

What is most valuable?

The best feature of this solution is the backup system. I have found it to be particularly good because we've been able to restore on a file by file basis.

The user interface, reporting, and management are good, and we are quite happy with the performance.

This solution integrates well with other products and applications.

What needs improvement?

The interface is not fully integrated with the ESXi, which is something that could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the HPE ConvergedSystem for about two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We believe that this is a scalable solution, although we haven't had to extend it yet. One of the reasons that we would have chosen it, however, is so that we could scale when necessary.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support from HPE is excellent.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex, but that's the nature of this type of solution.

What about the implementation team?

We had help from a vendor with our implementation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options before choosing HPE ConvergedSystem. However, I was not involved in the decision so I do not know what the deciding factors were.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution and it seems to have everything that we need.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

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.
ITCS user
Product Solutions Manager at a consultancy
Real User
Leaderboard
Simple to use and helps with consolidation
Pros and Cons
  • "This solution is very simple to use."
  • "I would like to see better manageability and integration with third-party tools."

What is our primary use case?

We are a consulting firm, and this is one of the solutions that we implement for our customers.

The majority of deployments are on-premises. If it is a cloud deployment, then it is a hybrid model.

How has it helped my organization?

Improvements to the organization depend on the customer, but usually, it assists them with consolidation. For example, they're replacing server racks with the converged system because they have too little space to have a rack full of servers.

What is most valuable?

One of the valuable components in this solution is HPE Synergy, which is a useful tool for deployments and updates.

This solution is very simple to use.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better manageability and integration with third-party tools.

I would like to see persistent memory deployed in this solution, as I have not yet seen it in any converged system.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution since it was first released. I have more than twenty years in the industry.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never had any problems with the technical support for this solution.

There are several levels of support available. These include simple Foundation care, which basically is a best effort. There is Proactive care, and even Datacenter care, which means you get an appointed account manager and much more rapid response. However, these options are expensive.

How was the initial setup?

The complexity of the initial setup is dependant on the customer. I find that it is quite easy if you have all of the details, such as the IP addresses, raid volumes, and shared disks. The configuration is straightforward, although sometimes you have a complex scenario and you really have to tweak.

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

This is an expensive system and not every customer has the kind of budget to support it.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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HPE Systems Administrator at Bank of Ghana
Real User
Significantly reduces our backup times

What is our primary use case?

We implemented a complete system and then 3PAR storage solutions. We are very happy with the implementation.

How has it helped my organization?

We had an old system, but it got to a point, because of age, and the data limitations, that backup times and operations were taking too long. After we migrated to this environment, everything changed. Our applications are performing at their best and the backup times have been reduced from about four hours to 30 minutes.

What needs improvement?

We would like the system to be even faster.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Everything is intact, everything is perfect.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We got it about three years ago. We have a policy that we don't scale. We use a system for about five years and then we change the whole system.

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

Our company policy is that every five years we have to upgrade our equipment.

Everything in our environment is HPE. Recently, some other vendors have been knocking on our door. We have done our research and what we found is that nothing out there is comparable to HPE. Since it's working for us, we don't see a reason to switch from HPE.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex because it was the first setup for that implementation engineer. He really struggled. We got to some points where there was no way forward. We searched online and found solutions and moved on.

In our previous environment, we were using fiber switches where you just plug in.

What other advice do I have?

I'm very satisfied with HPE systems. We don't have any issues with their hardware or their backup software.


Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Omar Sánchez (Mr.Tech)
Information Security Advisor, CISO & CIO, Docutek Services at Docutek Services
Consultant
Leaderboard
Increases performance, streamlines recovery time, but the transformation is complex
Pros and Cons
    • "Perhaps they can work on providing faster allocation of memory or storage."

    What is our primary use case?

    We don't do everything converged. We actually do converged infrastructure for particular servers. Everything that is software-defined, we do through our converged infrastructure. The core is converged but we don't do anything else besides that. We only do it to provision our servers. Our Infrastructure is actually converged at the server level, it's not converged at the network devices level and the like. We still go through hybrid and conventional for that.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It begins with a simpler installation. It provides a more advanced way to approach enterprise IT. It's still a nightmare, like every other converged solution out there. But we have done data center consolidation and data protection, disaster recovery for our services for DR. Desktops are globally backed up.

    What is most valuable?

    For the converged system, HANA for SAP. OneView is very good too. 

    What needs improvement?

    We don't have any problems with it at the technology level. I can't think of any improvements they can make. I think they are doing pretty much what any other converged infrastructure services system can do. Perhaps faster allocation of memory or storage.

    However, I am sure we are not the only healthcare company that works with them. They need to work more as a team to solve common business problems.

    If you're asking me about the technology, I don't see anything that they can do, other than growing the hyper-converged. But I think things have grown as far as they can. However, in terms of their direction as an enterprise, I don't think they are very good. It was a very rough ride. The people they sent, I don't think they had experience in doing these kinds of implementations before. It was pretty painful. It's working now but it took too long.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three to five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    As far as what we are doing now, there is no problem with stability. It's pretty flexible, it's efficient, and it is centralized management, cost-effective. I don't see a problem. The systems are good to go. It's just the people that they hired to do the implementation, I don't think they knew what they were doing. They were just learning with the clients.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No issues with scalability. We are good to go on that.

    How is customer service and technical support?

    Tech support is good, no problem. You write a ticket and, for policy changes and stuff like that, they're pretty straightforward. Sometimes they say it will take eight hours and they do it in 15 minutes. There are many ways to do escalation of their tickets. From my point of view, I do not have a problem with them, they are pretty efficient.

    How was the initial setup?

    Setup was very complex, in terms of communication with them. At a certain point, we had to fly them there.

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

    Pricing is good. We have not calculated what hyper-converged infrastructure has brought us but I think there has to be some lower cost for us, compared to the public cloud. Obviously, there would be a lower cost, probably by more than half.

    Regarding licensing, have the paperwork looked at by senior management and don't make any decisions until you have all of your corners covered. In the beginning, you might see that this thing has ears and a tail but you don't know if it's a mouse or an elephant. You need to try to have as much clarity on what the business needs are going to be because, later on, it's going to hurt to increase licensing or to understand how far they go, what their limitations are.

    Ask as many questions as you can, don't take things for granted. In the beginning, you need to give them a roadmap. If you don't give them a roadmap, if you don't ask for the right things, that's not on their side.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    When we were in the market, we went everywhere. When you're in the market looking for a solution, you don't want to go for the first pick. It was a year-long project to find a provider. We based our decision on cost-effectiveness and on what they told us: that it was going to be easier to manage the essential application, that we were going to have increased performance, we were going to have a reduction in recovery time. Promises and promises.

    It's not that they are not true, it's just that they didn't seem to be true at the beginning of the implementation of the cloud. You get all of these problems at the beginning and you ask yourself, "Are we going to be getting this kind of scenario everywhere we go in this implementation?" In the end, everything worked out. I guess it's just part of this business. The transformation is not as simple as see it seems.

    What other advice do I have?

    I don't think we are completely happy but we are not completely unhappy. We are right in the middle. It's not the system, it's the people behind the system. They have a pretty good technology, but they don't have people who know how to handle it. That's the problem. I am not saying I'm an expert on hyper-converged or on converged systems, but I have to say that for some issues, we had to roll up our sleeves and do it ourselves.

    In terms of advice, if you are considering converged infrastructure, you should become educated first on what it is. To begin with, it is one that isn't going away. But it needs to make sense for your use case. Converged infrastructure can be perfect for virtualized data centers, but only after considering the logistics and financial implications.

    You need to learn about the benefits. You need to know how the bundle will compute. You need to know how the storage is going to work into a single offering that can be deployed quickly.

    Another point is budget. You are going to have an initial cost for converged infrastructure. You can prevent a lot of frustration when you are working with heterogeneous data centers. You need to know how to save money in the long term.

    Don't be too fast in making decisions, don't pull the trigger without a converged infrastructure comparison; the benchmarking is very important. A lot goes into the decision to use converged Infrastructure. Some factors can be very subjective, others can be very straightforward.

    Personally, I would say that, ready or not, converged Infrastructure systems are here, and they are here to stay. If you're still buying separate servers or you're still buying separate networks and storage, you might consider a converged infrastructure system. There is no other way.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Sales Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    The simplicity of it helps people who aren't necessarily IT specialists to use it.

    What is most valuable?

    One of the biggest things is, the fact that it can be a turn-key solution. With the ConvergedSystem system, you've got a small 2U platform that supports your storage, networking, and also has your compute in it. The other nice thing about it is, because it's a small form factor, you reduce footprint in your IT data center. It helps with power and cooling issues. The simplicity of it helps people who aren't necessarily IT specialists to use it. You can have it in your ROBO environments. We support Microsoft and VMware with this software.

    What needs improvement?

    My biggest pet peeve with the HC250 are the descriptions that they put on our parts list. For example, multiple times now someone asked me, they said, "Hey, they want to take this option off the quote," and I said, "No, it's required." Then they came back to me and they said, "You know the customer, they don't believe you," and I said, "Okay." Basically, with ConvergedSystem, if you're doing a VMware solution, you don't have to buy the software from us. If the customer has the correct licenses, the correct type of licenses, it's an option for them. The description for the software that's required, which includes the VSA, which includes our OneView integration, which includes all this other stuff, they call it the VMware software license. People think they can remove that and so, they come back to me and I say, "No. This is what this part number includes, but it's the description." There's my biggest pet peeve with ConvergedSystem.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    You can scale out by adding additional nodes, which will increase performance capacity for you. 

    What other advice do I have?

    It would depend, but my advice would be that, if you're interested in a converged system, then go and buy it. However, it just depends on what the customer wants. You need to know what you want, because there are different solutions that support different workloads and things.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    it_user486480
    Central Computing LATAM IT leader at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Vendor
    The most valuable feature was in the service because we receive the solution as a managed service.

    What is most valuable?

    The excellent service that we receive from the HPE team is very good with their hardware. The best value was in the service because we receive the solution as a managed service from HPE, so it's a box somewhere in the data center that we don't care about. It's always running and so far, no problems.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Right now, all of our BI initiatives are running on HANA so we use that daily to create a new promotion for the marketing team that is in the field. So they can use it once and based on the behaviour of each customer, we can provide new promotions every day. That's the basis for our sales team.

    What needs improvement?

    Something that we think should be better in the HANA converged solutions is all of the monitoring of the solutions. I think there is improvement space there, to have more data available for the final customer. And from the service point of view, the HPE team that is supporting the solution, could do a little more and have more data to show to the final user, in our case, about the performance and trans with the box.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been running HANA for one and a half years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    So far, it's been a very stable solution. We had a problem six months ago, but support reacted very quickly and we were up and running again in one hour. It was a problem with one of the memory SIMs that was creating some problems. They changed in one hour.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This is the first implementation of it, and at this point, we don't have the need to scale. However, we do see a problem down the road because the exact model we have right now seems to be out of production. But we are remaining with the HPE team and they have said they will provide a new one and take the old one as part of the payment, so that's OK for us.

    How was the initial setup?

    Initial setup seems complex for the technician who was doing the work, but for us as a customer, it was very straightforward.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have an onsite team for setting up both applications.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We compared the HANA solution with Microsoft and Oracle, performed a cost-benefit analysis, and we decided to go with HPE.

    What other advice do I have?

    You should consider the service, the stability of the solution and the cost for any solution that may benefit you.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    it_user476784
    Storage Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Vendor
    Everything has been stable.

    What needs improvement?

    One thing that we find peculiar is, when you buy ConvergedSystem, it seems to be behind in the versions it supports. For example, vSphere 6 is just now being supported. OneView 2 is just now being supported, even though they have announced OneView 3. We're already a version behind. I know they're probably working and testing as quickly as they can, but we always seem like we're behind the curve with these new features that we know are out that we can't take advantage of and that are supported on the blades individually. They're supported on the blade system individually, but once you get the ConvergedSystem, all of a sudden, they're not supported. I understand that we want a rock solid infrastructure that's well-tested, but I'm hoping they can speed up compatibility with newer versions of software and drivers and so on.

    What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

    We still have some of the growing pains just getting the system in. There's a lot of miscommunication between us and HPE of what we actually wanted, what they delivered. It was sold as being more of a plug-and-play solution. It really wasn't that way for us, maybe because we did want to make modifications. I can't say it's all HPE's fault, because we did make modifications and made some of those modifications at the last minute. It was just growing pains with that relationship and getting to understand each other and what each other needed. We're fresh off of that; we we're just using it. I still feel like it's been a pain because it took so long to get us here. But I think going forward, it will be smooth. Our next system will probably be plug-in. We'll plug it in the way they advertised it. It's hard for me to say for sure, but I think we're at the point where it would be plug and play from now on and it would be easy.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I think it has been stable. We did have issues with the Dell blades, had some instability there. Again, it's brand new. Everything has been stable, though we've had an issue with the NICs reporting errors, but we think those are false reports. There's supposedly a patch, but the ConvergedSystem - as it was given to use and shipped to us - had errors.

    I wouldn't expect that a well-tested, purpose-built appliance from HPE would report network errors. We're still trying to figure that out. I will say it seems to be false positives, possibly because the system is stable. But again, we don't have a big load on it because we're just now testing it, so I can't really speak to, when we scale it up, will it perform? Will it stay stable? But, for now, it's been stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I can't really speak to scalability yet because we have just a small test environment now. We're looking to move it to production later on, I think, the end of this year. We haven't really had to scale it that far. We've only done a little primary testing, not a large load of servers or storage or anything like that, but it's performed very well so far. There's so little data actually on it. I can't really speak to the scalability of it. I know it scales to 128 servers. We might need to scale past that. We'll probably need several ConvergedSystems, which is, maybe, not ideal. If it could scale past 128 servers, that'd probably be beneficial. For our needs right now, we haven't hit that yet. We probably will in the future but it's too soon.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support hasn't seemed to be that simple or that easy. I still feel like our calls get redirected to a specific team, which is fine. It is one number to call. What I've found frustrating is that sometimes when we call in, I don't think they know how a ConvergedSystem works. The whole point is you have one number to call and that person should know what that is and about what you have. It's not just some blades and some servers and some storage. You actually have a purpose-built system that they're supporting. There's been a lot of confusion with that. I don't understand why it's not known when we call that number what we have and what kind of support we expect.

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

    We used to use Dell blades and we didn't have Virtual Connect, so configuring the networks and all of that for our servers took a lot longer. It's easier to provision the server now that we've moved to HPE and Virtual Connect, and how the ConvergedSystem is architected makes it easier. Just ease of configuring networks and configuring your server.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We wanted a converged solution. We wanted something that came as an appliance, with basically everything configured and Dell didn't have an offering that met our needs. We looked at different vendors and we narrowed it down to HPE. We went with the HPE solution.

    We were looking at FlexPod, the NetApp solution; Hitachi had a solution; and EMC's solution. None of those did as well as HP's. Some vendors were too strict. EMC was too strict. You couldn't touch their hardware. "This is how you're going to get it. You can't change anything. Take it or leave it." HPE was a little bit more flexible. "This is our ConvergedSystem. This is how it is, but you can make a couple of modifications if needed to fit your business." That's why we went with them. They were a little bit more flexible.

    What other advice do I have?

    I think it's too soon to accurately rate the product. Based on experience so far and what I expect out of it, I'll give it an 8 (four stars). That's based on what I expect in the future and what I know it's capable of, not really our experience so far because I know we've had some bumps in the road. Again, I think some of them are our fault. I don't want to blame HPE for that. I think it's a solid product. I've used HPE blades in the past at a previous employer. They've always been rock solid. I believe in the hardware. We've been using HPE storage at my current company for three years. I used it for six years before that, rock solid. No issues. I believe in the hardware.

    It's tough. One because there's now the Composable Infrastructure, the Synergy platform, which is newer. Again, this is the problem: you go with a converged solution because you want it rock solid, stable. The problem is you're always behind the technology curve when you do that because now there's a new product out that offers new features. I would have a hard time telling someone to go out and get a converged solution. One, because, well, just because it's behind technology-wise. But if they work for a company that doesn't care about the latest and greatest features, and they just want stability, sure, go with a converged solution. But if you need the latest features, and you need to stay on the bleeding edge, I couldn't recommend the converged. I could recommend the blades probably. They probably want to look at Synergy and the newer product line but it's kind of funny that the converged system already seems to be legacy hardware even though it's still new.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    ITCS user
    Vice President Enterprise Data Management at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Video Review
    Vendor
    We needed the ability to load our large volume tables quicker in order to process and deliver insights.

    What is most valuable?

    Upon implementation, we found that its stability, performance, and speed, plus HP's on-demand support, were really important to us. Our organization is relatively new in this space, and we needed a process that involved hand-holding.

    We also found a scalability in the product of increasing economy, such that as our footprint increases, our cost goes down significantly.

    These were all important factors in our decision making.

    How has it helped my organization?

    For example, in healthcare data, there’s a large volume of data variety and velocity which requires processing as it impacts the care we deliver to our patients. We need to process and analyze easily terabytes of data and, at times, close to a petabyte.

    Previously, with a traditional extract transform load process, it would take us three hours to load our large volume tables. Now, it takes us about ten minutes on SAP HANA on a ConvergedSystem platform. The speed with which we can process and deliver insights is of value to us within the patient care model.

    What needs improvement?

    The issue with scalability is, at some point, the hardware infrastructure. Discussions involve your current array or rack, whether it must be completely removed, and whether you must bring in a new structure.

    With ConvergedSystem, we'd like to see just how portable and scalable HP can make it. Is it really just an add-on each time and not a complete redesign? HANA requires an upgrade as the number of units increases. We're hoping that HP can make scalability easier over time.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    This solution has been in use for well over a year and we have derived real performance and business benefits.

    What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

    We're contemplating a two-part upgrade. We must decide whether to move our data center to a private hybrid-cloud environment. From there, we'd assess scalability and see how quickly HP and SAP can create a scalable solution. For example, if we expand from 100 to 200 units, will processes take half as long or eight times as long? These are the types of differentiations we want to understand.

    We're now seeing the capabilities of HANA and customers around our ecosystem are very excited by the possibilities.

    We see continued expansion, but expansion with cost in mind. Affordability is going to be a key part of the equation and we’re interested in how ConvergedSystem platforms become affordable over time, not just as an incremental cost.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Stability for us is a three-part factor.

    First, with implementation, we ask, how smooth is the process? How meticulous and prepared is the implementer? Have they accounted for everything specific to our environment?

    Second factor is the post-implementation hand-off. How does the implementer transfer control such that our team is confident and comfortable with being able to take ownership of the environment?

    Finally, once implementation is complete and data is downloaded, are there periodic issues and how frequently must there by patches, upgrades, and maintenance?

    These are all components of stability and, for us, ConvergedSystem has been very reliable and stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We initially implemented a very small, 2-3 terabyte, 10-unit SAP HANA. Now, we’re going to scale to about 10 terabytes.

    During scaling, it’s very important to know if the implementation partner has accounted for scalability during the initial process.

    As we worked with HP, we found that they were very proactive about our scalability, how to construct the racks, and what kind of hardware peripherals you would need to ensure scalability.

    For us, adding a unit each time is elementary as we're able to deploy it quickly. Within 15 to 20 days, we can have a new unit up on the ConvergedSystem platform, which is incredible. We need not have lengthy, time-consuming hardware implementation processes.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Customer Service:

    Customer service is very important as you have constantly weigh your expansion needs with the right platform. It requires a constant engagement with the sales and technical teams and we have found the HP enterprise to be a great partner.

    Technical Support:

    It's important that when things go badly, the very first call to tech support gets us to the right resources to discover the root cause of the issue.

    That said, HP has been especially supportive on the ConvergedSystem platform. This differentiates them from SAP on the HANA side.

    HP tech support has always been available quickly and forthcoming with what they can do and how they can implement it.

    We evolved our support model over time, but I think even the basic support that you get has been really helpful and has met our expectations.

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

    We moved away from traditional data management and started focusing on big data ecosystems.

    As we evaluated big data ecosystems, we knew we wanted a hybrid approach, both an open source and an appliance-based architecture. And that drove us to look at HP and other solutions as part of that ecosystem.

    How was the initial setup?

    When we put together our strategy for data and the big data platforms, we included our infrastructure, technical services, and legal teams at the table. Because of that, everyone was aware of any required contractual issues or negotiations.

    We were able to get our SAP HANA implementation partnership with HP in under 45 days, from going with absolutely a blank slate to having it implemented in production.

    That’s a pretty incredible timeline when you think about it, in an organization that’s not conducive to accepting brand new technologies on the fly. We were able to do that and I think that is the key differentiator for us.

    In that sense, we have delivered value. We are now able to maximize the value.

    What about the implementation team?

    We also were able to get HP to own the project more as a project management aspect of implementation. Because they had come in with that approach, we were able to account for all the parts and create a responsibility matrix for each component. It was incredibly smooth for a brand new platform to be in.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    At that time, we were an HP preferred customer, so we looked at HP, Cisco, and other vendors. But then we decided that the more logical choice would be to integrate the solution into our data center, so we evaluated our preferred vendor options.

    In our evaluation, we discovered that Cisco was relatively brand new to the marketplace with their HANA integration. SAP, as a partner with HP, recommended HP to us as a solution.

    We found that HP had more integrated support and implementation teams so that we did not have to rely heavily on our own technical teams to learn and implement something new.

    We had a very nice relationship leveraging our technical expertise with HP’s SAP expertise, so we chose HP.

    What other advice do I have?

    Given that it’s a new system and technology, it was critical that we found a vendor with experience and a strategic partnership with SAP.

    Speedy implementation was very important for us because we were moving the paradigm. You can’t do a big data implementation and have it be slower than your traditional approach to data.

    We wanted to showcase speed and acceleration and quicker time-to-market and value. That was a very important differentiator for us.

    We also tried to understand the right business use cases in which ConvergedSystem is a differentiator. Prior to discussions about SAP HANA or big data, we asked ourselves, “What kind of capabilities is the organization interested in and is speed an important component of those capabilities?”

    If speed and access are two important components and the answer becomes a big data ecosystem, then you say, “What are the right platforms to bring in?”

    My advice to most organizations is, understand what your value propositions are, what your use cases are, where big data is a good enabler of those values, and then work from there, because that’s an easier business case to build. Rather than saying, “We just want to go from technology A to technology B.” People ask, “Why?” and you need to have the answer.

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    it_user251232
    Manager of Global Data Center SAP Operations Team at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Vendor
    For us, the most valuable features include: High Availability and the ability to add Serviceguard on top as a solution.

    What is most valuable?

    High Availability (HA) and the ability to add Serviceguard on top as a solution. HP offers the extra layer for failover.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Experience - HP has been doing it for a long time and they are not a new supplier. It’s a bit more expensive, but it’s safe. They have a lot more consultants trained on HANA already.

    Evaluating - we looked at the IOPS. It's very much integrated with SAP as opposed to other vendors. 3PAR is strong and their appliances are strong. We already use the blade solution.

    Migration - smooth and safe because we already know it.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see a full flash array added and the pricing improved, as HP is expensive.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA- It's currently in the proposal stage. We've already purchased licenses and we'll be implementing it within a year to a year and half.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's stable, which was the main reason I chose it. The CIO said that I was completely responsible for the solution and that I need to be comfortable with it.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Expensive, but scalable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    It could be better. Every company has tech support outsourced, which is frustrating.

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

    All of our SAP consultants realized that we need to go to with HANA. R3 is over and every one is doing a migration. It’s hard to move out of Oracle, but we feel we have no choice.

    How was the initial setup?

    We are currently getting proposals. Either directly from HP or a reseller. We want an end-to-end solution and migration help. Proposals from other vendors don’t even come close to HP.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Cisco, of whom we are a customer, Flexpod, Netapp, and Nutanix. They promise a lot but they are not yet ready.

    We chose HP for the expertise. Over the last four years we had a 99.9% uptime. Hard to leave something that is working so well to go to another vendor.

    What other advice do I have?

    Look for a full solution from end to end. You also want mission critical support. We also needed a vendor with a lot of experience with the product who can help us with the migration. It's hard to find the good ones.

    Be sure to dig deeper than hardware. Resellers take advantage of flash storage, but they don’t really have expertise. Nutanix has a great presentation and pricing, but don’t deliver.

    HP is on the right track and is the way to go.

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