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HPE Hyper Converged is #13 ranked solution in HCI Software. IT Central Station users give HPE Hyper Converged an average rating of 10 out of 10. HPE Hyper Converged is most commonly compared to VxRail:HPE Hyper Converged vs VxRail. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 27% of all views.
What is HPE Hyper Converged?

HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.

Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.

HPE Hyper Converged is also known as HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS.

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Alfousseynou Bomou
Engineer at Platform Technique
Real User
Top 20
Feature rich, but needs better management tools

What is our primary use case?

I have been working with HP products for more than ten years. My experience with this solution is on the customer's site.

What is most valuable?

The solution has many good features.

What needs improvement?

I think that OneView should be replaced by something else for the management.

How was the initial setup?

The deployment of this solution takes one or two days.

What about the implementation team?

I perform the hardware installation and configuration myself.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

What is our primary use case?

I have been working with HP products for more than ten years. My experience with this solution is on the customer's site.

What is most valuable?

The solution has many good features.

What needs improvement?

I think that OneView should be replaced by something else for the management.

How was the initial setup?

The deployment of this solution takes one or two days.

What about the implementation team?

I perform the hardware installation and configuration myself.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ZazaGabashvili
Information Security Officer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Fast deployment, secure, and easy to upgrade

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features of this solution are fast deployment, security, and it is easy to upgrade."
  • "Providing local technical support and improving the price are areas this service needs to consider improving."

What is our primary use case?

The deployment model of this solution was on-premises.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are fast deployment, security, and it is easy to upgrade.

What needs improvement?

Providing local technical support and improving the price are areas this service needs to consider improving.

In the next release, I would like to see more protection and more options.

In our organization, we can't buy expensive solutions, so if HPE could come out with a cheaper version, it would be great!

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Currently, there is no local technical support. 

HP technical support for HPE Hyper-Converged systems has a hotline available.

We did not have any issues. 

We do not have a site engineer, but our organization is considering have an on-site technician. We are no longer using this solution.

How was the initial setup?

Self Implementation is adequate for this solution.

When we buy something in our country, they require a backup of the configuration prior to the implementation. After that, if there are problems then you need support.

The implementation process is the Windows type.

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

There are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

What other advice do I have?

I am not currently using this solution but I do have some experience. In my previous job, we were using this solution.

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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AM
Solutions Architect at Ingram Micro Inc.
Real User
An excellent virtualization solution that's easy to implement and simple to scale

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the in-built backup system. The backup speed is also excellent."
  • "The solution can be improved on the management side. More management features should be added to future releases."

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the in-built backup system. The backup speed is also excellent.

What needs improvement?

The solution can be improved on the management side. More management features should be added to future releases.

The solution should have more in-depth manuals or user information. This would not only help us but also assist our customers.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. We haven't had any complaints. It's a very effective solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scaling the solution is simple. You simply need to add the resources, such as CPU or memory storage. It works like a cluster. If you have two nodes, then a third node can be added to the existing cluster.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not reached out to technical support as of yet, but so far, we haven't needed it.

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

Previously, we had what we called a traditional system, where you have a separate server, and storage, and a new backup system. All of this occupied almost three to four servers. This solution now covers all of our requirements in one. Our previous infrastructure was also almost all physical infrastructure. There was no virtualization. Now, we're almost 100% virtual in our infrastructure.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very simple. Any system engineer who has experience in VMware will find it very user-friendly. Deployment took about a week. Apart from the hardware, we had to install two types of hypervisors, and then we handled the virtual machines and the backup. For deployment, we had five engineers.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the implementation ourselves.

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

For us, there are no extra costs above the standard licensing fees.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises deployment model.

If you're looking for virtualization solutions, this is a very good product. If you're an organization that does not need virtualization or has some applications that cannot use it, you should look into other solutions, such as HP Synergy. That's an enterprise-level product, however. It's not suitable for SMBs.

I would rate the solution nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
AD
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Excellent hyper-convergence capabilities with good stability and scalability

Pros and Cons

  • "Hyper-convergence is the most valuable aspect of the solution. We can avoid downtime when there's maintenance or updates needed. Also, we have homogenous hardware, so we have a lot of trust in the solution's reliability."
  • "The solution would be better served if it integrated with other solutions better."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for internal applications.

What is most valuable?

Hyper-convergence is the most valuable aspect of the solution. We can avoid downtime when there's maintenance or updates needed. Also, we have homogenous hardware, so we have a lot of trust in the solution's reliability.

What needs improvement?

The pricing could be improved. It's quite an expensive solution.

The solution would be better served if it integrated with other solutions better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution isn't bad. It's a good product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate technical support seven out of ten. Sometimes we have had some delays in receiving parts or resolving issues. 

How was the initial setup?

By the time I had started working with my employer, the solution was already set up, so I can't speak to how easy or difficult it was to implement.

What about the implementation team?

Our technical team deployed the solution. It takes about four or five people to deploy and maintain it.

What other advice do I have?

I use the on-premises deployment model.

HP has more experience making hyper-converge conversions, so they're easy to manage, and there are a lot of products that are compatible with it. Whether or not it would work for others depends on their environment. The solution would work best for businesses that are small to medium in size. I'm not sure how well it would work in a large environment.  

I would recommend the product to others. I would rate it eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
WZ
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Saves us time but it is too expensive to scale

Pros and Cons

  • "What I really like about this program, is that it needs little space and it works really fast, so it saves us time."
  • "The solution is not very stable."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is to keep all our data storage in one solution. 

What is most valuable?

What I really like about this program, is that it needs little space and it works really fast, so it saves us time. 

What needs improvement?

I would really like to see an improvement in the stability. We've experienced a few issues with the stability, because HP brings out a new version every month, and that's very complicated. For instance, we see firmware from the host, vSphere itself, and then there are many steps you have to do in a very short time. I would prefer fewer updates because we as customers, who don't have IT experience, aren't familiar with these steps and it is really difficult for us.

In the next version, I would like to see an easier upgrade procedure that doesn't take much time and that is easier to understand. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about one year now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is not very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I believe the solution is scalable, but the license gets more expensive if you add more users. And then you also need more hardware from HP when you scale. You need the license from vSphere, from VMware, and then it costs a lot. That makes us wonder if it is really the best solution for us. I, therefore, think it is just too expensive to scale. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I am not very impressed by the technical support. The problem is that HP came out years ago and it was independent. But then HP bought out DVT so we had to learn how to work on the new equipment and how it works. That was not easy and the support was medium. You have to do it a lot for yourself.

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

The solution is expensive - not only the hardware costs but server costs too. And the more you scale, the more expensive it gets. 

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others would be to clearly know what you want. Do you want more disk space? More storage? What is your goal with this program? In a hyper-converged environment you have many applications that need more storage and then it gets expensive. Also if you want to scale and if you have to do backups and make snapshots. If you need regular storage, you simply use a disc in and it's easier. 

I rate this solution a five or six out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
Alessandro Pregliasco
System Specialist at Techedge
Real User
High quality solution for hybrid cloud orchestration with quick and easy hardware scalability

Pros and Cons

  • "The HPE Hyper Converged solution is used in a hybrid cloud configuration. We assess the disk space and partition additional capacity."
  • "Some improvement is required in the availability of the data and performance. The solution is too expensive for our customers. The pricing should be lower."

What is our primary use case?

In this particular case, the HPE Hyper Converged solution is used in a hybrid cloud configuration. We assess the disk space and partition additional capacity. 

The performance is good compared to the cost of the solution. I offer it to my customers. If we propose a solution, we must ensure that the platform quality is very high. Also, the cost of the solution is important.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm not using the solution in my data center but for customer systems integration. The solution is not installed in my data center. We use it in customer offices.

We install and configure the HPE Hyper Converged device for our customers. They shared with us that they had a positive experience using it in production.

In my company, there are more than 2,000 users. This does not include our clients. The initial deployment of HPE Hyper Converged is a dimension that is going to be here in the future.

We value the ability it offers to create a fault-tolerant site. At the moment, the solution permits us to use a default domain but is not supportive of many simultaneous customers. HPE offers many enterprise solutions for our business clients.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of the HPE Hyper Converged (standard version) are deduplication and compression. We need more of these features on the platform.

What needs improvement?

Some improvement is required in the availability of the data and performance. The solution is too expensive for our customers. The pricing should be lower. HPE Hyper Converged is more expensive than traditional solutions without HCI, but our customers are impressed with the overall features of this product.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE Hyper Converged for six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. I've executed a lot faster. The system responded very well. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We require scalability for accomplishing financial requirements in customer accounts, as well as for augmented media and resources. HPE Hyper Converged is very scalable.

I can expand the space on the disk simply. If the need for computational capacity increases, I can add a new server and increase the amount of RAM and CPU. 

I can increase the RAM and CPU allocations without disruption of business operations for the customers in just a few simple steps.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of HPE Hyper Converged is straightforward. It is simple. I prepared for it very well. I didn't have any problems or issues during the setup phase.

What about the implementation team?

We did not use an integrator or reseller for the deployment. We installed it ourselves.

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

The price of HPE Hyper Converged is too high if I compare the product with a traditional solution or an alternative like SimpliVity. 

I have to pay the licensing for the CPU on top of the software and device costs.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate HPE Hyper Converged an eight.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
Zeljko Radjen
Data Centre Solution Department director at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Excellent data protection features and is easy to add additional load

Pros and Cons

  • "I've found the data protection features the most valuable."
  • "The price can be improved. We would like to see support for some open source virtualization technology like for example KVM."

How has it helped my organization?

So far the solution has simplified the usage.

What is most valuable?

I've found the data protection features the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

The price can be improved. We would like to see support for some open source virtualization technology like for example KVM.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for 9-10 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is very good. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, a lot has been done so it's quite easy to add additional load. Since it is only a testing system, there is a relatively small number of people using the solution right now. Less than 10 people are using it.

How are customer service and technical support?

In general, HP has good technical support. There are local teams here, and usually, the first level is done by contacting them. HP is not directly present. They changed their model, and a new company, that they selected, represents them here.

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

We did previously use another solution, but we felt it was time to try something else.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was quite easy.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented with the help of HP.

What other advice do I have?

I would say that this solution is good depending on your needs and on budget. It's a good solution. Compared to the previous solution we used, it may not be vas good. But generally speaking, it's okay. I cannot say anything bad. It's only very small differences.

I would rate this solution eight out of 10. I would still like to see some other hypervisors available as an option to be used on the system - like KVM or Microsoft Hyper-V.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
Hatim Ali
System Administrator at IMC
Real User
Good data application and data recovery but is a bit expensive

Pros and Cons

  • "If you were comparing this solution to VMware, it has more features, and it's very fast on the recovery."
  • "One problem I've had is that I was trying to do a move and it was not working. I was given an error and a message asking me to shut down the machine first and then move it to another host."

What is most valuable?

If you were comparing this solution to VMware, it has more features, and it's very fast on the recovery.

What needs improvement?

One problem I've had is that I was trying to do a move and it was not working. I was given an error and a message asking me to shut down the machine first and then move it to another host. While in the normal VM, we just used the existing viable machine and moved it to another host without an issue.

As this product is new to me, I need to do a bit more training to see what it offers.

It is an expensive solution, however. If they could adjust the pricing, that would be helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is so nice. We like it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. Right now we are deploying our production environment and our plan is to do the same in the DR environment also. We plan on increasing usage in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been fine so far. We have only been using the solution for the last two or three months, so it's hard to answer this question because we are new.

How was the initial setup?

As far as I know, we did not do the installation, it was done with another company.

What about the implementation team?

We were working with a vendor for HPE and they did all of the installations for us. 

What other advice do I have?

The solution is easy to use and the data application and data recovery so far are better and faster than the competition. Many other features are really great.

I would rate it a seven out of 10. We like Hyper Converged HPE, but there's definitely a lot of unfamiliar features that I cannot comment much about until I've experienced them. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
BartHeungens
Hybrid Infrastructure Solution Architect at Bitcon
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Resilient datacenter virtualization with good duplication and compression

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are resiliency and data protection."
  • "A software-only version of the solution, without the hardware, would be nice."

What is our primary use case?

Our main use of the HPE Hyper Converged is for datacenter consolidation.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ease of use, resiliency of solution and data protection.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more flexibility in the offered configurations.

For instance a software-only version of the solution, without the hardware, would be nice. This would give me the opportunity to use existing hardware in my datacenter and run the Simplivity software on top of that giving me access to all nice features of the Data Virtualization Platform of Simplivity.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I haven't had any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It fulfills all my needs. All the things I need to scale everything up is possible with the solution. It depends of course on how many users have already used it. I have no plans to increase, but the solution allows for growth. I just don't actually use it today.

How are customer service and technical support?

So far, the support has been really good.

Adding InfoSight to Simplivity will make support even better with its AI engine.

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

I used the previous generation of HPE hyper converged, which was based on VSA technology. We switched because the VSA was going to end of support and I need a solution that is supported by the manufacturers.

How was the initial setup?

It was really straightforward. The deployment took in total somewhere around two hours.

What about the implementation team?

I did the deployment by myself.

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

When I look at the TCO of this solution is this much better compared to my old traditional environment

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I watched to vSAN and Storage Spaces, but found some limitations that I did not see in the HPE solution.

What other advice do I have?

The assessment of the current configuration is the most important to make a good sizing of the new solution because it does good duplication and compression, but it's really hard to select the correct product sizing.

I would rate this solution as nine out of ten because ten is perfect and there is nothing on the market that is perfect.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
MC
Development and IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Performance is robust, but Dell EMC VxRail is easier to implement

Pros and Cons

  • "Our storage and IT are now at an enterprise level with all the necessary controls and restrictions being enacted."
  • "The storage efficiency is weak and needs to be improved."

What is our primary use case?

HPE Hyper Converged handles all the network setup for my servers and data.

My experience is in SMBs.

How has it helped my organization?

Before we bought the HPE Hyper Converged servers, we had scattered systems and servers. Our data was scattered. When the solution came into place, we were able to connect all our data and organize it in one place. Now, our storage and IT are at an enterprise level with all the necessary controls and restrictions being enacted.

We will also be using the HPE Hyper Converged solution for simulations going forward once we install SAP.

What is most valuable?

The performance is robust for HPE Hyper Converged. We have been underutilizing the storage. Though, we have almost consumed 70 percent of the storage, and I can access my data whenever I want without searching all over the place for it.

In comparison, the VxRail is better in resource utilization and performance. It is also faster. It automatically will detect anything and configure anything. Learning VxRail is easier, as everything is native and linked together.

What needs improvement?

The storage efficiency is weak and needs to be improved. However, I do not think HPE is planning to improve it at this time. They will probably look to EOL it, because HPE SimpliVity has resolved this issue, but at a higher price tag.

To resolve this issue with HPE Hyper Converged, I will buy a backup appliance, then I will shift my data which I am not using often to a backup appliance. This will be offline data and solve my issues.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a stable solution because combined with VMware, which is always stable. It is very robust. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

HPE Hyper Converged supports up to 60 nodes. It is scalable, but we have to use the HPE OneView solution and have it to pass through vCenter. This consumes 10 cores of CPUs, which compromises performance.

Dell EMC VxRail supports up to 32 nodes, but is more futuristic and easier to scale. If you want to scale up, you just plug the nodes, then the cluster will detect the new node and configure it.

How is customer service and technical support?

With Dell EMC, they own everything and create one solution altogether. They design it in the way where they know the weaknesses of every solution that they have. 

This is much better than HPE. For example, I remember during the last storage issue that I had. HPE technical guys weren't able to support it, so I had to go back to VMware. This creates a loop or weakness. 

When you buy from Dell EMC directly, you receive that one point of contact for service and support.

How was the initial setup?

The implementation took almost two days for us, even though HPE told us that it would take two hours.

When comparing VxRail vs HPE Hyper Converged, VxRail is easier to implement. You just initiate the start, then it automatically starts the configuration. It detects the nodes and everything else. Everything which is connected to the data center is set up within two to three hours (maximum). While I haven't done the set up, I have seen it done.

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

Pricing with Dell EMC is double the price which I paid for HPE. However, in the end, Dell EMC is double in performance. This is not an apple to apple comparison though, as I have a four node from Dell EMC and a three node.

I don't feel VxRail is that expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The competitors in the market are HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, and Nutanix. All these solutions are extremely pricey. 

I feel VxRail is one of the best solutions you might ever have because of the protection it offers. 

SimpliVity is good, and it's reliable. It supports one node.

HP 380 is not up to the level of VMware products. They have more features, such as duplication or compression. 

What other advice do I have?

My entire environment is actualized in VMware.

Before choosing a product, think why you are buying, the reason, and what you are looking to get from it. If you have too much data or you want to store data, seeking a hyperconverged storage will be costly. It will not be efficient for you. You should look into alternative storage solutions and ways of implementation before buying a hyperconverged solution. Make sure you are actually need those features.

The future is in hyperconverged solutions. They are much easier to manage and run. They are flawless. You can just log into VMware and have everything in front of you. However, it's costly compared to a traditional setup. 

A company should look at the data protection features, because in the end, the most valuable asset in any organization is its data. It should be protected as much as possible. Consider the way it works, with its space saving and space efficiency. Those are the key factors you should look at before deciding on a solution.

I would rate HPE Hyper Converged as seven out of ten.

I would rate VxRail as a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MC
Development and IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
A very robust solution, which is easy to manage. It has increased our operational efficiency.

Pros and Cons

  • "The HA, which means I have a copy of the VMs always available, and the moment a VM is down, the system tries to power it on again."
  • "Data protection and optimization: It is really weak. They do not offer deduplication or compression."

How has it helped my organization?

Before deploying the product, we did not have any enterprise IT infrastructure. Now, with the HC380 deployment, we succeeded in building all the required servers, organizing the data and protecting it, which has increased our operational efficiency and level. 

Now, we have flexibility thanks to HPE HC380 and VMware.

What is most valuable?

  1. The ease of use and management. 
  2. The speed: It is extremely fast. 
  3. The price per value compared to other solutions, like Nutanix and SimpliVity. (We made the deal before approval of HPE SimpliVity deal). 
  4. The HA, which means I have a copy of the VMs always available, and the moment a VM is down, the system tries to power it on again. 

The drawback: I do not have deduplication, compression, and DR features, which were later addressed through HPE SimpliVity acquisition.

What needs improvement?

Data protection and optimization: It is really weak. They do not offer deduplication or compression. Also, we do not have a real backup solution. It is just snapshots, which is forcing us to do automatic backups of the extremely important data on different servers. Thus, if I can have a deal with HPE to have an upgrade to SimpliVity with our current agreement, it would work well. We are in negotiations and we hope to reach happy ending soon.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not yet at all. It is very stable and robust. The only problem HC380 has is the data backup and management (deduplication, compression, and WAN optimization).

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not faced this as we have not scaled up yet. We might scale up as we are planning to implement SAP S/4HANA.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have proactive support from HPE. Their support is really good and the moment you need them, you can find them.

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

Not at all. Previously, we did not have a hyper-converged solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup took almost two days as we were the first to implement this solution in the region and none of the team had experience, although they were trained. They were always in contact with HPE support.

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

HPE pricing is good. It was much cheaper than their competitors. It does not have any hidden costs as the other competitors. I just have to pay for the support after my three year support contract finishes.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, Nutanix and SimpliVity. 

Nutanix pricing was slightly more expensive. After three years, I have to pay support three times more than what I will pay for HPE. 

For SimpliVity, buying two servers of SimpliVity would cost me twice as much as buying three servers of HPE HC380 at that time of purchase. Now, the gap has been reduced, that is why I am in discussions with them.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very robust solution and easy to manage. If you do not have the budget limitation constraints, my advice is to go for HPE SimpliVity as it is the most complete solution until now, if I am not mistaken.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user283578
Director of IT Systems at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
The most valuable feature was its time to delivery.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature was its time to delivery."
  • "We've had to do a power cycle to bring it all the way down, bring it back up for power outages, A/C shut-downs of our DC office, but it hasn't presented a problem."

How has it helped my organization?

We had four ESX hosts and a big storage rack. We needed to replace it really quickly. It's all VMware stuff and it involved moving it over. The unit came in. Our lead architect spent an hour with it, figured out a couple IP addresses that it needed to have, and it was up and running in four hours. He was able to migrate all the workloads off the old equipment in three days. From the time it came into the building, it took three days. Everything was moved over.

He was moving things slowly at first, moving non-critical things during the day. Then once we saw it was non-impact, he just moved the rest of it. That old equipment was ready to go just like that. This is a C250, which doesn't have the back up and all the extra features that SimpliVity has, but if they're delivering that kind of functionality in the same way that they delivered the C250, then that'd be great.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature was its time to delivery.

What needs improvement?

I'm guessing that the next release will be the SimpliVity stack. I don't know. It seems like they've got a lot of features packed in there. There's nothing that comes to mind in terms of improvement. It has worked pretty well. We've had to do a power cycle to bring it all the way down, bring it back up for power outages, A/C shut-downs of our DC office, but it hasn't presented a problem.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is really good. I guess there's not much else to say. We've been running it for a year and a half. We bought it near the beginning of its offering to meet a specific challenge. We were a little bit nervous at first. We looked at Nutanix. We looked at some other hyper-converged units. We saw the HPE offering as a value proposition for us. It's worked out pretty well. We have decided to set that as a standard for our remote and branch offices. In fact, we just ordered another one for our San Francisco office to replace their equipment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is a question that we have. We only have four node units and we were wondering if it makes sense. Where's the inflection point here? Will we actually implement that in our data center? Do we want a standard composable system, or would we do a bunch of nodes? At this point, we have a bunch of SimpliVity nodes versus blades plus Nimble Storage.

That's a decision that we're going to be looking at in the next two years. I'm very interested to see testimonies of how it scales. I just came from the Red Bull presentation, and it looks like they had a similar amount of VMs and storage, and they moved everything to six nodes of SimpliVity. That's very encouraging.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven’t needed to use technical support.

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

We decided on HPE because it was at the right price point. There's a certain brand confidence that we had with it. All of our other equipment worked with HPE. We had a good a good partner and it was at the right price point.

We knew it was time to look for a new product because we were doing a renovation in our DC office, which is our main office. We were moving a large amount of equipment to a new co-location in Ashburn, which is outside of Washington, DC. We still needed to maintain a significant amount of compute and storage on premises. As part of the renovation, we were losing our 400-square-foot computer room, and it was going down to maybe 150 square feet. We had to significantly reduce our rack space. In essence, we had to reduce two and a half racks down to two. That was one of the drivers. We wanted to reduce the amount of power, the number of UPS units, and the cooling. This solution hit all of those targets.

When I first went to get the product, it was a little bit of sticking my neck out, taking a little bit of a risk. For someone who's very risk-averse, that was my first step out. Looking back after a year and a half, I really think that it was the right decision.

It has made my job easier. As we're thinking about San Francisco, we had a month to try to figure out, "How are we going to move all this equipment?" We decided, let's get a new hyper-converged unit and move everything over. Then we'll leave the old equipment. We don't need to pay for the transportation costs of that old equipment. We can decommission it and send it back early, because it was on lease.

How was the initial setup?

I was not directly involved in the initial setup, but I was watching it. He finished it an hour or two. From what he said, it was pretty straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Nutanix. We looked at some other hyper-converged units.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you order the right connectors to connect to your existing storage to move everything. Make sure that you have that inter-connect to move all your data off of your old legacy equipment.

I just know that it works. If you find a good partner that gives you a PoC unit, I'm sure that they'll find that it's quick to get up and running.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user683277
Consultant at Hexagon Safety and Infrastructure
Vendor
The infrastructure provides a simple to grow and easy to configure platform.

Pros and Cons

  • "We like the fact that the hyper-converged infrastructure provides a simple to grow, easy to configure platform."
  • "The software version on the HC380s we are using is version 1. It does not support spanned vCenter which we use since we have multiple sites."

How has it helped my organization?

It's easier to maintain. We think it offers performance benefits and easier use.

What is most valuable?

We like the fact that the hyper-converged infrastructure provides a simple to grow, easy to configure platform. It meets our needs now, but if there's growth later, it's easy to add on another node or two.

You don't have to go out and get more servers and get additional pieces of the SAN. It's one box that has its own warranty, so it's not mixing. With the SAN, you'd get additional drives, but they'd have a warranty that started and ended separate from the original SAN. It got complicated. This makes all of that process easier.

What needs improvement?

From the release that we have, we'd like to see better integration with vCenter and OneView. I believe the vCenter integration is available in an update that was released earlier this year. We have not applied it yet. It is complex to set up and it is not something you would really want to have to do yourself.

The software version on the HC380s we are using is version 1. It does not support spanned vCenter which we use since we have multiple sites. I heard that the version 2 of the software handles that better.

We are working with HPE to get the software updated to the new version.

Our implementation involved two separate clusters at two different locations. We wanted to be able to manage the two clusters from a peered vcenter instance so we could have 2 independent clusters but one management point. The version of software and OneView that were available at the time of installation did not support peered vCenters.

So better integration will all of the features supported by vCenter. There might be another option it was not discussed at the time of the install if there was or is.



What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues with the stability. We're still in a pre-production phase and there was a drive fail in the first couple months. That's not uncommon for the initial stages. We haven't any other issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't scaled it, but that's one of the reasons why we chose it, because of the fact that it is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We used technical support for the drive. They were very good.

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

We've been looking for something that was easily scalable and would meet our needs for our VMware platform. When we came across this solution, it fit those needs. When selecting a vendor, we look for reputation.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was a little bit complex. There were a lot of things to do with the USB drive to reload the images and then build it up. If it didn't build in a particular order, then that node has to be reloaded and you start all over again. They were also fairly new at the time, so hopefully it's gotten easier since then.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Simplivity and Nutanix. Simplivity was really our vendor of choice, but the price point was a little high and they didn't have the longevity that we were looking for in a vendor. If we were to do this again today, we probably choose Simplivity, because they were acquired by HPE.

What other advice do I have?

They should talk with their HPE rep and see about either getting a demo or having a technical conversation about that. It's worth the time.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user683301
Team Leader Infrastructure Team at Entel
Vendor
The provisioning is fast.

Pros and Cons

  • "The provisioning is very fast. It’s not a problem for us to achieve the goals of the client."
  • "I would like to see a more intuitive, user-friendly UI."

How has it helped my organization?

The time to deploy is very fast.

What is most valuable?

The provisioning is very fast. It’s not a problem for us to achieve the goals of the client.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a more intuitive, user-friendly UI.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable 95% of the time, and the rest is due to human error.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't developed a scalability platform yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 10/10. We call for typical issues. Even for those of us who have taken the courses and are certified, we sometimes have issues that we need help with.

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

We knew we had to invest in a new solution because we needed more stability and faster connections. We didn’t have a solution previous to this one. In my country, we don't have many choices to select companies to provide us with hardware. HPE is in my country. We also had Dell, but we don't trust Dell. We had so many issues with Dell. So now it's all HPE.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was very complex.

What other advice do I have?

Take a course first, even if you are an engineer. At least take a course for the administration of this product. This can be very complex to use.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Bart Heungens
Owner and CEO at Bitcon
Reseller
Leaderboard
Integrated software and hardware solution that is straightforward to set up and is flexible.

Pros and Cons

    • "I would like to see improvement in the hardware underneath it. Currently, it's a Gen9 DL380. One day, there will be a Gen10 DL380 and maybe they will have bigger or smaller sizes."

    What is most valuable?

    For HPE Hyper Converged 380, the added value is not having to buy multiple elements – servers, hard disks, memories, CPU, cables, and software – because you have to unpack it, install it, and update the firmware. You have to do it all by yourself.

    With this solution, I buy everything together, pre-packaged, pre-installed, and in just 15 minutes, it's installed. It just asks a few questions about IP address and user passwords, and everything is installed. You don't need to have experts in servers, storage, and networking because an IT generalist can do the installation. That's why it's good in remote sites, remote offices, lines of business, and deployments. That is the real added value of this solution.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see improvement in the hardware underneath it. Currently, it's a Gen9 DL380. One day, there will be a Gen10 DL380 and maybe they will have bigger or smaller sizes.

    The HE380 is already a good step forward with the first product, which was the CS250, which was really cool. It was just a 2U box (chassis). It had a lot of performance in there, but not that much flexibility on the storage and VDI side.

    HPE CS380 is really spot on. It is the right answer from HPE to give you more flexibility. The next thing will be newer, faster hardware, more flexibility, and more options to get even more flexibility.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This solution is a DL380 server which is already the best-selling server in the last 20 years in the world. It is proven technology, so I'm quite confident that the technology and the hardware are proven. It is good. It is rock solid.

    How is customer service and technical support?

    I've been in IT a long time, so I realize that by attending conferences, such as a recent one, it’s not just for the announcements. For me, it's more of a networking thing, shaking hands, and getting to know people. At these events, you can meet the developers and the product managers. It opens up doors so you can become more independent of that one phone number. It’s quite important knowing people.

    If you do the networking, you feel that the service you get is top notch.
    You get even more service. It makes it easier to get to the second and third line of support because you know what you're talking about. You get more information than just the marketing fluff. I know what it's about because I'm able to communicate directly with the hardware and software guys and the product managers.

    How was the initial setup?

    One of my things I do in my company is publish a technology blog which is quite technical for the type of audience that I have. There is there an article in the blog about how to install this solution in 15 minutes. My nine-year-old daughter can do it.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    In my pre-sales role, I see other customers looking at competitive solutions, be it Intel, EMC, or Nutanix. They all have some strengths.

    The Nutanix solution is cool, because it's simple. But it's software and I'm not convinced about any of the hardware underneath it. Some people say, "Yeah, the hardware's not important." However, I have some real-life scenarios, cases with customers, in which it was proven that they had the software, they had the hardware, but they had a hardware issue and the software screwed up.

    I prefer to go for the HPE solution. This is not because Nutanix is bad, but they are just a software company, independent of the hardware. I feel more confident with HPE because I know they build the hardware and the software. If I have a problem, I can contact one person with one phone number and I can make contact. I know the hardware guy and I know the software guy.

    With Nutanix, for instance, this is not the case. They also say, "we have one phone number," but if they have a problem with the rate controller in their server, they have to call Dell or Lenovo. They have to escalate the case. They are not going to be able to solve my problem. They are going to escalate it.

    I'm with HPE. I know that HPE will solve my problem directly.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
    it_user568050
    IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Storage becomes one logical unit attached to the server.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The scalability of this tool is very good. You can basically add more storage and seamlessly expand the current storage that you have."
    • "I would like to see more deduplication."

    How has it helped my organization?

    It helped our business continuity. For example, if you have a failed disk or you have some errors, the system keeps running and you have time to fix it. The HPE computer center is notified automatically and they help us fix the problems.

    What is most valuable?

    The solution is integrated in a Hyper Converged unit. We don't really use this tool, but it manages our storage for us so that it becomes one logical unit that you can attach to the server.

    What needs improvement?

    Because it's so well integrated, you can't get away from it. You can't replace one part without the whole tool going down.

    I would like to see more deduplication. This is incredibly important, because if you have five sets of the same piece of data, it is stored five times. We only want it stored once to save space.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a very stable tool. However, if you run out of space, the warnings are not very clear. Our administrators don't know that it ran of space and then the whole system is locked up. This is pretty annoying.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability of this tool is very good. You can basically add more storage and seamlessly expand the current storage that you have.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We have used technical support. When we had downtime, we called technical support to help us troubleshoot the problem. It took us a very long time to get connected to them. We had different numbers on the website, and some of the numbers were wrong. You have different websites with different numbers and it's very difficult to get through to them. It took us about half an hour to deal with a P1 priority system that was down. Once we got in, it was perfect. But it took us a while to get in.

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

    Previous to this solution, we were using normal blade servers. However, we wanted one unit where you can upgrade all of the OS and the firmware in one shot. We don't want to upgrade all the different pieces separately.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Our short list of alternatives was IBM and HPE. We don't use anybody else besides HPE for our data center. We don't use Dell. We have ordered all our stuff from HPE, so this solution was the logical choice.

    What other advice do I have?

    You can build similar solutions by just using regular servers and then using 3PAR Storage. You can create the same kind of continuity and reliability so you don't have one unit that is enclosed.

    When choosing a vendor, I look for reliability, continuity, and price.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    it_user567939
    PreSales Specialist at ITF Svensk IT Funktion AB
    Consultant
    It's easy to manage, works over different locations, and is easy to provision.

    What is most valuable?

    The customers we have think it's a valuable product because of its ease of management, and its ability to work over different locations, and so on. The ease of management helps our customers’ business because they don't need to do so much with it. It just works. It's easy to provision, and so on.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see price points when there are larger solutions. If we have a solution where we’re going up against a couple hundreds of TBs, the price point is often too high.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is a very stable solution, absolutely. When you're doing network RAID and so on, it's very stable because if one node goes down, it's still protected.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is very scalable. You can scale up from two nodes to almost infinite nodes.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is not difficult at all to deploy. You just plug and play, sort of. It's not very consultant-friendly.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Our customers would be looking at the top competitors like EMC and Dell. They chose StoreVisual because it’s a better product. I don't know much about the others. I only work with HPE.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
    it_user485943
    AVP Software Development at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees
    Vendor
    I like the fact that it's taken us from approximately 23 servers down to three ProLiant servers.

    Pros and Cons

    • "Ease of management, as I come from a software background, and I'm responsible for IT overall. I can get in there and turn some nuts and bolts and make things happen without any trouble."

      How has it helped my organization?

      The flexibility, scalability, reliability, and all the various abilities. Those are really the key elements to it.

      What is most valuable?

      Flexibility, it can spin up new server to meet business needs at will. I don't have to worry about buying a new box, provisioning it, all the issues that go along with that. I like the fact that it's taken us from approximately 23 servers down to three ProLiant servers running the StoreVirtual VSA. We have had a big reduction in our electricity consumption, the cooling requirements for our server room dropped dramatically and the reliability has been fantastic with it.

      Ease of management, as I come from a software background, and I'm responsible for IT overall. I can get in there and turn some nuts and bolts and make things happen without any trouble and they've done a really nice job putting that all together. I'm very happy with it overall.

      What needs improvement?

      It could be cheaper, everything could be cheaper.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      Excellent, I can't think of one instance where we've had downtime. It's been just outstanding all around.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We've had to add virtual machines to fulfill different server needs. Other than that we haven't had to do much since we implemented last summer. Last July is when we went live with this solution. That would be the key thing that we've been able to do with it.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      I've only contacted them once when we had an issue. It was our issue, as the managers of the system, we had a space provisioning issue that we had to reach out to HPE to get assistance with. I wasn't actually on the phone with them. Our vendor, who provided this system, was interacting with HPE support but as far as I know it went very well.

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

      We had two eight foot tall racks stuffed full of servers that were connected together in various ways.

      What about the implementation team?

      I was in charge of hiring the people that did the setup. We had an outside vendor come in and do the installation for us and the setup seemed to go extremely smoothly. Probably out of the 23 bare metal boxes we virtualized 18 of them or something, 16 or 18 of them and that all went exactly as expected. Very few hiccups during that project.

      What other advice do I have?

      For us, once our vendor explained this option we knew it was right for what we wanted to do. We're a marketing company and we need to change and react quickly and respond to business ideas very quickly. This virtual environment really is responsive to that. I don't see a downside to it from anybody else's point of view. I would recommend it to just about anybody who was considering it.

      Our biggest considerations were how big we were going to go with it so we would end up with three ProLiants, but we need four. What's the storage capacity? What percentage of it is SSD as opposed to hard disks and those kinds of things. That is, for us, where we really had to scratch our heads and think very carefully about that to get the most out of our dollar for that and then how we would budget in the future. When you're putting it together, if you're on a tight budget, we're a small company so we had a pretty tight budget, we were able to do it in such a way to provision it pretty lightly, without a lot of headroom, knowing that in the future the scalability and flexibility of the system will really allow you to add and expand later with very little pain.

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