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KK
General Manager / CTO with 201-500 employees
Real User
A reliable and stable solution with easy installation and good tech support

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup was straightforward."
  • "I wish to see an improved compute node selection, to allow us to select something other than merely the two socket system."

What is our primary use case?

We are using the latest update. 

Our main use case involves the applying of core applications. 

What is most valuable?

Most valuable features include the data resiliency, backup and ability to capture full VM without the need for additional software, as well as the transfer from Side A to Side B, at a lower bandwidth.

What needs improvement?

When it comes to upgrading and additional features, it would be nice if the solution had the ability to fully archive data in an external storage solution other than HPE Simplivity. 

I wish to see an improved compute node selection, to allow us to select something other than merely the two socket system. It can go through four sockets, such as the DL580.

I would like to see the ability to do the integration between HCI and dHCI. I understand that there is a roadmap for these, but I have yet to see the release. Hopefully, this will occur soon. 

Other than this, so far so good. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE Simplivity for five years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The overall stability and performance is good. We find it to be simple. 

From a technical standpoint, we would say that the product is reliable. As of now, we have experienced only one hard drive failure. The solution is quite stable and we have not experienced issues in this regard. Considering the time we run, we have had zero downtime. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable, although one occasionally will wish to have a four socket processor. As we do not possess this, we have had multiple systems running.

How are customer service and support?

We have occasionally contacted technical support concerning the update or when problems arise. We arrange the support. Mostly, problems happen during the hardware failure as the result of normal wear and tear.

The support has been okay thus far. For the last couple of years, so far so good, without problems, although the transition from Simplivity to HP did involve a big hiccup. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the installation entirely on our own.

The solution only requires normal basic housekeeping, such as with data retention time. 

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

The price is comparatively okay. The solution is affordable and quite reasonably priced in terms of the product one gets. 

The licensing cost is all inclusive. 

What other advice do I have?

There are around 100 people in my company working with the solution. 

The solution simplifies IT life. In terms of resources such as OT and data backup, one can save a lot in cost. Around the clock one need not worry about having comprehensive backup. The entire system remains up and running during office hours and there is no need to wait for anything. Overall, one is assured that all the data is backed up and can be restored. Prior to running HCL, we had to do testing, much more planning and sometimes remain overnight beyond office hours. Nobody wishes to do this nowadays. 

All is good with the solution. 

As we are satisfied with HPE Simplivity so far, I rate it as a nine out of ten. 

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Kimsin Phan
Manager, IT and Production at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
A stable and scalable solution with good disaster recovery performance and useful backup feature

Pros and Cons

  • "The feature that I like the most is the backup feature embedded inside the HPE SimpliVity. When we have any activity, within five minutes, we have a backup. It also has PDR for performing disaster recovery."
  • "We had some hardware compatibility issues with the earlier versions of HPE SimpliVity. We upgraded to the latest version a few months ago, and since then, there is no hardware failure, and it is better. They don't provide a portal to create a ticket directly for the HPE SimpliVity. We have a web portal to create a ticket when we have an issue, but for HPE SimpliVity, we need to call the local vendor for support. If they are not able to resolve the issue, they contact the global support, which takes more time. Technology is moving very fast, and everybody nowadays is focusing on the cloud base. In the future, they should integrate it with the cloud base for the backup."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for our production system. We have many production systems.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us a lot. HPE SimpliVity reduces the administrative tasks for the system admin. It doesn't require many people for support. One or two guys are enough.

What is most valuable?

The feature that I like the most is the backup feature embedded inside the HPE SimpliVity. When we have any activity, within five minutes, we have a backup. It also has PDR for performing disaster recovery.

What needs improvement?

We had some hardware compatibility issues with the earlier versions of HPE SimpliVity. We upgraded to the latest version a few months ago, and since then, there is no hardware failure, and it is better.

They don't provide a portal to create a ticket directly for the HPE SimpliVity. We have a web portal to create a ticket when we have an issue, but for HPE SimpliVity, we need to call the local vendor for support. If they are not able to resolve the issue, they contact the global support, which takes more time.

Technology is moving very fast, and everybody nowadays is focusing on the cloud base. In the future, they should integrate it with the cloud base for the backup.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has good stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is easy to scale. We have more than 2,000 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We contact a local vendor for support. If they are not able to resolve the issue, they contact the global support, which takes time.

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

We used vSAN for the VMware solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is complex. It is not easy like other solutions such as Windows Server. You need to have enough knowledge to set up SimpliVity. Your normal staff won't be able to do it. Only someone with experience and knowledge of SimpliVity can set it up. Each phase of deployment took around two hours.

What about the implementation team?

We have a local consultant and a vendor. We work directly with the vendor. If there is any issue, they resolve it, but it can take time because if they aren't able to resolve it on their own, they have to create a ticket with global support. For its maintenance, we have two people.

What was our ROI?

We are seeing a return on investment.

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

The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution.

What other advice do I have?

It is a good solution. It is a good hyper-converged solution as compared to other solutions like Cisco or Dell because they don't embed software inside the solution. SimpliVity is more useful for us because, during the month-to-month activity, it provides good features to back up, install, and roll back everything.

I would rate HPE SimpliVity an eight out of ten.

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RahulKumar6
Solutions Executive at Tech Data Limited
Real User
Quick to backup and transfer, and it is easy to scale

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features of this solution are the backup rate and the backup transfer."
  • "The centric management could be simplified or more user-friendly."

What is our primary use case?

We are resellers. We provide HPE products to our customers.

This solution is used with UDI, HCI, the hybrid cloud, Microsoft Azure, and other Microsoft products.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are the backup rate and the backup transfer.

You don't have to purchase any other licenses other than Microsoft or for VMware, everything is included in your box.

Your backup and transfer time is less. You can move one TB of VM data in one minute, which is one of SimpliVity's benefits.

What needs improvement?

In my experience, the only improvement that can be made is the price. It is much more costly than other solutions such as VxRail.

We would like to provide our customers with a virtual demo and have not been able to find this available. We don't have access to show the demo virtually to our customers or partners. This is lacking in this sector. We are not able to provide hands-on experience.

The centric management could be simplified or more user-friendly. Customers require an easier way to handle any product.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been selling this solution for two years.

We always register our clients with the newest versions.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For stability, our customers prefer on-premises solutions, but they can also deploy the hybrid cloud, which allows them to instantly transfer from on-premises to the cloud.

This solution is quite stable. We have not found any issues with stability to remote to our customers.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

HPE SimpliVity is easy to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been in contact with technical support when we have had some issues. We have always received answers in a timely fashion.

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

VxRail is the only competitor, no other product comes near HPE SimpliVity.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It's simple. 

Maintenance is required because it is complex. You are getting your storage, the server, and the networking protocol in one box. It requires a few technical engineers, otherwise, you can manage this product after the installation. 

What about the implementation team?

We provide our customers with a demo in our data center and an hour per day.

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

It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail.

When you compare with other competitors, such as Cisco HyperFlex, it is much more expensive than SimpliVity. In the rankings, Cisco is seventh and SimpliVity comes in fifth.

What other advice do I have?

Many customers are using this solution and have said that it comes down to the price. Otherwise, it's a good product.

This product is not suitable for small companies as they don't require this much. Unless they have 20 to 30 lakhs (two to three million), it would be better suited for medium to large companies.

I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it.

I would rate HPE SimpliVity a ten out of ten.

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Yves-Schatzmann
Senior Information Technology Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Stable, cost-effective and easy to set up

Pros and Cons

  • "What I like about the solution, is that SimpliVity is easy to deploy and maintain. It's really performing very well. The ratio of price to performance is really good."
  • "It could integrate better with other platforms. It's a proprietary solution of HPE, so you are stuck. Before I was running SimpliVity as an independent solution. it wasn't a card and software, so you could put in whatever server, IBM, Dell, etc."

What is our primary use case?

I work with medium-sized clients who have around 200 users. SimpliVity is a general-purpose solution for all kinds of VMs. With SimpliVity, because we can own the VMware, you can have all VMs of any type of VDI. 

What is most valuable?

What I like about the solution, is that SimpliVity is easy to deploy and maintain. It's really performing very well. The ratio of price to performance is really good. We just renewed and will receive new equipment in November. So even the price is really attractive compared to other solutions.

What needs improvement?

It could integrate better with other platforms. It's a proprietary solution of HPE, so you are stuck. Before I was running SimpliVity as an independent solution. it wasn't a card and software, so you could put in whatever server, IBM, Dell, etc. Now it's a proprietary solution for HPE, but it's difficult for them to improve because they have both solutions. But it's the same with Nutanix, I will say. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I'm a consultant I've been I'm using SimpliVity for many years, about five. With my current client, I've been using it for two years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SimpliVity is definitely stable. I'm running infrastructure with six nodes, so it's always the same. It's small but all six are running very well. Maybe if you have 60 or 100, you might have a different point of view, but for me, it's absolutely stable.

How are customer service and support?

SimpliVity's support is great. I was doing some experimenting last December and I had a strange problem, so got in touch with a woman from tech support and it was solved. So I only had one problem based on one experiment. Of course, if I had more than that, maybe I would experience some disappointment. But for me, I had only one problem.

How was the initial setup?

Setting up SimpliVity is straightforward. In one day, you can have a complete solution up and running.

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

I think it's a complete package. We buy the license with support for five years. It's a subscription, I will say, but it's included when you buy the SimpliVity solution from HPE. You have a contract with the software warranty and upgrades. You can choose a license for one, three, or five years, and it's all included.

What other advice do I have?

For me, SimpliVity is a 10 out of 10. I would recommend it, but also you have to follow the best practices. Like a lot of things, I can imagine that if you think you know what you're doing but you don't know, you can have some trouble. But if you follow the best practices and the rules, you will have no issues. 

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KL
DATABASE APPLICATION ENGINEER with 1-10 employees
Real User
We can take snapshots and backups of really big servers and restore them in just a matter of seconds

Pros and Cons

  • "The main thing is its performance. In terms of performance, it is a lot better than VMware. Obviously, technology is changing a lot all the time. We were on just VMware with a separate attached array. The performance was kind of a step backward from just running separate servers. Now, the performance is much better, and we can take snapshots and backups of really big servers in just a matter of seconds. We can even restore them in a matter of seconds."
  • "The fact that it is tied to a certain hardware platform would probably be the bigger negative versus just being able to buy something off the shelf."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for financial applications. We are a small organization, so it has all of our servers, financial applications, SQL database, file servers, etc.

I believe we are up to date with the latest version for our hardware specs.

What is most valuable?

The main thing is its performance. In terms of performance, it is a lot better than VMware. Obviously, technology is changing a lot all the time. We were on just VMware with a separate attached array. The performance was kind of a step backward from just running separate servers. Now, the performance is much better, and we can take snapshots and backups of really big servers in just a matter of seconds. We can even restore them in a matter of seconds.

What needs improvement?

The fact that it is tied to a certain hardware platform would probably be the bigger negative versus just being able to buy something off the shelf.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have probably been using it for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. We haven't had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is not easy to scale. In our instance, we would probably have to upgrade to a whole new hardware platform.

In terms of end-users, our company is small, but we support school districts. There are probably 500 users.

How are customer service and support?

I have used their support. They're good.

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

We didn't use any other hyper-converged technology. We just moved from a VMware system that was kind of the old school type with two servers, a disk array, and a separate disk.

How was the initial setup?

It was kind of complex. There were just a lot of pieces. I wasn't so involved in the networking piece, but it seemed like it was a little bit more complicated.

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

We did get some quotes from Nutanix, and they were ballparks. So, it is not cheap, and there is nothing free, but those two were comparable.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to just be sure and do their homework and compare. I'm not sure if we made the best decision, but I'm not dissatisfied with it. I'm pretty comfortable with the way it operates. I don't know enough about the other products to compare it in terms of the ease of doing updates and things like that. Usually, we get a support vendor involved when we do anything major. 

I would give HPE SimpliVity an eight out of 10.

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Doug Collette
IT Engineer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
User-friendly, good support, stable with zero downtime, and the deduplication ratio is excellent

Pros and Cons

  • "The whole backup capability, where we are able to create backups and restore backups in typically 40 to 50 seconds, has been great."
  • "Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes."

What is our primary use case?

We have about 45 virtual servers running for the company. These include file servers, SQL servers, public safety, GIS, Exchange, and all other applications used by a local government.

What is most valuable?

The whole backup and recovery capability. We are able to create full backups and restore full backups in typically 40 to 50 seconds. This has been a great feature.

The deduplication is resulting in a data reduction ratio of 290:1 at the moment.

The interface is fairly user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

Prior to the latest release, it was a real pain to upgrade SimpliVity. First, the host server had to be upgraded with the latest drivers, followed by an upgrade of the OmniStack controller software, and lastly, an upgrade of the VMware ESXi software. Each of the three steps were done independently and the process took 2 to 3 hours per node. Starting with the 4.0 Release, an Upgrade Manager orchestrates the whole process and greatly simplifies it. It still takes 2+ hours per node, however.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using SimpliVity for about two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SimpliVity has been very stable. We've had no downtime.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes. You can't just add more disks to it.

We have about 250 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've had a few instances where we've had to work with HPE support and they've resolved everything very quickly. We've had zero downtime.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was fairly straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We had HPE implement and deploy the product for us. We purchased it from a local HPE partner and they set the whole thing up.

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

We bought this solution as a package that included all of the hardware and all of the software.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated options from Dell, IBM, Nutanix, Scale, and others before choosing SimpliVity.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good solution aside from the issues with scalability and improving the ease of upgrading. The upgradability has improved but it's still far from simply clicking a link and it automatically upgrades. It's not quite that simple yet, but it's getting there.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

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Shehan Attapattu
head of presales at a integrator with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable and easy to deploy with good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is very stable."
  • "The backup and recovery process needs to be faster. Right now, it's a bit slow."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for the virtualization and the hyper-converged solutions in the software backup and recovery as well as the high data reduction rate.

What is most valuable?

The solution is very stable.

The installation is easy and the deployment is quick.

The configuration is pretty easy. It's a pretty out-of-the-box solution and comes mostly pre-configured for you.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs to improve the high data availability.

The backup and recovery process needs to be faster. Right now, it's a bit slow.

There needs to be more customization capabilities available for customers. That's lacking and clients would really like it if they could better customize the product to better fit their needs.

For how long have I used the solution?

While the company has worked with the solution for about two years at this point, I'm a newer member of the team and don't have quite the same level of experience.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Our organization has found that the stability of the product is quite good. It's reliable. There aren't bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have about five different customers who are utilizing the solution currently.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is quite good. We're satisfied with the level of service provided. They are knowledgeable and responsive.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was very straightforward. We didn't find it overly complex. We didn't run into any difficulties in the implementation process.

The deployment was fast and only took about two or three days or so.

What about the implementation team?

We're a solutions integrator and therefore we are able to implement the solution ourselves. We don't need the assistance of consultants. 

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

There are licensing costs involved as virtualization comes pre-packaged in the solution.

What other advice do I have?

Our organization is using the latest version of the solution.

We're both integrators and implementors. 

I would recommend the solution to other organizations. It's so far worked well for us and our clients.

Overall, I would rate the product at a nine on a scale from one to ten.

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GK
Senior IT Specialist at Servicios de Consultorias de IT
Real User
Stable solution with easy initial setup

Pros and Cons

  • "In terms of HPE SimpliVity's most valuable features, its backup integration is a good thing. Its performance is very good as is the whole integration."
  • "The local support in Argentina is not good. This is a new technology and HP doesn't have a lot of technology specialists here in Argentina. It's very hard to find the specialist here."

What is our primary use case?

Our clients' primary use for HPE SimpliVity has been for general infrastructure, not for any one specific thing. This includes different uses - for the server, SQL, the internal information server, different servers, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

The backup solution is a good functionality that the client is very happy with.

What is most valuable?

In terms of HPE SimpliVity's most valuable features, its backup integration is a good thing. Its performance is very good as is the whole integration.

What needs improvement?

In terms of what should be improved, I think that the local support in Argentina is not good. This is a new technology and HPE doesn't have a lot of technology specialists here in Argentina. It's very hard to find the specialist here.

Additionally, the price must be better. Here in Argentina, Dell is very competitive. If the client doesn't understand the functionality that SimpliVity has, he will chose by price, and Dell is very, very competitive here in Argentina.

Lastly, Stretched Cluster is a new functionality and is something that the client needs.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using HPE SimpliVity for two to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. Stability is not a problem.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Our clients are small and medium-sized businesses, so we implement small infrastructures - three nodes to five nodes.

Our clients are very happy with this solution. I don't know if they will buy more SimpliVity though.

How are customer service and technical support?

Here in Argentina tech support is very hard to find. But, if we scale our problem with external support in, say, the United States or another country, it's good. Here in Argentina, though, it's not good.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is very simple. It takes one or two days.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell is a competitor, as is Nutanix.

Dell is a good solution and is cheaper than HPE, but their support is bad here in Argentina too. We've found that the client likes HPE because he knows it.

For now Nutanix is still very small here in Argentina.

What other advice do I have?

We recommend our clients use SimpliVity.

On a scale of one to ten, I would give HPE SimpliVity a nine.

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