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Junior Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Easy and fast application hosting but problems with stability and support
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is that the product has an inborn backup."
  • "The setup was complex, as it has multiple integrations with multiple orients."

What is our primary use case?

My main use case is hosting in-house applications as well as public applications over the cloud.

How has it helped my organization?

With HPE SimpliVity, hosting applications has become very easy and fast.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that the product has an inborn backup, which gives a copy of my primary and secondary copies.

What needs improvement?

There are some problems with the product's stability, specifically with backup, that could be improved. The integration and automation could also be improved. In addition, when updates appear, they are often delayed and don't provide new features. In the next release, I would like to see integrations with multiple OEM vendors and better compatibility with other OEMs.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using HPE SimpliVity for around three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product isn't stable yet, and we are facing a lot of issues. For example, when it comes to integration with multiple applications, it becomes more complex for us to handle, and the security goes wrong.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good, but there can be problems with integration and compatibility when patching or updating the product.

How are customer service and support?

I would not rate the technical support highly - we have multiple support cases open without any solution, despite having escalated several times and being told that management is working on it.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was complex, as it has multiple integrations with multiple orients. Deployment took around fifteen minutes to half an hour.

What about the implementation team?

I used a consultant from VMWare to implement the product.

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

Licensing is available on a yearly basis, with no mandatory additional costs.

What other advice do I have?

Maintenance and monitoring requires a team of between 10-15 people. Before using this product, I would suggest that users check what kind of integrations they're looking for, as an alternative solution may work better for them. I would rate this product as five out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior System Administrator with 11-50 employees
Real User
Useful multi-platform support, highly scalable, and reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "The features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V"
  • "The solution could improve by adding better support of the VMware add-ons and a more intuitive user interface for administrators."

What is our primary use case?

We are using BHPE SimpliVity for hosting infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by adding better support of the VMware add-ons and a more intuitive user interface for administrators.

In a future release, all the management features should be able to access from one location. For example, management of networking and system resources on the server should be in one place to view and manage.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE SimpliVity for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable with many high availability features.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

HPE SimpliVity is easy to scale. You can simply add resources, for instance, ram, or storage. Additionally, adding another node is possible. It is very easy and straightforward.

We have more than 5,000 people using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We needed help to integrate some of our older systems to use with HPE SimpliVity and we contacted support. We opened a ticket and they responded within five business days.

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

We have used Check Point.

How was the initial setup?

The installation difficulty level depends on whose perspective. From a beginner's perspective, it is complex, but for advanced administrators, it is straightforward and not so complicated. 

The infrastructure is easy to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

We used integrators to do the implementation of the solution.

We do not have special servers, only regular ones, the maintenance of the solution is simple.

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

If we compare the price of HPE SimpliVity with other vendors that are selling the hyper-converged infrastructure, all of them are not cheap and are priced similarly. However, the price we pay and what we receive makes it a good price.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate HPE SimpliVity 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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Process Control Senior Supervisor at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Easy to configure and simple to work with but technical support could be better
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is scalable."
  • "The way that it handles the memory could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for hyper-converged purposes.

What is most valuable?

It's quite simple to work with. I don't have to configure any other storage system.

The solution is scalable.

What needs improvement?

The initial configuration could be improved. 

The way that it handles the memory could be better.

The initial setup can be quite difficult. 

Technical support needs to be more responsive. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for a while.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product is very scalable.

We use the solution for 15 people. 

We are increasing usage. We already bought some systems that are the same as HPE. However, that's due to the fact that our company has a standard of using HPE. If I could, might choose another solution.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support is not so good. We have some issues with the memory and we still don't have answers for that problem.

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

This was the first hyper-converged system we used, however, we do have some experience with VMware now. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial is quite difficult for me. That's mostly due to the configuration as it is difficult to understand the configuration.

The deployment process took quite a long time. I cannot remember exactly how many days or weeks, however. 

We only need two engineers for deployment and maintenance.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the solution with the help of a partner. 

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

I can't speak to the licensing costs. I don't have access to that information.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at some other options. I can't speak to the exact brands, however.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a customer.

This is an overall good product. However, they do need to work a little bit on the support. 

I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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VP Comercial at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Makes it easy to manage virtual machines and different workloads and is very easy to implement
Pros and Cons
  • "The backup feature is valuable, and replication is also valuable. It is very quick and easy to use."
  • "I'm not a technical guy, and I am pretty much okay with the way it is, but it would help if it was closest to Nutanix in Gartner's Magic Quadrants. Nutanix very often beats us. Nutanix provides Acropolis for free. It probably would be great if we have a virtualization layer. It is something that might be lacking in our solution. We depend on VMware, and it is very expensive. It is lacking the software that allows us to install it with HPE and not depend on a third party."

What is our primary use case?

We have sold about three SimpliVity solutions. They are very small implementations. The use cases are mostly related to virtualization in terms of getting rid of SAN for virtualization and making management easier.

How has it helped my organization?

It makes it easy for our customers to manage all virtual machines and different workloads and be agile.

What is most valuable?

The backup feature is valuable, and replication is also valuable.

It is very quick and easy to use. 

What needs improvement?

I'm not a technical guy, and I am pretty much okay with the way it is, but it would help if it was closest to Nutanix in Gartner's Magic Quadrants. Nutanix very often beats us. Nutanix provides Acropolis for free. It probably would be great if we have a virtualization layer. It is something that might be lacking in our solution. We depend on VMware, and it is very expensive. It is lacking the software that allows us to install it with HPE and not depend on a third party.

For how long have I used the solution?

We were a partner for HPE for 16 years. So, when they bought SimpliVity, we just started selling the product.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

I'm not sure about that because I'm not an end-user, but I suppose it is great as other products.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is very easy. For its deployment and maintenance, all three customers have only one engineer.

What other advice do I have?

I'm not a technical guy, but it is very easy. I've heard a few stories that some of the other solutions are not that easy, but our engineers have implemented it very quickly. So, I would advise others to go for it because it is a very easy solution. The backup feature is built into the application. So, you don't need to spend money on the licenses for backup.

I would rate it an eight out of 10.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Product Manager at Nuxiba
Real User
A complete user-friendly solution with a straightforward setup
Pros and Cons
  • "It's a very nice solution. It's a complete solution that we are looking for because we don't have personnel with expertise."
  • "There is room for improvement in the operations area because the support for that server space is minimal."

What is our primary use case?

We are using the solution for our customers. We buy and rent HPE SimpliVity to our customers as a SaaS. 

How has it helped my organization?

In our case, we have an improvement in the operatives area because the support for that server space is minimal. For instance, I don't have to be an expert to work with them.

What is most valuable?

I have a lot of benefits from it. I like that I can create a service as I need it. I don't need new licenses for operating systems. I don't need to ask for server space, I don't need to wait for support, and I don't need to wait for monitoring. 

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement in the operations area because the support for that server space is minimal. I want to sell a solution, but not bigger than the one I have. Maybe they can offer more features for more customers and optimize it, but with the same protections that I already have right now.

I want to replicate my business offering in the United States. I want to pay for HPE SimpliVity in Mexico, but they told me that it's not possible. They told me that I need to look for a representative in the United States and make all the payments over there.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using HPE SimpliVity for two months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a very nice solution. It's a complete solution that we are looking for because we don't have personnel with expertise.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was very easy, but it is hard to deploy. We had problems with training after the setup. We think that we need at least four weeks.

What other advice do I have?

Training is important before integration. Ask HPE for at least four weeks for integration before they start sending out invoices.

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

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Co-Founder at BIGBOOM ASIA CO.,LTD.
Real User
Top 20
Easy to scale and setup, with excellent support, but the price could be improved
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is high availability."
  • "I think that they should have their own hyper-converged system."

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution for a VDI system.

How has it helped my organization?

HPE SimpliVity can improve our DR solution.

I would recommend this for the Hospitality industry because of the data recovery. I think that HPE SimpliVity is the answer.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is high availability.

What needs improvement?

We haven't really explored all areas of this solution we are still in the POC phase.

Pricing and monitoring could be improved.

I think that they should have their own hyper-converged system.

For how long have I used the solution?

I started using HPE SimpliVity approximately two months ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. We have not had any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. You can add additional nodes at any time. It's easier to scale than Cisco Hyperflex and better than Nutanix.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is excellent.

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

Previously, we did not use another solution.

SimpliVity is the first HCI that we have implemented in this company. We have learned and gained more experience in this area.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was simple. It took one week to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

We did not deploy this solution ourselves, we used a system provider.

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

The hardware is expensive. For the same price, Cisco can provide more hardware specifications for us.

The hardware costs are more of an issue than the licensing costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Nutanix.

Nutanix is quite expensive. It's at least two times more expensive than SimpliVity.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I would recommend to others who are interested in using it.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Edmundo Tapia
Chief of Information Technology at SOFTYS
Real User
Top 20
Setup easy, stable, and very fast at setup and operating
Pros and Cons
  • "The setup is very easy."
  • "They could have better-specialized support for more countries."

What is our primary use case?

I use the solution for virtualised infraestructure of servers.

How has it helped my organization?

HPE Simplivity improved the space of disk with deduplication, reduced the time of backups and recovers.

What is most valuable?

One of the key features is the solution is really fast for backups and deduplication is amazing.

What needs improvement?

It would be good to have more compatibility with other solutions as an improvement in the future. As a suggestion, in order to have compatibility with other solutions, there could be a license fee for this, and if you don't need to them then you do not need to pay.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good but you need to pay for the additional nodes that can be expensive. We are currently using the solution for one thousand people in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

They could have better-specialized support for more countries.

I rate the customer service of HPE SimpliVity a seven out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is very easy.

What about the implementation team?

We have three nodes around the country and it took just one week for the deployment.

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

The solution can be expensive if you are using a lot of nodes.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise those wanting to use this product to be careful before setting up the solution that you have enough disk space, if you do not, you will have to pay for it which is expensive.

The solution works great, it is amazing.

I rate HPE SimpliVity a ten 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.
Senior Project Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Valuable replication and backup capabilities, and good technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features are replication and backup."
  • "When it comes to performing backups, the dashboard is not intuitive and not user-friendly."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and we implement HPE products such as SimpliVity for our customers. I am not a customer and I do not use all of the products that we sell, although I know these solutions. SimpliVity is a product that also we use ourselves. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are replication and backup.

This solution is very intuitive and flexible.

The vendor was quick to provide support for VMs in the product.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see support for having different clustered environments for production and testing.

When it comes to performing backups, the dashboard is not intuitive and not user-friendly. This is something that should be improved. It should be easier to perform backups.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE SimpliVity for approximately four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Using SimpliVity improves the stability of the environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is the best in the market. We have between 10 and 15 users in our organization, and it is installed in the data center.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good and I would rate them a ten out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy and it will take five or six hours to deploy.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is that it is easy to deploy and set up replication for use in a data center. It can be used in production for DLP.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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