If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Pavilion Hyperparallel Flash Array, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
We are planning to use HyperOS 3.0 but we have not upgraded to it yet. Our data ingestion rates have not been impacted one way or another, as it is not quite applicable to our use case. This unit is so dense and the performance is so high that the advice I would give is that if performance is a critical factor for your use case, then you really ought to look at this unit. Performance and scalability are the two key things you really need to look at because scaling is incredibly easy to achieve. If that's important and you want to avoid a lot of costs in purchasing extra equipment and more networking as you scale up, and the same is true for capacity, then definitely give Pavilion a look because you really don't have to change anything to get that implemented. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
We don't have anybody who is dedicated full-time to the management of this solution because it really doesn't need it. We have people doing maintenance on it who are responsible for refining and adding when we need certain things added or taken away. But, it's a fairly robust system that really doesn't need a lot of care, which is good for us because it means we can allocate our resources elsewhere. We have support through the vendor partners, so if there would be an issue, we can have them come out and they'll take care of it. My advice for anybody who is considering this product is to first look at your networking strategy and if you feel like that's something that needs to be addressed, the Pavilion is an incredibly good box. It's an incredibly powerful system but to get the full value out of it, you need the infrastructure to really utilize such a system. If you're running on a 10-gigabit network, it's a great system but that's not where it shines. We have an incredibly high-speed network and we were able to get a lot out of it, but I would suggest making sure that you have the means of actually using something like this. It will do amazing things, just don't take for granted your core infrastructure, like your networking. Make sure that you have things in place because a lot of that relies on an excellent network layer and an excellent compute layer. The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this solution is that networking is important. In a Windows environment, you can definitely take advantage of this type of system but it really shines in your Linux compute environments. Windows support is in development but it's just not at the same parity as Linux, currently. In summary, this is an excellent system. I'm excited to see the new technologies as they come out, such as HyperOS 3.0. This is a very compelling next step in technology. As it matures, there is a lot of feedback to be had. As it stands right now, there are areas that can be enhanced and to see that they are being enhanced is very reassuring. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
I recommend the solution strongly. I am happy with everything about the solution, except for the rail kit. I would rate this solution as 10 out of 10.
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