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Best Composable Infrastructure Vendors & Solutions

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
IT Architect at Unibase
Dec 21 2017

What is most valuable?

I believe, compared to the C7000, which is the mainstream in Brazil, it delivers a significant amount of innovation and flexibility, and I think people there will love it. The way Brazilians see things is that, "Okay, I need something that works. I need something easy to manage, because it's expensive, manpower is expensive. And I need a reliable platform, which... more»

What needs improvement?

What I would like to see is a little bit more of architecture-oriented advertising campaigns or events for customers; not on the product itself, but more on the way they advertise products. They are too focused on the features. This is okay, but sometimes what I see that people lack is, "Okay, I understood the features, but how can I use this in practical terms?... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at vGRID New Zealand
Nov 07 2017

What is most valuable?

* Composable infrastructure * Ability to easily re-utilize parts of the hardware for different purposes * Central management with HPE OneView * Ability to see the health status of the entire infrastructure * Ability to quickly and easily... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Peace of mind. * Knowing that our platforms are running well, simplifying day-to-day management, so that we can do more with less staff and increase performance. * The increased scale of the back-end networking and the compute that we can... more»

What needs improvement?

We'd like to see faster networking in the back-end. I'm not saying it's slow at the moment, but we would just like more speed from a future-proofing point of view. We are seeing 25 Gig capability in our switch fabric so extending that to... more»

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Solutions Engineer at Data Strategy
Dec 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* The composable infrastructure with the Image Streamer. * Being able to seamlessly migrate from one operating environment to another within minutes, is invaluable.

How has it helped my organization?

The big benefit that we are seeing is the fact that we are so highly flexible. It makes things more agile. We're able to provision different applications, different demonstrations, add cloud-like speeds on-prem, which is unheard of in the... more»

What needs improvement?

I'm very curious to see what comes with 4.0. The big thing will be streamlining the Image Streamer process for deployment. The actual frame itself - Composer, OneView, all that - works fantastic. The more granular permissions that I know are... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
CEO at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Dec 06 2017

What do you think of HPE Synergy?

Primary Use Case The use case is to replace all stakes in all the different kinds of servers. We had some Dells, we had some old HPEs, Generation 6, Generation 7, and so on. We decided to put everything together and create a new datacenter, and move our computing power to a platform that will enable us to be more flexible with our old applications. We are just in the middle of the migration, and the problem is not the new stuff, the problem is to persuade our old stuff that it must perform more than one gigabyte per second. So HPE is helping us to replicate directly through the old datacenter to storage that we have underneath our Synergy Servers.  • Improvements to My Organization The benefit is that it's going to be maintained, contrary to what we had last year, when the...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Chief Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 07 2017

What is most valuable?

It increases the throughput. We had a problem with the C7000 with the down-link speed to the individual blades and what the up-link speeds were. Memory was kind of a constraint problem for us. Changing the form factor in Synergy allows us to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's mainly the fact that it gives us the next generation of the C7000, which we've been using since 2009. That gets us in that same useful pattern. The concept of virtual connect, OneView, is compelling. It extends our existing operational... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things that I would like to see, and could be in their road map, is getting virtual connect to 100 Gig throughput. What they're coming out with initially on the road map is a 40 Gig up-link on virtual connect. That would be one of... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Reseller
Owner and CEO at Bitcon
Oct 31 2017

What is most valuable?

In the data center, you see customers with a lot of blade enclosures and a lot of servers, and this solution works fine. I have one customer in Belgium that I know that is testing it, and they're quite happy about it. There are some challenges, but it is software. For software, you have developers. The hardware is there.

What needs improvement?

With the changing IT demands, they need to change more often and faster. We need applications to model tomorrow’s needs. We need more applications for changing users. There is a need for a more optimized infrastructure. For instance, I have a customer with 20 blade enclosures. In those 20 blade enclosures, there are 40 management modules that you need to update... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Systems Programmer II at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 15 2017

What is most valuable?

Improved storage, scalability, and ease-of-use. It is a lot packed into a small chassis/frame.

How has it helped my organization?

* It has reduced a lot of our infrastructure down to a few systems. This is opposed to larger, two and four use systems. It's knocked us down to a few frames and made it a lot easier to use. * A single unified infrastructure that can be... more»

What needs improvement?

Firmware. I'd get the firmware to be a little more secure and a little more streamlined.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Leads IT Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 20 2017

What is most valuable?

It is flexible and composable hardware. You can really buy the stuff you need. If you want more storage, you can put in more storage. If you want more server capacity, then you can add more CPUs of memory.

How has it helped my organization?

It is kind of a new solution. We are using it now during our testing and development environment, so we can make it ready for production later. The idea is to buy them when we purchase new servers for the production environment in Q2 or Q3.

What needs improvement?

* The newer and faster Intel line of CPUs that are coming in GEN 10 * The software OneView software is quite new and that will cause some improvements. Once we have it completely set up with the automation part, it will certainly help us in... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Solution Architect at One enterprise solutions
Jun 21 2017

What is most valuable?

It is flexible. You can build, construct, and deconstruct your workload via software and through programming.

How has it helped my organization?

It increases efficiency and gives more time for IT personnel to do their work. You build it once and use it forever, or modify it slightly. It saves time to design, install, and manage workloads. The interface seems pretty wide and flexible.... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see support for other vendors’ hardware.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Senior Hardware Engineer
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

The composable infrastructure, so being able to build our own server profiles, then build up the infrastructure that we need from compute modules. Just automating all the management tasks that we have for our server hardware.

How has it helped my organization?

We are just in the process of building it out. We have not had a chance to review what it will do for us in terms of what we currently have. We are hoping rather than having to do manual tasks. We can redeploy resources to do other tasks.... more»

What needs improvement?

It is hard to say because we have not fully implemented it yet. One of the issues that we that we have been having is with the firmware baselining. So, we need to just making sure that we get that working. However, we are in the early stages.... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at FMOLHS
Jun 14 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of use, manageability, the time given back to the operations staff for managing and applying Synergy are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

It gives more time back to our operations team. It helps us track and report automatically to HPE for any issues. The composable Synergy infrastructure makes our life easier by having a single-pane-of-glass to go to. There is one place to get... more»

What needs improvement?

In the future for Synergy, we would like to see SaaS connectivity and sharing of storage between frames.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 15 2017

What do you think of HPE Synergy?

Valuable Features It's a fully integrated solution with OneView. With the new servers and technology, we can have more resources, RAM, and CPU. We are using it primarily for VMware. • Room for Improvement Now that we have the new generation, the G10, we have the security. That was one part that was missing. That is going to be important, because we will be running on Generation 9. • Stability Issues The stability so far is good. We did the PoC in February and we are going to get into production in June. We have been running tests and it has been stable. We had some issues in the initial setup, but basically it's what we expect from HPE. We had an issue during the initial setup with the 40 Gigabyte cards. They weren’t working, so we had to work really closely with HPE support...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Network Administrator
Dec 21 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the ease of deployment is the most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

First of all, it's new hardware. So everybody noticed very large improvement in data processing. A lot of activity which took hours now takes, let's say, tens of minutes. So it's a very visible improvement in quality.

What needs improvement?

When templates are created, there are some steps where you need to reboot the machines. Being in production, this is not a good idea. For example, if you reconfigure the network, you should not have to reboot the machine. You should just... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
IT Admin at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Dec 20 2017

What is most valuable?

* They're easy to swap and move around the datacenter, for sure. * They don't occupy too much space for what they offer. The structure is different yet similar because it resembles the traditional approach of blade systems. Perhaps it's more... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As far as I know, the traditional blade system is not going to be supported from 2023. So we are trying to anticipate the need for this change towards Synergy, and perhaps moving a little bit early.

What needs improvement?

From what I've seen, it's got pretty much what I think we need. Maybe after a little usage I can come up with new ideas, but right now it seems okay. The possibility of using storage directly in the frame in order to have bigger storage... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Solution Architect with 51-200 employees
Jun 19 2017

What is most valuable?

The density and the flexibility that it provides are the most valuable features. In the C7000, there was a memory density issue per-blade that was solved in Synergy's platform. On top of that, I value the composability of it. In other words,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

A great benefit is being able to create different solutions that aren't available in the traditional C7000 platform.

What needs improvement?

It's a lot more about some of the speeds and feeds, such as the 25, 50, 100 GB virtual connections. In addition, I would like to see improvement in the 32 GB fiber channel connection at the end of it.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Service Manager at Tenne
Dec 20 2017

What do you think of HPE Synergy?

Primary Use Case We're doing a new product line, we're now doing Big Data. We had the help of HPE on it. They advised we use this platform, so that's why we have it. • Improvements to My Organization Shorter delivery times. Where we now have a delivery time of about six weeks, we hope to go back to days. • Valuable Features It's a bit easier to manage than the C7000s. But we're still finding out how it works, it's all new to us. And we're also using it for new concepts, the old systems we used were ESX. And these systems are used for Mesosphere and bare metal Red Hat deployments. • Room for Improvement The deployment time of a system through OneView is pretty slow, but apparently that's being addressed in an upcoming update. • Use of Solution Less than one...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Delivery Manager at Harlan Italia
Dec 17 2017

What do you think of HPE Synergy?

Improvements to My Organization This is the first time that we are using Synergy, so we don't yet have the experience to talk about this. • Valuable Features It provides the new computer node and connects 3PAR without SAN people to help me. • Room for Improvement I think that they can improve the update because the update is problematic now. When you want to update the firmware, or when you want to update software on Composer, it takes a lot of time. A lot. For compute node, you need one hour for upgrading firmware. I think that is a big problem. • Use of Solution One to three years. • Stability Issues It became stable the second time. The first time, it wasn't. We had some problems but they're solved, and now it's stable. • Scalability Issues We want to...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Consultant
IT Technology Team Lead at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 21 2017

What do you think of HPE Synergy?

Primary Use Case My primary use case was to familiarize myself with this new HPE product because I know it is a replacement for the old C7000 chassis, so for me it was interesting to see the new features, to know the product as a whole. • Improvements to My Organization Everything is combined in one chassis, you have storage, compute, networking. So you save a lot of space in the datacenter. • Valuable Features The most valuable is the OneView interface. You can do all the management steps you need to do to configure it, and you can see everything for management, for error reporting, monitoring, etc. • Room for Improvement I don't know because this was the first time I've seen this product and I'm not very familiar with it. I need some time to work on it, to play with...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Sales Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
May 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features about Synergy is the composability of it. Instead of always having to buying new resources and new pieces of infrastructure to support say, new applications or new projects, you can use Synergy's composability to create the workload that you need to support it. Then, you don't have to keep it forever. Once that project is over, you can... more»

What needs improvement?

The whole point of Synergy is, you're going to have this central management. You're going to have the composer where you can build stuff, and a lot of it's built on OneView. I think they're using the same code, but they've done something different to it to make it easier to use. That means you're managing and you're monitoring your networking, your compute, your... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Server Technician
Dec 25 2017

What do you think of HPE Synergy?

Primary Use Case Primary use is data storage. Performance is about a seven out of 10. • Improvements to My Organization It hasn't improved things. • Valuable Features We've been experimenting with shared storage. • Room for Improvement We just started. Because we're using 2012, we're having issues making templates and such. We're having issues with the install process, and integrating our installation with the new technology. • Use of Solution Still implementing. • Stability Issues We haven't had issues with stability because we're using 2012. • Scalability Issues We haven't had to scale yet. • Customer Service and Technical Support They're okay, but they could improve. We have their technicians on site, and we think they need some more...

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