Composable Infrastructure Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Frankie Negro says in a HPE Synergy review
IT Architect at Unibase
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 is easily managed, so everybody can understand and use it with ease, with no problems, and that delivers value to their business. I love the satellite architecture for the Virtual Connect. I think this is great. I love the storage drawer, which you can present volumes to any compute node within the same frame. I understand why you cannot present storage to compute nodes on other frames, but that is a question that sometimes I get from customers. Why not? I say, "Okay, you have to have a cable running over and have another SAN switch on the second frame. It will not be easy. I don't know if HPE is satisfied with this approach. They're saying, "Okay, let's stick with the drawer presenting volumes within the same frame." But the satellite architecture it's incredible. It was very well thought out. And the management ring, I think it's also great. These advancements - regardless of the advancements on chips, on more memory, addressing, computing, etc., customers expect that - but with this architecture of the management rings, this is really nice. This is a very nice idea. The Image Streamer, I see the value of it. Hopefully, customers will see the value of it, but I don't expect many Brazilians deploying Image Streamers, because they don't have this culture. OneView, as a single point, a single management tool, it makes me delirious. It's really nice. People developing using the API for OneView, I don't see it too much. Brazilians are still at the beginning of this idea of consuming IT as a service. Their approach is, "Okay, I have all the APIs exposed and I can program my own Chef recipe and simple recipe and use and orchestrate Synergy the way I want." They are still in the early stages of this, but maybe it will gain traction in the future. I rate Synergy a nine out of 10 because there's no perfection. But I think that in terms of the proposition of the product, what the product wants to achieve, they really achieved it. I was at the booth (at the Discover conference in Madrid) on the next generation of Synergy and I talked to an engineer. I asked what has changed? He said we changed some specs, etc. We delivered the Image Streamer composing Windows machines, we put the VC with an extra gig, etc. It was expected. It is a minor advance, in my opinion. This is not bad, this is good. This means they met their criteria, the whole criteria, in the initial launch of the product, so there is nothing to evolve into, all of a sudden. So, to really evolve the product from where it is right now, it will take time. That means the product was very well conceived, they mostly meet their goals for the product. The next generation, let's say the ServerSpec for Windows, it's just minor stuff, but we expected it, so this is a very good sign. It's a very mature product from the start. View full review »
Rami Chiha says in a HPE Synergy review
Operational database administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The features we found most valuable are: * Using only two virtual connect modules to support network for multiple frames * Ease of management using the OneView Composer * Online firmware update for the Virtual Connects, which are part of a single logical interconnect module View full review »
Lee Commins says in a HPE Synergy review
VMware Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Dependability * Reliability * The ease of managing the system View full review »
ServerAr942f says in a HPE Synergy review
Server Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is convergence. OneView is head and shoulders above the competition in this space, though I would like to see some improvements to it. View full review »
Wayne Holland says in a HPE Synergy review
Services Support Supervisor at WSDOT
The most valuable feature is the future proofing. As we buy new equipment, we are buying Synergy instead of continuing to buy c7000 blade enclosures and BL Series blades. Thus, I don't have to do a forklift upgrade in the future. Also, the increased speeds and feeds, as we went from multiple bonded 1 gig connections to 40 gig. That was huge, especially with our virtualization density. When you are running 50 VMs on one host, you really need the the speed behind it so you don't have issues. Then, there are the ease of management and single pane of glass for everything. The single pane of glass management is huge, because in all our previous systems, depending on what we were managing, we would go to a different management point. Being able to go to one spot to get everything is helpful. I find that server profile creation is a lot easier in OneView than it was previously. We are able to stay compliant with firmware and updates, because we are assigning server profiles and reapplying them when there are changes. This makes everything a lot simpler. View full review »
ITInfras8f24 says in a HPE Synergy review
IT Infrastructure Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
It is filling a gap in server size that we don't really have right now in previous generations. View full review »
Architecd2ae says in a HPE Synergy review
Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It has the next level beyond hyper-converged: * It has that promise of combining the orchestration and automation. * Being able to no longer have an isolated bare metal environments, then converged infrastructure with virtualized environments. The ability to have both platforms in one infrastructure. Then, simultaneously have the ability to go between them and isolate workloads while still having shared workloads. That sort of mix and match and fluidity of being able to reassign. Secondarily, the temporal value of it. If I only need a particular amount of compute for a specific period of time during business hours, then at night, I'm running a bunch of batch jobs, or doing something else, that ability to swap a profile, swap templates, and have compute assigned to something else, saves significant amount of money. As long as you are tying it into the automation and orchestration layers, it becomes much easier to do. View full review »
Lyle May says in a HPE Synergy review
System Architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
You don't have to have networking in every single frame, just have the interconnects. You don't have the traditional A and B side in the sort of multiple LAG groups, and so you really can sustain a lot of loss. The other side of that is if you need to sort of push more bandwidth up, you can do it because of the interconnects in the networking, and the same goes for Fibre Channel as well. View full review »
SystemEnd3d1 says in a HPE Synergy review
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the ease of deploying servers, profiles, and images. Having that single pane of glass is a good feature for the management of our environment. View full review »
JasonWilliams says in a HPE Synergy review
Manager Engineering Services at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is very flexible. View full review »
Patrick Long says in a HPE Synergy review
Advisor System Administrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features of this solution are the ease of management and the integration with OneView. The ease that we can allocate servers during busy times helps us to manage our IT landscape. View full review »
ITInfras54a9 says in a HPE Synergy review
IT Infrastructure Manager at a security firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The flexibility to link them together and configure them gives us the ability to scale out easily, to add more compute resources as needed. With the nature of our business, we have so many projects on the go and constantly changing priorities. A lot of times we need to be able to make changes fairly quickly. The way that they're scalable and flexible means we can add additional servers in quickly. That's what is important for us. We're not spending a lot of time doing procurement and building of physical servers. View full review »
Jarom Petrich says in a HPE Synergy review
Storage Engineer at Brigham Young University
The most valuable feature, personally, is that I'm already very familiar with OneView because we manage 3PAR storage as well. Having familiarity with OneView and the 3PAR infrastructure, and being able to connect my 3PAR arrays to the Synergy platform, are the most valuable aspects to me. View full review »
Dan Loftus says in a HPE Synergy review
Architect at Argos
The most valuable features are the evolution of our existing HPE portfolio, the integration with our existing tool sets, and the enhanced capabilities that OneView bring. View full review »
Director2039 says in a HPE Synergy review
Director at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
We bought in pretty early to the composability story and being able to software-define the compute. We are realizing a fair amount of that. View full review »
SeniorInb5e9 says in a HPE Synergy review
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
* It provides us with automation at the hardware level. * Coordination through HPE OneView is great. View full review »
Brent Beverly says in a HPE Synergy review
VP Technology at Scalematrix
The most valuable feature is the control of the overall solution all in one box. With it being all together, it has really taken down the complexity of a multi-environment. Switches being top of rack, storage being separate. It's moved it all into one box. View full review »
St. Claire Mclean says in a HPE Synergy review
Director of Infrastructure at Alliant Cooperative Data Solutions
The most valuable feature of the solution is its manageability. View full review »
Willam Adam says in a HPE Synergy review
SVP Data Technology at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees
The manageability is its most valuable feature. It is a fully managed platform, which is very simple to manage. It lets us set up servers quickly. It allows us to have better throughput. View full review »
ITInfras9484 says in a HPE Synergy review
IT Infrastructure Manager at a import and exporter with 10,001+ employees
SystemsE613e says in a HPE Synergy review
Systems Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ease of deployment is the first thing that comes to mind. View full review »
J-J Seely says in a HPE Synergy review
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Cable management is a big feature, in addition to time to deployment. We can buy a new server and have it up and running very quickly. For managing our IT landscape I'm able to go into the profiles and the automating of firmware management across multiples nodes, and I am able to orchestrate all that with OneView. View full review »
Victor-Hernandez says in a HPE Synergy review
CIO at La Huerta
Compatibility and scalability are its most valuable features. You set it up and forget about it. View full review »
Adam Barthel says in a HPE Synergy review
Cloud Architecht at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is its compatibility. The solution has decreased our deployment time. View full review »
Informat2839 says in a HPE Synergy review
Information Specialist at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
It has a modular design. We are able to add more to it when needed. It is really easy to use, because it's GUI-based. It is not command line based, like mainframes. View full review »
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