HPE Apollo Review

It gives us the density of a blade without the issue of shared IO, but it needs direct integration with software.


Valuable Features

It gives us the density of a blade without the issue of shared IO, and a good price point for object storage.

Improvements to My Organization

It's allowed us to compete with cloud storage providers like AWS to put together a scalable on-premises solution of more than 20PB at a similar pricepoint.

Room for Improvement

Direct integration with software (Cleversafe, Scality, Ceph) for a purpose-built object store appliance. Stay closer to the current rev of processors. I know it is a heating/cooling issue, but being a couple of revs back is problematic when comparing consolidation of workloads with standard intenl servers running the latest chips.

Use of Solution

We have implemented this for a few client over the past three years.

Stability Issues

Big stability issues with the CPU on the first generation which made them virtually unusable. HP has done a better job of regression testing against software (hypervisors and big data platforms specifically) in the recent generations.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It's got better in the past year and in line with other major manufacturers (Cisco, EMC).

Previous Solutions

Standard Proliant servers (DL380s) with internal storage. We also looked at SAN and NAS solutions, as well as VSAN technologies from VMware, HP, and Citrix. None could hit the pricepoint to compete with AWS S3.

Initial Setup

Standard server technology. Some initial issues with flashing FW, but the rest was straightforward.

Implementation Team

We were the vendor.

Other Advice

Great solution for object stores. Consolidation ratio on compute doesn’t make it a great alternative for virtualization hosts, but could be a decent hyperconverged platform. HP is utilizing SL technology for their CS-250 Hyperconverged appliance.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: HP Platinum Partner.
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