HPE Hyper Converged Review

Resilient datacenter virtualization with good duplication and compression


What is our primary use case?

Our main use of the HPE Hyper Converged is for datacenter consolidation.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ease of use, resiliency of solution and data protection.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more flexibility in the offered configurations.

For instance a software-only version of the solution, without the hardware, would be nice. This would give me the opportunity to use existing hardware in my datacenter and run the Simplivity software on top of that giving me access to all nice features of the Data Virtualization Platform of Simplivity.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I haven't had any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It fulfills all my needs. All the things I need to scale everything up is possible with the solution. It depends of course on how many users have already used it. I have no plans to increase, but the solution allows for growth. I just don't actually use it today.

How are customer service and technical support?

So far, the support has been really good.

Adding InfoSight to Simplivity will make support even better with its AI engine.

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

I used the previous generation of HPE hyper converged, which was based on VSA technology. We switched because the VSA was going to end of support and I need a solution that is supported by the manufacturers.

How was the initial setup?

It was really straightforward. The deployment took in total somewhere around two hours.

What about the implementation team?

I did the deployment by myself.

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

When I look at the TCO of this solution is this much better compared to my old traditional environment

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I watched to vSAN and Storage Spaces, but found some limitations that I did not see in the HPE solution.

What other advice do I have?

The assessment of the current configuration is the most important to make a good sizing of the new solution because it does good duplication and compression, but it's really hard to select the correct product sizing.

I would rate this solution as nine out of ten because ten is perfect and there is nothing on the market that is perfect.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
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