HPE OneView Review

Provides centralized administration of your environment.

What is most valuable?

Provides a single-pane-of-glass and centralized administration of your environment.

How has it helped my organization?

Ease of management. One of the things with using HPE is that it's very distributed in the enterprise environment. When you're hiring other people that have worked in an enterprise environment, they usually have experience working with HPE equipment. Reliability has always been there. I've always counted on it as a good enterprise solution over a lot of other competitors.

What needs improvement?

I like where they're going with a lot of the integration in the iLO. I like the new security features in the iLO and I also like the ability to set your workload, like setting up for VMs, or setting up for a database. I think a lot of what I like is being able to program great automation. All that increases with technology. I know that whatever it is now, next year it is going to be faster and better.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. We usually run it beyond the specs. We usually find the limits and then we have to go to more solutions, which we still turn to HPE for. We are going to more SSD disks and we went to a newer 3PAR. That's where we really pushed our storage.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's been very scalable. We started out not needing the storage and our plan was to grow and our company was doubling the volume every year. We have been able to scale to that, to the point where we actually went to another 3PAR. We can scale even more.

How are customer service and technical support?

We use a lot of HPE tech support. It's been a mixed bag. We've had some really good people and we've had some people that we've just had to go around.

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

We always review other vendors, but I don't like to name names. I have used a number of solutions. I have been working in the industry since 97. I've actually worked all the way back with Compact. It is about ease of use and making sure the functionality is there, and then, less bugs.

Whenever you run into bugs, that kind of solution can really impact your environment.

When selecting a vendor, I look for reliability and stability. Without that, IT loses its face to the entire company and you have no credibility.

We chose HPE because of the holistic solution. A lot of people use the term "one throat to choke". They have really good servers, and we want to use their servers. They have really good blades, and we want to use their blades. We want to use their chassis for the density. The reliability is there. We are familiar with the iLO, and we are able to hire people who are familiar with their environment.

What other advice do I have?

Work close with HPE get to know all the features, so you can really utilize all of the features that have been put in there for you.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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