HPE OneView Review

Template management makes the deployment of firmware updates much faster

What is our primary use case?

We manage our datacenter stuff.

It's performing well.

How has it helped my organization?

It makes the deployment of the firmware updates much faster, and the baselines. We don't really use template management much, but it does help to get a start. It also helps if you can deploy a template and update from the template, so everything is the same. And you know it is the same, so that's an important feature.

What is most valuable?

The template management, so the firmware updates can be done from the software.

What needs improvement?

I saw, maybe three years ago or two years ago here, or in Barcelona, at the HPE Discover conference, a feature that you can update Clusterware with VMware. But the feature is still not live in production. So it would be nice if you could roll out all your firmware updates seamlessly with vCenter updates and it would remediate at the cluster level of VMware. So it would keep track of how many hosts can reboot at one time. Maybe parallel updates. So you can do all at once.

Currently, you have to do all the firmware updates and then you have to do the VMware updates. So you have two reboots and it would be better if it was just one.

In general, I think the development of new features should go faster.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable. It functions. We have no problems whatsoever with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We're quite static, we haven't needed to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

Tech support is good.

With the Smart Update Tools we had some issues with the integration, and they didn't really find out what was happening. So that wasn't very good, but all the other cases were good. Ninety percent of the time it's been good.

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

We were just using the predecessor of the software, HPE SIM.

How was the initial setup?


What about the implementation team?

I was able to do it myself.

What other advice do I have?

In general, when selecting a vendor we look for 

  • reliability
  • enterprise-ready is very important for us
  • support
  • how they stand in the market. Is there enough information available? Do they have enough customers to know that it is secure, stable?
  • Pricing is also an issue.

I rate it an eight out of 10 and that's mostly because it's good software. It's getting better every day, and more integrations are coming. But the feature I mentioned above that is still not there, it could go faster.

And you see that HPE has problems, sometimes, supporting older product ranges. And I think it costs a lot of effort to keep them supported. And new ranges are coming out and they also have to be supported.

I would advise using this software if you're using HPE, of course, because you don't have to put in any effort. But it depends. I think it's good software for us, but I cannot say for sure regarding someone else's situation. If they have the same stuff we have, like hardware and blades, then I would recommend it.

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