HPE SimpliVity Review

Good access, high availability, and interface


What is our primary use case?

We sell HP products. Hyperconvergence with SimpliVity is one of the main products that we are pushing. The virtual application is the main product. It is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), but it is only an application. We sell this infrastructure to our customers and put the virtual application in this infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

A solution that provide a simple way to HA , is absolutely efficient and improve the work for the IT team

What is most valuable?

The access, high availability, and interface are the most valuable and important for us. There is one interface for the whole product, which is very important because you have a single pane to view all the infrastructure of a customer. You can improve your data recovery plan or DRP, or you can make a special emergency plan if a disk has any problem.

What needs improvement?

It is not so cheap, and this is the most common complaint that my customers have. It is a very good product, but the price is an issue in Latin America.

VMware is a de facto tool. It would be useful for customers if HP can also use Red Hat or any other open-source virtualization product. Currently, you can only use VMware to manage the machines inside SimpliVity.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been selling HPE SimpliVity for less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

You can easily scale without any problem by adding new nodes, which is a very good part of the product. Currently, my customers don't have a requirement for scalability, but they will have a requirement in the future. They will have to scale the platform, storage, and virtual machines in the near future. A customer is planning to add one or two nodes at the beginning of the next year. My customers are medium-sized and big-sized companies.

How are customer service and technical support?

They can maybe improve the response time. When a customer has an emergency and is pushing us, we need to respond in the best way. This is not a complaint. Customers always want the solution immediately. We help our customers in getting the most uptime for this service.

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

No, previously we didn't use a differente solutio , just HP DL nodes separately

How was the initial setup?

It is a new technology, and the setup is a little complicated. The learning curve is not so high, and you can learn to deploy the product easily in a couple of weeks. You have to get people certified in different technologies of HP before the deployment.

Deployment can take from a couple of weeks to a month and a half. There could also be problems with a customer's infrastructure. In some cases, putting the devices is a whole new project because the customer is not prepared.

What was our ROI?

In Latam is very different a ROI. Depends of the industry and all the return has more time to return

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

It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price. The enterprises must evalute carefully what they want to do and how many people has tod do te job. A simple interface improve operational time

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix, Dell nodes

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. It is very good for me. 

I would rate HPE SimpliVity a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

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