HPE SimpliVity Review

User-friendly, good support, stable with zero downtime, and the deduplication ratio is excellent


What is our primary use case?

We have about 45 virtual servers running for the company. These include file servers, SQL servers, public safety, GIS, Exchange, and all other applications used by a local government.

What is most valuable?

The whole backup and recovery capability. We are able to create full backups and restore full backups in typically 40 to 50 seconds. This has been a great feature.

The deduplication is resulting in a data reduction ratio of 290:1 at the moment.

The interface is fairly user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

Prior to the latest release, it was a real pain to upgrade SimpliVity. First, the host server had to be upgraded with the latest drivers, followed by an upgrade of the OmniStack controller software, and lastly, an upgrade of the VMware ESXi software. Each of the three steps were done independently and the process took 2 to 3 hours per node. Starting with the 4.0 Release, an Upgrade Manager orchestrates the whole process and greatly simplifies it. It still takes 2+ hours per node, however.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using SimpliVity for about two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SimpliVity has been very stable. We've had no downtime.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes. You can't just add more disks to it.

We have about 250 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've had a few instances where we've had to work with HPE support and they've resolved everything very quickly. We've had zero downtime.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was fairly straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We had HPE implement and deploy the product for us. We purchased it from a local HPE partner and they set the whole thing up.

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

We bought this solution as a package that included all of the hardware and all of the software.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated options from Dell, IBM, Nutanix, Scale, and others before choosing SimpliVity.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good solution aside from the issues with scalability and improving the ease of upgrading. The upgradability has improved but it's still far from simply clicking a link and it automatically upgrades. It's not quite that simple yet, but it's getting there.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

380 Gen 10
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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