HPE SimpliVity Review

Prior to Simplivity, we struggled to complete weekly file server backups over the weekend, and full VM restores would take hours.


What is most valuable?

VM backup and recovery.

How has it helped my organization?

Prior to Simplivity, we struggled to complete weekly file server backups over the weekend, and full VM restores would take hours. With Simplivity we are able to backup file servers every 4 hours and restore them in less than 20 seconds. These file servers are approximately 2TB.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see Simplivity come out with some sort of Simplivity Engineer certification, which would grant me the ability to handle the more technical issues on my own, without having to call support.

For how long have I used the solution?

Approximately two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not so far

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer service has been great.

Technical Support:

Technical support has been great. They have improved software upgrades dramatically, allowing me to perform my own upgrades without having to call support.

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

In the past we were running UCS with a NetApp SAN connected via FC. We were ready for a refresh when we saw Simplivity. It looked like a perfect fit.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was very easy. We just input IP addresses for each network and the setup wizard took care of everything.

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

Pricing is a little high in my opinion. Prices have climbed consistently since our purchase and install.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did an evaluation with Nutanix, but found their data redundancy was not sufficient for us.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

3.5.2.90
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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