HPE SimpliVity Review

Provides scalability and reduces complexity. I would like to see hybrid storage options.

What is most valuable?

  • Scalability
  • Ease of setup
  • Reduced complexity
  • Flexibility

How has it helped my organization?

We are resellers, so it allows us to sell our customers solutions that make their work easier. They can make a port more rapidly and fit a broader range of cloud data platforms.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more storage options, such as hybrid storage options. We sell other products as well. We run across a lot of customers who are not quite ready to go to all-flash, while it's probably a better idea. Not having an all-flash option right now is probably a hindrance for us, because the customers just get turned off when they see that. Even though what HPE is selling is actually a better option, sometimes convincing customers of that, when they are only looking at the bottom line, is difficult.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far, stability is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not really used technical support. It is pretty self-explanatory.

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

We saw changes in the market and changes in the way applications are developed. The market is going away from what we think of as databases, and is moving toward cloud data applications.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was very straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have used HPE, Dell, EMC, and Cisco. Typically, it's the customers' preference. A lot of times we have customers who are very comfortable with their existing HPE equipment. Going forward, if we go to a customer who doesn't have an existing preference, then that is where we are going to start directing them because of the partnership cooperation. HPE shines right now when compared to the other options.

What other advice do I have?

Compared to the protection offerings of the platforms, I think the competing native data protection just isn't there. SimpliVity really got that part nailed down. I would think that's probably an easy way to show the customer that it's the superior product.

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