HPE SimpliVity Review

Our backups are now more efficient and reliable because the system manages them much better for us


How has it helped my organization?

Our backups are now more efficient and reliable because the SimpliVity system manages them so much better for us. It allows us to replicate them as often as we like to another pair of SimpliVity boxes at one of our remote sites.

What is most valuable?

Having one management console to do everything from was a great improvement over dealing with separate hardware for servers, SANs, backups etc. Also, the ability to spin up a new VM within minutes has been a huge time saver.

What needs improvement?

Upgrading the firmware/software could be more seamless (or at least be assigned a technician who could walk us through the process for both the SimpliVity software as well as the VMware software).

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The SimpliVity solution has been very reliable and stable for us. A few times over the years where we had errors or hardware issues, they were resolved in a timely manner by SimpliVity support.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's been pretty good. Before HPE bought Simplivity, I feel the customer service was great. The couple times I have had to contact support after HPE bought SimpliVity, it has been what I have come to expect from large companies.

Technical Support:

The techs that I have worked with have been really good and seem to know their stuff.

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

This was our first hyper-converged solution. Previously, we had used separate blade servers tied to separate SANs tied to separate backup solutions.

How was the initial setup?

With the assistance from SimpliVity engineers who were on site for the initial deployment, everything went very smoothly.

What about the implementation team?

Our solution was recommended by our trusted vendor and SimpliVity engineers were on site to help implement the solution. Everyone was very knowledgeable.

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

Make sure you plan for future growth and get a solution that has enough storage/resources for years to come. Originally, we thought we were only going to deploy our most critical VMs using this product, but once we saw how much better it was to manage the VMs, back them up, and deploy new VMs, we started moving a lot more servers over to it. Eventually, we had to buy another pair of SImpliVity OmniCubes to accommodate everything.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, once we found out about the SimpliVity product and saw a demo, we were sold. We have been very happy with our decision.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking to consolidate and simplify the management of various servers, definitely look into a solution from SimpliVity.

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