HPE SimpliVity Review

Reduces complexity of our backup process and improves recovery time

What is our primary use case?

We're using it to refresh our retail stores.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our backup situation by reducing its complexity and improving recovery time.

As a refresh, we've improved our CPU and memory capability which allows us to build a foundation and continue to move forward in our app development. We can release new applications.

What is most valuable?

  • The easy to use interface
  • Already using VMware
  • A very small package but with lots of memory and CPU

What needs improvement?

I would like them to add more connection capability, a hub and spoke model, to improve the number of connections that it can handle. That would be helpful because we have a lot of retail stores.

There are certain technical things that we run into. There's a matrix compatibility where, if you upgrade one piece, the rest have to fall into line. If that requirement could be eased up a bit it would be a good thing.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I would consider it stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For the most part, for what it does, the scalability is fine.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller. Our experience with them was kind of interesting. CDW was the main partner but they had sub-contracted parts of it out to Tech Data, a move which added another layer that we didn't expect and was not fully disclosed at the beginning.

What other advice do I have?

You definitely have to do a PoC and check-mark all the different items that are in your requirements. Go from there and see if it actually works.

I'd give it a nine. It has pretty much everything there.

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