HPE SimpliVity Review

Enables us to be more efficient in disk usage with a significant reduction in space used


What is our primary use case?

We have a virtualized environment and we use it for backups and disaster recovery and to be able to store all of our data locally and replicate.

How has it helped my organization?

It's allowed us to be more efficient in disk space usage with a reduction of 47 to 1 in hard drive space.

What is most valuable?

  • It's a complete solution
  • Easy to use
  • Not a lot of management time involved in operating the solution

What needs improvement?

I would like to see it be a truly hybrid-cloud solution where I could take my on-prem SimpliVity environment and have replication to a cloud install.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. It has 100 percent uptime, other than regularly scheduled maintenance.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We're a relatively small organization so it was able to scale down to our level. We understand it can scale up exponentially.

How are customer service and technical support?

We get very good technical support.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used EqualLogic SAN with independent host but that solution was nearing end-of-life. By moving to SimpliVity we were able to reduce our hardware footprint.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was complex to me, but to the integrator and the SimpliVity people, it was routine.

What about the implementation team?

We used Advanticom out of Pittsburgh. Our experience with them was very good. They were very knowledgeable and worked well with SimpliVity's SEs and implementation people.

What was our ROI?

We have not done a true calculation, but based upon the support needs and the reduction in the footprint, there's definitely an ROI.

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

We're paying $3,000-$4,000 a month.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix was on the list. We chose SimpliVity - and this was about three years ago - based upon the simple deployment and interconnectivity ability.

What other advice do I have?

Ask people who have already implemented a solution for their opinion and you'll likely find that most of the SimpliVity customers would put the solution in again if they had to do it over.

I would rate SimpliVity a nine out of ten due to the fact that it needs little intervention on a daily basis, the uptime is excellent, and it works.

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