HPE SimpliVity Review

Restores that used to take us days can now be done almost instantly


What is our primary use case?

We use SimpliVity in our retail stores as a backup solution.

How has it helped my organization?

We had an incident once where one of our primary servers in a retail store went down. It took us less than a second to do a restore. It came back up and we were up and running. It used to take us days to restore those servers.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the quick restore.

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement in that there is a need for so many Federation nodes. It would help if they increased that capacity so that we didn't have to have so much hardware in our secondary site.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems pretty stable in regard to the way it's working with the Federation and in the local copies.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. It's scalable to what we need it for.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is amazing. It's really good. We've gotten the white-glove treatment from HPE and CDW.

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

We were running on antiquated equipment and older solutions that required a lot more hands-on work. We used a piecemeal solution. We had two Dell servers and a VNXe storage unit and we backed it up through Commvault. So we had a bunch of different providers, different supports that we'd have to call for the three different things. With SimpliVity it is all just one.

How was the initial setup?

Initially, it was pretty complex for us because we didn't know anything about it. But once we got the hang of everything, it actually became pretty simple.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller, CDW. Our experience with them has been great. They've been an awesome reseller for us. We do almost all of our stuff through CDW.

What was our ROI?

We haven't really seen ROI yet because we're still fairly new to the product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our shortlist included Dell and Commvault. We chose Simplivity for the simplicity of the way it works and the true hybrid converged appliance which was there. We didn't have to buy a bunch of equipment. We bought two nodes and were able to do everything with those two nodes.

What other advice do I have?

If you're a retail company that has a bunch of stores, I would actually highly recommend this for your stores - for the simplicity of it, the ease of the restores, and keeping your environment up and running.

We use it as a backup solution and so that the nodes don't fail. When the nodes fail, it's all governed through SimpliVity. It's been working really great. We haven't had too many issues with it.

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