HPE SimpliVity Review

Scalable and less complicated to deploy, but backup and DR feature sets need work


What is our primary use case?

We use it for storage.

What is most valuable?

The scalability is its most valuable feature. It's also able to do stretch clustering.

What needs improvement?

There are a lot of features that they need to improve on, such as the backup and DR feature sets. I would also like to see it able to restore item levels, especially for databases. They don't have that right now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is okay. I'm not that impressed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is okay.

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

We were using what is called a traditional conversion solution. We switched to SimpliVity because it enabled us to consolidate our nodes. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used D-Plus. They're pretty good.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI.

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

It's about $10,000 monthly.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared it with other products, such as Nutanix and vSAN, and we weighted the features that we needed. This solution was the one that met the greatest number of our requirements. It's also less complicated to deploy and has a smaller footprint.

What other advice do I have?

The product is good. It might not meet all your requirements, but it is one of the solutions that met most of our requirements. There's no "best product" out there but this is likely the best for your needs.

I would rate SimpliVity at a seven out of ten, based on the features and the requirements that we have.

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