HPE Synergy Review

Scales easy with good technical support and a straightforward setup


What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution in order to deploy an on-prem client.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature within the solution is the main management offering. They call it the GreenLake offering. It's the OPEX model. They manage that for the client.

The stability is very good so far. The performance has been reliable.

The solution is easily scalable. You can expand it if you want to.

If you have the right team in place, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.

Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful.

They're way ahead of the game. The software-defined fabric they have is very good.

What needs improvement?

They actually have a different offering with Nutanix. That's more generic. The Synergy platform is HPE-specific and more for on-premises. You're kind of locked in with VMware and the HPE with the VMs. The Nutanix offering is a bit more flexible.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about a year and a half. That was when it was installed by a client. It hasn't been too long.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have the stability to be reliable. The performance is good. There aren't bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is extremely scalable. It's one of the highlights of the product for us. If a company needs to expand, it can do so with ease.

It's a data center offering. Whatever applications are installed on there, and, in our case, there are hundreds of applications installed, services all the users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been in touch with their technical support and they assisted us in the implementation process. Their assistance is top-of-the-line. The team is helpful and responsive. We're quite satisfied with the level of support provided.

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

I have experience with Nutanix. I would say with Nutanix, the sky's the limit there. It's very comprehensive and it integrates with all the clouds - and you have the on-prem as well if you need it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup isn't too complex. It's straightforward. With the team we had, it was fairly easy. We also had assistance from HPE throughout the process, and having their insights were helpful.

In general, the maintenance is handled by HPE. We don't have to worry about it.

What about the implementation team?

HPE was there all along the way. It was very good. They're very good to work with.

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

I can't discuss the exact amount of money we pay for licensing. The amount is confidential.

It's my understanding that the deal we arrived at was very competitive.

What other advice do I have?

We are consultants. HPE is simply a service provider for us.

I don't recall which version of the solution we are using.

I would advise others considering the solution to consider the Nutanix HPE with the GreenLake as an alternate. There is just a little bit more flexibility in a product like Nutanix, although they are all good.

I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten.

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