HPE Synergy Review

Condenses my compute into a more manageable rack space, reducing heat and power consumption

What is our primary use case?

We use it for converged infrastructure (compute). We are using it for Hyper-V and our SQL environments right now. We are doing some DevOps on it, as well.

How has it helped my organization?

Spinning up an environment is much quicker, because I don't have to reconfigure networking and redesign everything from the ground up. I throw a new blade into the frame and configure it based off a template.

The solution has improved the efficiency of our IT infrastructure teams by taking less time to set stuff up, reducing our deployment time.

The solution has positively affected the productivity of the development team by creating environments quickly.

What is most valuable?

I was able to condense my compute into a more manageable rack space, reducing heat and power consumption.

It makes it simpler for me to manage my environment. It is one pane of glass, compared to multiple.

What needs improvement?

Stability when you upgrade needs improvement.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is fairly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable, but it is challenging to scale it. It's not as easy as just putting in another frame.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is great.

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

I was a HPE customer and knew I needed to condense the number of compute units that I could have in a rack space without increasing the size of the room.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The expansion was complex, because adding a second frame onto the original frame caused an outage.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller, PCM, for the deployment. Our experience with them was excellent.

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

We do CAPEX.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

HPE was the only vendor considered.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend an HPE product because it is a good, stable product.

Biggest lesson learnt: You should set up two in parallel. In case one goes down, you can fail everything over to the other one.

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