HPE Synergy Review

It provides one console with one place to get to everything, but HPE doesn't have the expertise internally to set these things up

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is primary compute. 

How has it helped my organization?

Everything is in one place. We have one place to with OneView. It provides one console with one place to get to everything. The one interface makes it easier. We have one guy who does almost everything in it.

The solution has decreased the deployment time for a new blade, saving us three hours. However, it has not decreased the deployment time for a VM.

What is most valuable?

It is very flexible.

What needs improvement?

The biggest problem that I have with it is the speed of setup.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable after the initial setup. We have flaky things, like a lot of bad fans.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We bought it half loaded with 18 blades, so we can still add 18 blades. That in itself makes it pretty scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

HPE doesn't have the expertise internally to set these things up.

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

Our previous solution was old. We were using HPE blade chassis.

We switched a year and a half ago, then again eight months ago.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex. It was slow and just didn't work. Even HPE couldn't make it work for 45 days.

What about the implementation team?

We use HPE Pointnext services to come out and change our bad drives.

What was our ROI?

As we move more workloads to the Synergy, then we will see more of a return on investment.

It has reduced our cost of operations by a headcount of 33 percent.

The solution has reduced our IT infrastructure costs by 5 percent due to headcount.

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

Since Synergies are expensive, our TCO may have gone up.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We always looked at HPE. It was really a choice between a blade chassis or Synergy.

What other advice do I have?

Except for the setup, everything else is fantastic. It is a really good product, but make sure you have a lot of time to set it up.

We run VMware on it, and always have. So, it is either run it on the stack or run it on Synergy, which is the same thing for us.

VMware helps us implement our business requirements more so than Synergy.

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