HPE Synergy Review

By automating we can avert human errors and have increased our efficiency

What is our primary use case?

We use Synergy for VMware and some physical servers.

How has it helped my organization?

There is no comparison between installing a server by hand versus having everything automated in place. That makes a big difference. By automating we can avert human errors. Life becomes easier and operations become much easier.

It helps us manage our IT landscape by reducing the amount of manual work we have to do.

In terms of implementing new business requirements quickly, so far my exposure to Synergy is the fact that we can automate everything. We can easily spin up a new virtual machine and scale up our capacity for VMware. If we need to scale out or scale up an application we can do it very easily. We can have the VMware infrastructure ready in no time.

Overall, it has made us more efficient. On the infrastructure side, we have more control over the firmware and how we are managing our physical servers.

Synergy has also decreased our deployment time and reduced our cost of operations.

What is most valuable?

  • It provides us with automation at the hardware level. 
  • Coordination through HPE OneView is great.

What needs improvement?

I would be more comfortable if Ansible actually rolled back the data used for automating platforms. If it could be communicated to the upstream Ansible, I wouldn't need to go back and forth and validate the libraries as we upgrade the Ansible version. The backward compatibility is there, but if we need to spend time testing the code frequently, it will make our lives difficult, and we might lose some production cycles.

For how long have I used the solution?

I'm just getting started with it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's pretty stable. We wouldn't have bought it otherwise.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have any experience with HPE technical support.

What other advice do I have?

If someone is looking at HPE Synergy, c7000, or Cisco UCS, Synergy is worth a shot because it provides a lot of flexibility and automation. It can make the lives of operations team members, or whoever is managing the hardware, much better due to the automation. The biggest thing that I like about Synergy is the automation.

Compared to the other product that I have used, I would rate Synergy at eight out of ten. This is a cool platform. Compared to UCS this is a little better, more user-friendly.

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