HPE Synergy Review

We're able to deploy development environments rapidly

What is our primary use case?

It's our day-to-day production device. We deploy our workloads and VMs in clusters on it.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution helps us to implement new business requirements quickly, by using the Composer for efficiency. It has also improved the productivity of our development team due to the efficiency of being able to deploy via Composer. We're able to deploy development environments rapidly. We have seen about a 25 percent reduction in deployment times.

What is most valuable?

Ease of use.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's absolutely reliable. Zero outages.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's easily scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is solid. We really haven't had issues with it, so we haven't had to go down that path much yet.

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

We had aging gear. We went from c7000s into Synergy.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. We met them at the data center for four days. We racked, stacked, and deployed it. They showed me the ropes. It was easy.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator/reseller. They were solid.

What was our ROI?

We've seen ROI through density and capacity into it. Where I had four c7000 chassis running a lot of standalone stuff, I was able to consolidate a lot of that and virtualize it. It has reduced our cost of operations and IT infrastructure costs, the latter by about 50 percent. With aging gear that needed long-term maintenance, consolidating into a chassis or two reduced maintenance costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went with Synergy because it was the best-in-breed and the next generation, from the existing c7000s. We're exclusively an HPE shop, so we didn't really fish around.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely go with it. Use this product. It's best-in-breed. The biggest lesson we've learned from using this solution is to continue using this solution.

I would give it a nine out of ten for sure because it's 100 percent reliable and for the ease of use. I seldom give anything a ten. There's always room for improvement, I'm just not thinking of a specific feature or two that are missing, but there is certainly a feature or two missing.

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