HPE Synergy Review

Helps us allocate more servers when needed, within the cluster


What is our primary use case?

We use it for mission-critical applications and mission-critical databases. An example is that we host development servers on it.

How has it helped my organization?

In terms of managing our IT landscape, the solution helps us allocate more servers when needed, within the cluster.

Synergy also helps us implement new business requirements quickly. We needed a new VMware cluster for a particular application. We were able to throw those Synergy hosts in there and create it really quickly for QRadar, and attach a lot of storage to it.

It's something that is easy to implement and get moving on and I don't have to worry about anything else.

What is most valuable?

  • Dependability
  • Reliability
  • The ease of managing the system

What needs improvement?

One of the features I want to see, which I will see with OneView 5.0, is to have all the OneView consoles in a single pane of glass. That will make it easy to see everything in one place and not have to log in to multiple consoles.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good. It's easy to scale out: Throw a blade in there and apply a profile to it and move on.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is great. HPE has always had great technical support.

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

We were running out of resources and some of our hardware was getting old and needed to be replaced. We used Cisco UCS and we still use it. We purchased both of them to leverage out our resources with our different vendors.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a little complex because it was a new system for us; different than the c7000 enclosures that we used before.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller and our experience with them was very good.

What was our ROI?

We can put a bigger workload on there because the systems can produce a lot more resources now. I would say it has reduced our cost of operations; I couldn't imagine it doesn't. It has also reduced our IT infrastructure costs, although I don't deal much with the cost side of things.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I can't say that I had a shortlist because I've only got two vendors that I use: Cisco and HPE.

What other advice do I have?

Do your research but evaluate this system.

I rate it an eight out of ten because there's no perfect system. Ten is perfect but every system has its little glitches.

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