Compare FlexPod vs. HPE SimpliVity

FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 121 reviews while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 41 reviews. FlexPod is rated 8.6, while HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of FlexPod writes "The agility reduces the number of hours that it takes to construct a physical or virtual data center". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "Freed up resources to do more application delivery type functionalities". FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, VxRail and Nutanix, whereas HPE SimpliVity is most compared with Nutanix, VxRail and VMware vSAN.
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From the Cisco side, the most valuable features of this solution are the data center density, the deployment, and the management of the servers and the networking.The best thing about this solution is the tight integration with VMware, Cisco, and NetApp from both a hardware and software perspective.NetApp is always coming up with features that I want before I know that I want them.The most valuable features of this solution are efficiency and simplicity.The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability.The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation point because it's a lot less staff to have to manage it.The most valuable features of this solution are the integration and ease of use.The guides that we use to install FlexPods are always up-to-date. This is really helpful, especially if there is a new product with NetApp moving so far forward and Cisco as well. For them to join together and update a centralized document for the install process, it is really good. It helps us understand if there are features from the first version that we installed while upgrading that we need to implement. Those are in the document. So, we find that document useful and helpful when moving forward.

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A very small package but with lots of memory and CPU.The biggest benefit of this solution is that If you use it, you can use it for the company headquarters and also for all the branches. You use the same system, only a smaller size. With SimipliVity you can also use the included backup solution. You don't need any other solution to back up the data or to transfer it.The most valuable aspect of the HPE SimpliVity is the DL380 G10. We have mostly been using VMware and Hyper-V. On one side we have Hyper-V and the other side we have the VMware.Among the valuable features are that it's a complete solution, it's easy to use, and there is not a lot of management time involved in operating the solution.The scalability is its most valuable feature. It's also able to do stretch clustering.The solution's simplicity is its most valuable feature. The usability is also good.The rate of compression for the data in SimpliVity is the most valuable feature.As a point for optimization on our infrastructure, it works great for us.

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Hyper-V is not as well supported by NetApp and Cisco as VMware is, which is something that should be improved.I would like to see more storage-related features.The only support call that we have had in six years was related to an ONTAP upgrade, where one of the controllers didn't patch properly.We have had some problems with SnapSuite and the replication functionality.I would like to see a more centralized support model.We would like to see the automation improved because there has been a learning curve having to create the workflows.This is an expensive solution.It would be nice to have something like an automated, upgrade solution The tasks needed to upgrade the hardware within FlexPod are still quite behind compared to some of its other aspects. That's more on the Cisco side.

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I would like them to add more connection capability, a hub and spoke model, to improve the number of connections that it can handle.The price is quite high. The system could also be more scalable.A lot of our customers are using VMware and also are using Hyper-V. Hyper-V is not very stable on the HP SimpliVity.I would like to see it be a truly hybrid-cloud solution where I could take my on-prem SimpliVity environment and have replication to a cloud install.I would like to see it able to restore item levels, especially for databases.The initial setup was a little complex because we were in the first version, fresh releases.When we make some upgrades to the platform, it does take time to stabilize the structure again.The initial setup was complex. It took a few months to integrate and adapt to the new platform.

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The total cost of ownership with this solution is good.The footprint in the data center is quite large, especially when you scale out. Maybe find some hardware in the future, where if a new blade comes out, then Cisco can say, "Look, we'll buy those blades back off you, and we'll give you this blade for X amount of money." A buyback scheme would be good for hardware, and even NetApp as well. Something like a buyback scheme for blades and stuff moving forward would be good, because I know that they're going to put more power into them. E.g., replacing four blades might equal one blade, which would be awesome, but we are still going to have those four blades around. Maybe having something where it will give you this much money for these blades so we can upgrade. That would be perfect.Our licensing costs are about $50,000 per year.The main return on investment would be that instead of having to refresh all of our desktop hardware we have been able to go reimage existing machines and use those as thin clients, then also purchase new thin clients rather than buying actual hardware. It also reduces the overhead of having our technicians deploy those systems and maintain them.The solution has saved our customers' organization in terms of CapEx. E.g., with the cloud availability, it's turned into sort of a hybrid CapEx/OpEx model.It is not cheap, but there is a return on investment in time saved and efficiency.We have a lease for approximately $10,000 USD per month.The annual cost is approximately $100,000 USD.

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We're paying $3,000-$4,000 a month.It's about $10,000 monthly.For three years, it is $60,000 for three nodes. It is quite pricey.The only thing that I think we are paying for is the VMware licenses, but we are enterprise, so it is not horrible.For the VMware licensing, it is approximately $10,000 a year.The time savings on the administration side of things is huge. We had somebody who was dedicated pretty much full-time to hardware, and now, they spend about a quarter of their time a year on hardware-related issues.Upfront costs seems high at first look, but after analyzing all the benefits of SimpliVity, we have come out ahead.It has helped to reduce our VMware licensing costs due to host consolidation.

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1st
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10,751
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Reviews
108
Average Words per Review
586
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8.6
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55,997
Comparisons
37,221
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41
Average Words per Review
380
Avg. Rating
8.8
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FlexPod
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Overview

The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk

HPE SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.

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Sample Customers
University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance GroupRed Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider10%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Healthcare Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company19%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm12%
Healthcare Company6%
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Financial Services Firm19%
Healthcare Company10%
University8%
Retailer8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company20%
Comms Service Provider15%
Manufacturing Company9%
Healthcare Company6%
Company Size
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise68%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise51%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise34%
Large Enterprise40%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise47%
Large Enterprise29%
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