Ali YazıcıIT Service Manager at a financial services firm
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"With just one cable, for redundancy let's say two, you can feed sixteen servers in a single c7000 chassis."
"It is a stable, dependable solution."
"It is not expensive."
"The technical support is good."
"It is very stable."
"It is easy to scale if you have the licensing."
"The solution uses a smaller space in our data centers. It uses less feeder and network cable, which reduces costs."
"The solution has good scalability."
"The scalability is very good. The ability to link chassis or frames together makes it simplistic, especially with the use of OneView."
"The initial setup is straightforward. The infrastructures as code enables you to fill out the configuration before you even deploy it, then it is just a one-touch deployment."
"It makes life easier for us when we are deploying new technology, as we have the building blocks already in place."
"We have been able to give the deployment team what they request more quickly. We are able to quickly deploy what is being asked of us. If the development team needs a platform of 20 servers to run a particular platform, we can give that to them within a day or two."
"The solution help us to implement new business requirements quickly, since it is easy and quick to upgrade our capacity."
"As we purchase and install more Synergy chassis, then we will be able to manage them together as one entity, as opposed to multiple separate cabinets."
"The single pane of glass management is huge, because in all our previous systems, depending on what we were managing, we would go to a different management point. Being able to go to one spot to get everything is helpful. I find that server profile creation is a lot easier in OneView than it was previously. We are able to stay compliant with firmware and updates, because we are assigning server profiles and reapplying them when there are changes. This makes everything a lot simpler."
"The most valuable features are the evolution of our existing HPE portfolio, the integration with our existing tool sets, and the enhanced capabilities that OneView bring."
"The only side that must be improved is the active-passive interconnect module architecture."
"There could be more management capability to work with integrations."
"Some part of virtual connections needs improvement."
"It is lacking in the ability to replicate virtual machines more easily."
"The response time in terms of getting technical support assistance could be improved."
"They are not selling BladeSystem anymore. The end of the sale of this platform was this year, 2020."
"For me, the product is okay, but I would probably suggest improvement in their services or technical support. They need to work harder in the preventative maintenance of the system. They need to improve in terms of how quickly can we get attention and how quickly problems are resolved. Its price could also be lower."
"The management side of this solution could be improved."
"Synergy could probably do some code enhancements to simplify the deployment a bit more."
"The stability is not good right now. We have had a couple of outages where we have receive very good support from HPE. However, we have not been able to come up with cut and dried reasons for why the outages have occurred. They have not been able to be reproduced, so it has been difficult getting our trust back."
"You can always improve some things."
"I would like the ability to take the storage tray that is in a chassis and share it out to multiple chassis, not just the servers within the same chassis. This would be more efficient with resources."
"We had some challenges during the implementation and a few issues afterward, but they were all sort of related to how Synergy interacts with Nexus. Our Nexus on the network side is managed by another group, and they had just gotten Nexus, so they weren't really familiar with how Nexus even worked. Getting these two to interact well was the majority of our issues. It really didn't have anything to do with Synergy. It points to know the environment that you are putting it in and making sure you are dotting all your i's and crossing all your t's when you are figuring out what their requirements are to communicate."
"The post-sales activity needs improvement. There is some sort of convoluted spreadsheet that you have to fill in prior to the platform being delivered. It seems a little bit out-of-date and inefficient. Surely, there is some sort of web page configuration tool online that a customer could use. Then, it could be validated by somebody else, like a partner or HPE technical resource, then that would be a lot more efficient."
"It has been in the external integrations to other platforms that we have, which aren't HPE, where some of our challenges have been. I would like to see some integrations with non-HPE platforms."
"Having a seamless DR implementation would help significantly."
"It is not expensive, really, in this class of server products."
"It is expensive. There are no additional costs. We are able to get good discounts anyway from HPE, but if the price can come down, we'll be happy."
"Its pricing was good. We selected this solution because it was within our budget. We paid just once when we bought it. We never bought any license."
"The Nutanix platform came in a little more expensive than the Synergy."
"The solution has reduced our IT infrastructure costs because we have had to buy less services than we used to."
"In our whole environment, the cost is in the millions. On this particular chassis, the annual cost is 12 blades times approximately $40,000."
"The biggest cost is the VMware licensing."
"We do a biannual renewal. I know how much that renewal is, but I don't know how much it breaks down to be just Synergy, since we have our VMware, all of our physical equipment, etc. all rolled up into one renewal, which is a little over $300,000 every two years. However, only a subset of that is the Synergy product."
"There was at least about a 20 percent savings in cost over our purchase based on the purchase price of the compute modules themselves versus what we've had to pay before. It was significantly less."
"Synergy has lowered our total cost of ownership significantly. I would say ballpark around 25 percent, maybe more."
"We bought everything outright to start with. We don't do much consumption-based stuff."
HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, offers an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value instantly and continuously. It is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application. As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. With HPE Synergy, IT can become not just the internal service provider but the business partner to rapidly launch new applications that become the business.
HPE BladeSystem is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 10 reviews while HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 42 reviews. HPE BladeSystem is rated 8.4, while HPE Synergy is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HPE BladeSystem writes "Easy to set up and offers good scalability with a small footprint". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Synergy writes "We have gained some efficiencies on the provisioning front-end side, but there have been challenges with external integrations to other platforms". HPE BladeSystem is most compared with Cisco UCS B-Series, HPE Superdome X, Dell PowerEdge M, Lenovo Flex System and Super Micro SuperBlade, whereas HPE Synergy is most compared with Dell PowerEdge M, Cisco UCS B-Series, HPE Apollo, Lenovo Flex System and HPE Superdome X. See our HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy report.
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