Zeljko RadjenData Centre Solution Department director at a tech services company
Anonymous UserPre-sales Engineer at a tech services company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable features are resiliency and data protection."
"If you were comparing this solution to VMware, it has more features, and it's very fast on the recovery."
"I've found the data protection features the most valuable."
"The HPE Hyper Converged solution is used in a hybrid cloud configuration. We assess the disk space and partition additional capacity."
"What I really like about this program, is that it needs little space and it works really fast, so it saves us time."
"The most valuable feature is the in-built backup system. The backup speed is also excellent."
"Hyper-convergence is the most valuable aspect of the solution. We can avoid downtime when there's maintenance or updates needed. Also, we have homogenous hardware, so we have a lot of trust in the solution's reliability."
"The most valuable features of this solution are fast deployment, security, and it is easy to upgrade."
"We can get backups faster. We have a smaller footprint for hardware, which takes up less space. So, we use less electricity and floor space."
"The solution has eliminated the need for overprovisioning. It is designed to take advantage of deduplication strategies, which means we don't have to have as much disk in the system to do the job that we used to have to do."
"The way it does backups is its most valuable feature. It replicates snapshots with very low bandwidth. We only have a 50 megabit link to that site, and it doesn't really use much of it at all. Therefore, it is a really good fit for getting our backups done."
"The ease of use on the backup and DR and replication side of things is good. It can be done by a VMware admin with no additional training."
"Looking at the way that our infrastructure team works now, we don't think about infrastructure, storage, or compute anymore. The solution just works. It is same with the backup and replication side of things, as it just works on schedule. We don't have to manage it tightly, like we used to."
"It is simple and easy to use."
"It comes all in one box."
"It has instantaneous backup and lag-free restore. When everything is running, I can bring back a huge VM in less than 30 seconds. That's even better than Veeam."
"A software-only version of the solution, without the hardware, would be nice."
"One problem I've had is that I was trying to do a move and it was not working. I was given an error and a message asking me to shut down the machine first and then move it to another host."
"The price can be improved. We would like to see support for some open source virtualization technology like for example KVM."
"Some improvement is required in the availability of the data and performance. The solution is too expensive for our customers. The pricing should be lower."
"The solution is not very stable."
"The solution can be improved on the management side. More management features should be added to future releases."
"The solution would be better served if it integrated with other solutions better."
"Providing local technical support and improving the price are areas this service needs to consider improving."
"I have not seen ROI."
"The technical support is weak. It is a layered product. It has a software solution on top of the SimpliVity solution, which is built on top of the hardware of the HPE DL380s. When we call for a problem that we know is related to the DL380, we get a SimpliVity guy trying to solve a SimpliVity problem. If it is not a SimpliVity problem, it's a hardware problem. So, it takes awhile for them to figure out which part of the organization should really be helping us."
"SimpliVity has this thing where if a virtual machine is on the wrong node with two nodes, it will be optimized. However, if one of the nodes won't be optimized, then it will complain about that. It will give you a little warning to say the source is not optimized. Please move this to one of the other hosts. They should just add a little thing in SimpliVity to move all the VMs to the right host, because it is a pain to load balance across the three nodes when all these VMs are complaining and you have to move them to one."
"The biggest feature, which should be included, is some method to handle archival backup or cloud-based backup. Where SimpliVIty typically falls down with their data structure is: The longer a backup is kept, the more space it ends up inevitably using. When you get into things that you have to keep for five or seven years for legal requirements or regulatory compliance, then you start taking up a lot of space with these old dead backups that you are probably never going to use again. Being able to offload those to a separate platform or cloud storage location would be ideal."
"HPE could give us more options for server models to chose when using the product. Right now, we can only use the DL380."
"It crashes often. When one particular VM has random, large IOPS requests, it will bog down the node, and there isn't enough time for the replica to be brought up. So all the VMs on that one particular node will essentially become offline."
"There is room for improvement in that there is a need for so many Federation nodes. It would help if they increased that capacity so that we didn't have to have so much hardware in our secondary site."
"The initial setup was complex because it was a new solution."
"It is an expensive solution, however. If they could adjust the pricing, that would be helpful."
"The solution is too expensive for our customers. The pricing should be lower."
"The solution is expensive - not only the hardware costs but server costs too. And the more you scale, the more expensive it gets."
"There are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"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."
"The only thing that I think we are paying for is the VMware licenses, but we are enterprise, so it is not horrible."
"For three years, it is $60,000 for three nodes. It is quite pricey."
"It's about $10,000 monthly."
"We're paying $3,000-$4,000 a month."
"It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me."
"It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price."
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