Zeljko RadjenData Centre Solution Department director 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."
"The scalability is great, because it can scale independently."
"It's an all-flash solution. NetApp guarantees 3-to-1 or more than 3-to-1. It has guaranteed performance, like 15K IOPS per node."
"We like SnapMirror and we've been using it for many years. We also like the object storage tools, as well as cloud sync for customers wanting to integrate between the cloud and local."
"It allows me to move a VM set and require extra performance. I can easily move them onto it and have it just run."
"When you are doing lifecycles for your equipment, you can just swap out pieces of equipment. We used to do one big iron to another big iron, and that's a major migration hassle. Whereas, with this environment, you can go with small nodes, one at a time, and do a refresh."
"It is easy to set up, and you don't have to do much work to get it to do what it needs to do."
"It has reduced our hypervisor footprint by around 20%."
"The NetApp Deployment Engine that comes with it makes the actual deployment and usage very easy. That's our primary focus and it's hyper-converged. That's something that we want to use as well."
"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."
"In the next version I would like to see bigger GPU types and insurance for including transparency."
"The price should be lowered. It's a little expensive."
"It would be great if they took something like kernel storage and integrated straight into the NetApp as well."
"Because I like block mode, I'd like to see SAN connectivity. I would like to be able to easily put it into my current environment."
"There have been some drive type of issues where we have to apply a new code level. Storage nodes kick certain drives until they act as though they have failed when really they haven't. You just have to reinsert them, then they go on about their happy way. It's sort of a bug."
"I would like to see a better upgrade process, like the one that ONTAP has."
"HCI has not enabled us to consolidate workloads or break down silos and has not increased application performance. It has also not resulted in more efficient use of compute resources."
"The deployment process has room for improvement. I would like for it to be a cookie-cutter deployment."
"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."
"All the licenses are included when you buy the program."
"You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point."
"This solution reduced our maintenance costs. We were going to have to pay one to two million dollars to put in compute nodes. We are avoiding those costs."
"Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee."
"The licensing fees are renewed annually."
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HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.
Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.
NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.
HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 10 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 22 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 8.0, while NetApp HCI is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "High quality solution for hybrid cloud orchestration with quick and easy hardware scalability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "A strong and efficient product that can scale storage and compute independently". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Sangfor HCI, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes. See our HPE Hyper Converged vs. NetApp HCI report.
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