Compare HPE Synergy vs. Lenovo Flex System

HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 48 reviews while Lenovo Flex System is ranked 7th in Blade Servers with 1 review. HPE Synergy is rated 8.2, while Lenovo Flex System is rated 8.0. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo Flex System writes "We can now create machines easily without waiting to provide more hardware". HPE Synergy is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M and Cisco UCS B-Series, whereas Lenovo Flex System is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE Superdome X and Cisco UCS B-Series.
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Pros
The Online firmware update for the virtual connects has minimized our downtime windows.The most valuable features of this solution are the ease of management and the integration with OneView.Where it used to take one week to re-image or upgrade our hosts, it can now take one day.We have more control over the firmware and how we are managing our physical servers.It has had a positive effect on the efficiency of our IT infrastructure team. The manageability of it is so easy, we're able to install it quickly, and replacement parts are easy to get in and out quickly.Cable management is a big feature, in addition to time to deployment. We can buy a new server and have it up and running very quickly.Valuable features include its dependability, reliability, and the ease of managing the system.With OneView, we can take care of all our servers in one dashboard.

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The stability and speed are always good. The processor is good and it's still working with our loads.

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Cons
Technical support for this solution has a very good initial response; however, escalation takes time, and most of the time the first level of support cannot solve your case.A faster Composer module would be a good inclusion for the next release of this solution.The installation and initial setup process is complex and needs to be improved.I would be more comfortable if Ansible actually rolled back the data used for automating platforms. If it could be communicated to the upstream Ansible, I wouldn't need to go back and forth and validate the libraries as we upgrade the Ansible version.I would like to see more nodes in a single chassis so we wouldn't have to purchase additional chassis.I would really like a way to validate the firmware in my specific environment before trying to deploy it. Those were the issues we had early on with firmware upgrades, particularly around certificates. All in all, having some level of confidence aside from it just having been tested generically would help. Something more specific to my environment would be very helpful.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.We haven't seen any ROI, and it hasn't reduced our cost of operations.

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The user-interface needs improvement, because they have an application from which we have to manage the whole system and all the infrastructure. This application is not working at our premises, because of some problem with the hardware itself. So although we brought it with our systems, and we used it to manage all the systems: the storage, the switches, and everything, nevertheless we have to support every part alone and enter the interface in one-by-one.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
We pay for licensing on the fibre channel uplinks, on the Virtual Connect, which is an add-on.The solution has reduced our IT infrastructure costs by 50 percent.It costs us around $60,000 a year.The licensing is more around the software for RGS, because we are deploying bare metal installs. It is mainly the operating system and any lights-out management. So, licensing is minimum. We are licensing it annually.When we made the purchase of the hardware, we added Professional Services to it.Nutanix was really hard to implement, and it was very pricey compared to what we get from Synergy.We do CAPEX.For temporal use, when you throw on the fact that you're essentially doubling your capacity, right there you could claim a 50 percent TCO reduction.

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We have the whole maintenance for the 3 years, starting the deployment. We also have the VMware license for 3 years and I think we have another license to buy. There are no additional costs besides licensing.

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Overview

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.

Flex System is Lenovo’s proven, 2nd generation blade, that efficiently runs your infrastructure applications with up to 80% better density than standard rack server deployments.

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Financial Services Firm17%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Retailer12%
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Software R&D Company27%
Financial Services Firm10%
Comms Service Provider9%
University8%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise61%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise80%
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