HPE Apollo Pros and Cons

HPE Apollo Pros

Dr Tuomas Sandholm
Professor at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's going to meet our needs moving forward, it is scalable.
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Derek Traynor
Data Center Manager at Maples And Calder
It's very reliable. I haven't had a single failure at all in the year and a half; not the slightest problem with it.
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Claudio De Plato
Network End Data Center Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We usually use three blades for two-rack units, and with enough storage, it's really a small system with a powerful CPU, powerful hard drives, powerful disks.
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Principa575f
Principal Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We're going to buy another Apollo 6500. We may configure it with half the number of GPUs because that may be all we need. In a sense, we can see the Apollo 6500 being so powerful that we only need half the GPU capability that we have now.
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Daniel Polombo
IT Architect
It's pretty flexible. You can choose how much storage you put on the server. You can have one to three nodes, depending on whether you want more CPU or storage.
we can use the same platform for several use cases: Hadoop, Ceph, and we are considering the server for another use case right now. It's a single solution, we only have to integrate it once and we can use it for several technologies.
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SeniorAc7315
Senior Account Manager
It enables us to implement software defined solutions very easily, because Apollo servers are certified for use with Linux systems
Apollo Systems provide stuff that standard services do not. More HTDs, more compute power, at very reasonable pricing.
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Anders Petterson
System Engineer at Mr Green
When we moved to the Apollo and all flash drives, we gained a lot of performance.
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HPE Apollo Cons

Dr Tuomas Sandholm
Professor at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
Lustre seems to be just a little bit unstable overall.
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Derek Traynor
Data Center Manager at Maples And Calder
One drawback which I had: When I needed to expand storage on the Apollo, I had significant problems getting disks for it. It was a very long wait-time. So, if I were to give any advice in regards to improving this product, I would say make more of the 8TB disks available quicker.
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Claudio De Plato
Network End Data Center Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We would like to see SimpliVity on top of the Apollo.
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Principa575f
Principal Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
I would want to see the flexibility of being able to run various network protocols including InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, as well as iSCSI, with iSCSI going up to 100 gigabytes per second -that would be outstanding.
We could, perhaps, use more GPUs in the future, go from eight to 16 GPUs per instance. That could run head-to-head against the DGX-1, the DGX-2 that NVIDIA has developed in their own chassis. That would be interesting to see.
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Daniel Polombo
IT Architect
There is a shared battery for all cache controllers in the node. When you have to replace that element, you have to take down all three nodes and not just one.
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SeniorAc7315
Senior Account Manager
We would like to see improved cooling because that is quite an issue. If you put that much compute power into a single rack, cooling really becomes an issue. And there is room for improvement there.
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Anders Petterson
System Engineer at Mr Green
We have tried to used standardization using Ubuntu Linux and it's been hard. They had some difficulties getting the RAID configuration up and running because there are no drivers for it. It's not supported by HPE.
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