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Derek Traynor
Real User
Data Center Manager at Maples And Calder
Dec 20 2017

What is most valuable?

It's really very clever the way it manages to hide the disks away. This idea of pulling out the little trays, I just think that's really, really clever. 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. It's been a pretty good product so far.

What needs improvement?

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. I ended up having a few issues because I ran out of space. There was a huge lead time while I waited for new disks to arrive here. It left me a bit exposed there for awhile. But that's the only criticism. Other than that, I think it's a great product. It's really good. Really reliable. Very cleverly designed and I… more»
Claudio De Plato
Real User
Network End Data Center Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 06 2017

What is most valuable?

It's a compact system. 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. So it provides enough performance in terms storage value… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is, as I said, we are compressing everything. In the past, we used StorageWorks P2000, plus SAN switches, plus three or four servers and so on. Now, we have two-rack units for everything. For a branch it's perfect because it's… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see SimpliVity on top of the Apollo.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have a strong relationship with HPE. So HPE was proactive in proposing this solution. We had a PoC, as I said, and we were happy with it and decided to implement it. It satisfies all our needs and is the perfect solution.

What other advice do I have?

Our most important criteria when selecting a vendor include, of course, the experience of the technician, then the support. With HPE as I said, we have a strong relationship. So there is a priority channel for HPE versus other vendors. We… more»
Real User
Principal Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 28 2018

What needs improvement?

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. That in conjunction with what Mellanox offers would provide us with a very high-speed networking interface. The other thing is we may 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.
Daniel Polombo
Real User
IT Architect
Dec 26 2017

What is most valuable?

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. And we can use the same platform for several use cases: Hadoop, Ceph, and we are considering the server for another use case right now… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's allowed us to benefit from IP-based storage instead of using only fiber channel SAN storage. Also, I don't think we could have afforded that quantity of storage in a SAN array.

What needs improvement?

There should be truly independent nodes for your rack, which can contain three different servers. I like to make sure when a component fails, I don't have to take down all three nodes. This is especially true as we usually have replication between these nodes. It would be a great asset to be able to… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor the most important criteria include * overall trust in the company * the financial side, of course, the price of the hardware * the quality of the support we can expect. I rate it at eight out of 10. As I said, true independence between the nodes would be an improvement. At… more»
Real User
Senior Account Manager
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

High compute density and high storage density at a reasonable cost

How has it helped my organization?

It enables us to implement software defined solutions very easily, because Apollo servers are certified for use with Linux systems, which is really a big thing for us.

What needs improvement?

Obviously I would like to see the cost go down. That speaks for itself. We would like to see improved cooling because that is quite an issue. If you put that much compute power into a single rack… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We actually had a business case. We were looking to address this business case with standard IT storage solutions but they were way too pricey for us. So we figured we needed a way to use a standard… more»

What other advice do I have?

Our most important criterion when selecting a vendor is reliability. We need a vendor to be there for us, even when the product is already three or four years old. That's a big thing for us. I give it… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We do look to Super Micro whenever price is king. But if we are looking for reliability, then HPE is the way to go.
Anders Petterson
Real User
System Engineer at Mr Green
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

It is quite simple when you get it going. I like the blade concept that makes is so much easier to handle the servers.

How has it helped my organization?

In the beginning we used Splunk in a virtual environment and the performance was quite hard on that system. So when we moved to the Apollo and all flash drives, we gained a lot of performance on that.

What needs improvement?

We unfortunately 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.

What other advice do I have?

From my end, I like that we get everything from HPE. So it's quite easy to point at HPE if something breaks. We have the switches from HPE, we have the storage from HPE, the service from HPE. So it's quite easy to get their help when something breaks, because they are responsible for all the parts… more»

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What is HPE Apollo?

The HPE Apollo high-density server family is built for the highest levels of performance and efficiency. They are rack-scale compute, storage, networking, power and cooling – massively scale-up and scale-out – solutions for your big data analytics, object storage and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. From water-cooling that’s 1,000X more efficient than air, to “right-sized scaling” with 2X the compute density for workgroup and private cloud workloads, the HPE Apollo line is a dense, high-performance, tiered approach for organisations of all sizes.

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