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HPE ConvergedSystem Alternatives and Competitors

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DB
Senior Systems Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
Good data center density, scalability, and technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "From the Cisco side, the most valuable features of this solution are the data center density, the deployment, and the management of the servers and the networking."
  • "Hyper-V is not as well supported by NetApp and Cisco as VMware is, which is something that should be improved."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is virtualization with Hyper-V.

We are using Cisco UCS and NetApp together in our FlexPod solution.

The validated designs for major enterprise applications are very important for our organization because we are part of the local government, and this solution is a critical platform for a broad array of applications and services that we provide to the public.

The history of innovations, in particular, the inclusion of all-flash, has had a positive effect on our database performance.

How has it helped my organization?

We are using the solution's tiering to AWS as a backup target for all of our data. It is essentially our DR and it is being sent out to AWS using SnapMirror.

In terms of making our staff more efficient, we have had a mixed experience. It isn't necessarily FlexPod, per se. Rather, we chose the wrong hypervisor. Hyper-V is not well supported. NetApp and Cisco don't know as much about running Hyper-V as they do VMware on top of the platform. It was really our choice of hypervisor that is the negative point.

We have been able to reduce our data center costs since implementing this solution. Three or four years ago, we were able to shrink our data center by fifty percent. This was a co-location leased space that we were able to reduce.

Our capital expenditures have been reduced, I would say, although I do not have exact figures.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration between NetApp and Cisco products. 

From the Cisco side, the most valuable features of this solution are the data center density, the deployment, and the management of the servers and the networking.

What needs improvement?

Hyper-V is not as well supported by NetApp and Cisco as VMware is, which is something that should be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for about eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Across the board, this solution is very stable. We're very happy. It is very resilient and fault-tolerant. Downtime would usually be due to human error.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

On both the storage and the compute side, this solution is very scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The solution's unified support for the entire stack is significant. In my experience, I've had situations where we built an architecture that did not have that model. It was difficult because as a customer, we ended up coordinating the support of the multiple vendors.

Our experience with them has been positive. We do have a technical account manager on the Cisco side, and the coordinated support is available if necessary.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we were using a multi-vendor storage solution that included HP Blade servers with equipment from EMC. We switched to Cisco, which was a strategic management decision.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution was complex because we were doing it for the first time. We have some very experienced Cisco engineers on staff, which was key to implementing Cisco UCS because it was familiar to them.

What about the implementation team?

We had a reseller assist us with the deployment, eight years ago. Because this was new for us, NetApp was involved to make sure that it was successful.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing FlexPod.

What other advice do I have?

There have been some improvements on the Cisco UCS side since we began using this solution. In the earlier days, it was more difficult to upgrade, and there was pain involved during the process. That has gotten a lot better over time.

My advice to anybody who is researching this type of product is to consider their requirements. If their need is for a dense data center that is scalable, then this would be the choice because it scales easier than any other product I'm aware of.

This is a good solution, but our experience hasn't been perfect.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to setup, reliable, and the virtualization is good

Pros and Cons

  • "We were satisfied after we upgraded to a professional next-day on-site support."
  • "It would be better to have a compact version of this solution for customers that have a small office and don't require a proper data center with power or an industrial type HP."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for virtualization.

What needs improvement?

There is a different product that we would like to explore from Dell. The project that we are currently working on requires us to replace all PowerEdge with VxRail.

The depth of this solution is quite lengthy, and it's very deep. 

I understand that 1U is the smallest size, but the depth is quite lengthy. You can have a model that is still 1U and inside you will have a large motherboard for dual processors, and dual power supplies. 

It would be better to have a compact version of it for some customers that have a small office and don't require a proper data center with power or an industrial type HP.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Dell PowerEdge VRTX for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Dell PowerEdge VRTX is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We are not scaling it. They are not clustered, they are mostly independent.

We have 60 employees in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

For us, technical support is excellent.

Support is thorough and the next business day they are on site.

Previously, they had onsite support after remote diagnostics. It was quite difficult for us because we had to do all of the diagnostics before a Dell engineer would go onsite.

The remote diagnosis can take days or weeks, but for professional support with the next business day on-site, the next business day we receive an engineer for an evaluation. If it's critical they will attend.

We were satisfied after we upgraded to a professional next-day on-site support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we were working with HPE, and an IBM server. 

We chose to go with Dell because the price is more competitive. Also, support in all regions is costly. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

The installation is easy, but it can take 30 minutes to deploy, depending on the configuration, and whether you are using it for bare-metal or for virtualization.

We are a team of three system admins to maintain and deploy this solution.

What about the implementation team?

We did not use an integrator or reseller. I complete the implementation by myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are renewing the support and we are purchasing the license for the software.

What other advice do I have?

We are currently evaluating Dell VxRail. In order to improve the utilization of the server, then we need to move on to VxRail.

I would recommend this product to anyone who is interested in using it.

I would rate Dell PowerEdge VRTX a nine out of then.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
SK
Application Operations Services Leader at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Offers seamless replication between data centers, but it needs to have multiple user interfaces

Pros and Cons

  • "Integration with VMware and VMotion definitely brings a lot of value."
  • "Scalability is an area that needs to be improved."

What is our primary use case?

All of our IT runs on this infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the flash.

Integration with VMware and VMotion definitely brings a lot of value.

What needs improvement?

One thing that it lacks is multiple user interfaces. It has a single interface that is used to access multiple layers and there are different levels of management. We are hoping that Nutanix will simply this.

Scalability is an area that needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this system for almost three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This platform has been pretty stable. We have had our challenges with people trying to hook things up, hardware failures, and cable failures. This is one of the reasons that we are looking to moving to hyper-converged infrastructure.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not had any challenges with scalability. The only component that we have scaled is storage. The compute and everything else is pretty modular. At the same time, our infrastructure team believes that Nutanix will be a better solution, overall, including from a scalability point of view.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used HPE Superdome and the Dell solution is better.

How was the initial setup?

The VxBlock System was easier to set up than our previous product by HPE.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are currently evaluating our infrastructure needs and are thinking about implementing a solution from Nutanix.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that has plusses and minuses. It is better than HPE Superdome and using big servers, and it works well with VMware and VMotion. At the same time, there are challenges with scalability.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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