HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity Reviews

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GregJohnson
Real User
Systems Engineering Manager at Prisma Health
Jul 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The cost is the most valuable feature. My accounting group loves that the spend is constant. We are not spending five million dollars, and 18 months later spending it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

If you pick any Epic upgrade, the faster that it can be done than the sooner you can turnaround the environment to your end users. This means less downtime and paperwork… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have more detail in the monitoring.

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

Our first year costs were approximately $1.2 million instead of spending five to six million dollars. We have had GreenLake two year now, and Epic says, "By the way, by… more»

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

We switched because Epic told us to do so. Epic laid out their roadmap and told us when the Gen9 blades would be going off their roadmap. They do a great job in testing… more»

What other advice do I have?

Give it a real good look. I was skeptical until I sat down and thought about what HPE was offering and delivering. It truly is pay for what you use. HPE has delivered on… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell EMC VxBlock and HPE. I have been using HPE servers since they were Compaq. So, the list was pretty much HPE. We looked at the competition, but to me… more»
ChrisAustin
Real User
Senior Principle Engineer of Architecture at Becton, Dickinson and Company
Jul 24 2019

What is most valuable?

It is significantly less expensive than going to cloud for development.

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us compute and storage. The biggest thing that it gives us is reportability; that's the critical component. By giving us a monthly bill that is expandable based… more»

What needs improvement?

In the GreenLake portal, I would really like to see more granularity in the costing model. That's the one limitation that we do have: We have a lot of departments. We want… more»

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

Our cost is approximately $25,000 a month.

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

We were using c7000 chassis with VMware. We were doing the same thing over and over again and it was costing us more money. We would let support contracts lapse and things… more»

What other advice do I have?

If your management is pushing you to go all-cloud, then really look at this service as an alternative, because you're getting all of the OpEx savings that you would in the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Dell EMC for their pay-as-you-go model, but because of the density of our virtual machine deployments, running up to a 100 VMs on a single blade, we… more»
Real User
Global Center Solution Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

Personally, it was being able to cycle out the old gear faster than we might have been able to otherwise. It helps us have a better defined lifecycle in place. The service… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has brought newer technology in more quickly. This comes with an associated lower risk of failure, as we can replace older gear that we might otherwise have been stuck… more»

What needs improvement?

Part of the integration, with cutting things over to Unisys, may have hurt us a bit. We had a couple of rough implementations earlier this year. Part of that was due to… more»

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

If you are looking to turn some of your capital expense into operational expense, this allows you to do it. It is a good idea.

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

Things were getting old, and we had to replace hardware. Back in 2010 and 2011, we bought a ton of hardware worldwide. We were at a big conversion. We would put off… more»

What other advice do I have?

Something that burned us upfront was underestimating some of the work involved. Once, we got some of the hardware in, then there was some other back-end stuff that had to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're an HPE shop. We have been since before I started there.
Real User
Server Infrastructure Manager at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 25 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to add storage space as needed. The solution covers our storage requirements. That is all we needed it to do.

How has it helped my organization?

Many times in the past we ran into a situation where we need to add a bunch of space for our engineering department when it was developing something. Now we can just add… more»

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see better reporting and monitoring of growth so we can better detect where the needs are for scaling. Also, I'd like to see more analysis so we can see where… more»

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

The pricing is based on the plateaus of usage. The more you use the more you pay but within ranges. We believe it has saved the organization money. As far as the exact… more»

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

Our decision was made through our constant conversations with our HP representatives and IAS (Integrated Archive Systems) working together to make a plan to fit our needs… more»

What other advice do I have?

I'd give this product a ten out of ten. The ease of use, scalability, customer satisfaction and the great service department have combined to make our experience with them… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are an HP house all the way, so we didn't have other choices. Before deciding to go with HP, we looked at a lot of other solutions out there and HP seemed to be the… more»
Real User
Head of Technical Services at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jul 03 2019

What is most valuable?

We like the way that we can OPEX the service. Its performance is a significant improvement over the legacy stack that we had. It sort of lines up with our direction to move to the cloud. By using a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The performance of our batch workloads with SLAs (for our batch reporting) will start to be met. It helps with our IT team's productivity, as they can focus on their day-to-day jobs rather than adding… more»

What needs improvement?

It offers flexibility in IT operations, but it hasn't done it yet. We should see this in the future. We are still managing the VMs in our IT operations.

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

It is replacing an existing, legacy SAN and compute stack. The existing stack, Fujitsu, was coming out of support, and we couldn't get parts for it anymore.

What other advice do I have?

Understand what your compute workloads will be and be really clear on that. Otherwise, you will procure starting up with too much or little. Just make sure you understand what your compute will be so… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Fujitsu, IBM, and Dell EMC. We went with HPE GreenLake because the OPEX model for us just works. It helps us start to align with the company vision for an OPEX, cloud-based service… more»
Real User
CFO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to grow into a lower price point at some point in time. Also, there's more visibility into the solution than we have in some of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We haven't had great success with it. Both times that we've had to increase the hardware, the deployment took way longer than expected. In addition, we haven't yet gotten… more»

What needs improvement?

I feel like I'm paying for 20 percent that I'm not using, because it's always over-provisioned by at least 20 percent or a minimum commit of 80 percent. Once you get up… more»

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

Right now we're paying about $180,000 per year.

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

We had heard about GreenLake at conferences and thought it might be an opportunity for us to use more HPE resources. We chose to try it at this particular deployment… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would depend on what the application is. In our particular application, it hasn't been helpful thus far. If you have an application where you're going to be at a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

HPE is our shortlist.
Rafael-Cardoso
Real User
Solutions Architect at Sercompe
Jul 03 2019

What is most valuable?

It is the flexible way to pay for everything that you need and pay as you go. We can pay for just what we need right now. It has great flexibility and scalability. It is a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The service has eliminated the need for overprovisioning. If we do not have this type of service, we would have to buy storage for five years and use maybe 50 percent of… more»

What needs improvement?

The time to receive a price when I am going to a proposal is too long.

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

We have reduced a lot of our VMware licensing costs.

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

We are a solution provider, and we bought new storage to provide services to our customers.

What other advice do I have?

Look carefully and understand with this model you can buy just what you need right now, and not overprovision.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Lenovo and HPE were on our shortlist. We chose HPE because this was the more precise service.
Real User
Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

Its flexible, scalable, and easy to use. The Flexible Capacity, which we can build on. Flex Capacity has eliminated the need for overprovisioning. We only pay for the capacity that we use.

How has it helped my organization?

We making a shift from being reseller of HPE products to a managed services provider. The GreenLake service helps us with setting the flexible capacity for our customers in our own client environment.

What needs improvement?

HPE could improve GreenLake to have even more flexibility. In lots of ways, the public cloud, like Azure, is even more flexible than HPE GreenLake.

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

It has affected the administrative aspect of our IT operations a lot, because there is financial flexibility that we have in the HPE Flexible Capacity contract.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend to buy it. My technical colleagues are always talking about how satisfied they are with HPE services.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For the server storage part, we just have HPE. We also have an IBM cloud-based environment. However, for this cloud, we are just using HPE.

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What is HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity?

Flexible Capacity from HPE Pointnext offers on-demand capacity, combining the agility and economics of public cloud with the security and performance of on-premises IT. With advanced metering, customers pay monthly for actual capacity used, above a minimum commitment – by core, by terabyte, by virtual machine – with no up-front capital outlay. HPE provides a buffer of capacity on-premises and ready for use, which you pay for only when you start to use. Active capacity management ensures that the buffer is replenished before it runs out, so that you have the servers, storage, networking, and operating software that you need, and ensuring that you are ready to take on your next project or next customer. Flexible Capacity cuts overprovisioning – commonly as much as 50-60% of servers and storage – saving on IT cost, enabling faster time to value and eliminating the typical long purchasing cycle. And it includes support for your IT environment to simplify how you operate IT.

Also known as
GreenLake Flex Capacity, HPE Flexible Capacity, HPE FlexCap
HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity customers

Capgemini Finland Infrastructure Services, Sogeti BeLux, Accenture

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