HPE SimpliVity Alternatives and Competitors 2019

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Phillip Hice
Consultant
Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 26 2017

What is most valuable?

From the integration standpoint, it is a lot easier to integrate than a lot of people initially felt. Being able to leverage either block or file capabilities of the storage is something that has been beneficial. Most customers had to look… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped my organization in terms of ease of deployment. The approach of utilizing NFS and some of the key features that have been put in for VDI help us limit boot storm and other similar issues. I see is a lot of those things that… more»

What needs improvement?

I usually give everything a nine, because there's potentially something better out there that I haven't come across yet. Nine says there isn't anything better, and I hesitate to give anybody top marks across the board on anything. In terms… more»

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

We’ve worked with IBM, HPE, and Pure Storage. The only storage vendor that isn't an actual partner with Key Information is EMC. I've been doing storage since Viber channel was invented and I've implemented Versa stacks and FlexPods. I don't… more»

What other advice do I have?

Selecting this solution really depends on the architects. The first thing I ask is why they think they need to upgrade and what it is that is driving it. A lot of times, unfortunately, a lot of upgrades aren't really upgrades. They are just… more»
Real User
Manager, Technical Systems at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us, long-term, is the integration with VMware that we're going to be using. We're currently using AirWatch, we're working in Workspace ONE. We want to make sure that our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The opportunity gained with the relationship we have now is limitless, as new features and products roll out, especially with today's announcements: the news about microsegmentation, the RDS in the… more»

What needs improvement?

If you want to get down to the nuts and bolts of room for improvement, we would really like them to look at what Nutanix did for day-one/day-two operations deployment: Bringing in the equipment… more»

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

We purchased a VMware Enterprise agreement so vSAN was already included with what we had. It was just a smart choice, given where we were heading eventually, to go with vSAN. That was one of the… more»

What other advice do I have?

You'd want to give it a 10 out of 10 based on what they're doing in the future, but if you always give a company a 10 they'll feel like they're already there. I would actually rate vSAN one below… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We just wrapped up proofs of concept for both hardware and software. We did vSAN, we did Nutanix, and we did Simplivity. We looked at HPE hardware and we looked at Dell EMC hardware, among others. We… more»
Zeray Assefa
Real User
Director of Network Operations at a government
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it is easy to manage. Another valuable feature is the fact that you can individually upgrade the specific parts of the product. Compared to other products like… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the product can improve dramatically in the area of deduplication. With deduplication as it is, you have 30 or 40% of the storage that can't be used because the deduplication is not efficient… more»

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

My advice about the product is simply that it's not cheap. If you have budget limitations it is best to look elsewhere.

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

Through conferences and other research, we became aware that there were products which would serve our needs better. Previously, we needed a dedicated storage person to do storage, a dedicated BMR… more»

What other advice do I have?

I can safely rate this product as an eight out of ten. This is because it's scalable and you can upgrade it as if you are upgrading a server. In any other solution with hyper-convergence, you can't do… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did consider other products like Dell EMC VxRail, Nutanix, and another company. We had EMC VNX storage, BMR and such. Hyper-convergence made more sense. The big thing for us was being able to… more»
IT2ced
Real User
IT Specialist at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Nov 06 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its data literacy gives us so much flexibility for our development group to be able to stay on task. * The solution integrates well with all the other applications that we use on our environment. *… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The integration that it has with some of our data recovery tools, like Veeam, has been helpful. We just had an incident where we had to recover the whole company. We were attacked, so it was… more»

What needs improvement?

It is difficult to get acclimated to all the new features quickly. The onboard process could be improved to bring clients up to speed faster.

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

We were not using a previous solution. We had a lot of feedback from our developers that they were trying to improve their DevOps operation. We looked into it, and it made sense. We adopted HCI, and… more»

What other advice do I have?

The solution is a lifesaver. If you ever have some type of disaster and need to recover from it quickly, you can't get any better than this solution. It made all the difference in the world. We are in… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered HPE, Dell EMC, and NetApp.
Real User
User
May 17 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution has a very good user interface, with simple administration/management. We find the support for NFS and iSCSI valuable. This solution is practically… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Technically the change is enormous and the operational risk in case of disaster has been minimized. The monitoring is simple and the user interface is intuitive. The… more»

What needs improvement?

This product could be improved with the inclusion of new health check procedures. Operations performed in distributed file systems are complex and in case of network… more»

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

StarWind is best price/performance for SMB.

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

Before we implemented StarWind Virtual SAN, we used scripts and backup software. This was more of a temporary solution than a proper solution for a production environment.

What other advice do I have?

We spent time evaluating this product and there is no doubt that the choice to implement this solution for production was the right one. My advice is to call (contact)… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other solutions including SimpliVity and VMware vSAN, but StarWind Virtual SAN was on top (best choice). This was not just because it fit our budget, but for… more»
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