HPE SimpliVity Pros and Cons

HPE SimpliVity Pros

Scott Howell
IT Director at McInnes Cooper
The ease of use on the backup and DR and replication side of things is good. It can be done by a VMware admin with no additional training.
Looking at the way that our infrastructure team works now, we don't think about infrastructure, storage, or compute anymore. The solution just works. It is same with the backup and replication side of things, as it just works on schedule. We don't have to manage it tightly, like we used to.
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SeniorEn1655
Senior Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The way it does backups is its most valuable feature. It replicates snapshots with very low bandwidth. We only have a 50 megabit link to that site, and it doesn't really use much of it at all. Therefore, it is a really good fit for getting our backups done.
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ITManagec86b
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The department that ran our reporting in the legacy environment, it took them about six hours to run their report. Now, it is taking the same department less than an hour.
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ITTransfa3db
IT Transformation Manager at Kraft Heinz
Scaling is a piece of cake. We have been able to scale up in our Asia-Pac region. We even are doing site-to-site replication of certain systems that we need to have high availability on.
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SeniorEn331d
Senior Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the quick restore.
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reviewer897879
Consultant at a tech services company
The biggest benefit of this solution is that If you use it, you can use it for the company headquarters and also for all the branches. You use the same system, only a smaller size. With SimipliVity you can also use the included backup solution. You don't need any other solution to back up the data or to transfer it.
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Steve Schaaf
VP/Chief Technology Officer at Francis Drilling Fluids, Ltd.
Valuable features include ease of use, disaster recovery, and reliability.
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Assistan9c81
Senior Systems Engineer - Midrange Hardware Standards at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The solution has eliminated the need for overprovisioning. It is designed to take advantage of deduplication strategies, which means we don't have to have as much disk in the system to do the job that we used to have to do.
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Soluarchi9875
Solution Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature for us is its integration, as it provides an entire solution in a single box.
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VictorChen
Systems Engineer at Sempra
It has instantaneous backup and lag-free restore. When everything is running, I can bring back a huge VM in less than 30 seconds. That's even better than Veeam.
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HPE SimpliVity Cons

Scott Howell
IT Director at McInnes Cooper
The biggest feature, which should be included, is some method to handle archival backup or cloud-based backup. Where SimpliVIty typically falls down with their data structure is: The longer a backup is kept, the more space it ends up inevitably using. When you get into things that you have to keep for five or seven years for legal requirements or regulatory compliance, then you start taking up a lot of space with these old dead backups that you are probably never going to use again. Being able to offload those to a separate platform or cloud storage location would be ideal.
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SeniorEn1655
Senior Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
SimpliVity has this thing where if a virtual machine is on the wrong node with two nodes, it will be optimized. However, if one of the nodes won't be optimized, then it will complain about that. It will give you a little warning to say the source is not optimized. Please move this to one of the other hosts. They should just add a little thing in SimpliVity to move all the VMs to the right host, because it is a pain to load balance across the three nodes when all these VMs are complaining and you have to move them to one.
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ITManagec86b
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We had one call with technical support which was not completely answered to our satisfaction. We did not receive the right answer.
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ITTransfa3db
IT Transformation Manager at Kraft Heinz
We have had some failures out-of-the-box. We have had some failures with the OmniStack module. One thing that we didn't fully understand was how much of the internal memory was used up by the OmniStack piece, which basically makes up SimpliVity.
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SeniorEn331d
Senior Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is room for improvement in that there is a need for so many Federation nodes. It would help if they increased that capacity so that we didn't have to have so much hardware in our secondary site.
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reviewer897879
Consultant at a tech services company
The price is quite high. The system could also be more scalable.
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Assistan9c81
Senior Systems Engineer - Midrange Hardware Standards at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The technical support is weak. It is a layered product. It has a software solution on top of the SimpliVity solution, which is built on top of the hardware of the HPE DL380s. When we call for a problem that we know is related to the DL380, we get a SimpliVity guy trying to solve a SimpliVity problem. If it is not a SimpliVity problem, it's a hardware problem. So, it takes awhile for them to figure out which part of the organization should really be helping us.
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Soluarchi9875
Solution Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The ease of new deployments could be improved.
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VictorChen
Systems Engineer at Sempra
It crashes often. When one particular VM has random, large IOPS requests, it will bog down the node, and there isn't enough time for the replica to be brought up. So all the VMs on that one particular node will essentially become offline.
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ChiefTecd74f
Chief Technology Officer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
I would like to see it be a truly hybrid-cloud solution where I could take my on-prem SimpliVity environment and have replication to a cloud install.
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