HPE SimpliVity Reviews

HPE SimpliVity is the #7 ranked solution of our top Hyper-Converged (HCI) tools. It's rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Nutanix Acropolis - HPE SimpliVity vs Nutanix Acropolis

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Scott Howell
Real User
IT Director at McInnes Cooper
Jul 07 2019

What is most valuable?

* The ease of management in these deployments were some of the most valuable things. * The date storage infrastructure that it provides is pretty fantastic. * The ease of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

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

For the VMware licensing, it is approximately $10,000 a year.

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

We didn't initially think we needed to invest in a new hardware solution. We really were focused on DR backup. As we went through the use case and worked out the… more »

What other advice do I have?

Try to understand your rate of change on your data: When you take a backup, how quickly is your information changing or being updated, and whether it is a database, file… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

SimpliVIty, HPE's previous hyper-converged solution, Nutanix, and Scale Computing were on our shortlist. What made us chose SimpliVity was the tight integration on the… more »
Real User
Senior Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

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

I believe that we bought the solution through some reseller in Brazil.

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

We had an aging infrastructure that we didn't want to replace with a ton of physical servers. We went from a whole mess of old, difficult servers to support to three servers that we never have to… more »

What other advice do I have?

For smaller node clusters, I wouldn't go with anybody else. For small node hyper-converged three-node clusters, it is the best game in town. It was great before HPE bought them. Now, it has a large… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I feel like all the other companies gave up.
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Real User
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 10 2019

What is most valuable?

* The performance * The backups * The DR strategy * The deduplication is great.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

My main problem with the solution is that it is taking too much memory for something that we don't build. We are not creating the VM; it is created by the deployment. It… more »

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

For three years, it is $60,000 for three nodes. It is quite pricey.

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

I used a three-tier solution, meaning SAN, hosts, and the network fabric. I wanted to move away from the three point failure environment into the single mirror… more »

What other advice do I have?

The solution is great. Make sure you are aware of everything before you commit to deploying or purchasing it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix was the closest to the HPE SimpliVity product. I had better conversations with the salespeople from HPE. They were able to explain how the solution worked and how… more »
Real User
IT Transformation Manager at Kraft Heinz
Jul 10 2019

What is most valuable?

* The data deduplication * The integration with our VMware was pretty sweet.

How has it helped my organization?

It let us create our regional data centers without a huge investment. We didn't have to have a lot of VL servers or an entire chassis to build out an ESX farm or attach… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see an option to add external storage that can be seen by all of the nodes in a stack. For example, if I need to build a file share, or something, where… more »

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

The only thing that I think we are paying for is the VMware licenses, but we are enterprise, so it is not horrible.

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

We have a very dispersed environment and were looking to centralize. We were using traditional VMware farms, standalone servers, etc. With new technology as the next… more »

What other advice do I have?

Definitely consider the product. Once it is up and running, it is pretty rock solid.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are primarily an HPE shop with most of our storage, networking equipment, and servers. We did a review on Dell EMC and Lenovo. However, it would have been a bigger… more »
DougCollette
Real User
IT Engineer at Town of Mansfield
Apr 01 2019

What is most valuable?

* The ability to do frequent full VM backups in seconds * Currently seeing data reduction ratios of 250:1 with one month of backups * 2 PB of data reduced to 7.8 TB.

How has it helped my organization?

* Noticeably better VM performance due to all-flash storage * Incredibly fast VM backups and restores * Backups and restores take less than one minute.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if the storage could be expanded by simply adding additional SSD drives. There are unused drive slots but I believe you have to add more nodes if additional storage is required in the… more »

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

While SimpliVity is not inexpensive, we found it was not significantly more expensive than the cost of buying equivalent host servers and equivalent SAN storage. HPE installed and configured the… more »

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

Previously, we had a conventional architecture with three host servers and two SANs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated VxRail, vSAN, StorMagic, Nutanix, Pivot, and others.
Real User
Senior Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the quick restore.

How has it helped my organization?

We had an incident once where one of our primary servers in a retail store went down. It took us less than a second to do a restore. It came back up and we were up and running. It used to take us days… more »

What needs improvement?

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.

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

We were running on antiquated equipment and older solutions that required a lot more hands-on work. We used a piecemeal solution. We had two Dell servers and a VNXe storage unit and we backed it up… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you're a retail company that has a bunch of stores, I would actually highly recommend this for your stores - for the simplicity of it, the ease of the restores, and keeping your environment up and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our shortlist included Dell and Commvault. We chose Simplivity for the simplicity of the way it works and the true hybrid converged appliance which was there. We didn't have to buy a bunch of… more »
Reseller
Consultant at a tech services company
Jul 23 2019

What is most valuable?

It's a very fast system and the deduplication features are very interesting. You lose no performance when using the deduplication and compression because it depends on a separate card and this card is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

The price is quite high and the system could also be more scalable. It would be great if SimpliVity could offer more hardware options. At the moment we have only a small choice of the systems you can… more »

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

We previously used a different solution, but SimpliVity is a fully integrated system. You have one vendor who is responsible for the hard and software. That is the main benefit.

What other advice do I have?

On the one hand, I think the price is really high for the solution. On the other hand, it's got a very user-friendly GUI because it's fully integrated with each center. I would rate this solution… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options. The best solution will depend on the customer. But SimpliVity is a very interesting system especially if you have any need in also in recovering your data.
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer - Midrange Hardware Standards at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

Speed and recovery are its most valuable features. 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.

How has it helped my organization?

If something goes wrong with a patch, or whatever, and we need to make a recovery, it takes about six seconds to recover and get it back to normal. Previously, it could take hours. We are a bit more productive with this solution because we don't have to spend as much time managing backups and… more »

What needs improvement?

The upgrade path needs to be better defined on the spec sheets. I would like hard numbers to be revealed to me, instead of being hidden by, "We have to go to HPE to get you a special request, then fill a part number for me."

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

Our previous solution failed, which is why we switched. We were using the HPE HC380. We had already started examining the SimpliVity solution as a replacement for that stack, but then it failed. So, we had to put SimpliVity in as an emergency.
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What is HPE SimpliVity?

HPE SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.

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SimpliVity, HPE HCI
HPE SimpliVity customers

Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House

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