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Charlene Harsch
Real User
Sr. Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The ease of managing this system! Recently added the All Flash CN3400F and oh my goodness are these nodes fast as… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The inline dedupe and compression has allowed me to run all my servers and appliances (total 60) in an HA configuration… more»

What needs improvement?

I gave it an excellent rating, thus I think it's well excellent! If there was anything I would like to see, it would be… more»

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

This solution, while costly as all these solutions are, was in fact less expensive than upgrading my old SAN. Licensing is… more»

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

We had an aging Compellent SAN which was critically close to running out of disk space. Dell would not sell me an… more»

What other advice do I have?

Having my private cloud within my Simplivity infrastructure has given me so much more than I could have ever expected. I… more»
Real User
Head of IT at Law Firm
Nov 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Data replication, backup and recovery of VMs and disks. Data replication happens in the background once the policy is set… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We now have much lower RPOs, from hours to seconds. It is now much simpler for us to deploy additional workloads, since we… more»

What needs improvement?

We definitely want to see more of the CLI commands come up to the GUI, and it is a legitimate question, if we are going to… more»

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

All-in license, simple and fair.

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

we did not have disaster recovery in place before.

What other advice do I have?

Focus on the right sizing for your application tier. The solution is very simple to administer.
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anush santhanam
Consultant
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 01 2018

What is most valuable?

* Simple management * HyperGuarantee * Accelerator card * Globally federated architecture The simple management comes in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our clients have been very happy with the data efficiency features (OmniCube accelerator card) and the HPE/SimpliVity… more»

What needs improvement?

* For SimpliVity to become a true DC solution, the limit of 32 nodes needs to be investigated. While this may not be a… more»

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

In terms of setup, there are some gotchas and caveats, particularly when discussing stretched clusters. Rapid DR also… more»

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

Being vendor agnostic, we are not partial to any solution or product. Where we have deployed SimpliVity we have not faced… more»

What other advice do I have?

Have a look at multiple solutions before making up your mind. Remember to take a top down approach and start with the app… more»
Real User
Senior IM Manager
Dec 26 2017

What is most valuable?

It's very simple to manage. It has reduced the footprint in the datacenters quite a lot.

How has it helped my organization?

We used to have a lot more units reserved in the rack for virtual machine hosting. Now it is only two units per site. Another improvement of course is the backup, the disaster… more»

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

We were using traditional server and storage based. We switched to SimpliVity because it was looking promising. It was simple. It reduced hardware presence in the datacenter. It… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of the most important criteria when selecting a vendor, that really depends on the vendor. But of course trustworthiness. And it usually comes down to product rather than… more»
DougCollette
Real User
IT Engineer at a local government with 201-500 employees
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… more»

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… more»

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… 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… more»

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

Previously, we had a conventional architecture with three host servers and two SANs.
AaronSMR
User
Systems Administrator with 201-500 employees
Nov 14 2017

What is most valuable?

Having one management console to do everything from was a great improvement over dealing with separate hardware for… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our backups are now more efficient and reliable because the SimpliVity system manages them so much better for us. It… more»

What needs improvement?

Upgrading the firmware/software could be more seamless (or at least be assigned a technician who could walk us through the… more»

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

Make sure you plan for future growth and get a solution that has enough storage/resources for years to come. Originally… more»

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

This was our first hyper-converged solution. Previously, we had used separate blade servers tied to separate SANs tied to… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking to consolidate and simplify the management of various servers, definitely look into a solution from… more»
Real User
Solution Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is its integration, as it provides an entire solution in a single box. The performance is also very good.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our organization because it provides ease of management and offers a single management platform for the entire staff.

What needs improvement?

The ease of new deployments could be improved. Also, I think that the scalability of the solution may be inadequate for some people. It would be… more»

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

We did not use a solution previous to this one. It was added to our IT portfolio because there was a need for it.

What other advice do I have?

There is a massive technology shift now toward software-defined storage, so we are trying to move from a functionality perspective to an… more»
Steve Schaaf
Real User
VP/Chief Technology Officer at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 22 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of Use * Disaster recovery * Reliability IT is the lifeline of the company. Early on, management aligned business strategy with IT strategy, ranging from sales to product delivery. Weekly manager meetings ensured that business strategy is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

SimpliVity allowed us to radically simplify our infrastructure. The solution provides superior value and innovation in a converged solution. We chose SimpliVity over Nutanix because OmniCube is architected with inline dedupe and compression… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have a lot of confidence in the SimpliVity OmniCube product. It has enabled us to streamline our data center and improve our ability to rapidly recover from a disaster.
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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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