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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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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
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 and takes few seconds. The fact that the data is… 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 do not have to take care anymore of storage… 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 be happy with the integration in the vsphere web… 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix, and other traditional storage/server architecture options.
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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 handy since a standard VMware admin can manage it… 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 HyperGuarantee, which is unique. For one of our… 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 significant deterrent, it brings into question the… 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 pretty much goes the same way. Otherwise the process… 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 issues. In short, no switching.

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 layer first. Your workload decides the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix, VxRail and HyperFlex. Nutanix comes into almost all discussions and is a leader. The only area of concern is the expense as it adds up. VxRail is definitely 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.

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

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

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
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 recovery functionality, how it behaves, how fast the backups are… 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 increased backup speeds. The simplicity of the SimpliVity.

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 partner. But, of course partners, and vendors themselves… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The other hyper-converged products, they were not that complete.
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 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»

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated VxRail, vSAN, StorMagic, Nutanix, Pivot, and others.
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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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