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HPE SimpliVity is #5 ranked solution in HCI Software. IT Central Station users give HPE SimpliVity an average rating of 8 out of 10. HPE SimpliVity is most commonly compared to VxRail:HPE SimpliVity vs VxRail. HPE SimpliVity is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 43% of users researching this solution on IT Central Station. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 28% of all views.
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.

HPE SimpliVity is also known as SimpliVity, HPE HCI.

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CR
Chief Technology Officer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Enables us to be more efficient in disk usage with a significant reduction in space used

Pros and Cons

  • "Among the valuable features are that it's a complete solution, it's easy to use, and there is not a lot of management time involved in operating the solution."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We have a virtualized environment and we use it for backups and disaster recovery and to be able to store all of our data locally and replicate.

How has it helped my organization?

It's allowed us to be more efficient in disk space usage with a reduction of 47 to 1 in hard drive space.

What is most valuable?

  • It's a complete solution
  • Easy to use
  • Not a lot of management time involved in operating the solution

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

3+ years

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. It has 100 percent uptime, other than regularly scheduled maintenance.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We're a relatively small organization so it was able to scale down to our level. We understand it can scale up exponentially.

How are customer service and technical support?

We get very good technical support.

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

We used EqualLogic SAN with independent host but that solution was nearing end-of-life. By moving to SimpliVity we were able to reduce our hardware footprint.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was complex to me, but to the integrator and the SimpliVity people, it was routine.

What about the implementation team?

We used Advanticom out of Pittsburgh. Our experience with them was very good. They were very knowledgeable and worked well with SimpliVity's SEs and implementation people.

What was our ROI?

We have not done a true calculation, but based upon the support needs and the reduction in the footprint, there's definitely an ROI.

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

We're paying $3,000-$4,000 a month.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix was on the list. We chose SimpliVity - and this was about three years ago - based upon the simple deployment and interconnectivity ability.

What other advice do I have?

Ask people who have already implemented a solution for their opinion and you'll likely find that most of the SimpliVity customers would put the solution in again if they had to do it over.

I would rate SimpliVity a nine out of ten due to the fact that it needs little intervention on a daily basis, the uptime is excellent, and it works.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RR
Lead Systems Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Reduces complexity of our backup process and improves recovery time

Pros and Cons

  • "A very small package but with lots of memory and CPU."
  • "I would like them to add more connection capability, a hub and spoke model, to improve the number of connections that it can handle."

What is our primary use case?

We're using it to refresh our retail stores.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our backup situation by reducing its complexity and improving recovery time.

As a refresh, we've improved our CPU and memory capability which allows us to build a foundation and continue to move forward in our app development. We can release new applications.

What is most valuable?

  • The easy to use interface
  • Already using VMware
  • A very small package but with lots of memory and CPU

What needs improvement?

I would like them to add more connection capability, a hub and spoke model, to improve the number of connections that it can handle. That would be helpful because we have a lot of retail stores.

There are certain technical things that we run into. There's a matrix compatibility where, if you upgrade one piece, the rest have to fall into line. If that requirement could be eased up a bit it would be a good thing.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I would consider it stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For the most part, for what it does, the scalability is fine.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller. Our experience with them was kind of interesting. CDW was the main partner but they had sub-contracted parts of it out to Tech Data, a move which added another layer that we didn't expect and was not fully disclosed at the beginning.

What other advice do I have?

You definitely have to do a PoC and check-mark all the different items that are in your requirements. Go from there and see if it actually works.

I'd give it a nine. It has pretty much everything there.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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DL
Consultant at a tech services company
Reseller
Fast system with user-friendly GUI and good deduplication features

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "The price is quite high. The system could also be more scalable."

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 you can also use the included backup solution. You don't need any other solution to back up the data or to transfer it.

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 used for the compression and deduplication so you have no impact on the CPU.

The greatest benefit is the optimization and performance.

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 buy. I think it would be better to sell it or buy it if they are more options.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think it's a high stability solution because all the data will be synchronized with all the systems. You can also use some additional services like snapshotting your data and this doesn't add any performance impact. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is not so scalable, because you have only a few options to expand the system.
We have between 100 users and 500 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is quite good. If you have a question or a problem with the installation you can call on your implementation partner, or you can also call directly to HPE and open a support call. It works quite well.

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.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was quite easy.

What about the implementation team?

We used a consultant to help with the implementation.

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.

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 eight out of 10.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
CF
Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Used in conjunction with Hyper-V and VMware but it's not so stable and there are bugs in the nodes

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable aspect of the HPE SimpliVity is the DL380 G10. We have mostly been using VMware and Hyper-V. On one side we have Hyper-V and the other side we have the VMware."
  • "A lot of our customers are using VMware and also are using Hyper-V. Hyper-V is not very stable on the HP SimpliVity."

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect of the HPE SimpliVity is the DL380 G10. We have mostly been using VMware and Hyper-V. On one side we have Hyper-V and the other side we have the VMware.

What needs improvement?

HPE SimpliVity needs improvement. I know there were some difficulties on the Hyper-V side. They worked very well on the VMware but unfortunately, Hyper-V is not well-developed. You have some bugs on it. On the small nodes, there's no problem, but on the medium and the big nodes they have some improvement to do on the Hyper-V.

Because Hyper-V is not very stable on SimpliVity, we would like a way that they can make an improvement on this, because many of our customers are only on Microsoft and would not like to move on VMware. It would be very nice if we can have a very stable solution for Hyper-V, on the hyper-converged side, so that when you have customers on VMware or Hyper-V we can provide a solution that is stable.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

A lot of our customers are using VMware and also are using Hyper-V. Hyper-V is not very stable on the HPE SimpliVity.

What other advice do I have?

We are an HPE partner ourselves. We have access directly to the HPE portal, and our engineers can directly register with HPE training online.

I would give this solution a six out of 10 because it's not so stable and there are some bugs in the nodes.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
LT
IT Analyst at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Scalable and less complicated to deploy, but backup and DR feature sets need work

Pros and Cons

  • "The scalability is its most valuable feature. It's also able to do stretch clustering."
  • "I would like to see it able to restore item levels, especially for databases."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for storage.

What is most valuable?

The scalability is its most valuable feature. It's also able to do stretch clustering.

What needs improvement?

There are a lot of features that they need to improve on, such as the backup and DR feature sets. I would also like to see it able to restore item levels, especially for databases. They don't have that right now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is okay. I'm not that impressed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is okay.

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

We were using what is called a traditional conversion solution. We switched to SimpliVity because it enabled us to consolidate our nodes. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used D-Plus. They're pretty good.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI.

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

It's about $10,000 monthly.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared it with other products, such as Nutanix and vSAN, and we weighed the features that we needed. This solution was the one that met the greatest number of our requirements. It's also less complicated to deploy and has a smaller footprint.

What other advice do I have?

The product is good. It might not meet all your requirements, but it is one of the solutions that met most of our requirements. There's no "best product" out there but this is likely the best for your needs.

I would rate SimpliVity at a seven out of ten, based on the features and the requirements that we have.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
LC
VMware Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Simple, scalable, and comes with good tech support

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution's simplicity is its most valuable feature. The usability is also good."
  • "The initial setup was a little complex because we were in the first version, fresh releases."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for VDI.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us in supplying desktops to users.

What is most valuable?

The solution's simplicity is its most valuable feature. The usability is also good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good and simple.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support at HPE has always been really good, with anything I've done with them.

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

We used Cisco HyperFlex. It was just another system that was brought to our attention by a different reseller. SimpliVity was introduced to us by sales and we needed something like that.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a little complex because we were in the first version, fresh releases.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller and our experience with them was great.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at NetApp but they couldn't do stretch clustering.

What other advice do I have?

Evaluate it.

In terms of rating the solution, I have to go with an eight out of ten. A ten is hard to get from me. There's no perfect system and every system has its little hang-ups and issues.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Cesar Gonzalez
IT Manager at Penoles
Real User
It has improved our response time

Pros and Cons

  • "The rate of compression for the data in SimpliVity is the most valuable feature."
  • "When we make some upgrades to the platform, it does take time to stabilize the structure again."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use is to run the business, production, and Oracle.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our response time.

What is most valuable?

The rate of compression for the data in SimpliVity is the most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

When we make some upgrades to the platform, it does take time to stabilize the structure again.

We would like a simple interface to use.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The platform works okay. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is okay. You only need to aggregate some nodes, then increase the capacity of the structure.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is okay. However, when we need to escalate issues to the next levels, they first go to India, then the USA. We do have some problems with the time zones.

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

We needed SimpliVity for our architecture. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex, because it was a new way of working. It was a disruption of technology. People has to learn the new way of working with the technology.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator for the deployment, who was good.

What was our ROI?

We have not seen ROI yet.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Dell EMC and Cisco.

We chose HPE based on its technology and cost.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the product. It is good technology. The time and response of applications embrace the productivity of our enterprise.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
AH
IT Manager at Penoles
Real User
Simple to integrate with our backups

Pros and Cons

  • "As a point for optimization on our infrastructure, it works great for us."
  • "The replication from the different centers (the main to the secondary) has been very great. It is good value for us."
  • "The initial setup was complex. It took a few months to integrate and adapt to the new platform."
  • "We would like to have more security with the solution."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for optimization of the platform for the virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

The replication from the different centers (the main to the secondary) has been very great. It is good value for us.

SimpliVity is simple to integrate with our backups.

We have used it for testing.

What is most valuable?

  • Compression
  • Deduplication
  • As a point for optimization on our infrastructure, it works great for us.
  • The solution is very innovative.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have more security with the solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have had the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. We have not had any outages.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is great.

We have 13 nodes in our data center.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. We have Tier 2 and 3 support.

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

We moved to SimpliVity from our previous solution because SimpliVity met our requirements. Our previous solution was four years old.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex. It took a few months to integrate and adapt to the new platform.

What about the implementation team?

We used a partner, Datavision, for our deployment. Our experience with them was very good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

HPE proposed Synergy and Simplicity. We chose Simplicity, which has been a great platform for us.

What other advice do I have?

We are not looking to change our solution, at least not in the next three years.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
LB
IT Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
It has reduced my data center activities

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution in Brazil.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the delivery value for my clients. It has reduced my data center activities.

What is most valuable?

It delivers value to my clients. The solution has changed my necessities.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't spoken with their technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex because it was a new solution.

What about the implementation team?

We deployed it in-house with our own knowledge.

What was our ROI?

I have not seen ROI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only looked at HPE.

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution in Brazil.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the delivery value for my clients.

It has reduced my data center activities.

What is most valuable?

It delivers value to my clients.

The solution has changed my necessities.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't spoken with their technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex because it was a new solution.

What about the implementation team?

We deployed it in-house with our own knowledge.

What was our ROI?

I have not seen ROI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only looked at HPE.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
JP
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
It has reduced our reporting time, but the solution takes up too much memory

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "We had one call with technical support which was not completely answered to our satisfaction. We did not receive the right answer."

What is our primary use case?

It is for the production virtual environment. I have virtualized almost 99 percent of my servers, and I'm using SimpliVity as a host for those virtual machines.

It does what needs to be done for us. The main thing for us is to make sure that we can recover a failed VM on a different site if the primary site fails. We need to be able to recover on the DR site. The performance was the main focus.

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.

We aren't using a lot of space because it does everything that we need it to do on the back-end, which is a good thing.

What is most valuable?

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

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 is the SimpliVity solution which is using the memory that I was counting on for my production part. This is the biggest problem that I have. I know that the VM has to built there, but I would hope that they have a different area in the system to use this different type of memory. The production memory should stay with the customer when the machine is built, and during deployment, it should use different memory.

For how long have I used the solution?

We just implemented the lightest cluster a month ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far, the stability is good. We don't have any issues. Everything is running 24/7.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scaling isn't so hard.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not had many technical support calls. However, we had one call which was not completely answered to our satisfaction. Are they capable of answering that question or not? Based on that particular call, we didn't receive the right answer.

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 environment, especially for performance.

I didn't know what exactly what I was looking for in the beginning. I knew we needed to move away from our legacy environment into the hyper-converged world. Therefore, I was looking at different solutions. I knew that Nutanix was the big one out there, and is still the big one out there. Somehow, I landed on the SimpliVity site.

How was the initial setup?

Initially, the setup was complex for us. Once you know the product, we are planning to do the deployments ourselves now because we understand everything (most of it). We recorded what we needed and can redeploy the systems to a different clusters going forward.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator through HPE. Our experience with them was great. Everything worked well. We didn't have any hiccups.

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 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 it does everything I needed, so that naturally helped me with my decision.

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.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MW
IT Director at Celgene Corporation
Real User
When we had to increase capacity, it scaled very simply

Pros and Cons

  • "It has lessened our burden on multiple different products, so they are under one umbrella. This has been economically good."
  • "Since it is a newer solution, there needs to be more knowledge transfer out there."

What is our primary use case?

We are using SimpliVity for VDI and virtual desktops. We are also using it for some small manufacturing sites.

How has it helped my organization?

It has lessened our burden on multiple different products, so they are under one umbrella. This has been economically good.

What is most valuable?

SimpliVity is simple and all in one.

What needs improvement?

I don't think it's as simple as it is marketed, but it is a new product. Since it is a newer solution, there needs to be more knowledge transfer out there. The product needs more maturity because of the industry.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is too early to tell about stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales well so far. We had to increase capacity. It was able to scale pretty simply, and that worked well.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been awesome.

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

We were previously using basic compute storage.

We were lifecycle managing all our technology, so it was more about stability. We switched for a more converged solution.

How was the initial setup?

Scheduling was a little rough, but other than that, it went okay.

What about the implementation team?

HPE deployed it, but we used an integrator (CCP) for design. Our experience with CCP was good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Nutanix and Dell EMC products.

We went with HPE partly because I have history them.

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MN
IT architect - Hosting and Cloud at Kraft Heinz
Real User
Helped us create our regional data centers without a huge investment

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We use it in our original data centers and large sites.

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 storage.

What is most valuable?

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

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 there is not enough data than needs to be accessed quickly, but there is a lot of data, putting a large file share or user file share on SimpliVity currently doesn't makes sense.

We had failures out-of-the-box of our new technology along with a few bugs during the initial setup. Our initial five nodes had three power failures during setup.

The OmniStack module needs improvement, because from what I have read, the newer versions use even more memory. So, as we upgrade, we lose resources available for systems.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

After initial setup, it is okay. 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.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't any problems with the technical support. The teams are usually pretty good at what they do. Getting them in certain regions is harder than actual fixing the problems, e.g., getting somebody onsite if there are not that many technicians, like in Europe or Asia, who are trained.

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 thing, when we are replacing our environment, we try to go with not only what fits from a cost perspective, but we also try to stay on the edge of technology since we tend to keep our environments past their usual lives. So, it's better to start new and work out the bugs.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. It is pretty much out-of-the-box. Once Pointnext got the initial connection between all the nodes set, it was pretty straightforward from there. Then, building the ESX farm was a pretty standard build.

What about the implementation team?

Everything in our organization is outsourced, so we use consultants. They are embedded vendors, so our experience with them is good.

We paid for installation services from Pointnext.

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 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 stretch for us to switch than to stick with HPE.

What other advice do I have?

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

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
VC
Systems Engineer at Sempra
Real User
Crashes often when a VM has random, large IOPS requests, but lag-free restore is good

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We use it in a VMware environment that supports VMs.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it's easy to manage.

It also 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. 

What needs improvement?

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.

If it's not already included, an additional feature I would like to see would be better Storage vMotion. That would be number one on my wish list.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is not good. I have fewer than 20 VMs per node. I have nine nodes in my environment, and when it goes south, 20 VMs will go down, even though there's a replica on other nodes. There's a third copy which is a backup and I can't bring any of those online.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good. It's excellent for a branch office/remote office, instead of a data center.

How are customer service and technical support?

Most of technical support has been excellent. I can escalate my support case to a developer very quickly, in less than a day. That's unbelievable.

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

We switched because we have a most-excellent salesperson. He promised something more than what the SimpliVity environment can support.

What was our ROI?

The short version regarding ROI is that it's not good. It takes two engineers all day to solve an ESXi node-down issue, and it takes between two days and two weeks to bring it back.

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

We signed a three-year contract.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

On our shortlist there were only Vblock, which we didn't need, and Nutanix, which was more expensive. So we chose the least expensive, at least at the time.

What other advice do I have?

Do a proof of concept on everything, instead of just relying upon the salesperson's pie-in-the-sky promise.

I'll rate this solution as a five out of ten. It may not be terribly mature yet. I see disk, for example, becoming all-flash. That may have overcome my painful learning experience.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
JB
Senior Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Restores that used to take us days can now be done almost instantly

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the quick restore."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We use SimpliVity in our retail stores as a backup solution.

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 to restore those servers.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the quick restore.

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.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems pretty stable in regard to the way it's working with the Federation and in the local copies.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. It's scalable to what we need it for.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is amazing. It's really good. We've gotten the white-glove treatment from HPE and CDW.

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 through Commvault. So we had a bunch of different providers, different supports that we'd have to call for the three different things. With SimpliVity it is all just one.

How was the initial setup?

Initially, it was pretty complex for us because we didn't know anything about it. But once we got the hang of everything, it actually became pretty simple.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller, CDW. Our experience with them has been great. They've been an awesome reseller for us. We do almost all of our stuff through CDW.

What was our ROI?

We haven't really seen ROI yet because we're still fairly new to the product.

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 equipment. We bought two nodes and were able to do everything with those two nodes.

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 running.

We use it as a backup solution and so that the nodes don't fail. When the nodes fail, it's all governed through SimpliVity. It's been working really great. We haven't had too many issues with it.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
DT
Production Support Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
It is a simple, self-managed product which makes my job simple

Pros and Cons

  • "It is simple and easy to use."
  • "It comes all in one box."
  • "HPE could give us more options for server models to chose when using the product. Right now, we can only use the DL380."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for hosting stuff for clients.

How has it helped my organization?

It easily backs up our systems, allowing us to recover them.

It makes my job simple.

What is most valuable?

  • It comes all in one box.
  • It is simple and easy to use.
  • Everything works as advertised.

What needs improvement?

HPE could give us more options for server models to chose when using the product. Right now, we can only use the DL380.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is self-managed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability may be a little limited. It depends on what we select with it.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't had any issues or problems with the technical support. They help us by setting up a demo and making sure everything functions correctly with the product before we ship it to the client.

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

Our previous solution was hardware, not a one box solution. It had multiple servers.

It was time to upgrade the client's solution. We chose to go with this solution because it was a small market client.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was simple to set up. After setting it up, it was easy to manage.

What about the implementation team?

We used HPE for the deployment. Our experience with them was great.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are an HPE shop. Most of the stuff that we have is HPE, so there was only one choice for us.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend buying this product. It is a simple, self-managed product.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Scott Howell
IT Director at McInnes Cooper
Real User
Freed up resources to do more application delivery type functionalities

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for SimpliVIty was around backup and disaster recovery. We were trying to replace our existing DR service platform, then consolidate our backups from the different solutions, whether that was Veeam on the VMware side, Robocopy for file shares, or Windows Backup or SQL backup for certain applications.

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 backup and replication side of things, as it just works on schedule. We don't have to manage it tightly, like we used to. That has freed up those resources to do more application delivery type functionalities.

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 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.

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 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.

For how long have I used the solution?

We did the initial setup three years ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. We have had very limited problems. When we do have problems, it is typically not on the SimpliVIty side of the house, but on the hardware side or VMware side. However, the support is phenomenal at getting all of the right resources on the line together, whether they have to call up VMware or your networking provider, whomever it happens to be, to get to the bottom of the problem.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is fine. We are a fairly small organization, so it hasn't really come up. We fit well into their small end of deployments. From what I hear, it can scale quite high. However, that is not a functionality or feature that we've come across yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good. We purchased SimpliVIty prior to HPE owning them, so there was a different support when the buyout occurred. However, it is at a level now where it is second to none.

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 financials on it, we determined that SimpliVIty was the right move for us, as it financially made sense to the point that we had an HPE 3PAR that was two years old and we put that on the shelf. So, it was not hardware refresh related at all.

How was the initial setup?

There were definitely some complexities to the initial setup, as we had to migrate off of our older infrastructure, which was the more complex part. Generally, the SimpliVIty install and migration was pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller, IMP Solutions, to purchase the deployment, but we did the actual install and deployment ourselves with SimpliVIty support. IMP Solutions was fantastic.

What was our ROI?

When we did our financials, it became a wash based on what we were doing previous with regular hardware refreshes. However, the time savings on the administration side of things is huge. We had somebody who was dedicated pretty much full-time to hardware, and now, they spend about a quarter of their time a year on hardware-related issues.

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

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

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 backup and DR aspects of the product. Everybody else had that type of capability, but it felt like it was added on after the fact, whereas with SimpliVIty, it was built from the ground up to do these things, which was our primary use case. So, it made sense for us to move forward with that product.

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 server, or whatever it happens to be. This will affect the way that you size the solution and get into those archives. It will affect how much space it starts to take up and how you calculate that. Know your data.

It does everything that we need it to do. The only spot that it falls out is the archival backups. Otherwise, it is a rock-solid platform. It has freed up a bunch of resources to do different types of work, instead of dealing with storage allocations, backups, and recoveries.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
CS
Senior Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Greatly reduced the amount of administration for our site

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is its an offsite virtualization. It runs all our servers at an offsite office in Brazil. Our main sites are in New York and London. We bought a company in Brazil that had aging hardware, so we replaced that with three nodes of the SimpliVity solution. Since it is small office and it does everything, you don't need to have a SAN nor a fancy network. It is a one stop shop, which was really good for this particular thing.

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. Therefore, it is a really good fit for getting our backups done.

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 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. It's sort of silly. I feel like it would be like half a day of programming for somebody to write something that would just auto-balance it.

The vCenter integration could probably improve a little. It is just a plugin that you are interacting with, and it feels like it has been largely the same for a while. It could probably get better.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It used to be kind of touchy. Now, it is great. I have not touched it in about six months since it doesn't break.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is not very scalable. However, I think it is supposed to be like that. It is not supposed to be like a massive solution with about 30 clusters, and that is by design. I don't think that is a flaw. It is designed for small clusters, so it is not very scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is not the worst ever. It has changed, because it used to be bad. It used to be where they had amazing techs, but you could never get them on the phone. Now, you can get somebody on the phone but they never know what they are talking about. 

There is pretty good support for upgrades. I got a pretty senior tech the last time that we did an upgrade, so it is workable.

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 touch. Therefore, it has greatly reduced the amount of administration for our site, and we basically don't touch it.

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

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I feel like all the other companies gave up.

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 organization standing behind it. I would definitely recommend SimpliVity. If people are using it for the right purposes, like we are, it is a really good solution.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
KB
Network Manager at a marketing services firm
Real User
It has a smaller footprint, and we can restore faster

Pros and Cons

  • "We can get backups faster. We have a smaller footprint for hardware, which takes up less space. So, we use less electricity and floor space."
  • "I have not seen ROI."

What is our primary use case?

We are in a stretched cluster environment. So far, it has been really good.

How has it helped my organization?

We can get backups faster. We have a smaller footprint for hardware, which takes up less space. So, we use less electricity and floor space.

What is most valuable?

The storage deduplication, as far as the storage space, is the most valuable feature, then the backups.

It has a smaller footprint. We can restore faster. Things run faster and smoother.

For how long have I used the solution?

We just implemented it within the last year at all five of our major facilities in the United States.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have only been using it for a little less than a year. So far, it has been good. We haven't had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability sounds easy, just add nodes. We haven't had to do that yet, since we just started.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good. We are in contact with HPE. It seems like anytime that we have problems people are there to help us. 

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

We went from our old technology to the new technology. So far, it has helped us with backups to save us money from the old technologies.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward. We had help with them doing it.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller for the deployment, and our experience with them was good. We have had them for a long time.

What was our ROI?

I have not seen ROI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Nutanix.

We chose HPE because of the cost savings. With the backup and restore, we didn't have to have a third-party backup solution for it, instead we could use SimpliVity.

What other advice do I have?

Do your research. We talked with many people about it. Do what is right for your environment.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
KJ
Senior Systems Engineer - Midrange Hardware Standards at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
We don't have to spend as much time managing backups and recoveries

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

General purpose fertilization is our primary use case. 

This IT solution covers our hardware. We are using it in our VMware virtualization aesthetic to cover all the workloads within our region.

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 recoveries.

It is easier to manage than what we are doing before.

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.

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."

For how long have I used the solution?

It has been in a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Right now, the stability is good. There has been no degradation of the product.

What has really been affected is our ability to keep our workloads running and playing safely.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I haven't had to try and scale it yet.

It is pretty good for a small to medium-sized business.

How are customer service and technical support?

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.

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.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It just runs according to a script.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user708465
Solution Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Provides an entire solution in a single box and offers a single management platform for the entire staff

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature for us is its integration, as it provides an entire solution in a single box."
  • "The ease of new deployments could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is to offer a combination of computing storage services to remote locations. It operates in our data centers.

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 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.

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 good for this platform if we could have an independent gross-storage on the computer.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have good a good impression of the stability of this solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, this solution fits us. However, I think that the actual limitations are somewhat less than what people might want. For our purpose, it's ok.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not extremely easy, so we needed specific skills in order to bring it into production. Once it was up and running, it was ok.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When it comes to selecting a vendor, I think that partnership is one of the most important criteria. We needed a technology that is universally deployable and has the capability of functioning in the cloud. This allows us to use the service not only in our own premise's data centers but with cloud providers as well.

At the time we were evaluating solutions but there were not many players in the market. We considered Nutanix, but it had its own hardware platform. SimpliVity had an OmniStack configuration that could run on hardware platforms that we already had within the organization. We chose SimpliVity because of this. 

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 abstraction layer above the equipment we buy.

I think that this is a safe investment for anyone who wants to have a straightforward solution that comes out of the box and can be deployed on an appliance. 

I would rate this solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Phillip Collins
Sr Infrastructure Engineer at Delta Plastics of the South
Real User
Top 20
Good disaster recovery, backup simplification, deduplication, and compression features

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is for our data center.

How has it helped my organization?

Disaster recovery, backup simplification, deduplication, and compression features have helped improve my organization. 

What is most valuable?

The feature that I have found most valuable is the backup recovery.

What needs improvement?

The upgrades need improvement. 

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is for our data center.

How has it helped my organization?

Disaster recovery, backup simplification, deduplication, and compression features have helped improve my organization. 

What is most valuable?

The feature that I have found most valuable is the backup recovery.

What needs improvement?

The upgrades need improvement. 

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Doug Collette
IT Engineer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
I like the ability to do frequent full VM backups in seconds

What is our primary use case?

We're running more than 40 ESX 6.5 VMs on a two-node SimpliVity system. The SimpliVity nodes are at two different locations and operate in a stretched cluster mode. This provides mirroring of the flash storage in each node. Approximately half of our VMs run on the site on one node and the other half run on the site on two nodes. In the event of a node failure, all VMs will automatically run on the one good node.

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 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.

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 future.

SimpliVity updates are a painful and complex process that takes about two hours per node. First, the drivers on each node need to be updated which, although it's a reasonably straightforward process, takes roughly an hour per node. Next, the OmniStack software needs to be updated and this is a complex, Linux command-line process that also takes about an hour per node. Fortunately, as part of HPE product support, they offer remote update assistance but I hope HPE will simplify the update process in the near future.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The system has been very stable and trouble-free for the six months that it has been in service and we expect it to remain this way for many years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the storage and memory are less than ideal. Although there are unused drive slots in the SimpliVity hosts, you can't just add additional drives. You must purchase additional nodes to increase the storage capacity. We needed to expand the RAM after putting the nodes in service, and the only option was to add another 384 GB of RAM, the same amount that the node came with.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've only placed two technical support calls, and they were very helpful.

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

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

How was the initial setup?

The initial configuration was somewhat more complex than a conventional setup as the OmniStack controller requires additional configuration.

What about the implementation team?

A vendor team did the complete installation from the racking-and-stacking to the SimpliVity and VMware configuration. The vendor team was very knowledgeable and made what would have been a daunting task a piece of cake.

What was our ROI?

N/A.

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 equipment as part of the purchase, so that was painless.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
StevenChow
Technical Director at Baro International Ltd.
Real User
Comes with backup and site-to-site DR function

What is our primary use case?

To build up HCI and upgrade existing VMware farm To set up local HA and site DR solution for business Fast backup solution

How has it helped my organization?

From eight ESXi servers (local HA only, without site DR) to three SimpliVity solutions in prod site with HA and one SimpliVity solution in DR site. For setting up site-to-site DR.

What is most valuable?

It comes with backup and site-to-site DR function All license included Backup and restore are very fast

What needs improvement?

Backup from D2D only to "D2D to tape" Supports hybrid HDD storage (lower cost for the second-tier workload, now all SSD storage only) Support

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What is our primary use case?

  • To build up HCI and upgrade existing VMware farm
  • To set up local HA and site DR solution for business
  • Fast backup solution

How has it helped my organization?

From eight ESXi servers (local HA only, without site DR) to three SimpliVity solutions in prod site with HA and one SimpliVity solution in DR site.

For setting up site-to-site DR.

What is most valuable?

  • It comes with backup and site-to-site DR function
  • All license included
  • Backup and restore are very fast

What needs improvement?

  • Backup from D2D only to "D2D to tape"
  • Supports hybrid HDD storage (lower cost for the second-tier workload, now all SSD storage only)
  • Support

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
AD
Senior Visual Compute Engineer at CrowdStrike
Vendor
Dedupe, compression, and replication of primary and secondary data, locally and remotely

What is our primary use case?

General IT workloads of core services and standard line of business applications.

How has it helped my organization?

Reduced storage footprint of primary and secondary copies of data and WAN replication bandwidth with good performance.

What is most valuable?

Dedupe, compression, and replication of primary and secondary data, locally and remotely. Less experienced admins can perform storage tasks.

What needs improvement?

Needs decoupling of distributed data fabric to run in a hyperscale deployment outside the hypervisor on dedicated nodes.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What is our primary use case?

General IT workloads of core services and standard line of business applications.

How has it helped my organization?

Reduced storage footprint of primary and secondary copies of data and WAN replication bandwidth with good performance.

What is most valuable?

Dedupe, compression, and replication of primary and secondary data, locally and remotely. Less experienced admins can perform storage tasks.

What needs improvement?

Needs decoupling of distributed data fabric to run in a hyperscale deployment outside the hypervisor on dedicated nodes.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
SK
System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
It has a proven track record of stability

What is our primary use case?

Currently, we are using it for our VMware workstation. We use it to host our non-production servers.

What is most valuable?

The hardware deduplication, because it is better for this use case.

What needs improvement?

We should have something called micro segmentation inside the SimpliVity box, which can be easily implemented. They are using backup from snapshots. Maybe they can integrate with VM or similar mechanics.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has a proven track record of stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is okay.

How is customer service and technical support?

HPE has a good track record of support. …

What is our primary use case?

Currently, we are using it for our VMware workstation. We use it to host our non-production servers.

What is most valuable?

The hardware deduplication, because it is better for this use case.

What needs improvement?

We should have something called micro segmentation inside the SimpliVity box, which can be easily implemented.

They are using backup from snapshots. Maybe they can integrate with VM or similar mechanics.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has a proven track record of stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is okay.

How is customer service and technical support?

HPE has a good track record of support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Steve Schaaf
VP/Chief Technology Officer at Francis Drilling Fluids, Ltd.
Real User
Valuable features include ease of use, disaster recovery, and reliability

Pros and Cons

  • "Valuable features include ease of use, disaster recovery, and reliability."

    What is our primary use case?

    At FDF Energy Services, IT is an important differentiator. It allows us to maintain a significant competitive advantage in the market. OmniCube is a perfect fit for our infrastructure because it allows us to simultaneously improve our levels of data protection and disaster recovery capabilities, while significantly reducing our costs. The simplification of our IT environment, coupled with the cost savings, allows us to further invest in the applications running our business.

    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. This includes simple backup and data protection for all our VMs, and can be managed centrally from one login and interface through VMware vCenter.

    When SimpliVity announced the availability of its solution with Cisco, we jumped at the opportunity. Now, we are running all of our core applications on the SimpliVity/Cisco platform.

    The technology is a game changer. It represents the future of convergence. I love the "data center-in-a-box" concept, and it is backed by solid hardware and all the functionality needed, including data deduplication, replication, and WAN optimization.

    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 aligned with IT, allowing us to develop processes without bringing IT in later.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three to five years.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It was inconceivable that we could deploy a 2U solution and gain all the server, storage, and data protection functionality that we needed. Scalability was a huge factor, along with ease of use, and management, which was all integrated from within vCenter.

    How is customer service and technical support?

    Support has been top notch, both responsive and knowledgeable.

    What was our ROI?

    As an early adopter of SimpliVity’s hyper-converged infrastructure, we have seen significant benefits to the solution. SimpliVity reduced our data center footprint from 20U to 4U, increasing our application delivery performance by 75 percent. It lowered our operational costs in a major way.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We looked at a lot of other converged infrastructure solutions. To be honest, many of them are ‘one-trick ponies’ which didn’t deliver the inline deduplication, scalability, built-in data protection capabilities or superior architecture that SimpliVity’s OmniCube did.

    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.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    JN
    Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    User
    Offsite backup, replication, and duplication of data are important for our plant environment

    Pros and Cons

    • "Offsite backup, replication, and duplication of data are important for our plant environment since we are hard on our equipment."
    • "Bandwidth throttling during offsite backups would be better than the off-peak time setting for a 24/7 shop."

    What is our primary use case?

    I was searching for a high availability system that could replace our traditional SAN and be responsible for computer configuration and backup.

    How has it helped my organization?

    This solution was an easy way for us to ensure high availability along with offsite backup of data. It has made offsite recovery a faster process than in the past.

    What is most valuable?

    Offsite backup, replication, and duplication of data are important for our plant environment since we are hard on our equipment. The ability to restore quickly and get the business back up and running is priceless.

    What needs improvement?

    Bandwidth throttling during offsite backups. When we implemented this solution for the first time to replace another system we brought down the WAN line until the initial data set was replicated. They do have an off-peak time setting but throttling would be better for a 24/7 shop.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three to five years.
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Ismael Prieto
    Director at ISA
    Reseller
    Top 10Leaderboard
    Its deduplication and backup functions are reliable

    What is our primary use case?

    We are resellers. We change virtual environments and use c7000 plus 3PAR Blades. The repository is for virtual machines.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We have VxRail and are comparing HPE SimpliVity deduplication with that of Vxrail.

    What is most valuable?

    Its deduplication and backup functions are reliable. The add-ons are good options.

    What needs improvement?

    The customer has 100 virtual machines. We need to offer high availability for their production environment.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Less than one year.

    What is our primary use case?

    We are resellers. We change virtual environments and use c7000 plus 3PAR Blades. The repository is for virtual machines.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We have VxRail and are comparing HPE SimpliVity deduplication with that of Vxrail.

    What is most valuable?

    Its deduplication and backup functions are reliable. The add-ons are good options.

    What needs improvement?

    The customer has 100 virtual machines. We need to offer high availability for their production environment.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Less than one year.
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
    KeithBraithwaite
    Manager, Corp IT Infrastructure at Domo
    Real User
    Technology consolidation resulted in lower overall costs in the form of less administrative overhead

    Pros and Cons

    • "The ease of setting up our DR site with SimpliVity. It was very simple. I did not have to set up a separate storage, server, and networking environments."
    • "I would love it if the solution would auto data balance within the cluster. It is possible, and eventually, it will be likely that certain nodes within the same cluster will hold more data than the other nodes."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use HPE SimpliVity for general corporate IT applications and to support our DevOps automation software.

    How has it helped my organization?

    There are three big improvements that SimpliVity brought to our organization: 

    1. The ability to quickly and reliably create and maintain a disaster recovery environment over a relatively, low bandwidth WAN connection.
    2. The reduction in physical storage, due to SimpliVity's data virtualization layer, which includes inline deduplication and compression.
    3. The consolidation of many technology solutions into one solution, which resulted in lower overall costs in the form of fewer software and hardware purchases, reduced backup costs, lower bandwidth charges between sites, and less administrative overhead.

    What is most valuable?

    The ease of setting up our DR site with SimpliVity. It was very simple. I did not have to set up a separate storage, server, and networking environments. There was no additional WAN optimization or backup hardware/software, and it did not choke my WAN link.

    What needs improvement?

    I would love it if the solution would auto data balance within the cluster. It is possible, and eventually, it will be likely that certain nodes within the same cluster will hold more data than the other nodes. In order to balance this data out, a support call is required and the support technician will spend some time rebalancing the nodes. The access to do this by end users is not given. It is also somewhat difficult to monitor the actual node's physical storage with out-of-the box monitoring tools due to the virtualization of this layer. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One to three years.

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

    I previously used a traditional virtualization stack with a SAN, compute, and network layers.  I switched because, at the time, we had no DR solution in place for many of our services. We were looking for the best available options to replicate data for a DR site and bring up services at that site. 

    SimpliVity provides an all-in-one solution and has been a great addition to our tech portfolio.

    How was the initial setup?

    It was easy to install.

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

    Upfront costs seems high at first look, but after analyzing all the benefits of SimpliVity, we have come out ahead.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We evaluated other traditional stack options with Zerto as our replication software. We looked at Nutanix and EMC VxRail.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Jonny Cabrera
    Gerente de ingeniería with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Versatile and provides more velocity in our applications

    What is our primary use case?

    Hyperconvergence.

    How has it helped my organization?

    More velocity in applications.

    What is most valuable?

    Versatile.

    What needs improvement?

    The price could be better and it needs to back to other storage.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Less than one year.

    What is our primary use case?

    Hyperconvergence.

    How has it helped my organization?

    More velocity in applications.

    What is most valuable?

    Versatile.

    What needs improvement?

    The price could be better and it needs to back to other storage.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Less than one year.
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Justin Brooks
    Systems Engineer III at Pitt Ohio Express
    Real User
    Provides our organization with a cost effective DR/data protection solution

    Pros and Cons

    • "SimpliVity has provided our organization with a cost effective DR/data protection solution."
    • "The backup and recovery is very fast, effective, and easy to use."
    • "Software upgrades and scalability can be done during normal business hours with no downtime."
    • "The ability to manage the environment without special consoles or interfaces is a plus."
    • "SimpliVity needs to improve the support for native backups, like SQL and Exchange."
    • "File level restores work well, but indexing will help make the process faster."
    • "SimpliVity needs to add support for Hyper-V and KVM."

    What is our primary use case?

    We run almost all of our production environment on SimpliVity. This includes Citrix, SQL, file, and production applications.

    How has it helped my organization?

    SimpliVity has provided our organization with a cost effective DR/data protection solution. Training time has be reduced due to SimpliVity's seamless integration with vCenter Flex and Flash clients.

    What is most valuable?

    • The backup and recovery is very fast, effective, and easy to use. 
    • The ability to manage the environment without special consoles or interfaces is a plus. 
    • Managing storage doesn't require a specialized skill set. 
    • Software upgrades and scalability can be done during normal business hours with no downtime.

    What needs improvement?

    • SimpliVity needs to improve the support for native backups, like SQL and Exchange.
    • File level restores work well, but indexing will help make the process faster.  
    • SimpliVity needs to add support for Hyper-V and KVM.  

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three to five years.

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

    HPE has decided to sell the solution in all-flash configurations, which may not be as cost effective for smaller mid-market enterprises.

    It has helped to reduce our VMware licensing costs due to host consolidation.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    it_user850320
    Infrastructure and Technology Consultant at Infinia Solutions
    User
    It has a unique platform of computing, cloud management, storage, and integrated networks

    What is our primary use case?

    Powerful, unbeatable hyper-converged solution from HPE SimpliVity 380 with OmniStack. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    It allows you to take advantage of the unique platform of computing, cloud management, storage, and integrated networks, as well as software-defined data management, which is easy to use. 

    What is most valuable?

    The most complete hyper-convergence infrastructure solution in the industry complying with the number one server platform in the market.

    What needs improvement?

    Simplify the backup and restore: With integrated backup and remote replication, it could reduce risk and eliminates the use of legacy data tools.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Trial/evaluations only.

    What was our ROI?

    Investing less time in…

    What is our primary use case?

    Powerful, unbeatable hyper-converged solution from HPE SimpliVity 380 with OmniStack. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    It allows you to take advantage of the unique platform of computing, cloud management, storage, and integrated networks, as well as software-defined data management, which is easy to use. 

    What is most valuable?

    The most complete hyper-convergence infrastructure solution in the industry complying with the number one server platform in the market.

    What needs improvement?

    Simplify the backup and restore: With integrated backup and remote replication, it could reduce risk and eliminates the use of legacy data tools.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Trial/evaluations only.

    What was our ROI?

    Investing less time in configuration and management means that you will have more time to focus on what is really important: Your company's innovation and rapid commercialization.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Infinia Solutions & Services is a Mexican technology and services company focused on the search for solutions in cutting-edge information technology that integrate, facilitate and optimize resources, improving the productivity and profitability of our clients' business. We offer our customers and business partners virtualization solutions and converged computation infrastructure.
    AS
    Technical Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    The HyperGuarantee is unique and the accelerator card is the primary IP with the product

    Pros and Cons

    • "The globally federated architecture means that the backup across sites does not consume precious MPLS bandwidth, which is cool."
    • "The simple management comes in handy since a standard VMware admin can manage it."
    • "The HyperGuarantee is unique and the accelerator card is the primary IP with the product."
    • "No SAN switches and having a native backup is pretty cool."
    • "HPE support is still not aware/trained on SimpliVity, and this is beginning to show."
    • "While SimpliVity was a pioneer of cloud connect capability, they have simply not exploited it."
    • "SimpliVity has little to no integrations."
    • "While it has been a while since HPE acquired SimpliVity, there is a lack of understanding/awareness about the product. In short, it took me time to actually make them understand they had a product named SimpliVity, which as you can imagine does not instill a great deal of confidence."

    What is our primary use case?

    As a service integrator we have recommended and implemented SimpliVity for numerous use cases but the product is particularly suited for ROBO and VDI use cases. We are looking at SImpliVity as a solution for Tier 2 and some Tier 1 apps in DC.

    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 clients who needed backup capability but did not want to invest in a dedicated backup tool, SimpliVity's native backup with app consistency came in handy. When you do this across more than 80 sites, the savings is significant and the WAN bandwidth efficiency is impressive.

    What is most valuable?

    1. Simple management
    2. HyperGuarantee
    3. Accelerator card
    4. Globally federated architecture 

    The simple management comes in handy since a standard VMware admin can manage it. The HyperGuarantee is unique and the accelerator card is the primary IP with the product. The 4KB based dedupe and optimization are definitely helpful as observed by our clients. The globally federated architecture means that the backup across sites does not consume precious MPLS bandwidth, which is cool.

    What needs improvement?

    1. 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 underlying architecture.
    2. HPE support is still not aware/trained on SimpliVity, and this is beginning to show.
    3. While SimpliVity was a pioneer of cloud connect capability, they have simply not exploited it.
    4. SimpliVity has little to no integrations. It may have APIs, etc., but there are very few signed on integrations in place. This is necessary to build a solutions ecosystem.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three to five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    No issues. The product has been performing well. No problems.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The product initially had a limitation of 12 nodes in a federation, which has been increased to 32. Keep this in the back of your mind, particularly when looking at the number of nodes in a single stack.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    SimpliVity (before HPE) was pretty darn good. While it has been a while since HPE acquired SimpliVity, there is a lack of understanding/awareness about the product. In short, it took me time to actually make them understand they had a product named SimpliVity, which as you can imagine does not instill a great deal of confidence.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

    How was the initial setup?

    The implementation is straightforward when you follow the deployment guide. Stick to the default settings as they work for most setups. If you have the option of having multiple 10Gbps NIC cards, you can explore the option of having a NIC dedicated for storage.

    What about the implementation team?

    In house. 

    What was our ROI?

    • Simpler operations
    • No more monolithic SANs
    • No SAN switches and having a native backup is pretty cool.

    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 is pretty straightforward. Upgrades were a problem but have been addressed to a large extent. The biggest concern is around support and HPE's apparent lack of knowledgeable people.

    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 number one contender when discussing ROBO use cases but SimpliVity's DVE with its accelerator card is a strong option, particularly from the point of not needing additional hardware to address add-on requirements. SimpliVity also brings capacity savings.

    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 infrastructure, not the other way around. Also, for most use cases, look to see if you can use all-flash as the price point, as it has come down significantly. However ridiculous as this may seem, read the guides and manuals carefully before implementation as they do have points that need to be looked at. If you do not believe me, you will end up going back to the same document anyway, which you want to avoid.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Jim Malone
    Manager -Information Technology at Carolina Sunrock
    Real User
    The accelerator card is a lifesaver for speeding up backups

    Pros and Cons

    • "I have saved time and money by moving to the platform."
    • "The accelerator card is a lifesaver for speeding up backups."
    • "My day-to-day experiences are better now that my backups are no longer running into production."
    • "The initial setup was very easy as I had the SimpliVity engineers work with our managed services."
    • "I would love to see a more proactive approach to implementing patches and reaching out to customers with new initiatives."

    What is our primary use case?

    Day-to-day use. We implemented SimpliVity a little over a year ago. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.

    How has it helped my organization?

    I have saved time and money by moving to this platform. I am happy to share my results on the amount of power, time, and space saved.

    What is most valuable?

    The accelerator card is a lifesaver for speeding up backups. My day-to-day experiences are better now that my backups are no longer running into production.

    What needs improvement?

    I would love to see a more proactive approach to implementing patches and reaching out to customers with new initiatives.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One to three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Not at this time.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No issues. The system was sized right by the SimpliVity engineers

    How are customer service and technical support?

    So far, the support has been great. I have not needed to call many times.

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

    I did have another product. I found a need to upgrade due to space issues and the amount of time that it was taking to run my backups at night.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was very easy as I had the SimpliVity engineers work with our managed services. I had no issues.

    What about the implementation team?

    The vendor team worked with my managed services team. 

    What was our ROI?

    I have proven to my CIO that I have saved more money than expected. I am still calculating how much. 

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

    It seemed like it was expensive at first. Now that I have had it installed for a period of time, I think I got a great deal.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I spent several months looking at different options. I looked at VxRail and Nutanix.

    What other advice do I have?

    If you are just starting your vetting process, make sure SimpliVity is on the table, you won't be disappointed.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    it_user818898
    IT solution Specilaist with 11-50 employees
    User
    It helps us save on the cost of storage

    What is our primary use case?

    Production servers running on virtualization (such as web, DB, mail, and file), and the report server requires more disk performance to reduce report generation.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Improves backup time and DR solution. We can backup with more frequency and minimize RPO and RTO.

    What is most valuable?

    Deduplication Compression It helps us save on the cost of storage and improves the backup and DR solution.

    What needs improvement?

    Cloud integration, such as Azure and AWS. It would be better if we could deploy a hybrid cloud integrated to SimpliVity.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Trial/evaluations only.

    What is our primary use case?

    Production servers running on virtualization (such as web, DB, mail, and file), and the report server requires more disk performance to reduce report generation.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Improves backup time and DR solution. We can backup with more frequency and minimize RPO and RTO.

    What is most valuable?

    • Deduplication
    • Compression

    It helps us save on the cost of storage and improves the backup and DR solution.

    What needs improvement?

    Cloud integration, such as Azure and AWS.

    It would be better if we could deploy a hybrid cloud integrated to SimpliVity.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Trial/evaluations only.
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
    it_user784089
    Senior IM Manager
    Real User
    Reduced our virtual machine hosting to two units per site; fast backups, good DR

    Pros and Cons

    • "It's very simple to manage. It has reduced the footprint in the datacenters quite a lot."
    • "I can say that the support was better when it was a separate company, when it was SimpliVity. But, now with HPE it has not been quite as good. B"

    What is our primary use case?

    We are hosting virtual machines on it, and it is performing quite well.

    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 done. And the reduction of data.

    What is most valuable?

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

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One to three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is also okay.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It scales quite nicely. We are not very big so I don't know if it really scales up that big. But for a small to medium company, I would say it is much better, for example, than the competition. For us, it is the right size. I think it was the right choice.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I can say that the support was better when it was a separate company, when it was SimpliVity. But, now with HPE it has not been quite as good. But that is normal. HPE is a big company. Things are a little bit, I would say, more "official" than the person-to-person communication that startups have. But that is natural.

    The support might take a little bit more time, but we are a non-standard support case because we are actually using the HPE software on a non-HPE hardware. 

    We have this pre-HPE hardware. We use it on Dell, and Cisco, and that probably can create more confusion for HPE support. So, I'm really hoping that HPE will come up with some on-premise replacement so that we can actually switch to HPE units, so that HPE can have full support on the system.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

    How was the initial setup?

    It was quite straightforward. We didn't see big problems. It was quite easy. It's easy to manage. It was easy to install also.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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

    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, are also important.

    I think it's really complex to focus on a few things. If you bring in something new we usually like to to see what the end product can actually do. But of course the support on top of that is also important. If you have a good product but nobody can install it or maintain it or give support, then it would also be bad.

    I've always said to everybody that SimpliVity is one of the best hyper-converged solutions. But, again, it really depends on the business case. Everybody has to evaluate it for themselves, because businesses are different. I've known that hybrid is the thing for years because that's why we bet on that, we had to have datacenters onsite, and then we can put something in the cloud. But, there are companies that could be only in the cloud, that need to be on-premise only. It really depends on the company.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    it_user784002
    Platforms Engineer
    Real User
    It has been performing well. It was more than what we expected.

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it for a Tentacle system, which we provide to our customers. At the moment, it is not in full release, we have just been testing the following: Virtualization VMs. It has been performing well. It was more than what we expected. We have been testing it for three months now.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We are still on a PoC. We have not pushed it out that far. We are expecting the speed that we have seen so far.

    What is most valuable?

    From a generic point of view: The sheer speed The sheer power.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Trial/evaluations only.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    No issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No issues.

    Which solution did I use

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it for a Tentacle system, which we provide to our customers. At the moment, it is not in full release, we have just been testing the following:

    • Virtualization
    • VMs.

    It has been performing well. It was more than what we expected. We have been testing it for three months now.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We are still on a PoC. We have not pushed it out that far.

    We are expecting the speed that we have seen so far.

    What is most valuable?

    From a generic point of view:

    • The sheer speed
    • The sheer power.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Trial/evaluations only.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    No issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No issues.

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

    We had a standard HPE blade server. Our reseller put forward SimpliVity to us. We tried it out and tested it. I was like, "Wow." It blew us away. 

    How was the initial setup?

    I was not involved in the initial setup, but I was told that it was very straightforward.

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

    Cost is a factor. It is quite expensive.

    What other advice do I have?

    Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: price and service. HPE emcompasses these values.

    Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
    it_user784092
    Systems Analyst at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    It is a very nice solution. Very simple to use.

    Pros and Cons

    • "​My impression is that it is a very nice solution. Very simple to use."
    • "Technical support is perfect. They explain to us the solution in a very clear and simple way. When we call them, they know the right answer and get the right person automatically."
    • "It is not as flexible as we want. We have asked for some more granular scalability. For example, the ability to add some disks, and not another node, if we need more storage.​"
    • "​I do not see the product really working in productivity at the moment with real loads.​"

    What is our primary use case?

    Our main idea is to use SimpliVity in a robot scenario. To create a robot, recovery assessment tool for our ranked offices.

    It is a very interesting platform, because the operation is very easy. It is integrated with the interfaces which we use every day in all of our platforms. We think it could be a huge advantage for us. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    Probably in the business continuity scenarios, it is going to help us.

    What is most valuable?

    The deduplication and compression options integrated with the hardware. 

    What needs improvement?

    If we start using the application, there could be data for us to analyze, and we might have more ideas.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Trial/evaluations only.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    My impression is that it is a very nice solution. Very simple to use.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is not as flexible as we want. We have asked for some more granular scalability. For example, the ability to add some disks, and not another node, if we need more storage.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is perfect. They explain to us the solution in a very clear and simple way. When we call them, they know the right answer and get the right person automatically.

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

    No, we have not previously used a different solution. 

    We have the need to implement a disaster recovery (DR) strategy in our branch offices. We were looking for different solutions, and one of them was HPE SimpliVity. We are checking it out at this moment.

    How was the initial setup?

    I was involved in the initial setup. It was straightforward.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Right now, we are mainly IBM clients.

    What other advice do I have?

    Check the solutions on the market. There are a lot of solutions on the market offering this kind of solution. Each solution could have a different approach and different things to offer. 

    I do not see the product really working in productivity at the moment with real loads.

    Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: a strong partner. We think that HPE is a strong partner.

    Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
    it_user784044
    Manager ICT at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Stability is pretty good. We have no complaints as it has been running seamlessly with no downtime.​

    Pros and Cons

    • "​Stability is pretty good. We have no complaints as it has been running seamlessly with no downtime.​"
    • "​I have some worries about the support after the acquisition. ​The support was better before HPE acquired SimpliVity."

    What is our primary use case?

    It is used as a data center solution. We run all our company's workloads on SimpliVity. It has been running for a year now. We have no complaints as it has been running seamlessly.

    How has it helped my organization?

    • Fast data recovery
    • Low on operational costs

    What is most valuable?

    There are two main drivers:

    • Data protection
    • Low operational costs.

    What needs improvement?

    I have some worries about the support after the acquisition. The support was better before HPE acquired SimpliVity. They are not very clear on what to expect. That makes me a bit nervous.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Less than one year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Stability is pretty good. We have no complaints as it has been running seamlessly with no downtime.

    There was no downtime when this solution was acquired by HPE.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is linear.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The support organization has changed a bit since the switch to HPE, but that has not impacted any of the services yet.

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

    Yes, we did have a previous solution. 

    We switched because we have to renew components in the datacenter every so many years. First year, the storage; second year, the switching; third year, the computing; and so on. So, with SimpliVity, we know that we have boxes that we can add, and the oldest one can move out of the datacenter without all the hassle of making components obsolete. 

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

    Other vendors fall short on price compared to HPE on this product.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Our reseller pitched SimpliVity.

    Then, we consulted the market and asked for a solution for five years. We looked at the TCO, total cost of ownership, over those five years, including all the support. Overall, it made a good case to invest in SimpliVity. 

    What other advice do I have?

    To really consider a solution based on SimpliVity. Also, look for a reseller that has the knowledge to give proper advice on the material. 

    We have full trust that it will help us in the next few years to deliver the IT functionality that we need in the firm that I work for. 

    Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: I fit with that company's cultural, basically. I chose HPE through the reseller that I use. With the reseller, I had the cultural fit.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    it_user543450
    Head of IT at Law Firm
    Real User
    Simple to administer.

    Pros and Cons

    • "We use the Omnicubes to replicate our data to a second datacenter. By having our company data on the Omnicubes, we ensure that all of our data is constantly replicated within the defined intervals to the remote site."
    • "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 client, which is awfully slow."

    What is our primary use case?

    Disaster recovery to a secondary datacenter. In order to do that, all of our server infrastructure runs on Simplivity.

    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 provisioning. The Simplivity datastores are so efficient that the never seem to fill up, or at least not that fast anymore.

    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 deduped inline makes this possible, as only the changes not already replicated blocks are written, which is extremely efficient.

    We use the Omnicubes to replicate our data to a second datacenter.
    By having our company data on the Omnicubes, we ensure that all of our data is constantly replicated within the defined intervals to the remote site. This is the reason why we did choose Omnicubes. We are able to replicate our data in a very simple manner (as this happens in the background) and comply to our business needs.

    Simplivity Omnicube is able to replicate data in a simple and reliable manner. There is nothing to be done for the IT Admins and very few to control, as the technology is very stable. The replication is way faster than expected, due to the advantages of the deduplication and compression. Currently we see 3.4 dedup ration 1nd 1.5 compression.
    When we manually backup (or automatically replicate by policy) one VM to the remote location, the job is completed within seconds or few minutes in the worst case. The storage footprint is minimal. There are no ‘vmware snapshots’ involved in this technology (which could be left over and create issues, as it could happen with other Backup Technologies).

    As a plus of using Omnicubes, we have discovered that we now can perform almost instantaneous recovery of VMs. Cloning a VM is done in few seconds (also across sites), same applies to recovery of VMS or single drives (Vmdk). In one occasion we needed to recover a 2-TB partition of a file server. We completed the recovery in about 5 seconds, the data was recovered from the remote location. We could basically move our whole workloads across datacenters in few minutes, if needed.


    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 client, which is awfully slow. While this is responsibility of Vmware (having killed the c-client), the question is legitimate, because the client is what you need to restore your data in the end, and in such situation you do not have time to waste.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    No.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No. When scaling you need to consider that scaling an hyperconverged infrstructure is different from a traditional server stacks, because basically you are tied to adding one building block which adds server, cpu, ram, disk all at once. in a traditional stack you will look at each component constantly and scale them up indipendently. Another aspect is that the indicator which will tell you when it is time to scale might be different from your expectations. In my experience we did in the past scale traditional stacks when the storage was getting full. After implementing Simplivity, my indicator is now the disk latency. The storage itself will almost never get full, but after adding additional workloads for 2 years I have learned that although the disk is not full, you want to look at certain thresholds in your disk latency, or in certain cases at RAM availability on the appliances.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Customer Service:

    The level has been very good until now, I know that after HPe taking over some users have encountered delay in being services. This did not happen to me. Update: it's a pity, that no email support anymore is available. Now we have to dial in and create a support case. Before the acquisition, creating a support case was a breeze. I hope HPe will fix this.

    Technical Support:

    Excellent. Update: Well, good to very good. there is room for improvement.

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

    we did not have disaster recovery in place before.

    How was the initial setup?

    not at all. Set up takes a couple of hours, and then it's important to have a guideline about which data replication (data protection) policies you want to have in place. Once they are defined (in a matter of minutes), it's done.

    What about the implementation team?

    Good.

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

    All-in license, simple and fair.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Nutanix, and other traditional storage/server architecture options.

    What other advice do I have?

    Focus on the right sizing for your application tier. The solution is very simple to administer.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    it_user769266
    Gerente Comercial at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
    Reseller
    Deduplicates and compresses online without forgetting disk protection

    What is most valuable?

    Definitely the deduplication and compression, for the optimization of disk space.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Simplifies the operations of the server and the administration area.

    What needs improvement?

    I think the support for the hypervisors needs to be on a higher level.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We did not encounter any issues with stability.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We did not encounter any issues with scalability. Has horizontal scalability.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Really good.

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

    Nutanix. We switched because Simplivity deduplicates and…

    What is most valuable?

    Definitely the deduplication and compression, for the optimization of disk space.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Simplifies the operations of the server and the administration area.

    What needs improvement?

    I think the support for the hypervisors needs to be on a higher level.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We did not encounter any issues with stability.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We did not encounter any issues with scalability. Has horizontal scalability.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Really good.

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

    Nutanix. We switched because Simplivity deduplicates and compresses online and can be started with two nodes, without forgetting disk protection.

    How was the initial setup?

    Straightforward, it was set up very fast.

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

    You must perform a correct TCO study to find all the benefits.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Nutanix, VxRail.

    What other advice do I have?

    Make sure to do correct dimensioning in the storage part. 

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
    Chad Benfield
    Director of IT at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    It includes backup, deduplication, and WAN optimization and can do disaster recovery with very minimal effort

    Pros and Cons

    • "Disaster Recovery (DR) with very minimal effort."
    • "Not being able to apply ESXi patches as needed has always been a concern, but it has not become a big issue."

    How has it helped my organization?

    We went from having our core data spread across tapes that would have come down to days of downtime to working with SimpliVity, where we can lose an entire datacenter and still be fully operational within minutes.

    I can also now have my IT generalist do daily tasks easily as it is very easy to use.

    What is most valuable?

    • Inherent data protection
    • Backup
    • Disaster Recovery (DR) with very minimal effort.

    What needs improvement?

    The upgrade path used to be a challenge, but it has gotten much much easier.

    Not being able to apply ESXi patches as needed has always been a concern, but it has not become a big issue.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    No, not at all.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No, but we sized correctly in the beginning and have not needed to since.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Customer Service:

    Excellent.

    Technical Support:

    Excellent.

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

    First hyper-converged solution that I have ever used.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is very straightforward to migrate existing VMs into the SimpliVity environment. Just VMotion the servers across and realize the benefits immediately.

    What about the implementation team?

    It was implemented in-house.

    What was our ROI?

    Not sure.

    But in comparison to other solutions, SimpliVity gave us all we need bundled into one at a much cheaper price point.

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

    Try to do a true comparison.

    SimpliVity includes backup, deduplication, and WAN optimization, so it is only fair to compare that with solutions having the same (or added in) features.

    ESXi licensing is a big part of initial investment if you do not already have that covered.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Nutanix and traditional SAN solutions (NetApp and Compellent).

    What other advice do I have?

    It truly is as good as it seems, which three and a half years ago was a bit of a leap of faith. We are very happy that we made the leap.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    ITCS user
    IT Manager at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
    Vendor
    Backup and DR capabilities are its most valuable features

    What is most valuable?

    Backup  Disaster Recovery (DR) capabilities

    How has it helped my organization?

    We now backup our core VMs on-site every 10 minutes and off-site every 15 minutes.

    What needs improvement?

    A better GUI for some functions.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Two years.

    What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

    No issues.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    No issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No, but we have only added one node so far.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Customer Service: Very high. Technical Support: Very high.

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

    Traditional stack with storage and compute.

    How was the initial

    What is most valuable?

    • Backup 
    • Disaster Recovery (DR) capabilities

    How has it helped my organization?

    We now backup our core VMs on-site every 10 minutes and off-site every 15 minutes.

    What needs improvement?

    A better GUI for some functions.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Two years.

    What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

    No issues.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    No issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No, but we have only added one node so far.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Customer Service:

    Very high.

    Technical Support:

    Very high.

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

    Traditional stack with storage and compute.

    How was the initial setup?

    I did not do the actual install. SimpliVity helped.

    What about the implementation team?

    We implemented using a vendor team. They were good.

    What was our ROI?

    I do not have hard numbers.

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

    Do not just go by the minimum. Give a little for growth and storage.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Yes, Nutanix.

    What other advice do I have?

    I am very pleased with the performance and ease of use.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    AaronSMR
    Systems Administrator with 201-500 employees
    User
    Our backups are now more efficient and reliable because the system manages them much better for us

    Pros and Cons

    • "Having one management console to do everything from was a great improvement over dealing with separate hardware for servers, SANs, backups etc."
    • "Upgrading the firmware/software could be more seamless."

    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 allows us to replicate them as often as we like to another pair of SimpliVity boxes at one of our remote sites.

    What is most valuable?

    Having one management console to do everything from was a great improvement over dealing with separate hardware for servers, SANs, backups etc. Also, the ability to spin up a new VM within minutes has been a huge time saver.

    What needs improvement?

    Upgrading the firmware/software could be more seamless (or at least be assigned a technician who could walk us through the process for both the SimpliVity software as well as the VMware software).

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The SimpliVity solution has been very reliable and stable for us. A few times over the years where we had errors or hardware issues, they were resolved in a timely manner by SimpliVity support.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Customer Service:

    It's been pretty good. Before HPE bought Simplivity, I feel the customer service was great. The couple times I have had to contact support after HPE bought SimpliVity, it has been what I have come to expect from large companies.

    Technical Support:

    The techs that I have worked with have been really good and seem to know their stuff.

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

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

    How was the initial setup?

    With the assistance from SimpliVity engineers who were on site for the initial deployment, everything went very smoothly.

    What about the implementation team?

    Our solution was recommended by our trusted vendor and SimpliVity engineers were on site to help implement the solution. Everyone was very knowledgeable.

    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, we thought we were only going to deploy our most critical VMs using this product, but once we saw how much better it was to manage the VMs, back them up, and deploy new VMs, we started moving a lot more servers over to it. Eventually, we had to buy another pair of SImpliVity OmniCubes to accommodate everything.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    No, once we found out about the SimpliVity product and saw a demo, we were sold. We have been very happy with our decision.

    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 SimpliVity.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Engin O
    IT Director at Ströer Media AG - Turkey
    Real User
    I am backing up all my data in seconds

    Pros and Cons

    • "The backup and restore features are the most valuable."

      How has it helped my organization?

      You have to manage so much hardware if you have IT systems, and each system has a different web interface, log, and reporting service. When you check all of them in a day, you don't have enough time for other work, but I can manage all the services from a single interface with SimpliVity. It saves me time.

      What is most valuable?

      The backup and restore features are the most valuable. Because before SimpliVity, I was backing up the data to an external hard disk. It worked slowly sometimes, and I had to wait for hours. But now, I am backing up all my data in seconds.

      What needs improvement?

      I think first we should make a hardware upgrade.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No, it's stable.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No, it works well.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      I haven't needed technical support yet.

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

      I was using classical storage, server technology, because it's not easy to manage all hardware capacity.

      How was the initial setup?

      It was straightforward.

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

      The price should be cheaper.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      I only looked at Nutanix and VMware vSAN, but SimpliVity is convenient for our systems.

      What other advice do I have?

      Anyone looking to implement it should do so without losing any time.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user713316
      IT Systems Architect at a university
      Vendor
      A valuable feature is the backup and restore capability

      What is most valuable?

      • The backup and restore capability
      • The speed with which it backs up
      • Restores can be done in seconds

      How has it helped my organization?

      The tool makes it more efficient for us. Instead of having to get support for multiple different solutions like storage, compute, and network, and having to contact individual vendors, it's all one solution. We can contact one person and get support over the phone. We don't have to call multiple vendors, having them point fingers at each other.

      What needs improvement?

      Additional features would be having more visibility into the overall infrastructure and to know what's happening with the VMs.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      Stability has been rock solid. We've put it in. The transition was easy, and it stayed up the whole time. There have been no issues at all.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have not done a whole lot with scalability. We've upgraded a little bit, but based on everything that we've seen, it's easy, simple, and can scale as much as we need it.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      I've used SimpliVity and HPE. Once I get a hold of them, they are great. Sometimes, it's a little bit difficult to get a hold of them, but once we do, their technicians are great.

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

      We were using a different solution, and it was reaching end of life. That is when we started evaluating different vendors and products. We didn't know about this tool. We saw their solution, saw the backup and restore, the ability to do disaster recovery and business continuity, and we were sold.

      We chose HPE because we ran a test between this and one other competitor. We tested some drive failures and that type of thing, and found out that the data protection was much better with SimpliVity.

      When selecting a vendor, the most important criteria are functionality, performance, and support. We looked at all of those and that's why we chose SimpliVity.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup was very simple and easy. We had it up in half a day and we were up, running, and migrating our VMs.

      What other advice do I have?

      I would have them take a look at it and do a proof of concept. They should take a look the backup and restore and the ability to restore very large VMs in seconds.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      Sr. Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
      Vendor
      Having a private cloud for my organization is valuable.

      Pros and Cons

      • "The ease of managing this system."
      • "If there was anything I would like to see, it would be indexed backups."

      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 while taking up just 8U of rack space (4x2U nodes). There is incredibly fast I/O and with the OmniCubes, my users are spoiled with the super-fast reads and writes. Did I mention that we truly enjoy our 99.999% up time?

      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 lighting! I love having a private cloud for my organization. Public cloud will never care for my organizations data more than I do.

      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 indexed backups. You have to hunt a bit if you have to restore a file. Index the backups and it would be perfect!

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      It's been a little dodgy this year on my CN3000s at Prod when they have lost HA Sync. This has only happened when we've lost Internet connection to our DR site. I'm still trying to understand why this happens. It's quite a pain when this occurs.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Slight inconvenience with scaling out with the All Flash nodes. We had to put them into their own datacenter because of compatibility issues with the CN3000s (seriously?). While it's not the end of the world, I unfortunately am not able to do inline vmotion of servers between the datacenters. Instead I have to do a cold storage vmotion with a powered off guest server. Not the end of the world, but is inconvenient to me because it makes for some late nights. A larger server takes many hours to move over my 1GB network. This may just be an issue with my configuration and lack of a 10GB switch.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Customer service has been slightly impacted since HP purchased Simplvity. The support is still excellent, it just takes them a bit more time to get back to you when you open even a critical ticket. I'll give HP some time to adjust and update this part of the review later.

      Technical Support:

      Technical support is excellent +++. The HP purchase of Simplvity has not impacted the skill level of the engineers I have worked with. They are still great.

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

      We had an aging Compellent SAN which was critically close to running out of disk space. Dell would not sell me an additional disk enclosure, thus forcing me to do a forklift upgrade. Moving to the Simplivity HCI allowed me considerably more resources and we came in under budget.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup was very straightforward. It's almost plug and play! Adding the All Flash node needed a little more effort.

      What about the implementation team?

      A vendor team implemented it. Expertise was excellent. I couldn't have asked for better.

      What was our ROI?

      I'm not in finance, so I don't know the numbers, but I do know that I've since added 10 additional VMs and appliances, and can still add more without having to buy anything. I've saved on VM licensing because I was able to get rid of SRM. I couldn't even imagine how much it would cost to host all these servers in the public cloud!

      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 easily maintained. Keep in mind that you still have to license VMware per processor.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Nutanix and Dell Compellent.

      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 love the ability to fire off a full, application-aware backup of a VM and have it complete in just under four seconds. Also, I can now fail my entire data center over to my DR site and have everything up an running in well under 30 minutes, with my mission-critical servers up in under 10 minutes (the servers do have to power on!). It's awesome. You do need EZ-DR by VM20/20 to accomplish this, but it is a fraction of the cost of VMware Site Recovery Manager.

      In the world of traditional backups using backup software which writes to either tape or disk, the backup software will index the files to match exactly to how they appear on the server. When performing a native Simplivity backup which allows for file level restoration , the folders, subfolders and files are not indexed but rather are listed in a somewhat, but not totally, random order. More often than not, when I am asked to restore something from backup, it will be a single file that someone has either accidentally deleted or overwritten. I have very large file servers which contain thousands of folders and subfolders. Without the benefit of indexing, it sometimes takes a bit of searching to find the correct folder/file that needs to be restored. It is occasionally easier to just restore the entire file server (renamed of course), which only takes about 10 seconds, and copy the file from the restored VM than it is to find the single file in the backup. This is just an inconvenience, definitely not a deal breaker.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      reviewer583839
      IT Systems Architect at BYU
      Real User
      One of the most valuable features is the backup and restore capability.

      What is most valuable?

      The most valuable features are the backup and restore capability, the speed with which it can back-up, and restores can be done in seconds.

      How has it helped my organization?

      It makes it more efficient for us. Instead of having to get support for multiple different solutions like storage, compute, network, and having to contact individual vendors, it's all one solution. We can contact one person, get support over the phone without having to call multiple vendors, and not have them point fingers at each other.

      What needs improvement?

      Additional features would be more visibility into the overall infrastructure and what's happening with the VMs.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      Stability has been rock solid. We've put it in. The transition was easy and it stayed up the whole time, with no issues at all.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have not done a whole lot with scalability. We've upgraded a little bit, but from everything that we've seen, it's easy, simple, and it can scale as much as we need it to.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      I've used SimpliVity technology support a lot. In terms of HPE technology support, I've only used them a little bit in the last few weeks. Once I get a hold of them, they're great. Sometimes it's a little bit difficult to get a hold of them, but once we get a hold of them, their technicians are great.

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

      We were using a different solution and we were reaching end of life. That's when we started evaluating different vendors and different products. We didn't know much about HPE. We saw their solution, saw the backup restore, and the ability to do disaster recovery and business continuity, and we were sold. We chose HPE because we did a test between this and one other competitor. We tested some dry failures and that type of thing, and found out that the data protection was much better with SimpliVity.

      When selecting a vendor, the most important criteria are functionality, performance, and support. We looked at all of those and that's why we chose SimpliVity.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup was very simple and easy. We had it up in half a day. We were up and running and migrating our VMs over.

      What other advice do I have?

      I would have them take a look at it and do a proof of concept. Take a look at the backup and restore capability and the ability to restore very large VMs in seconds.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user335280
      Account Manager at a tech services company
      Consultant
      It provides all the benefits of a hyperconverged system, and it is stable and scalable.

      What is most valuable?

      It is a hyperconverged system with all the benefits that can lead to.

      How has it helped my organization?

      It was an important step to add this product to our portfolio because it meets our customers needs and demands.

      What needs improvement?

      The graphical interface and reports need to be improved compared to other brands.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      We have been using SimpliVity OmniCube for 2.5 years: 1 in internal evaluation and 1.5 in reselling and supporting it for our customers.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We have a lot of implementations and until now, we never found any issue due to the product itself. Only in one situation we encountered some sort of problem not caused by the OmniCube subsystem. It was due to Dell hardware.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have absolutely not had any issues with scalability. A customer just has to buy another box and plug it into the system if they need more logical space. Or, if they need more memory or cores, just attach a non-SimpliVity system.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      We rate technical support 4.5/5 based on their professionalism and time of resolution.

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

      We evaluated different solutions, but SimpliVity was the best choice in performance and scalability.

      How was the initial setup?

      It takes just 20 minutes to have an entire SimpliVity federation to be operative in a production area. There is nothing simpler.

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

      Compared to other brands with the same functional levels and structure, SimpliVity has lower implementation and licensing costs regarding a VMware environment infrastructure, for example.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We even evaluated software solutions such as DataCore, which we support and manage as well. But, software-based solutions cannot be on the same level as a 3.0 hyperconverged system.

      What other advice do I have?

      We advise everybody to invest in evaluating the product directly. For example, we can do a PoC where we implement SimpliVity in an existing environment without interruption of customer services as a test for a couple of weeks. Then the customer is free to decide.

      Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company is a SimpliVity Reseller.
      reviewer583839
      IT Systems Architect at BYU
      Real User
      Prior to Simplivity, we struggled to complete weekly file server backups over the weekend, and full VM restores would take hours.

      What is most valuable?

      VM backup and recovery.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Prior to Simplivity, we struggled to complete weekly file server backups over the weekend, and full VM restores would take hours. With Simplivity we are able to backup file servers every 4 hours and restore them in less than 20 seconds. These file servers are approximately 2TB.

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to see Simplivity come out with some sort of Simplivity Engineer certification, which would grant me the ability to handle the more technical issues on my own, without having to call support.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      Approximately two years.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No issues with deployment.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      None.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Not so far

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Customer service has been great.

      Technical Support:

      Technical support has been great. They have improved software upgrades dramatically, allowing me to perform my own upgrades without having to call support.

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

      In the past we were running UCS with a NetApp SAN connected via FC. We were ready for a refresh when we saw Simplivity. It looked like a perfect fit.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup was very easy. We just input IP addresses for each network and the setup wizard took care of everything.

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

      Pricing is a little high in my opinion. Prices have climbed consistently since our purchase and install.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We did an evaluation with Nutanix, but found their data redundancy was not sufficient for us.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      DY
      Systems Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
      Real User
      Compression and deduplication of data at inception yielded more capacity than we expected.

      Pros and Cons

      • "The ability to backup our data without requiring additional storage media or software application was a huge gain."
      • "Increased storage capacity for big data, something that we have not had."

      How has it helped my organization?

      In a thinly provisioned IT staffed environment, we were able to accomplish our work without having to stay after-hours anymore. Our backup RPO and RTO policies are met and done during business hours. Issues are resolved by calling one support line/number. No more headaches and hassles with finger-pointing blame between/among technology vendors. We now have a DR site with the ability to failover our production servers.

      What is most valuable?

      Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) or the consolidation of the traditional server stack; i.e., compute nodes, storage, and storage networking were a perfect fit for our environment. Also, SimpliVity's compression and deduplication of data at inception yielded "more" capacity than we expected. Furthermore, the ability to backup our data without requiring additional storage media or software application was a huge gain. Finally, the reality of having a remote disaster recovery (DR) site without needing heavy financial investment sealed the deal for us.

      What needs improvement?

      Increased storage capacity for big data, something that we have not had. DR "automation."

      In the Life Sciences disciplines, we generate a lot of big data 500GB to 1TB in file size. For example, DNA and gene sequencing, image processing (sections of the heart or brain), and other data generated by a scientific instrument. I have not stored any of these data on SimpliVity. Rather, we use a traditional SAN type storage for those data.

      I would like to try storing those kinds of big data on SimpiVity and see if the compression and de-dupe would make it work. Currently, I only store user generated data files on SimpliVity and have no issues. As for DR automation, I would like to purchase Rapid DR from SimpliVity, which allows me to automate the disaster recover process/procedure. Currently, disaster recovery is done manually.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We had to update a SimpliVity patch that made the networking compatible with our internal networking.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have not encountered any scalability issues. We've added nodes into our server federation without issues.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Customer service is 10/10.

      Technical Support:

      Technical support is 10/10.

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

      We previously used a different solution. It was not a true HCI.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup was almost painless! We had a misconfigured network setting, which the SimpliVity engineer resolved for us at no extra charge.

      What about the implementation team?

      We have a SimpliVity sales engineer do the installation. I would rate him to be an expert. The installation was completed within four hours.

      What was our ROI?

      HCI has indeed reduced the complexities of our server environment. My systems architect/engineer now has more time to work on other pressing projects and investigate new technologies, which he was able to acquire and implement. No need to work overtime to resolve issues anymore.

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

      Talk to your SimpliVity team about it. They will assist you in right-sizing your environment and getting you the correct systems and licenses so that you are able to accomplish the same production or more for less than your current infrastructure.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Before choosing, we evaluated Cisco UCS FlexPod. We also evaluated and did a proof of concept (PoC) of a direct competitor's product after our SimpliVity acquisition. In short, we validated our investment with 100% confidence.

      What other advice do I have?

      Be open minded and consider a PoC to run some of your production load. You won't be disappointed.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user684990
      Lead Tech Consultant for Data Center with 51-200 employees
      MSP
      Provides scalability and reduces complexity. I would like to see hybrid storage options.

      What is most valuable?

      • Scalability
      • Ease of setup
      • Reduced complexity
      • Flexibility

      How has it helped my organization?

      We are resellers, so it allows us to sell our customers solutions that make their work easier. They can make a port more rapidly and fit a broader range of cloud data platforms.

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to see more storage options, such as hybrid storage options. We sell other products as well. We run across a lot of customers who are not quite ready to go to all-flash, while it's probably a better idea. Not having an all-flash option right now is probably a hindrance for us, because the customers just get turned off when they see that. Even though what HPE is selling is actually a better option, sometimes convincing customers of that, when they are only looking at the bottom line, is difficult.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      So far, stability is great.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Scalability is very good.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      We have not really used technical support. It is pretty self-explanatory.

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

      We saw changes in the market and changes in the way applications are developed. The market is going away from what we think of as databases, and is moving toward cloud data applications.

      How was the initial setup?

      The setup was very straightforward.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We have used HPE, Dell, EMC, and Cisco. Typically, it's the customers' preference. A lot of times we have customers who are very comfortable with their existing HPE equipment. Going forward, if we go to a customer who doesn't have an existing preference, then that is where we are going to start directing them because of the partnership cooperation. HPE shines right now when compared to the other options.

      What other advice do I have?

      Compared to the protection offerings of the platforms, I think the competing native data protection just isn't there. SimpliVity really got that part nailed down. I would think that's probably an easy way to show the customer that it's the superior product.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user684993
      Senior Cloud Data Architect
      Vendor
      Removes the complexities of the storage administration.

      What is most valuable?

      It removes the complexities of the storage administration.

      How has it helped my organization?

      It has allowed us to reduce our rack footprint. It allowed us to simplify our administration.

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to see replication to a cloud solution. I would like to replicate the data so that we have a backup copy off-site. I could then be comfortable getting rid of our existing backup solution. The other feature would be a single copy of the data storage as opposed to a dual copy. In that way, when I do things that automatically have dual copies, such as with our SQL server databases, I would not then be making four copies of the data.

      In regards to the HPE Simplivity current offering –

      1. Replication of backup to a cloud solution would be advantageous. At present, I’d have to spin up a new site (data center, networking gear, etc.) and place Simplivity nodes there to get replication of backups to meet my offsite requirement. They’ve told me they have a hosting service option, but I’ve not received any real details.

      2. Simplivity makes two copies of the VMs on different nodes for redundancy. It would be advantageous to include an option for a single copy. So when there is a product with its own redundancy (e.g. Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability Groups), one is not then making 4 write I/Os for each write – two at the application layer – one to each SQL server node, two at the storage layer – one to two different Simplivity nodes.


      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      When it is properly operated and configured, it is very stable.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      When you go past eight nodes, you have to get approval. That has been a concern of ours. Sometimes they say that that it has been approved, and other times, they say that they have to go through the approval process again.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      I used tech support prior to the acquisition and it has been good.

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

      We knew that we needed to invest in new solution because we were using a standard, best of breed solution, and it was time to refresh that.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup was straightforward. Unfortunately, with the deployment services, there was a delay in getting things set up. There's usually a project manager and you have to wait until the gear arrives. The project manager gets involved a week later. After a week, there's a pre-flight. By the time you are up and running, it may be a month from the time you actually had boxes land on the ground.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We didn’t bring in any alternative solutions for a PoC. However, I have done evaluations of other solutions. We chose HPE because it allowed us to get in with a smaller footprint than some of the other solutions, which might require three, four, or five nodes. When selecting vendors, I look for technical feasibility, then operability, and then cost.

      What other advice do I have?

      I would say that with hyper-converged infrastructure, it's important to understand how the solution is going to meet your needs. It is possible that if the requirements are different, a different vendor would be more appropriate.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      DM
      IT Supervisor at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
      Real User
      Provides storage compute, speed, and performance.

      What is most valuable?

      Valuable features include ease-of-use and being all-in-one-box. That is what I needed at the time. I wanted storage compute, speed, and performance.

      What needs improvement?

      The only problem I had was that when we initially purchased SimpliVity, I didn't know that the OmniCube took up 60 GB of RAM. I ordered a server with 260 GB of RAM, thinking I would have 260 GB of RAM. The OmniCube then stole 60 GB. That's the only problem I had. Now that I know that going forward, I just know I need to over provision the box when I buy it.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      The stability is good. I haven't had any problems with it so far.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      I haven't tried to scale it.

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

      I needed an all in one solution. I had looked at Nutanix and SimpliVity and between the two, Nutanix would only sell me in nodes of three and SimpliVity was willing to sell me a box by itself. 

      When you're a vendor, I look for support. That's the most important thing. I like that SimpliVity ran on a Dell backend. Now that it is going to HV, we'll have to see how that runs, but the support that I knew I could get from SimpliVity was very important.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup was pretty straightforward. It was pretty simple.

      What other advice do I have?

      Understand how the product is actually writing to the hard drives. That's the biggest thing when you're getting to the hyper-converge space where you could lose performance over a direct connect system. Understand what each product is doing differently.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      IT Director, Infrastructure and Data Integrity at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
      Vendor
      Helps us with the elimination of IOPS.

      What is most valuable?

      Elimination of IOPS.

      How has it helped my organization?

      We are now backing up 32 TB an hour and 760 TB a day!
      We are seeing a 107:1 efficiency rating.

      What needs improvement?

      Telling a better story. Get better at telling your story and customers will be lined up! This thing WORKS AS ADVERTISED!

      For how long have I used the solution?

      We have been using this solution for three months.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      I did not encounter any issues with deployment.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      I did not encounter any issues with stability.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      I did not encounter any issues with scalability, and we already added another server to the cluster.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      I haven't used customer service.

      Technical Support:

      I do not say this often, but tech support is 'world class'. We've opened up maybe six tickets. Three were questions about 'best practices' and how they thought we should proceed with something. Two were bugs, and they were not under Simplivity's control. One was a firmware bug with the Cisco server, and one was a VMware bug with the NIC and slow network performance under a specific condition.

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

      We never used hyper-convergence before SimpliVity

      How was the initial setup?

      The setup required the assistance of professional services. We waited about a week to get on schedule.

      What about the implementation team?

      We used SimpliVity for all pre-sales work: sizing, analysis, and deep dives.
      We purchased it through a partner.

      What was our ROI?

      Our ROI is about two years. This is mainly because I committed to eliminating our entire NetApp (4 filers, maybe 2 dozen drawers) by the end of our lease in Q3, 2018.

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

      There is sticker shock, with no doubt. But the product's value is there, and then some! I am turning in my NetApp in 1.6 years. I will save maybe $800K in OpEx over the next 36-40 months!

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We evaluated Scale Computing, Nutanix, Cisco/IBM (their Frankenstein thing), and HPE.

      What other advice do I have?

      We were under promised and over delivered! This thing is so much better than you can imagine. My lead engineer is actually 'giddy' playing with this stuff. NetFlix disrupted video watching, Uber disrupted how we publically commute, and SimpliVity will disrupt infrastructure.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user683259
      Sales at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
      Consultant
      Operational efficiency is definitely one of the biggest benefits.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Operational efficiency is definitely one of the biggest benefits. A lot of times, when you write a TCO and ROI, one of the biggest things is administration. So they could get rid of all those man hours worrying about babysitting their SAN and their servers, and the network, etc. Take those hours and put them back into real value for the business working on issues with the applications; not the SAN and the infrastructure.

      What is most valuable?

      It's ease of use and it's simplicity within the infrastructure. For a lot of our customers hyper-converge is not a one size fits all. But for a lot of workloads and for a lot of applications it does work very well and it's an extremely simple solution; very viable.

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to see a single PROC option for things like Robo beause we have a lot of customers that just don't need dual CPU's in some of these locations. That's what drives up the cost a lot of the time. I would also like to see smaller core counts, as well. A lot of the core counts are just unbelievable. They are way under utilized over way too many cores.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      Stability is good. It's rock solid. If you size them properly, you shouldn't really ever run into issues. We have only run into one workload so far out of all of our customers that doesn't fit correctly with the solution. It was essentially a batch process job that just would require a completely separate SAN and server environment.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Scalability so far has been pretty good. We haven't really had customers that have had a scale beyond an extreme amount of nodes; eight, nine, ten nodes. It's been rock solid.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      We haven’t used technical support because we still go through SimpliVity for support even though HPE bought the company. It is still a separate support structure. They could work on support a little bit, but that's just HPE going through the growing pains.

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

      We did not have a previous solution. As far as hyper converge goes, that was the first one we started selling. We've sold vSAN, as well, and the same with Nutanix. But SimpliVity is kind of the horse for picking a ride now.

      I want stability when picking a vendor. Look at a company like Simplivity. They were a great company, but poorly managed as far as money goes and luckily HPE was able to swoop them up and that’s better than a lot of the other companies that could have bought them.

      How was the initial setup?

      Setup is pretty straightforward. Everyone tries to say how simple their solutions are to set. Everything is plug-and-play and while they are, there are still little things that you need to know and understand, especially when it comes to the network. It's very easy solution. As a sales guy, I've installed them.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      As a reseller, we like to give our customers a lot of options and we're not gonna sit here and say we only sell one product cause that would never be the way to do it. But HPE is a very strong company to partner with as far as total portfolio and solutions set goes.

      What other advice do I have?

      Do it. Try it. PLC it.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      KeithBraithwaite
      Manager, Corp IT Infrastructure at Domo
      Real User
      We also chose it for the simplicity of managing the solution and the price point.

      What is most valuable?

      The simplicity is the most useful aspect of this product. Deployment wasn't perfectly easy, but relatively easy. After that, it's been extremely easy to manage, extremely easy to consolidate our systems and extremely easy to back up our systems; not only on site, but also to our disaster recovery (DR) site through the SimpliVity tools.

      How has it helped my organization?

      We didn't have a really good method in place to get our live data into a DR site and that was the primary driver for SimpliVity. By installing and implementing SimpliVity, it made it very simple to get all of our critical systems in a state that they could be easily brought up in a DR site.

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to see more features around managing the data that it uses. Specifically, if your back-up data is filling up with your nodes, what to do with that tool is to make it a platform data you don't have a full load and just for backing up the data. Another improvement would be the ability for users like myself, administrators, to be able to run patches and upgrades with fewer issues.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      Stability has been great so far. I haven't had any issues with stability or even with nodes. It's been great.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Scalability is good. We have a small implementation, so I can't speak very well to scalability. We have a three-mode installation now. We're going to six modes already and I would expect that to be an improvement.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      We have used technical support a couple of times and every time was a good experience with a quick response by a technician. The resolution was all standard.

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

      We didn't have a previous solution.

      When selecting a vendor, I want to know whether they look solid and stable. Now, with the acquisition by HPE, they look even more solid and more stable. Also, a vendor solution must provide functionality that we need to have in a way that is simple, particularly for our organization, because it's not IT. We needed something that didn't require a lot to manage them. A system that is very simple. It didn't increase the items on my plate that I had to do with one more thing.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We looked at Nutanix, SimpliVity and one other. We chose SimpliVity because it's by far the most stable solution. We also chose it for the simplicity of managing the solution and the price point. It was a great price.

      What other advice do I have?

      I think they should look at it very seriously, especially if they want to keep their staff slim and still provide all the functionality they're looking for that it can provide.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user680217
      Manager of Virtualization at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
      Real User
      This solution’s most valuable feature is its simplicity.

      What is most valuable?

      This solution’s most valuable feature is its simplicity.

      How has it helped my organization?

      It allowed me to have a hyper converged system that grows with multiple training centers and data centers.

      What needs improvement?

      I would love the solution to be able to move notes between federations. Right now, we use a manual process, but I know SimpliVity is working on a new and improved version of the product. Hopefully, they're going to make some kind of mechanism. In large implementations, it is a very useful tool.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      It is very stable.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      It is very scalable.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      We have Platinum support. I give them two thumbs up.

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

      Most of our data center was running on IBM BladeCenter and they just became obsolete. So we started to look into something more advanced, more innovative and simpler to manage.

      When selecting a vendor the most important aspect is technical help and their support and simplicity of the system itself.

      How was the initial setup?

      Setup was very straightforward.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We chose this solution because the product was very innovative. The latest and greatest. I think it's the future of data center technology.

      We had a couple other vendors, such as Nutanix, but they didn't really compare to SimpliVity. It's a really great solution.

      What other advice do I have?

      Really give it a test to understand how solution works and how simple it is to manage.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user683262
      Account Manager with 51-200 employees
      Vendor
      Hyper-converged infrastructure that provides centralized management.

      Pros and Cons

      • "Our customers get a lot more horsepower for a lot less management."
      • "In terms of what I would define as a perfect solution, I am looking for one that is easy to manage, has a real user-friendly interface, and something that is not too complex."

      How has it helped my organization?

      Our customer has a limited IT staff, so they were looking at something that will:

      • Be a little more centralized
      • Be easier for them to manage
      • Give them the functionality that their customers really need
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      What is most valuable?

      We have a lot of customers who are looking at the whole hyper-converged infrastructure. Comparing this solution to some of the other competitors that we've been going up against, they like the ease of use, the centralized management, and big cost-savings. We had one SimpliVity deal so far, but that's what everybody from the customer standpoint really liked about it. They just received the product and they were just setting it up. Hypothetically, it's going to solve a lot of business problems that they were running up against.

      What needs improvement?

      That's a good question and I don't really have a good answer for that right now. I'm still learning about the product as a whole and I really want to see, once it's stood up in our customer environment, how it performs. I will then probably have some better ideas once our engineers go through it and talk with the customers as to what improvements there could be.

      In terms of what I would define as a perfect solution, I am looking for one that is easy to manage, has a real user-friendly interface, and something that is not too complex. I want something that is the best bang for the buck, especially when we're trying to keep HPE onboard. There are all the competitors that are always trying to come in and say, "We can bring in our product for you, and you'll spend less, ours is easier to use." We want HPE to do whatever they can do to improve, in order to make it a better customer experience.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      From what I've seen, it looks like it's a really stable solution. This is our first one that we're implementing. I believe it's going to do everything we want it to do. As far as how it will be in the real world, we will have wait and see.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No customers have tried to scale yet.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Technical support will be involved in the implementation, but that's it for right now. It's in process right now, so I would rate their support as "so far, so good." We'll see when it has all been completed.

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

      We were partnered with SimpliVity before they were bought by HPE, but we never really had any deals as far as HPE goes.

      We've sold a lot of blades and 3PAP. We've had some other solutions, like ExaGrid, that tries to compete with HPE. We've done a couple of deals for them. Usually, we try to promote the HPE infrastructure whenever we can, so this product is going to help out with that.

      How was the initial setup?

      I really can't comment on the setup right now, because I was not involved in that. I don't want to say one way or another.

      What other advice do I have?

      My advice would be to actually listen to the whole SimpliVity story. Really compare apples to apples, when a lot of manufacturers will bring up their own selling points, which are geared towards their product

      It looks like a good thing in the initial presentation. In the long run, it may not answer all of your business needs or it might be way more expensive. Really go through the story and see everything that SimpliVity has to offer.

      When selecting a vendor, the first thing I look for is if they stand behind your product. I want to know that when the customer has issues or problems arise, support will be there right away.

      Pricing is always good to have, but more importantly, check for a quality product that has been researched, has been proven in the market, or is following business trends.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user683289
      Enterprise Architect at Jackson laboratory
      Vendor
      Our developers are seeing faster response times in executing codes. I would like to see more storage in the next version.

      Pros and Cons

      • "It is just a one-stop shop, a single appliance that I can control through my virtual center."
      • "Let us populate the entire node; right now, there are 24 slots in a server and you're only allowed to populate 14."

      How has it helped my organization?

      It frees up time for the other system administrators. We've found better performance. Even our developers are seeing faster response times in executing codes, so they can get their code done more quickly. It has just increased the overall time.

      What is most valuable?

      Its ease of use is the most valuable feature. It is just a one-stop shop, a single appliance that I can control through my virtual center. I can manage my storage, my backups, and my disaster recovery. So, its ease to use is the most important feature.

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to see more, more, more, more, more storage in the next version. Let us populate the entire node; right now, there are 24 slots in a server and you're only allowed to populate 14. So, give us those other 10 slots, it is going to increase our density, which allows us to scale out further.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      So far, it has been very stable. I've not had any issues as such. I did have some issues with getting the installations to work, but once up and running, it has been stable.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      I'd like to see better scalability. For SimpliVity, it's hyper-converged and is limited. It doesn't scale to, maybe, where we would like to see it. However, now the fact that HPE has purchased SimpliVity and it's now HPE SimpliVity, we will start to see that it scales out across other platforms, or at least, hopefully, we will see it scale.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      The technical support was great, i.e., prior to HPE purchasing them and not so good, once HPE has purchased them. Also to be fair, it is at a transition point. At least, we have had good meetings with HPE, so hopefully they've heard our needs and will respond accordingly. They've been willing to listen to us, however, whether we see action come out of that is another story.

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

      I saw SimpliVity about two or two and a half years ago, at a VMR user group in New England and it just appealed to me. The very first time I saw VMware I said, "Oh my God, I can't believe you can do that." Later on, I saw SimpliVity and I said, "Oh my God, I can't believe you can do that. That's really cool." We've always used different solutions, we've been an HPE shop, now, for a long time. We have used more traditional solutions, like HPE c7000 Blade Chassis, 3PAR, big storage in the backend not necessarily the hyper-converged.

      How was the initial setup?

      The setup was complex, networking is not as straightforward. The deployment manager for SimpliVity was, maybe, not in full production, i.e., maybe a step above beta, for at least the version we used. I understand that this is getting addressed with HPE OneView, but I've not seen a OneView product deploy yet.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We have done PoCs with a number of the other competitors. Ease of use, support, price, and durability are the factors that we look for while selecting a vendor. That was a big check for us, as far as moving further with HPE SimpliVity; the fact that we can buy it on HPE. Being an HPE shop, we like that we can now purchase the product, a HPE product, and an HPE hardware.

      What other advice do I have?

      I would advise to go for the All-Flash option, to look at its ease of use. Some of the other competitors have multiple administration consoles where you have to get into this one console to do this one thing and get into that console to do another piece. Really for us, it's having my entire team at one place, i.e., one single-pane-of-glass that they can work out of and it enables all of us to do the same job.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user680265
      Senior Systems/Storage Engineer at Banc of California
      Vendor
      Provides inline compression, leverages our existing compute, and does backup in DR.

      What is most valuable?

      It's a game changer. They have the inline compression, which is really good. It can present itself as the NAS, so it can leverage our existing compute and then the backup. The backup in DR has been a lifesaver. It makes jobs so much easier. It makes my job a lot easier.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Overall benefits include reducing the cost of administration. We have a small head count of IT. This simplifies the job duties and we don't have to worry about performance or backup issues.

      What needs improvement?

      I'd love to see more of their cloud analytics. I guess big data kind of stuff, where we could practically monitor some of the stuff. And some of the integrated software they have with the DR.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      The stability has been very good, very solid. I used to check on the SAN or the VM on a daily basis, and now I don't. I can work on other projects and worry about other stuff. Their DR is just super simple.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      It scales very easy. Like I told you, I have coverage. You just rack and stack, and it just scales.

      How is customer service and technical support?

      I would rate technical support as excellent. They are one of the best.

      How was the initial setup?

      The setup was pretty straightforward. If you can get that design requirement down and you design it right, then you can basically hand it over to their deployment support. It's pretty easy.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We definitely evaluated others, including VMware, vSAN, Nutanix, and Pivot3 lead hyper-converged, along with SimpliVity.

      Then we evaluated the traditional Dell, EMC, and then a couple more of the players. I basically looked at all of the Gartner top vendors out there and we started filtering down based on requirements and budget.

      What other advice do I have?

      When selecting a vendor, I look for customer references if they claim to do something. I definitely had to research. I did a lot of reference checks.

      the number of customers they have is important, their reference, and where they are at in the industry. It's a very innovative game changer. Go after your requirements, your budget, and your stakeholders.

      SimpliVity is probably the way to go if you want to stay nimble, innovative, have a smaller IT team, or if you want to have everything centralized with one login.

      I would like to see what Nimble has done with their InfoSite cloud monitoring, and analytics integrate into with Simplivity since they are now HPE. Nimble Storage has a simple licensing model which includes everything with the purchase, and that is a great trend that most new vendors are heading to.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user584109
      Sales & Project Manager at a tech services company
      Real User
      We have stored data, compressed and deduplicated, with less transfer over the WAN.

      What is most valuable?

      "Less space and power, less management". We have stored all data, compressed and deduplicated, with less transfer over the WAN.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Adding a node to the federation is as simple as plugging it into the network, selecting it in the GUI, and clicking "Join".

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to see a better price/performance in comparison with a standard ESX servers/storage farm solution.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      As a trade and service SimpliVity partner since 2013, we have sold and installed dozens of systems based on CN-3000/5000 in various configurations. These include models from: CN3400-12abc, miniCube, 2xE5-2640v3, 16C, 4x400GB SSD, 20x1TB HDD, 256GB Memory to models CN5000-bcc - OmniCube CN-5000 platform, Dual 12 Cores, 384 RAM, 400GB SSD, etc.

      In multiple cases, we have upgraded the first versions of OmniCube Box (delivered in 2013/2014) based on the request of our clients to higher configurations, in a time span of 12-18 months. Our company has been using the OmniCube CN-3000 system internally since 2013.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We did not have any issues with stability.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      The scalability options are clear and mostly satisfying.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Technical support varies based on the level of paid service (Gold/Silver).

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

      The SimpliVity OmniCube solution was the first that we have used for software defined, data center field. We have been using it ever since

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup was fairly simple. SimpliVity offers high-level technical training and the system itself is well documented.

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

      The price of OmniCube Box is still higher compared to standard ESX server/storage farm solutions. Its advantages are only appealing to clients who:

      • Want to increase the efficiency of both physical and human resources
      • Want to decrease complexity
      • Are lacking data room space
      • Have more branches

      SimpliVity can help organizations take on the challenges of maximizing efficiency while reducing costs.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Performance scalability was easily achieved for a virtual environment running a mix of common IT business applications, while providing fast, predictable response times.

      Combined with the ability to offer the same level of administrative simplicity, data efficiency, complete functionality across data centers around the globe, and low-cost cloud capabilities, SimpliVity OmniCube is noteworthy.

      What other advice do I have?

      Visit the SimpliVity website for reference information and familiarization with the product.

      Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: As a trade and service SimpliVity partner since 2013.
      ITCS user
      IT Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
      Vendor
      The compression and backup features are valuable. Provides stability and scalability.

      What is most valuable?

      The most valuable features are the compression and backup.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Backups are done on disk, and no longer use tapes. Also, restoration of backups is within seconds.

      What needs improvement?

      None on technologies side, but the cost of the solution and support would need some improvement

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for one year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      We have not encountered any deployment issues.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We have not encountered any stability issues.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have not encountered any scalability issues.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer…

      What is most valuable?

      The most valuable features are the compression and backup.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Backups are done on disk, and no longer use tapes. Also, restoration of backups is within seconds.

      What needs improvement?

      None on technologies side, but the cost of the solution and support would need some improvement

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for one year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      We have not encountered any deployment issues.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We have not encountered any stability issues.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have not encountered any scalability issues.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Customer service is 10/10.

      Technical Support:

      Technical support is 10/10.

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

      We previously used regular Windows servers. We switched for better efficiency of storage and backup.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup was straightforward.

      What about the implementation team?

      A vendor team with good knowledge implemented it.

      What was our ROI?

      ROI is 100%.

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

      Pricing and support is on the high side, but well worth it.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Before choosing, we also evaluated Nutanix and Cisco.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      System Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
      Vendor
      The built-in backup data protection is valuable.

      What is most valuable?

      The built-in backup data protection is the most valuable feature.

      How has it helped my organization?

      We streamlined our production servers in the way of space management, better redundancy, and efficiency.

      What needs improvement?

      • Back-end training for sysadmins

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for one year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      Some things were not fully set up during deployment by their engineers.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We have not encountered any stability issues at all.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      I have not scaled yet.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Customer service is good; not the best, but it's good.

      Technical Support:

      Technical support is very good.

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

      We previously used a centralized VMware solution; not enough resources and internal support was lacking. We needed more control over our environment.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup was both straightforward and a little complex. I think they can come up with a better way to automate some of the process for the end user sysadmin.

      What about the implementation team?

      Implementation was through Simplivity's team.

      What was our ROI?

      Still working on ROI.

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

      Depending on the vendor, Simplivity will try to work with you on the pricing.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Nutanix and VMware centralized solutions through our institution.

      What other advice do I have?

      I highly recommend Simplivity to fill any hyper-converged needs.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user603141
      User
      Vendor
      The remote backup functionality is valuable.

      What is most valuable?

      Inline deduplication and compression Rapid cloning and provisioning of VMs Remote backup functionality Easy handling within vSphere client due to the Simplivity plugin

      How has it helped my organization?

      Standardization of ROBOs

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for two years.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      There were minor bugs that were fixed.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      There were minor bugs that were fixed.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      So far, we have not encountered any issues with scalability.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service: Customer service is very good; fast reaction time. Technical Support: Technical…

      What is most valuable?

      • Inline deduplication and compression
      • Rapid cloning and provisioning of VMs
      • Remote backup functionality
      • Easy handling within vSphere client due to the Simplivity plugin

      How has it helped my organization?

      • Standardization of ROBOs

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for two years.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      There were minor bugs that were fixed.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      There were minor bugs that were fixed.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      So far, we have not encountered any issues with scalability.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Customer service is very good; fast reaction time.

      Technical Support:

      Technical support is very good; always solid statements.

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

      We didn't previously use a different solution.

      How was the initial setup?

      Setup was easy.

      What about the implementation team?

      A technical engineer from Simplivity implemented it.

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

      Price-performance is good.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Before choosing, we evaluated Nutanix, but didn't like the 3 nodes concept at that time.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
      Consultant
      Cross-site federation and integration with vSphere are valuable.

      What is most valuable?

      • Redundancy
      • Cross-site federation
      • Data virtualization
      • Integration with vSphere

      How has it helped my organization?

      We introduced OmniStack as a tool in helping effect a datacenter migration and its ability to execute rapid backup and migration of VMs across geographically distant sites was integral in the success of the project. By placing OmniCubes at both datacenters and federating them together, we were able to pre-populate the destination site's nodes with the unique 4K blocks composing our VMs and make the final production move in a matter of hours instead of days.

      What needs improvement?

      There are some maintenance features (replica copy load-balancing) that could stand to be automated and/or streamlined for customer execution. Also, the ability to scale compute and storage independently of one another would be a way to add value to the entire product line.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for 18 months.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      We encountered some deployment issues as part of the complexity of hardware refreshes and datacenter moves; none related to SimpliVity's technology itself.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have not encountered any scalability issues.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Customer service is excellent. Deployment and turn-up was a white-glove experience, with dedicated technical staff (Richard Gay) and very attentive account managers (Ryan Huhtala).

      Technical Support:

      Technical support is excellent. Support staff are responsive and knowledgeable, and we have had all concerns about which we've called in resolved to our satisfaction.

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

      We wanted the advantages of HCI versus legacy stacks as a means of expanding our capabilities, as we are a VMware-based environment and make heavy use of cloning and templates which OmniStack can deduplicate efficiently.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup was more complex for us than for many, as we had to integrate it alongside our legacy equipment and perform a multi-stage transition from legacy gear at our old DC --> legacy/SVT hybrid at old DC --> legacy/SVT hybrid at old DC with SVT at new DC --> SVT at old DC with SVT at new DC --> SVT at new DC. There was some network expansion required, as well as coordinating planned outages in production systems as we migrated from server to server and site to site.

      Customers integrating OmniStack at a single datacenter and gradually retiring old equipment will have a more straightforward implementation.

      What about the implementation team?

      Implementation was a partner effort between SimpliVity and our own IT. Their expertise was unparalleled, with every point addressed and handled without issue.

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

      HCI is going to be expensive compared to legacy architecture or converged stacks. However, in the case of SimpliVity, the benefit is worth the cost in terms of ease of management and efficient use of storage resources. Licensing is the standard VMware pricing model; no different than with any other solution.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Before choosing this product, we evaluated Nutanix, Scale HC3, Nimble SmartStack, and Maxta.

      What other advice do I have?

      It is well worth seriously considering for any operation that makes heavy use of VMs, particularly clustered servers, VDI, and other highly-redundant data sets. Once installed, OmniStack performs beautifully, integrates painlessly, and can improve virtual datacenter performance magnificently.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user592341
      Senior Engineer/Virtualization Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
      Consultant
      No additional training is necessary for support personnel and engineers. The federation is managed via a plugin in the VMware vSphere client or webclient.

      What is most valuable?

      Backup and DR applications are very good and easy to use.

      Due to inline deduplication, optimization and compression of data, very high IO throughput is possible.

      No additional training is necessary for support personnel and engineers, as the SimpliVity federation is managed via a plugin in the VMware vSphere client or webclient.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Our company acts as a SimpliVity implementation partner. We also do platform maintenance/management for customers who do not want to do it themselves. We only get positive feedback from customers as to performance, RTO/RPO times, and day-to-day management.

      What needs improvement?

      We would like to see more possibilities to monitor the SimpliVity platform. Also, storage balancing between nodes within clusters with more than two nodes could be better. I believe this is solved in the new release of the software, but we still have to test it.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      We have used SimpliVity for about three years now and have done several small and midsize implementations on OmniCube and OmniStack server systems.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      Overall stability is great, except for some incidental hardware failures with DIMMs and remote access cards. The SimpliVity software and hardware acceleration card has never let us down. As long you use the BOM (bill of material), you are good to go.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      The product is very scalable, if you can work with the building blocks. If you need more computing power, you can add computing nodes, which can be any x86 server. If you need more storage, you need to add a SimpliVity OmniCube or OmniStack node.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      The technical support is very good, probably the best we have encountered until now.

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

      In the past, we deployed the more traditional systems, such as a hypervisor with shared storage. We see the advantages of hyperconverged solutions and were impressed by the SimpliVity product, so we have shifted our main focus to hyperconverged solutions; in particular, SimpliVity.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup demands you to think through the IP addressing plan. Once you have that in place, initial deployment and configuration is very simple.

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

      I don't have any pricing and licensing at hand, so no advice here. Please consult a SimpliVity Partner for that.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We did look into Nutanix and also did a few implementations. We found that if you want the same level of performance and protection for your data, you will need to invest in many more Nutanix nodes. Nutanix has much more overhead, is less efficient in the use of storage capacity, and requires much more platform to get VMs running.

      ROBO implementations are much easier and efficient to do with SimpliVity.

      What other advice do I have?

      Carefully look into your workload and discuss this with a SimpliVity Partner or Solution Architect.

      We know that a small set of workloads are not suitable to run OK on the SimpliVity platform. Large database servers could be a problem running on the platform.

      It’s a great product for most workloads. It may be less useful with very large database server VMs.

      Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a Simplivity Implementation Partner.
      ITCS user
      IT Systems Administrator at a tech services company
      Consultant
      Top 20
      It offers instant file-level restore. No deployment or scalability issues.

      What is most valuable?

      Instant file-level restore is the product's most valuable feature.

      How has it helped my organization?

      We have marketing users that tend to save over their files by accident and before SimpliVity, I could not restore a file from 15 minutes ago. Now, I can do that for my users.

      I also was able to install a disaster recovery site with this solution and it has given our IT team peace of mind knowing we have full backups offsite.

      What needs improvement?

      The production server infrastructure is an area with room for improvement.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for six months.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No issues with deployment.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We did encounter stability issues at first due to a CPU issue.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No issues with scalability.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Customer service is top-notch.

      Technical Support:

      Technical support went above an beyond to help get our network environment ready for the upgrade.

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

      We had old end-of-life and end-of-support servers.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup was very straightforward with fantastic documentation from the project team.

      What about the implementation team?

      An in-house team implemented it.

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

      I recommend a five-year contract, as it will give you the best ROI.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      I researched many different options before choosing.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
      Real User
      Metadata caching and the acceleration card support the efficiency of using less SSD and less HDD access.

      What is most valuable?

      The most valuable feature is inline deduplication. Inline dedup allows us to support more VMs per host, because less IO goes to disk if you use the same OS on the server side. Deduplication at SimpliVity means that metadata caching and the acceleration card support the efficiency of using less SSD and less HDD access. Only unwritten blocks flow through the system; double blocks coming out of cache. This also helps to reduce latency of the whole system, because the acknowledge to requests of servers are supported faster and out of cache instead from disk.

      You can manage at this point more and different workloads, but at least not all. So, the newer systems with full flash supports these requirements better than the hybrid systems.

      How has it helped my organization?

      It has less latency (from 6ms to about 1ms).

      What needs improvement?

      Other customers want to see Windows Hyper-V Server 2016 support and also open-source VI. In our case, this is not necessary, but could help in the future to get more market share.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for one year.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      I have not encountered any stability issues.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      I have not encountered any scalability issues in my environment and situation.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Technical support is perfect for me.

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

      We previously used a different solution and we switched because of total cost (ROI) and efficiency.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup is easy and can be done by any technician with a basic understanding of VMware.

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

      Calculate all savings and build an ROI. (Have a look at www.holistic3.com.)

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options because it is clear that SimpliVity provides the best ROI out of all the candidates.

      What other advice do I have?

      Take care with 10gbE networking. To save a lot of space and power with this solution, use VMware as the primary hypervisor.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at loanDepot
      Vendor
      It can present itself as NFS SAN to existing compute.

      What is most valuable?

      • Backups
      • Recovery
      • VMware VirtualCenter integration
      • DR
      • Being able to present the solution as NFS SAN to existing compute

      How has it helped my organization?

      Backups are all automatic and admins do not have to worry if the production VMs are being backed up. Easy backup policy with no LUN administration is also one less task to worry about. DR and DR replication are no longer an issue; no longer have to seed a SAN locally and ship it out to the DR site.

      What needs improvement?

      I like how VMware vSAN has their ready node pre-configured for certain workload and application types.

      The many models and EOL on certain areas on their site are a bit confusing. Allow customers to try and deploy the units themselves and have support follow up later to validate the deployments.

      Invest more on sales and marketing as they have a great product.

      Using the cheap 7200 RPM disks on certain models just drags the product down when first impression counts the most.

      Make sure the customer fully understands the CPU and memory overhead of each hosts.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for six months in production with tier 1 servers.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      We encountered deployment issues, as it is was not as smooth as I planned, but things was corrected.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We encountered stability issues, we had the wrong model for our environment. Once we got the correct model, everything was very stable.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      I have not encountered any scalability issues.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Customer service is 9/10.

      Technical Support:

      Technical support is 9/10.

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

      I previously used DataCore SANSymphony, Nimble and from my last company, it was vSAN 6.0 and 3PAR SAN. Our Datacore SAN that we migrated off of lacks a lot of features and was built on very cheap hardware.

      SimpliVity meets all of our requirements and also address other future requirements that were not in the scope of the primary storage project.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup was complex, as they would not let the customer try to deploy the configurations of the units.

      What about the implementation team?

      Implementation was mostly in-house, but leverage SimpliVity support for remote deployment and configurations.

      What was our ROI?

      • Overall hardware cost savings compared to traditional fiber SAN.
      • Reduce SME of SAN admins.
      • Reduce SME of backup admins.
      • Reduce third-party backup.
      • Reduce datacenter footprint and complexity.
      • DR software was an added bonus.

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

      Look at the bigger picture on your requirements as this solution can address the complete stack for most company's needs. Licensing is simple but be aware that the OmniView feature and RapidDR software is not free. You should use VMware enterprise plus licenses but can get away with standard edition licenses.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      • Pivot3
      • Nutanix
      • VMware vSAN 6.0
      • Nimble
      • Tegile
      • Pure Storage
      • Compellent
      • EMC VCE and vxRail
      • Tintri

      What other advice do I have?

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      GM IT Operations at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
      Vendor
      The rapid backup and restore functionality improved our efficiency in the development area.

      What is most valuable?

      The rapid backup and restore functionality improved our efficiency in the development area.

      How has it helped my organization?

      We no have the ability to restore a production environment to multiple development environments with a few clicks in a very short time. With 6 development teams working on different modules on the same system, this helps a lot in their agile approach.

      What needs improvement?

      One thing that might be a deal killer is the additional VM Ware licenses. It is important to keep this in mind, especially when moving over from free hypervisor like Hyper-V.

      This would be applicable if users migrate from a free Hypervisor like Hyper-V. With Simplivity not yet supporting these, one has to procure the VMWare licenses. As this cost is in US$, it can become very pricey, especially for clients in South Africa!

      So again, it is just something people need to be aware of if they are not already using VMWare.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      18 months.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      None.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      The only issue we once had (it took us and then engineers a while to figure out) was a heating/airflow problem. This was self inflicted after upgrading the cooling system.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      None. We started with two, got another one, and then another three. Deployment and expansion was a breeze.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Excellent. Local sales team always available and involved.

      Technical Support:

      Also excellent. Always helpful and available during upgrades or maintenance windows.

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

      Had a traditional Server/SAN setup. Upgrading that turned out to be more expensive than moving over to the new solution.

      How was the initial setup?

      Lots of work, but straightforward. We basically rebuild all our VM's (from Hyper-V to VMWare).

      What about the implementation team?

      We made use of the local team. Very skilled!

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

      One must make sure that you understand all the functionality that comes with the solution, and then try to establish the cost of not having these in place!

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Yes. Looked at expanding the old solution, and also looked at Nutanix.

      What other advice do I have?

      Apart from being a great product supported by a very skilled and friendly team, it is very sexy, and will give you lots of bragging rights!

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user572493
      IT Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
      Vendor
      We migrated from our legacy solution. I like the uilt-in ability to do backups to DR, do internal backups, and deduplication.

      What is most valuable?

      The built-in ability to do backups to DR, do internal backups, and have on-the-fly deduplication is by far the most valuable to me.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Our organization went from not having DR to having a fully implemented and tested DR and DR plan in 6 months with SimpliVity. Migration off our legacy solution to SimpliVity was seamless.

      What needs improvement?

      Being able to balance replicas across nodes on your own (without calling support) would be awesome.

      SimpliVity has 2 copies of a guest virtual server on their nodes, a primary “live” copy and a secondary “replica” copy.

      SimpliVity has some pretty good algorithms to initially balance those two copies across the physical nodes.

      However, if the server size changes dramatically and you have too many large replicas or primaries on one of their physical servers, it will start to fill up.

      Right now, you cannot move a replica (to balance storage across cubes) on your own, you have to call support. Support is very good and can do it very quickly, but it would be nice to be able to do it on our own.

      We have been creating a lot of new servers lately, so I usually have to call them about once a month to take a look at our balance across cubes.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used SimpliVity for about 1 year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      We had no issues with deployment.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We have not had any stability issues.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have not had scalability issues.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      They have the highest level of customer service I have experienced in a vendor. They have great people on at any time of day.

      Technical Support:

      SimpliVity's technical support is great. I've never had an issue that had to be 'escalated'. The first person I talk to is able to quickly fix any problems I have had.

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

      We had an aging infrastructure that was due to be replaced. We wanted our new product to have built-in DR capability.

      How was the initial setup?

      I already had a good understanding of VMWare, moving to this solution was probably the most straightforward implementation I have ever done.

      What about the implementation team?

      We implemented with the help of SimpliVity directly. Their expertise was great. Implementation went very smoothly.

      What was our ROI?

      I believe in the long run we found the reduced footprint, electricity, and other overhead costs, along with other reduced costs we had a 3 year ROI.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We looked at Dell Compellent and Pivot3.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      IS Specialist at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
      Vendor
      I switched from a non-hyperconverged solution. This was less hardware and VMware licensing to manage.

      What is most valuable?

      Seamless backup, quick deployment.

      What needs improvement?

      SimpliVity requires an arbiter to be installed on a non-virtualized (or at least on non-SimpliVity virtualized) storage. This means you can not totally virtualize your environment on SimpliVity. I would like to see the arbiter on a system that is virtualized and eliminate that external portion.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      About a year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      The VAR that helped with deployment did not know that the arbiter could not be virtualized and this lead to problems down the road when installing updates.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      I have not scaled it…

      What is most valuable?

      Seamless backup, quick deployment.

      What needs improvement?

      SimpliVity requires an arbiter to be installed on a non-virtualized (or at least on non-SimpliVity virtualized) storage. This means you can not totally virtualize your environment on SimpliVity. I would like to see the arbiter on a system that is virtualized and eliminate that external portion.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      About a year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      The VAR that helped with deployment did not know that the arbiter could not be virtualized and this lead to problems down the road when installing updates.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      I have not scaled it yet.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Good.

      Technical Support:

      Excellent.

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

      I switched from a non-hyperconverged solution. This was less hardware and VMware licensing to manage.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup took a day.

      What about the implementation team?

      The VAR was still learning the product. I would rate their level of expertise as low.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      I also evaluated Nutanix and Scale.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user543450
      Head of IT at Law Firm
      Real User
      Provides Inline deduplication, instant recovery of data across datacenters, and low latency.

      What is most valuable?

      Inline deduplication, instant recovery of data across datacenters, low latency, easiness of management. The solution is fully integrated in the Virtual center client, which makes for a very lean learning curve. Simplivity adds as a plugin into virtual center and delivers a fully featured dashboard. Backup Policies are VM-centric, but can be applied at a datastore level as well. The dashboard displays live and historic latency values, overall and for each VM, and is used as a GUI for backup and restore. Backup and restore are performed automatically but can be also performedmanually at any time. This is done with a couple of klicks and takes a few seconds.

      How has it helped my organization?

      We consolidated five servers and one SAN with three arrays into two OmniCubes. Our SAN was full with 20 TB at the time of migration, and we accomodate the whole amount of data into less as the half of the disk space. Since then the infrastructure grew constantly, but the data foot print on the Omnicubes barely increases. Dedup is currently around 3.3. Additionally, we implemented DR with a third OmniCube residing in a second datacenter, where we replicate our data. Recovery of VMs is done in a couple of seconds. We now almost never use our backup software to restore data anymore.

      What needs improvement?

      Some proactive / predictive monitoring of VMs health would be a plus. Speed in cathing up with Vmware Esxi releases could also be slightly improved.

      Proactive monitoring of VMS: this is one item on my wish list. I would like an easy way to receive an alert when a VM is performing badly (due to latency, cpu or memory issues for example). I know there are ways to create alarms or alerts in vSphere or third party tools. But what I am talking about here is some easier way to achieve that, maybe with a few clicks in the GUI. It is not specifically a task which Simplivity must accomplish, but since it has a plugin in VC could be a good place to introduce it.

      Regarding Esxi releases. Omnicubes run on Esxi and Simplivity has to officially support each Esxi release for you to go and install it on your Omnicube. This takes obviously a few weeks after each Vmware release. Sometimes it can take longer, so in those cases would be good to speed up the process.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      1.5 years

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Excellent support.

      Technical Support:

      Perfect, the technical team is great, one of the greatest I know so far.

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

      No, this is our first hyperconverged solution.

      How was the initial setup?

      Not really, OmniCubes were deployed in a couple of hours.

      What about the implementation team?

      Through a vendor, their expertise was good.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We looked at Nutanix and vSAN.

      What other advice do I have?

      We have found no other solution in the market which has the same full set of features. Specifically inline deduplication is unique in its implementation here.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      Steve Schaaf
      VP/Chief Technology Officer at Francis Drilling Fluids, Ltd.
      Real User
      Reduced our data center footprint, increased our application delivery performance, and lowered operational costs.

      What is most valuable?

      DR, Dedupe, Efficiency Rating.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Simplified our DR Solution.

      Lowered the Backup Increment from 1 hour to under 15 minutes.

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to ability to install a client on a remote server and download images from the federation service.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      3 Years.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No, Very easy to implement.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No, Very pleased with the stability of the solution.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No, We have increase capacity 2X.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Outstanding Customer Service.

      Technical Support:

      Outstanding Technical Support.

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

      I migrated from IBM Blade Servers and traditional SAN infrastructure.

      How was the initial setup?

      Very Straightforward. It was a much easier rollout than expected.

      What about the implementation team?

      In House.

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

      Very Economical.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Yes, Nutanix.

      What other advice do I have?

      As an early adopter of SimpliVity’s hyper-converged infrastructure, we’ve seen significant benefits of the solution. SimpliVity reduced our data center footprint from 20U to 4U, increased our application delivery performance by 75%, and lowered operational costs in a major way.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      Sr. Systems Administrator at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
      Real User
      In-line data-deduplication and data virtualization.

      What is most valuable?

      In-line data-deduplication and data virtualization. DR Replication. Fast cloning, fast restores, and fast backups.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Our deploy times are greatly reduced, but what I love most is our ability to sync de-duped data across to our DR site quickly and efficiently. I hope I never need it, but I feel much better about our situation now that we have SimpliVity if we ever need to fail over to our DR site.

      What needs improvement?

      Ability to add storage incrementally would be nice.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      3 months

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      Minor issues that were quickly resolved with support.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No.

      What do I think about the

      What is most valuable?

      In-line data-deduplication and data virtualization. DR Replication. Fast cloning, fast restores, and fast backups.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Our deploy times are greatly reduced, but what I love most is our ability to sync de-duped data across to our DR site quickly and efficiently. I hope I never need it, but I feel much better about our situation now that we have SimpliVity if we ever need to fail over to our DR site.

      What needs improvement?

      Ability to add storage incrementally would be nice.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      3 months

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      Minor issues that were quickly resolved with support.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Not yet.

      How is customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Very good

      Technical Support:

      Very good.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup was a bit complex. This was made easier with their deployment guide, and Professional Services group, who handled the deployment.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      EMC VxRail

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      Chad Benfield
      Director of IT at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
      Real User
      I like the ease of management and speed of deployment.

      What is most valuable?

      Data protection that is inherent with the system. Speed of deployment and extremely easy to manage. Backup and replications take just seconds! I have a junior level tech maintaining the system!

      How has it helped my organization?

      We update our main pharmacy system monthly at three locations. Standing up a test environment for validation takes just minutes. Also, during the upgrade process after hours our maintenance window has decreased over 50% with blazing fast entire server backups.

      What needs improvement?

      Upgrades/Patches to ESXi have to be approved by SimpliVity and their support installs them...along with upgrades to their virtual controller. That's the one downside to having such an easy to manage integrated console...it needs to be validated against ESXi.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      2 years

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Great.

      Technical Support:

      Technical Support is very knowledgeable and responsive. First Class.

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

      Legacy Dell Equallogic SAN. Needed a datacenter refresh and loved the feature rich all in one SimpliVity solution.

      How was the initial setup?

      It was very straightforward. Your part is to provide LAN connectivity, Ipmc and rack them. Implementation team pretty much handled the rest including knowledge transfer.

      What was our ROI?

      Given we needed a datacenter refresh, we were able to implement SimpliVity at a cheaper cost than replacing our legacy compute and SAN. We inherited true business continuity (priceless)...and were able to prune our preexisting server backup solution. Just the backup solution software costs saved us >$15,000 annually. ROI was instant.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      What other advice do I have?

      This solution protects your data with minimal effort. Due to the deduplication, optimization, compression and small block size; our replication happens every 15 minutes without feeling it. We have a very elaborate backup schedule that allows us to keep various levels of backups for extended periods times without hardly using any physical storage. A savings rate of over 130 to 1!

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      IT Manager at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
      Vendor
      Backup and restore are valuable.

      Valuable Features

      Backup and restore.

      Improvements to My Organization

      As a small IT shop we spend less time managing our VMware infrastructure which gives us more time to focus on the front end of our business.

      Room for Improvement

      Single file restore capabilities and ease.

      Use of Solution

      18 months

      Deployment Issues

      NO -- went up fast and migrated quickly.

      Stability Issues

      Very stable so far...

      Scalability Issues

      We added a fourth server with relative ease.

      Customer Service and Technical Support

      Technical support has been among the best we have dealt with.

      Valuable Features

      Backup and restore.

      Improvements to My Organization

      As a small IT shop we spend less time managing our VMware infrastructure which gives us more time to focus on the front end of our business.

      Room for Improvement

      Single file restore capabilities and ease.

      Use of Solution

      18 months

      Deployment Issues

      NO -- went up fast and migrated quickly.

      Stability Issues

      Very stable so far...

      Scalability Issues

      We added a fourth server with relative ease.

      Customer Service and Technical Support

      Technical support has been among the best we have dealt with.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      CTO at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
      Vendor
      Removes all the complicated tasks of backup storage management.

      Valuable Features

      • Integrated backup and DR features
      • De-duplication and compression
      • Management using the vSphere client
      • Total ease of management

      Improvements to My Organization

      Backups - policies are built in and managed using the SimpliVity extension in vSphere. It makes working with backups and recovery extremely simple and removes all the complicated tasks of backup storage management. The ability to place backups at any datacenter within the vSphere environment is nice too. These are full backups too, not just snapshots.

      Room for Improvement

      Reporting - improvements have been made, but I would like to see some enhancements for recalling historical information: automated reports on storage efficiency over time and backup growth over time.

      Use of Solution

      I have used it since January 2015.

      Stability Issues

      I have not encountered any stability issues. We were able to migrate all of our legacy environment of physical servers and data over to SimpliVity with no issues. Performance was improved and storage efficiency with the deduplication really works. When we had an Accelerator card fail in one host (the card manages the deduplication tasks for the host), we got an alert the card had failed but never had a service interruption. The card on the other host takes over for the failed card until it is replaced. Very resilient.

      Scalability Issues

      I have not encountered any scalability issues. We initially started out with a 2+1 configuration and then scaled up to a 3+2 with no issues.

      Customer Service and Technical Support

      Technical support is the best. Their first-line guys know the product and can solve issues. I have always had any issue or support request resolved in a timely manner and by the same guy who was assigned the ticket.

      Initial Setup

      Initial setup was very easy. I actually set up the “Federation” myself one Saturday morning with no help from support. I just followed the instructions for the rack and stack, powered up assigned IP addresses to the networks it required and the embedded wizard did the rest.

      Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

      The nice thing about SimpliVity is that ALL the features are included in the base price. You don’t have to try to pick and choose and fight the pricing game.

      Other Solutions Considered

      We looked at other solutions before purchasing SimpliVity (Nutanix), but SimpliVity was a better fit for our requirements and had what I judged as features Nutanix could not compete with.

      Other Advice

      Do your homework and compare them to the competition apples for apples so that you see the value the product has from features, ease of use and pricing.

      I have spoken to other customers at SimpliVity road show events and serve as a customer reference for them when asked. I really believe in the product that much.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      Technical Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
      Consultant
      The Data Virtualization Platform allows you to achieve great efficiency in storage use, data management, backup and disaster recovery.

      Valuable Features

      It’s difficult to find a single valuable feature, because all of the features are good. The key point is the Data Virtualization Platform that allows you to achieve great efficiency in storage use, data management, backup and disaster recovery. I appreciated the simple and quickly deployment, the vCenter integrated management features, the backup and DR integrated and finally, but important, performance that is very good.

      Improvements to My Organization

      With the OmniStack system, we can deploy a system in a Stretched cluster configuration with a sync replication and a disaster recovery site with a few clicks of a mouse; all are managed from the vCenter and we don’t need to upgrade the internet connectivity, because the efficiency data management works fine. Management of the system is simplified and the complexity of the system is reduced.

      Room for Improvement

      Backup application integration: The backup actually allows creating some independent recovery points of the VM. It’s possible to duplicate and restore the entire VM or restore some guest files. The backup is consistent because the VMware integration and the VSS integration allows having an “application-consistent” restore point, but the restore doesn’t have an application integration function. So if the VM has, for example, installed an Exchange Server, I’m not able to restore a single mailbox or a single item from a specific mailbox. Doing this requires deploying a third-party backup solution. There aren’t specific issues about this, but I think it could be a good improvement.

      Support for other hypervisors: Some our customers have installed Hyper-V or KVM; the Simplivity roadmap includes Hyper-V support with the Windows 2016 release. VMware-only support can actually restrict our business opportunity; it’s a business issue, not a technical issue.

      Use of Solution

      I have been using it for one year.

      Stability Issues

      I did not encounter any stability issues.

      Scalability Issues

      I did not encounter any scalability issues, but it’s too soon, because I don’t need to expand the systems currently in production.

      Customer Service and Technical Support

      Support is good and efficient.

      Initial Setup

      The initial setup is very simple; the deployment of the entire system is a one-hour, wizard-guided procedure.

      Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

      The pricing is not cheap but it lines up with converged solutions. If compared with a traditional system, it is important to evaluate all the features. If all of the features are compared, Simplivity is less expensive than a traditional solution. If you compare it to Nutanix, it is important to compare it to a RF3 solution (five-node minimum), because Simplivity can achieve the same protection level with a two-node configuration; OmniStack is less expensive.

      The license depends on the size of the appliance and is affected by the CPU power (number of CPU cores). However, it’s possible to use an x86 external server connected to the Simplivity storage using a 10Gb network and exported by NFS, using the power of the Data Virtualization Platform with the external x86 computational power. This supported configuration improves the computational power without affecting the license.

      Other Solutions Considered

      I choose Simplivity after evaluating Nutanix and Data Domain. I chose Simplivity for its data virtualization platform.

      Other Advice

      Because the crucial point is the Data Virtualization Platform, the key point is the data type evaluation: it’s important to evaluate what type of data will be stored in the appliance. For example, if the data is video streaming, the platform isn’t good because the deduplication won’t will work well. The other key point is an evaluation of the workload to consolidate. I suggest always monitoring the system performance with some tools for defining the CPU, memory, network and disk workload of the system and an audit of the data type that will be managed. With the generic VM data types in our system, we have achieved data efficiency from 20:1 to 40:1.

      Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company is a Simplivity partner (reseller). We choose a Simplivity partnership after an evaluation of the hyperconverged market solution one year ago.
      ITCS user
      Solutions Architect with 51-200 employees
      Vendor
      It's an incredibly elegant solution that is built for the VM, not LUN, which delivers on the vision of VMware Virtual Volumes today.
      Originally posted at http://blog.snsltd.co.uk/an-introduction-to-simplivity-omnicube-a-superior-hyper-converged-platform/  I have looked at many storage technologies over the last few years – these include All-Flash Arrays, Software-Defined Storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and Cloud Gateways. The vendors of these products claim that they deliver something significantly better than what can be found in most data centres today, and in certain ways they do, but they always have a big list of areas that need significant improvement (one key example is that storage platforms that do not have 100% inline de-duplication and compression are starting to look “a bit long in the tooth”). I have also studied VMware Virtual Volumes in depth and the vision of the…

      Originally posted at http://blog.snsltd.co.uk/an-introduction-to-simplivity-omnicube-a-superior-hyper-converged-platform/ 

      I have looked at many storage technologies over the last few years – these include All-Flash Arrays, Software-Defined Storage, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and Cloud Gateways.

      The vendors of these products claim that they deliver something significantly better than what can be found in most data centres today, and in certain ways they do, but they always have a big list of areas that need significant improvement (one key example is that storage platforms that do not have 100% inline de-duplication and compression are starting to look “a bit long in the tooth”).

      I have also studied VMware Virtual Volumes in depth and the vision of the technology is impressive, the problem is that the current 1.0 version does not deliver on this vision – we need the ability to manage everything at the VM level from the point of view of storage (i.e. capacity, performance and de-duplication/compression policies), backup (i.e. frequency, target and retention policies) and DR (i.e. replication policies).

      In addition if we want to restore a VM (or some of its contents) we should be able to do it from within the hypervisor’s management tools and not require a 3rd party tool – true VM-centric management.

      I have recently been looking into SimpliVity OmniCube Hyper-converged Infrastructure technology and it is without doubt the most well thought out platform I have ever seen – key features include:

      Accelerated Data Efficiency

      • Improves performance using hardware-assisted always-on inline de-duplication, compression and I/O optimisation
      • Saves a single compressed copy of primary data on each cluster
      • Runs as a single node or HA pair without requiring costly 10GbE switches
      • Tolerates double disk failure within a single node
      • Supports 3rd-party hypervisor servers

      Highly-Efficient VM-centric Backup, Replication and Recovery

      • Creates near instant local VM backups using simple but flexible backup policies
      • Replicates and moves VMs, and backups between sites by only moving data that does not already exist at the remote site
      • Near instantly restores local backups no matter the size of the VM
      • Restores remote backups by moving only data that does not already exist locally


      Global VM-centric Unified Management

      • Is administered as a single global system from vCenter

      In conclusion SimpliVity delivers an incredibly elegant solution that is built for the VM, not LUN, which delivers on the vision of VMware Virtual Volumes today.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      Technical IT Manager at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
      Vendor
      Simplivity and the proliferation of Hyperconvergence – VFD4
      In a first of series of blog posts covering some of the vendors that caught my eye at VFD4, I’d like to introduce you all to Simplivity. Hyperconvergence, Convergence, Modular, Traditional – Lots of buzz words used in I.T. covering a multitude of offerings but for the purpose of this post I’d like to define hyperconvergence. Simply put, this involves collapsing several I.T. building blocks such as Compute, Storage, Networking & Apps into a single building block that can be deployed to a datacenter with minimal fuss. Simplivity have taken this a step further by intelligently adding capabilities such as Backup with Dedupe, D.R., WAN acceleration and Cloud Gateway. The diagram below (taken from Simplivity) highlights the journey from the traditional stack to a Hyperconveged stack…

      In a first of series of blog posts covering some of the vendors that caught my eye at VFD4, I’d like to introduce you all to Simplivity.

      Hyperconvergence, Convergence, Modular, Traditional – Lots of buzz words used in I.T. covering a multitude of offerings but for the purpose of this post I’d like to define hyperconvergence. Simply put, this involves collapsing several I.T. building blocks such as Compute, Storage, Networking & Apps into a single building block that can be deployed to a datacenter with minimal fuss. Simplivity have taken this a step further by intelligently adding capabilities such as Backup with Dedupe, D.R., WAN acceleration and Cloud Gateway. The diagram below (taken from Simplivity) highlights the journey from the traditional stack to a Hyperconveged stack. This truly simplifies the method of deploying virtualisation stacks to a datacenter and encompasses several technologies aiming to make this a lean and cost effective approach to companies wanting to go down the road of virtualisation. Simplivity uses its patented Omnistack technology on commodity x86 hardware to give you its building block known as the Omnicube.

      The company is led by its charismatic CEO – Doron Kempel. This is a man I admire for his tenacity and ambition and moving from a very different life outside I.T. to his MBA and onwards to work for some large I.T companies has helped him to develop his vision and understanding for where Simplivity can deliver value in a simplistic fashion.

      The People behind the Presentation

      It was Jesse St. Laurent’s role to present the technology briefing. Jesse is VP of Product Strategy and backing him up were some formidable associates. Both Brian Knudtson and Matt Vogt, who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time, work in the technical marketing and solutions architecture areas and provided ample support to Jesse although they were not needed too much for the main presentation as Jesse delivered the content like a pro. If you have any questions then I encourage you to reach out to any of these guys as they share a passion for this tech that runs deep in their blood.

      The Differentiator

      The product was demonstrated and as with most solutions it is managed by a tab in vCenter. This is currently in the C# client with a web client also being available in the next release of vSphere. It was very easy to setup policies in the interface with regard to datacenters and with these you can then setup backup regimes. Currently AWS is the only supported cloud provider where backups can be sent to otherwise you need to send them to another storage device. Watch for more cloud providers in the future I hope….

      File Level Recovery is not possible right now but is coming in a future release which was good to here. It was very quick and simple to recover VM’s in from 1 datacenter to another and this was demonstrated but the key was that there is no automation at the moment. SRM could not be used as there is no SRA but I guess that Simplivity customers do not have a need for this right now. We were promised that some level of automation may be in the product in a future release.

      The real secret source to the solution is the patents that are held in the product and the way in which dedupe and compression happen inside the cube. Jesse showed us the Omnistack Accelerator card that is responsible for all of these functions. It has a FPGA on board that is responsible for all the compute functions offloading this from the hypervisor.

      This essentially means that I/O is deduped and compressed as it enters the data management layer and therefore this hits the disk as full striped writes. Very clever technology !!! Post process deduplication is a thing of the past and very inefficient according to Simplivity. Fault Tolerance in the cube itself is also very important so any failures have mechanisms whereby they can be tolerated. If the card developed a fault then this would simply mean all I/O is served to or from a surviving OmniCube through its accelerator card and is still deduped/compressed/optimized in real time. The omnicube never writes data without first deduplicating it. Also key point to remember here is no data is required to be rehydrated unless there is data that needs to be read.

      All of these awesome features make Simplivity a real game changer in the market.

      Conclusion

      I’d like to leave you with some final thoughts. Hyperconvergence is an ever growing market and many big names are jumping onto the bandwagon. There is clearly a value proposition here for scale out and to keep data centers dynamic in nature whilst keeping Capex costs at a minimum. If you’d likve to find out more then please read more on the Simplivity website or contact one of the names mentioned above.

      Finally – This recent study by IDC shows how Simplivity is faring against the competition.

      This is testament to their solution offering and being in stealth for a number of years before coming to the market. Great job by the team at Simplivity.

      This article originally appeared here.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      Sami Ventriglia
      Software & Services Advisor at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
      Integrator
      It is compatible with vCenter only; however, the company says Hyper-V and KVM are coming shortly.

      What is most valuable?

      • Integrated data protection
      • Inline deduplication
      • Hybrid performance

      How has it helped my organization?

      One customer deployed the OmniCube for a test/dev environment for it's ease of use and performance. Developers can spin up new VM's with no capacity or IO impact, easily without learning a new storage platform. And as for performance, the customer had a VMAX for primary storage, the OmniCube offered similar performance for developers at a fraction of the cost.

      What needs improvement?

      The fact that it is compatible with vCenter (VMware) only; however, the company says Hyper-V and KVM are coming shortly.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I am not a user, as an integrator, I've worked in multiple environments with the OmniCube technology.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No, it was very simple.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No issues encountered.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      100 VM limit per OmniCube (not sure if its the OmniCube or VMware related).

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

      Customers have moved to SimpliVity for ease of use, consolidation of vendors, reducing cost, improving performance, improve data protection capabilities, and even managing storage at multiple sites.

      How was the initial setup?

      Feedback has been that it is very simple since it is managed entirely through vCenter.

      What about the implementation team?

      SimpliVity stays very involved with all installs at this point, minor involvement of vendors from an install perspective.

      What was our ROI?

      Varies based on use casesr... VDI, test/dev, production database and apps, etc.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Most comparable would be Nutanix, both solid solutions. Depending on use case, you could go back and forth with which one makes the most sense.

      What other advice do I have?

      If it's a VDI usere case, how many endpoints on day one, what's your projected growth for the next 5yrs? If it's to replace primary SAN, what is your network today? You do need 10GbE networking.

      Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
      it_user164979
      IT Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
      Vendor
      Our RPO has gone from 8 hours to 3 hours and we can go back to 6 months of datasets.

      What is most valuable?

      Deduplication and backup and replication of Vm's.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Our RPO has gone from 8 hours to 3 hours and we can go back to 6 months of datasets.

      What needs improvement?

      Backup and replications automation.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      6 months.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No deployment issues.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No stability issues.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No scalability issues.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service: Very good. Technical Support: Very good.

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

      Veeam and Dell Servers and Storage.

      How was the initial setup?

      What is most valuable?

      Deduplication and backup and replication of Vm's.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Our RPO has gone from 8 hours to 3 hours and we can go back to 6 months of datasets.

      What needs improvement?

      Backup and replications automation.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      6 months.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No deployment issues.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No stability issues.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No scalability issues.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Very good.

      Technical Support:

      Very good.

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

      Veeam and Dell Servers and Storage.

      How was the initial setup?

      Very straightforward but their engineers are needed to install in our VMware environment.

      What about the implementation team?

      Vendor and they were excellent.

      What was our ROI?

      2.5 years.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Yes. Dell, HP and EMC products. We also looked into Zerto and Recovery Point.

      What other advice do I have?

      Make sure that you size the memory and CPU's to handle your entire environment.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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