HPE Synergy Benefits

Director2039
Director at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
It has improved our procurement and day zero provisioning. We are bringing in racks of Synergy which are not populated with the blades, then we are buying the blades and populating them, as our business needs. This has been pretty helpful to be able to sort of pre-package the data center with the Synergy platform, then deploy servers into it as we grow. The solution has driven us to use the OneView platform and have more alignment with HPE's strategic directions. We are still learning what that means to us, but at least it has put us in better alignment with where HPE is at. When we do find something that doesn't work, they are incentivized to fix it better than if we weren't aligned with their vision. Synergy has actually challenged us to rethink how our IT infrastructure teams are structured. So, we're still dealing with that. Our hope is that by having OneView, Synergy, and software-defined that we will realize the value statement over time. So far, the solution has helped us implement our new business requirements quickly. Synergy has the ability to have everything pre-packaged and being able to slide blades in. That is what we have always liked about blade architectures: We can slide a blade in, or if we need to move it, we can go move it somewhere else. There is less cabling to deal with, etc. It is one of the attractive things of the platform that we first got excited about it. View full review »
Brent Beverly
VP Technology at Scalematrix
The main improvement has been around being able to expand the environment without building out additional infrastructure. We have the blade chassis set up. We throw an extra blade in there and we've just expanded our compute and ram. It's made it much easier for us to grow the infrastructure, once we put the foundation in place. In terms of managing our IT landscape, it helps by reducing complexity. That's really is what it comes down to. We've taken one of our virtualization guys and turned him into a Synergy guy, and he's been able to understand the networking, he's been able to understand the OneView, he's been able to understand the Synergy. He manages all of those rather than our having to have multiple teams associated with it. The solution has helped us to implement new business requirements quickly. We deployed the 8180 processor from Intel with it, which helped us empower much faster compute. We have actually been able to pick up more of those machine-learning clients. In addition, our IT infrastructure team is more efficient. We have fewer teams, fewer people associated with it. It has also affected the productivity of our development team, now. At the beginning, they didn't know how to utilize it, but now that they've been able to bridge into it a little bit more, it's sped them up. For example, we run our own panel and customer-interface platforms which are built in-house. They bring stats from the compute node and they bring stats from the RAM utilization into a customer portal that is API-driven. That one was always very hard because all of the infrastructure that we'd stand up was a bunch of 1Us. When a new cluster would come in, they would have to write the code for that cluster and it would take them a week or two just to put the right code together and deliver it to the customer. Now they've written it for the whole Synergy platform, so we just slide a blade in and it comes online. The solution has also decreased our deployment time. On average, we deploy a private cloud in about two weeks: Buying the nodes, racking and stacking, and then applying VMware to it. From there we, would install the OSs, etc. We've cut out the racking and stacking. We've cut out a lot of the physical deploy time. Now, we buy the blades and put them in an open slot. The networking is already set up, the infrastructure is already set up, so it's just VMware and the OSs, which cuts us down to about 60 percent of the time it used to take. View full review »
Wayne Holland
Services Support Supervisor at WSDOT
It makes it easier to manage all of your infrastructure when it's more efficient. View full review »
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Architecd2ae
Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We do have one customer who very specifically uses it for back office applications during the day (during business hours), then they will actually swap it into a scheduling facility at night. Therefore, those jobs that are running off hours can be used for it. So, we do actually have one customer who is doing that. In another case, we have a customer who is heavily orchestrated, and we have written a significant number of automation tools for them. In that case, we are in the process of PoC'ing that automation process and tying that into the orchestration tools. Whereas in the past, both their hyper-converged environment, as well their ProLiant rack servers and their BladeCenter, would not tie very well into the orchestration. Productivity of deployment goes back to the automation tie-ins and fluidity of the resource. If they can reuse componentry, knowing they can do that based on a temporal basis, and they have some type of scheduling facility, then this makes it significantly easier. View full review »
Lyle May
System Architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
We can get more density in the same physical footprint out of it, which has to do more with the density of the blades that go into the Synergy frames, because you can get less blades than you could with the old c7000s. There are just more cores and sockets with more memory available, so you can get denser with your applications. We build out a whole stack at one time, so we don't have to worry about it until that stack is full, then that gives us time to get the next one ready. View full review »
ManagerI379a
Manager IT Infrastructure at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
We bought it with the intent to replace the c7000 workstation blades. It is bigger than the workstation blades in core count, memory, and graphical capabilities. So, it has broadened us in that regard, and we have more capabilities. It is very easy to reproduce. We have a bare metal kickstart and deployment process, which are very quick and easy. We haven't yet taken advantage of the Image Streamer capabilities of the product just yet. View full review »
Jarom Petrich
Storage Engineer at Brigham Young University
In our case, it would not be an improvement over the way our company functions. We have unique scaling demands. Our storage demands scale very differently than our compute demand scales. So doing HCI anything doesn't really fit well, currently, with how we operate. But that's why we were testing it. We were trying to figure out how can we scale it, or can we scale it, so that it fits within what we're currently required to do. We are not going to be able to do HCI currently. We're looking at other solutions. View full review »
Vince DiStasi
CIO at GCC
The biggest example is that, instead of having to buy a bunch of workstations - 29 or 30 for a room - we can just implement 50 VDIs and students can use them anywhere. Students don't particularly like to come to a lab just to do work. They like to work collaboratively. This gives them the ability not only to do that, but it also gives them the ability to do it in a classroom. Even if they're in a regular classroom, they have access to higher-performance machines to do simulations and that kind of stuff. In terms of our IT landscape, it's self-managing. It's self-contained. And because it's OneView, it's the same management interface as we use for the rest of the infrastructure, so I only have to learn one tool. When it comes to implementing new business requirements, if they need more machines, or the number of students increases in that particular discipline, it's very easy to replicate our current machines. Getting things online and being able to provide those workstations is much faster. Once we have it up and running, to deploy new virtual machines there is probably a 90 percent decrease in the time needed to get them up to speed. Also, as far as the efficiency of our IT infrastructure team goes, we don't have a lot of bodies on our team. The easier things are and the more consistent they are, the more we can do more with less. In addition, Synergy has reduced our cost of operations. It costs less to run that infrastructure than 40 to 50 standalone workstations. I would say our total cost of ownership is decreasing. View full review »
SeniorSe5ba7
Senior Server Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It gives us a lot more flexibility for spinning up new hypervisors, compared to the c7000. We use the VMM tie-in. There's a VMM OneView plugin that works really well. We do one-touch deployment for our new hypervisors. It helps us implement new business requirements quickly. If we needed to, we could spin up a number of hypervisors pretty easily. In terms of the efficiency of our IT infrastructure, the capacity is pretty nice. The density that we get out of it is really nice. It's a regular chassis and the blades go up to about 1.5 terabytes or so. We fill them with a terabyte. We went from two c7000s, fully-populated, to one Synergy frame, half-populated. It frees up a lot of space. It has also decreased our deployment time. When we stood up the hypervisors from images, it probably took us about three or four hours per hypervisor. With the VMM plugin that we have with it, all four of the new hypervisors we just deployed were done in about 30 to 45 minutes. As for our cost of operations, it has reduced our power consumption, at the very least. It has also reduced the time that we would put into a c7000. View full review »
ITInfras54a9
IT Infrastructure Manager at a security firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Using the platforms along with server virtualization has made us so much more agile in bringing up environments for projects. We've been able to cut delivery times down drastically. Whereas in the past, if someone said they need a server it was going to take a week, now, we're able to do that in 30 minutes to an hour. That's one example of how the solution helps us to implement new business requirements more quickly. Having the virtualization layer over top means that now, when projects come up and they need servers, we can have those up and running within a day. In the past, it could have taken several weeks to procure the physical equipment and get it built and installed. On a typical server build, it probably saves eight hours. In our environment, we could be building and tearing down dozens of servers a week so just do the math on that. It's hundreds of hours in savings. When it comes to managing our IT landscape, in addition to the flexibility, maintenance activities have also been improved. Being able to maintain the hardware layer without actually impacting our users has been key for us. Synergy also streamlines the work that our infrastructure teams have to do. They configure things once, upfront, and build deployment templates. That, along with good documentation, means any member of the team, with very little training, is able to deploy systems. The development team is our customer. They have rapidly changing needs in terms of getting servers and environments set up quickly for them to be able to do tests; and then to be torn down afterward. The fact that it's so flexible and easy to do that speeds things up for them as well. View full review »
Michael Rohde
Network Specialist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
We have nine c7000 enclosures, and even with Virtual Enterprise Connect Manager, I would sometimes have to go on each enclosure to make changes. I have not run into a situation yet where I cannot manage all of the Synergy enclosures from OneView. We have seen an improvement in the efficiency of our IT infrastructure. It is faster to do firmware upgrades through the deployment of new bladed servers. View full review »
Matthew Ingram
System Engineer at Blue Shield of California
Today we're using a stateless Auto Deploy, which guarantees consistency across all of our ESX hosts, but that is only possible if we're using template-driven and standardized processes on the hardware. We can guarantee all of our network and our storage, the firmware baselines - everything is exactly the same for every system that sits within a cluster. It has improved management of our IT landscape because we spend a lot less time dealing with inconsistencies and things like firmware and driver management. Synergy also helps us implement new business requirements quickly. We can deploy new ESX servers faster than we could on the previous c-series blade systems. It has positively affected the efficiency of our IT infrastructure team quite a bit in the last year. We spend less than a day deploying new hosts, where it would take us a week previously. So our deployment time is about one-fifth of what it was. We're able to deliver expanding capacity at a much faster rate. We're also looking to continue that into automation using OneView so that we can automate that process, rather than having an IT team handling all those steps manually. It would typically take us about a week to deploy a new host and now we're at less than a day. So in terms of our cost of operations, given the reduction of our deployment times, down to 20 percent of the time it used to take, we're definitely saving time. That's time our engineers can spend doing other things, working on other projects and priorities. View full review »
Technica84fe
Technical Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It makes life easier for us when we are deploying new technology, as we have the building blocks already in place. It will put everything all under one umbrella, when we get to the point where the majority of our systems are all on Synergy. At this point, we are only 16 or 18 frames in. However, once we get everything onto the Synergy platform, they will all be manageable under one umbrella, and it will all be standard infrastructure. The solution helps us to implement new business requirements quickly. This is primarily from the standpoint of being able to deploy new servers and machines. As requests come in, we can turn them around within a matter of a day or two because we already have the building blocks in place. View full review »
Patrick Long
Advisor System Administrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Using this solution has allowed me to devote more time to other tasks since the administration is so easy. Our business needs are somewhat static, so we do not often have to implement new business requirements. However, when we have had to spin things up quickly, we were able to do that in this environment. This solution has greatly increased the efficiency of our IT infrastructure teams. We have fewer administrators working on the infrastructure, and we’ve now been able to transition a number of those people into DevOps roles. This solution has decreased our deployment time, although I cannot give exact figures. I can say that we’ve been able to implement the Blue-Green Methodology as a result of the increased capacity that we have in the Synergy environment. Using Synergy has reduced our cost of operations because it allows more dense placement of the virtual machines than our previous solution. View full review »
Roger Crane
Systems Engineer at Scientific Games
With the new purchase, we've been able to upgrade our VMware from 5.5 to 6.7 to the newest version for hardware compatibility. As we purchase and install more Synergy chassis, then we will be able to manage them together as one entity, as opposed to multiple separate cabinets. The solution helps us to implement new business requirements quickly. We build customer in a box solutions that we ship out to casinos to manage their environments. This gives us added flexibility for building those out for customers. The solution will affect the productivity of our development team shortly, as we have just purchased two of them for our development team to replace aging hardware. They will in production the next month and be on the same hardware. This will be a benefit for the development team to be able to develop in development on the same product, as we flip over to production. View full review »
CEO1c1e
CEO at a tech company with 1-10 employees
It gets us lots of training-development work because the product is changing all the time. It's a relatively new product. It was introduced a couple of years ago and it's changing quite rapidly. That's a benefit for us as we continue to update the training of it. The key advantage that we teach people is speed to market, or speed to productivity, thus, reducing the time it takes to provision business services. That's the key positive aspect of Synergy. View full review »
Varun Lenkala
Systems Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The deployment time has been decreased a lot. There are fewer things to configure and that increases productivity and provides time to work on different things. Fewer resources are required and it requires less of my time. In terms of the productivity of our deployment team, the amount of time has been decreased a lot. In the past, to deploy one c7000 chassis with 15 or 16 blades, we literally used to spend two to three weeks. But with a Synergy, it's very quick. Within three days we can do the deployment. Because we are bringing in and deploying things very quickly, we can go to the business and give them solutions pretty quickly. It helps us to implement new business requirements quickly. Moreover, the number of support issues with this particular Synergy environment is way less than with c7000 so I'm very happy with that. I'm not opening as many support tickets as with the c7000. That's where it's great for our whole team. With the decrease in support issues, there has been a decrease in our cost of operations. View full review »
Manager7a60
Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Synergy environment provides us with one view. We're able to manage the entire stack, top to bottom, from that single view. The solution helps to manage our IT landscape, especially in setting up servers quickly, and making sure that the server types are distributed in our various dealer centers. That way, it's not reinventing the wheel all the time. It also helps us reconfigure servers for specific tasks and allocate more servers during busy times. We are able to implement new business requirements quickly. For example, we are able to make sure that we implement DR capabilities at the snap of a finger. That's something that otherwise would have taken a couple of weeks to set up. We have the requirements already documented so we just replicate to other DR centers. As a result of the solution, our IT infrastructure is about 60 percent more efficient than it used to be. DR was a big issue for us. Also, server provisioning, especially with the approach of using server templates and profiles, speeds up the time to market for servers. That's something that otherwise would probably take a couple of days to get done. Now it's just a push of a button. We're talking about it taking seconds to a minute. In addition, I would say Synergy has decreased our deployment time by about 80 percent and it has reduced our cost of operations View full review »
ITInfras8f24
IT Infrastructure Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
We are just using it as a server. It is helping us sort of bridge a gap that we are having moving off of old legacy systems, like HP-UX systems and trying to move over to x86. So, it is helping fill a hardware gap that a lot of our platforms have needed in the past. View full review »
J-J Seely
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
It streamlines network connectivity, fibre connectivity. It's made it all very simple, very easy. Once you get it set up, it's ready to go. In terms of implementing new business requirements quickly, it helps with time to deployment. We bring a new server online and, within a few hours, we have it up and running and in production. It's absolutely decreased our deployment time by four or five hours per server. Synergy helps with the efficiency of our IT infrastructure teams because I don't have to have the network guy do something for a new piece of hardware. Instead, I'm able to provision dynamically. From a switch-port count and a fibre-port count point of view, it has definitely reduced our IT infrastructure costs. View full review »
Dan Loftus
Architect at Argos
Synergy is a flexible product, so it helps us to manage our IT landscape in a more simplified, structured way. Once we get it in, it should help us implement new business requirements quickly. Capabilities, such as, the automated updates and integration with OneView, will ultimately help us run more resilient infrastructure. View full review »
Mohammad Alotaibi
IT Director at Kdipa
In our old infrastructure, we had very high I/Os. Now, with Synergy, this has been reduced. The newer technology is driving business and easing the administration process. View full review »
Lee Commins
VMware Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of managing our IT landscape, the solution helps us allocate more servers when needed, within the cluster. Synergy also helps us implement new business requirements quickly. We needed a new VMware cluster for a particular application. We were able to throw those Synergy hosts in there and create it really quickly for QRadar, and attach a lot of storage to it. It's something that is easy to implement and get moving on and I don't have to worry about anything else. View full review »
SystemEnd3d1
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Where it used to take one week to re-image or upgrade our hosts, it can now take one day. This solution helps us with new business requirements because we have the ability to expand or add more frames, depending on the requests from the business process. View full review »
Willam Adam
SVP Data Technology at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees
The processing time has been about 50 times faster and allows us to do AI models. The solution has helped us implement new business requirements quickly with new audience requests because Synergy's compute power when combined with 3PAR has been really terrific. We have had very low infrastructure requirements because of its simple setup. It has helped us dramatically improve our SLAs. View full review »
Adam Barthel
Cloud Architecht at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are still in the transformational phase, but the benefit will definitely be the infrastructure of code components. It does help us to manage our IT landscape with the ease of deployment through OneView. The solution affected the efficiency of our IT infrastructure team with the infrastructure as code and the ease and agility to deploy. View full review »
St. Claire Mclean
Director of Infrastructure at Alliant Cooperative Data Solutions
We're able to support the placement of devices a lot more quickly. It helps us manage our IT landscape because it's very scalable, so we can add nodes as we need to. When it comes to implementing new business requirements quickly, the solution is helpful. We had to build out a topology to support new software that we're running. We were able to just drop it in and, within a week, we were up and running. It has also had a positive effect on the efficiency of our IT infrastructure team. The manageability of it is so easy, we're able to install it quickly, and replacement parts are easy to get in and out quickly. Synergy has decreased deployment time. We have gone from about a week down to two days. View full review »
JasonWilliams
Manager Engineering Services at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Everything is in one place. We have one place to with OneView. It provides one console with one place to get to everything. The one interface makes it easier. We have one guy who does almost everything in it. The solution has decreased the deployment time for a new blade, saving us three hours. However, it has not decreased the deployment time for a VM. View full review »
SeniorInb5e9
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is no comparison between installing a server by hand versus having everything automated in place. That makes a big difference. By automating we can avert human errors. Life becomes easier and operations become much easier. It helps us manage our IT landscape by reducing the amount of manual work we have to do. In terms of implementing new business requirements quickly, so far my exposure to Synergy is the fact that we can automate everything. We can easily spin up a new virtual machine and scale up our capacity for VMware. If we need to scale out or scale up an application we can do it very easily. We can have the VMware infrastructure ready in no time. Overall, it has made us more efficient. On the infrastructure side, we have more control over the firmware and how we are managing our physical servers. Synergy has also decreased our deployment time and reduced our cost of operations. View full review »
ServerAr942f
Server Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is a continuation of converged infrastructure. That is why we are interested in it. The solution has reduced our infrastructure costs compared to the c7000 platform. View full review »
Informat2839
Information Specialist at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Storage-wise, I don't have to order more storage. It is so modular that I can pick and add what I need. The solution helps to manage our IT landscape by allocating more servers. The solution helps us to implement new business requirements quickly. We are installing weight scales across the state. We can bring up machine per weigh station quickly. When our development team requests servers or services, we are able to bring it up. The return time of bringing up a virtual machine hardware is now quicker. View full review »
Rami Chiha
Operational database administrator at American University of Beirut Medical Center
The OneView installed on the Composers has a very friendly user interface, which helps to manage the compute modules in the frame, compared to management used in legacy technologies. The Online firmware update for the virtual connects has minimized our downtime windows. View full review »
ITInfras9484
IT Infrastructure Manager at a import and exporter with 10,001+ employees
The solution helps us to implement new business requirements quickly, by using the Composer for efficiency. It has also improved the productivity of our development team due to the efficiency of being able to deploy via Composer. We're able to deploy development environments rapidly. We have seen about a 25 percent reduction in deployment times. View full review »
Victor-Hernandez
CIO at La Huerta
All our internal applications are on an SQL server. It improves performance when we use all applications on this one server. The solution helps us to implement new business requirements quickly with some app deployments. View full review »
Marina Landeiro
Service Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It helps us manage our IT landscape because it is easy, standard, and very consolidated. You don't need to have the storage and communications apart, because it's all consolidated. The solution help us to implement new business requirements quickly, since it is easy and quick to upgrade our capacity. The solution has affected the efficiency of our IT infrastructure teams by being easy to install. View full review »
SeniorSy4b5d
Senior Systems Engenier at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Spinning up an environment is much quicker, because I don't have to reconfigure networking and redesign everything from the ground up. I throw a new blade into the frame and configure it based off a template. The solution has improved the efficiency of our IT infrastructure teams by taking less time to set stuff up, reducing our deployment time. The solution has positively affected the productivity of the development team by creating environments quickly. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about HPE Synergy. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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