HPE Synergy Other Solutions Considered

Director2039
Director at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
it was pretty much the top three: HPE, Dell EMC, and Cisco, when we started looking at new compute. We decided to maintain our partnership with HPE because it's been around a long time. We know each other really well. We do a lot of business which is not server-related. They came to the table with their pricing models, investment strategies, and the partnership that they wanted to do to make their products fit better for us, which is why we chose to stick with them. View full review »
Brent Beverly
VP Technology at Scalematrix
We vetted out everything under the sun from the UCS side, the Cisco side, the Dell EMC side. They had new chassis coming out, chassis which hadn't been released yet, which they were showing me. We really landed on Synergy because it was the most flexible out of all the solutions. We were able to get the power we were looking for in the chassis. Our data center is really built on density. We can run 52 kW in a rack, but with all the other platforms we were limited on the amount of power we could push in there. We liked Synergy because we could put four chassis in, running two 8280 processors, and running 1.5 to 3 terabytes of RAM per blade, making it a super powerful, 42 to 50 kW cabinet. We couldn't do that with any other platform. View full review »
Frankie Negro
IT Architect at Unibase
In Brazil, they have a culture of reusing things, they don't like to dispose of a server every three years or so. I know in Europe and United States, a refresh cycle of three years is absolutely normal and they are ready to scrap their G7, scrap their G8, and get the G9. But in Brazil you can find G5 easily, G5 and G6. They have this culture of extending the lifetime of the product as much as they can or until it breaks. With Simplivity, I think that we can address that very nicely, because as you can expand, it's the latest technology and you can put so many things in it. You can put storage, it can present every compute node, you can support satellites and expand the chassis. I believe that this will address this behavior that the Brazilians have and they'll say, "Okay, so I can invest in this platform now and believe that seven years from now, it will be the same. I will still be able to put hardware on it, I can still use it." And that will create fidelity from them for HPE. The only driver, I cannot state this strongly enough, the only driver that I face when with I'm a customer, and I meet Dell or I meet Lenovo there, is money. They like them because they're cheaper. I have never heard a customer saying HPE has a better product. I have never heard anybody say a Dell server is better than an HPE server; a Lenovo server is better than an HPE server. I always hear them say it's cheaper. This is what compels them to buy Dell, on whichever level, whether it's networking, storage, servers. View full review »
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Wayne Holland
Services Support Supervisor at WSDOT
I don't know if we compared anyone else. We have a very heavy blade-centric architecture right now. All of that knowledge and experience rolls right over into Synergy management. Whereas, with another vendor solution, it would not. We would be learning from ground zero. For us, it was more of an easier transition to Synergy than looking at another product. View full review »
Architecd2ae
Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It still sort of comes up occasionally against some of the HCI competitors, but it's a totally different approach. Synergy is chosen based on that mix of being able to do bare metal, multiple types of virtualization and the fluidity of the resource rather than it being all virtualized, then fluidity. View full review »
Lyle May
System Architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
We did look at Cisco UCS only because we thought it might be a good time to change things up, but we are really an HPE shop. View full review »
ManagerI379a
Manager IT Infrastructure at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
We like HPE because of the technology they bring to bear. Other competitors have blade systems, but they don't have graphics enablement. HPE also has a product called RGS, which we use very heavily. That partnership alone is huge. Thus, we have a huge investment in HPE. View full review »
Jarom Petrich
Storage Engineer at Brigham Young University
We're also looking at the Dell EMC MX chassis. When we finished our HPE proof of concept, we started the Dell EMC proof of concept. That's what we're doing currently. View full review »
Vince DiStasi
CIO at GCC
We've been an HPE shop for a long time, so we really didn't have any other vendors. We knew everything was rock-solid. It was an environment that we were comfortable with. All my staff is trained in it and it didn't make any sense for us to really look at any other product. But honestly, I don't think there's any other product that is at that level today. Most products are probably two to three years behind. I had no problems. I was very comfortable with it. View full review »
BryceFarmilo
Chief Technology Officer at vGRID New Zealand
We have looked at other vendors from time to time, but we have been an HPE shop for the last six years. The architecture was part of our decision to invest in a full venture. We consider performance and reliability to be the two main factors in choosing a vendor. In Synergy, we saw both of those, performance and reliability, being delivered. For us, it's all about up-time and a good performance experience for our customers and Synergy helps us do that. We knew that we needed to invest in this solution, because it was just the next step. We started with DL servers and we moved to the c7000 Blade Infrastructure. Synergy just seems to be the next logical step up. We haven't seen anything else in the market that competes with this kind of product. When looking for a vendor, we look for support. We want to know that we can call somebody and get support when we need it. We want to know that the parts are available if there is an issue. If there is a configuration problem, we know that HPE will fix it. View full review »
SeniorSe5ba7
Senior Server Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We looked a little bit at Nutanix. We looked at the Cisco UCS chassis too. We went with HPE mostly due to the fact that we're already an HPE shop. We already had OneView. We were pretty happy with the c7000s. They were always solid. Synergy seemed pretty mature. I'm not a huge fan of some of the marketing around it. It works very well for what it does. They try and build it up to be things that it's not, for most people. View full review »
Michael Rohde
Network Specialist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
We have looked at Dell EMC MX7000 offering. In the interest of time and familiarity, we stuck with HPE. Bring in an entire new set of hardware infrastructure was not a good idea. There would be too many moving pieces, and we wanted to stick with something we knew. We have Gen9s in the c7000s, and we will eventually put them all into OneView. If we bring in Dell EMC, we now have two management platforms operating side-by-side, which is not a good idea. View full review »
Matthew Ingram
System Engineer at Blue Shield of California
We have a dual-vendor strategy, so HPE isn't the only vendor that we have. We're running Cisco and HPE, the two major vendors, and I don't think that any of the alternatives outside of those two have anything that can match the scale and ease of use of those two platforms. View full review »
Technica84fe
Technical Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have a long standing relationship with HPE, between the technology, pricing, and so on. It was a good fit. View full review »
Roger Crane
Systems Engineer at Scientific Games
It was pretty much between Dell EMC and HPE. We are an HPE shop, and the Synergy chassis and the Dell EMC offering were pretty similar, so there was no real reason to change. View full review »
Juraj Boldis
CEO at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
We did evaluate other vendors but they fell short in value for money. There were vendors that were cheaper, but their solutions weren't that cohesive. And the match-point of all the RFPs was the complete software that is behind the hardware. That was something that really persuaded us to give them top technical points from all the RFPs. View full review »
SystemsE613e
Systems Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We also shortlisted Cisco and Dell. We went with HPE because we are pretty comfortable with it. The price was also competitive enough to beat them. View full review »
Manager7a60
Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We looked at Cisco UCS. View full review »
Dan Loftus
Architect at Argos
We looked at a composable system from Dell EMC. That was about the only one that is in the same type of league as Synergy. Synergy is an established product, which is the main reason that we went with it. At a time, Dell EMC had just released the PowerEdge MX7000. We are a more established HPE partner already. We received a good price and have a lot of support from HPE and the partner. We also bought an HPE Nimble at the same time, as well. The two products went together quite nicely. View full review »
Bart Heungens
Owner and CEO at Bitcon
In my pre-sales role, I see other customers looking at competitive solutions, be it Intel, EMC, or Nutanix. They all have some strengths. The Nutanix solution is cool, because it's simple. But it's software and I'm not convinced about any of the hardware underneath it. Some people say, "Yeah, the hardware's not important." However, I have some real-life scenarios, cases with customers, in which it was proven that they had the software, they had the hardware, but they had a hardware issue and the software screwed up. I prefer to go for the HPE solution. This is not because Nutanix is bad, but they are just a software company, independent of the hardware. I feel more confident with HPE because I know they build the hardware and the software. If I have a problem, I can contact one person with one phone number and I can make contact. I know the hardware guy and I know the software guy. With Nutanix, for instance, this is not the case. They also say, "we have one phone number," but if they have a problem with the rate controller in their server, they have to call Dell or Lenovo. They have to escalate the case. They are not going to be able to solve my problem. They are going to escalate it. I'm with HPE. I know that HPE will solve my problem directly. View full review »
Oscar Jaen
Product Manager at Westham Trade Co
Nutanix was on our shortlist. We went with HPE because of its strong service. We would probably use SimpliVity if we didn't use Synergy. View full review »
Stuart Humphrey
Senior Hardware Engineer
No. We are an HPE outfit, so everything is HPE. View full review »
Mohammad Alotaibi
IT Director at Kdipa
We looked at Dell EMC, VCE, and HPE. We went with the newest technology, which was composable infrastructure. The others were just hyper-converged infrastructure. View full review »
Willam Adam
SVP Data Technology at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees
HPE and Dell EMC were on our shortlist. We chose HPE Synergy because it was the superior solution. View full review »
Adam Barthel
Cloud Architecht at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were looking at Nutanix, as well as the HPE Synergy. The Nutanix platform came in a little more expensive than the Synergy. Overall, we are pleased with Synergy. View full review »
JasonWilliams
Manager Engineering Services at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We always looked at HPE. It was really a choice between a blade chassis or Synergy. View full review »
Informat2839
Information Specialist at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would go with Synergy. It is better than the Nutanix solution. Nutanix was really hard to implement, and it was very pricey compared to what we get from Synergy. View full review »
ITInfras9484
IT Infrastructure Manager at a import and exporter with 10,001+ employees
We went with Synergy because it was the best-in-breed and the next generation, from the existing c7000s. We're exclusively an HPE shop, so we didn't really fish around. View full review »
Victor-Hernandez
CIO at La Huerta
Top of the list was HPE. I didn't consider any other vendors. View full review »
Marina Landeiro
Service Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We evaluated HPE and Dell EMC. View full review »
SeniorSy4b5d
Senior Systems Engenier at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
HPE was the only vendor considered. View full review »
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Server Technician
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