HPE Synergy Pros and Cons

HPE Synergy Pros

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.
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Brent Beverly
VP Technology at Scalematrix
It's very scalable. We like the idea that we can put four chassis in one of our racks, and we can connect up to 25 chassis, so the scalability to us, and being able to sync all those into one management portal, is unheard of. You can't really sync that many blades and chassis together in any other platform.
In terms of managing our IT landscape, it helps by reducing complexity... 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.
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Frankie Negro
IT Architect at Unibase
I believe, compared to the C7000, it delivers a significant amount of innovation and flexibility,
I love the satellite architecture for the Virtual Connect. I think this is great. I love the storage drawer, which you can present volumes to any compute node within the same frame.
OneView, as a single point, a single management tool, it makes me delirious. It's really nice.
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Wayne Holland
Services Support Supervisor at WSDOT
The single pane of glass management is huge, because in all our previous systems, depending on what we were managing, we would go to a different management point. Being able to go to one spot to get everything is helpful. I find that server profile creation is a lot easier in OneView than it was previously. We are able to stay compliant with firmware and updates, because we are assigning server profiles and reapplying them when there are changes. This makes everything a lot simpler.
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Architecd2ae
Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The temporal value of it. If I only need a particular amount of compute for a specific period of time during business hours, then at night, I'm running a bunch of batch jobs, or doing something else, that ability to swap a profile, swap templates, and have compute assigned to something else, saves significant amount of money. As long as you are tying it into the automation and orchestration layers, it becomes much easier to do.
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Lyle May
System Architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
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.
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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.
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Jarom Petrich
Storage Engineer at Brigham Young University
Being able to connect my 3PAR arrays to the Synergy platform is the most valuable aspect to me.
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Vince DiStasi
CIO at GCC
The most valuable feature is its composable infrastructure. Everything I need is in the box. Manageability is through OneView, so I can get all the information about the box itself at any time I want.
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BryceFarmilo
Chief Technology Officer at vGRID New Zealand
Ability to easily re-utilize parts of the hardware for different purposes.
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HPE Synergy Cons

Director2039
Director at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
It has been in the external integrations to other platforms that we have, which aren't HPE, where some of our challenges have been. I would like to see some integrations with non-HPE platforms.
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Brent Beverly
VP Technology at Scalematrix
The initial setup was complex. We had a couple of bright engineers working on it, and they figured out a lot of things that they don't know... The problem was that they couldn't find documentation easily, to walk them through setup when they just didn't know the platform.
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Wayne Holland
Services Support Supervisor at WSDOT
We had some challenges during the implementation and a few issues afterward, but they were all sort of related to how Synergy interacts with Nexus. Our Nexus on the network side is managed by another group, and they had just gotten Nexus, so they weren't really familiar with how Nexus even worked. Getting these two to interact well was the majority of our issues. It really didn't have anything to do with Synergy. It points to know the environment that you are putting it in and making sure you are dotting all your i's and crossing all your t's when you are figuring out what their requirements are to communicate.
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Architecd2ae
Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Continue the path of integrating OneView into a single product. A lot of different people have different OneView experiences based on which product they have used it for.
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Lyle May
System Architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
The speed in OneView and how it updates the entire configuration needs improvement. If they can do that, and it could be a little more clear on what impact different actions will have for certain things, that would be good.
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ManagerI379a
Manager IT Infrastructure at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
It has affected the productivity of our development team in a bad way. When we first stood the hardware up 18 months ago, the image streaming capacity and capability were not very good at all. We had hoped that it would allow us to be more composable and be able to switch over from one version of an operating system to another version of an operating system. However, it wasn't ready for prime time yet. Therefore, we had to go back to a deployment of bare metal install. We are still waiting and trying to figure out how we can do the composable infrastructure.
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Jarom Petrich
Storage Engineer at Brigham Young University
If it would be possible to connect clusters of five with other clusters, so that they could all share resources, that would change the game for us. It would make it a viable solution for us.
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Vince DiStasi
CIO at GCC
I'd like to see the firmware updates, as well as the built-in OneView and imager in Composer, become a little more powerful and faster.
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BryceFarmilo
Chief Technology Officer at vGRID New Zealand
We'd like to see faster networking in the back-end.
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SeniorSe5ba7
Senior Server Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would like the ability to have my storage components accessed from any other frame across the backplane. If we have a storage module and we run out of space in that frame, it'd be nice to be able to share it across the frames. You can do it with hyperconverged. Why can't you do it with Synergy?
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