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Frankie Negro
Real User
IT Architect at Unibase
Dec 21 2017

What is most valuable?

I believe, compared to the C7000, which is the mainstream in Brazil, it delivers a significant amount of innovation and flexibility, and I think people there will love it. The way Brazilians see things is that, "Okay, I need something that… more»

What needs improvement?

What I would like to see is a little bit more of architecture-oriented advertising campaigns or events for customers; not on the product itself, but more on the way they advertise products. They are too focused on the features. This is okay, but… more»

What other advice do I have?

I just took my certification in Synergy. I was one of the first technicians in Brazil who qualified for Synergy. The main driver for me to take the certification for this platform is because I deem Synergy like an evolutionary platform rather… more»
BryceFarmilo
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at vGRID New Zealand
Nov 07 2017

What is most valuable?

* Composable infrastructure * Ability to easily re-utilize parts of the hardware for different purposes * Central management with HPE OneView * Ability to see the health status of the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Peace of mind. * Knowing that our platforms are running well, simplifying day-to-day management, so that we can do more with less staff and increase performance. * The increased… more»

What needs improvement?

We'd like to see faster networking in the back-end. I'm not saying it's slow at the moment, but we would just like more speed from a future-proofing point of view. We are seeing 25… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you get a good plan in place. Think about your networking and your storage, so you can get it all configured as one. Use HPE's technical resources to make sure that all of… more»
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Brandon Koenigsknecht
Real User
Solutions Engineer at Data Strategy
Dec 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* The composable infrastructure with the Image Streamer. * Being able to seamlessly migrate from one operating environment to another within minutes, is invaluable.

How has it helped my organization?

The big benefit that we are seeing is the fact that we are so highly flexible. It makes things more agile. We're able to provision different applications, different demonstrations… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm very curious to see what comes with 4.0. The big thing will be streamlining the Image Streamer process for deployment. The actual frame itself - Composer, OneView, all that -… more»

What other advice do I have?

For us, when selecting a vendor, * Simplicity is a big factor. We've got a very broad range of customers, including ourselves. * We're looking at what is fast, what is simple, does… more»
Juraj Boldis
Real User
CEO at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Dec 06 2017

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is that it's going to be maintained, contrary to what we had last year, when the maintenance went off for the last generation of the servers that we had there. I'm also looking forward to getting some adaptability, and to be more… more»

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

We had to switch to some solution. It didn't matter which one, we had to replace our old hardware anyway. It was last year when the Synergy came onto the market, and we asked HPE if they would take the opportunity to answer our RFP with the… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of our criteria when selecting a vendor they include: * it must be someone known, someone with a presence in the market * someone with a good network of partners that can really help you * a company that is active such that they are not… more»
Real User
Chief Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 07 2017

What is most valuable?

It increases the throughput. We had a problem with the C7000 with the down-link speed to the individual blades and what the up-link speeds were… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's mainly the fact that it gives us the next generation of the C7000, which we've been using since 2009. That gets us in that same useful… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things that I would like to see, and could be in their road map, is getting virtual connect to 100 Gig throughput. What they're coming… more»

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

Before Synergy, we were using C7000s. We knew that the road map of that new technology coming in the C7000 was coming to an end. If you're going to… more»

What other advice do I have?

Think about where you want to be in five years and choose the products in the Synergy family that will help you get to that point. You have a lot… more»
Real User
Systems Programmer II at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 15 2017

What is most valuable?

Improved storage, scalability, and ease-of-use. It is a lot packed into a small chassis/frame.

How has it helped my organization?

* It has reduced a lot of our infrastructure down to a few systems. This is opposed to larger, two and four use systems. It's knocked us down to a… more»

What needs improvement?

Firmware. I'd get the firmware to be a little more secure and a little more streamlined.

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

We didn’t use a previous solution. We are an HPE shop. We knew that we needed to invest in this solution because it was cool. The scalability is… more»

What other advice do I have?

Take the time to go through it. Put your hands on it, at somebody else's lab if you can. See if you can get a demo unit. Plug it in and try it.
Martijn Spoorendonk
Real User
Leads IT Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 20 2017

What is most valuable?

It is flexible and composable hardware. You can really buy the stuff you need. If you want more storage, you can put in more storage. If you want… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is kind of a new solution. We are using it now during our testing and development environment, so we can make it ready for production later. The… more»

What needs improvement?

* The newer and faster Intel line of CPUs that are coming in GEN 10 * The software OneView software is quite new and that will cause some… more»

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

I already knew for a couple of years that we needed to invest in this solution. We've been using the blade systems, the C7000s, for 10 years… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would advise getting in touch with a HPE account manager. I think doing direct business with a vendor is the best way of getting the right… more»
Bart Heungens
Reseller
Owner and CEO at Bitcon
Oct 31 2017

What is most valuable?

In the data center, you see customers with a lot of blade enclosures and a lot of servers, and this solution works fine. I have one customer in Belgium that I know that is testing it, and they're quite happy about it. There are some challenges, but it is software. For software, you have developers. The hardware is there.

What needs improvement?

With the changing IT demands, they need to change more often and faster. We need applications to model tomorrow’s needs. We need more applications for changing users. There is a need for a more optimized infrastructure. For instance, I have a customer with 20 blade enclosures. In those 20 blade enclosures, there are 40 management modules that you need to update and… more»
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HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, offers an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value instantly and continuously. It is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application. As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. With HPE Synergy, IT can become not just the internal service provider but the business partner to rapidly launch new applications that become the business.

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