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Real User
Director at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

We bought in pretty early to the composability story and being able to software-define the compute. We are realizing a fair amount of that.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

It has been in the external integrations to other platforms that we have, which aren't HPE, where some of our challenges have been. We are still working on these. I would… more»

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

The platform that we run Synergy on is all virtualized. Our primary cost is likely VMware.

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

They stopped selling the old solution. We were using the c7000 blade infrastructure from HPE. There were other things that we could have tried to do to wire up our… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are deploying solutions that are well aligned with what HPE has designed this platform to do, then you will probably have pretty good success. If you are sort of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Brent Beverly
Real User
VP Technology at Scalematrix
Jul 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the control of the overall solution all in one box. With it being all together, it has really taken down the complexity of a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement in the setup.

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

VMware is part of the cost. We bought the chassis, we bought the solution. The blades are roughly running us $60,000 a pop right now.

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

Our previous solution was 1U Dell EMC equipment. We were buying new equipment. we were also buying the 1U servers from HPE. But we needed a solution which had flexibility.

What other advice do I have?

Most of the time, people look at our solution - the way we built Synergy - and they say, "Man, we don't need that much power. You built it with the highest processors you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
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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 works. I need something easy to manage, because it's… 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 sometimes what I see that people lack is, "Okay, I… 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 than revolutionary. I think the machine will be the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Wayne Holland
Real User
Services Support Supervisor at WSDOT
Jul 08 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the future proofing. As we buy new equipment, we are buying Synergy instead of continuing to buy c7000 blade enclosures and BL Series blades… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It makes it easier to manage all of your infrastructure when it's more efficient.

What needs improvement?

For the storage modules, which can be put in a single frame, they currently can only be addressed to compute modules within the same frame. It would be nice to be able to… more»

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

We do a biannual renewal. I know how much that renewal is, but I don't know how much it breaks down to be just Synergy, since we have our VMware, all of our physical… more»

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

As an agency, we looking at the future constantly and evolving with what is coming out. We are really budget constrained, so continuing to operate in the same method over… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend buying it. Most of the requirements of newer applications are based on the availability of newer technology. So, you need more speeds and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Real User
Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

It has the next level beyond hyper-converged: * It has that promise of combining the orchestration and automation. * Being able to no longer have an isolated bare metal environments, then converged… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

Continue the playbooks with the automation integrations. More of that would be good, as it has been great so far. I would really like to see the type of hardware add-on operationalization made simpler… more»

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

In a couple cases, it was really just sort of that end of life of BladeCenter. In another case, they saw the temporal value aspect and the customer thought that swapping would make a ton of sense.

What other advice do I have?

Focus on the fluidity of resources and view everything from that lens. Always remember that is the justification for some of the complexity. Once you can set it up appropriately, it will be worth it… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Lyle May
Real User
System Architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

You don't have to have networking in every single frame, just have the interconnects. You don't have the traditional A and B side in the sort of multiple LAG groups, and so you really can sustain a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

We had the c7000, and there wasn't anything new. We needed to move forward, so we could have a platform that we could rely on for the next ten or so years. Something that we could go and deploy… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that it will work for you, your environment, what you have in mind, and what you want to accomplish. If you have a lot of small points of presents which are located around the world, this… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Real User
Manager IT Infrastructure at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 17 2019

What is most valuable?

* Flexibility * iLO * The interface to the back-end * CPUs * Memory * Graphics capabilities

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

The licensing is more around the software for RGS, because we are deploying bare metal installs. It is mainly the operating system and any lights-out management. So… more»

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

It was communicated through to the sales team who supports us. We were looking for a replacement solution for the HPE c7000 workstation class blades, and this is what was… more»

What other advice do I have?

Ask more questions to challenge the answers that the sales community gives. We went into the product thinking that we knew the product previously. That it just needed to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Jarom Petrich
Real User
Storage Engineer at Brigham Young University
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature, personally, is that I'm already very familiar with OneView because we manage 3PAR storage as well. Having familiarity with OneView and the 3PAR infrastructure, and being… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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. There is… more»

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

The solution we have now works but, like technology always has, it gets old and then you have end-of-life, end-of-support and you have to make other choices. Everybody's going HCI, hyperconverged… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I learned personally, using Synergy, was that it takes quite a while to properly evaluate something as complex as Synergy. Two weeks in, I was ready to just say, "This as a piece of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
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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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