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HPE Synergy is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Blade Servers. It is most often compared to HPE BladeSystem: HPE Synergy vs HPE BladeSystem

What is HPE Synergy?

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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Systems Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Leaderboard
Significantly decreases deployment time and the number of support issues

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "I would definitely like to see them fix the firmware updates on all the blades. No matter what operating system it is running on, make sure I can do the firmware as well as the software for those firmware components at the same time. I don't want to have to rely on an external product. Let's bring that product inside the menu so that I have a better experience with updates."

What is our primary use case?

Virtualization is our primary use case.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What is most valuable?

The ease of deployment is the first thing that comes to mind.

What needs improvement?

I would definitely like to see them fix the firmware updates on all the blades. No matter what operating system it is running on, make sure I can do the firmware as well as the software for those firmware components at the same time. I don't want to have to rely on an external product. Let's bring that product inside the menu so that I have a better experience with updates. Firmware is a very big thing.

I would also like them to bring management of all the Synergy equipment into a single management interface, no matter where they're located.

For how long have I used the solution?

2 years

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No major outages. We have had a few small issues here and there but that's about it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We are hitting our third Synergy rack and we are buying the fourth. You can go well with it until seven. After seven, you probably need to put another management ring in there. Other than that, it can scale and work exceptionally well.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have gotten some very good technical support from a few guys. I even have their names. Whenever we call them, we generally get support from those two or three guys and we are happy with them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We knew we needed to invest in a new solution because of business requirements. When the business feels that we are a little bit late or declining, that's when we need to look into different solutions and price.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. I worked on it a lot for one year. Synergy is a little bit different, but I got enough training initially. In addition, HPE deployment guys were there for the initial setup. Later I did it myself.

What about the implementation team?

We did it for ourselves.

What was our ROI?

ROI has been pretty good, although we're still investing a lot.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.

What other advice do I have?

Look into Synergy. It's a pretty decent a product at the enterprise scale. It has all the capabilities. 

The biggest lesson we've learned from using this solution is that the product is really good. When we see the next iteration of the product, and that the company does a very good job of fixing issues, we really like it. That's what happened when we upgraded from c7000 to Synergy.

I would give the product about an eight out of ten. The product is pretty rock-solid. There are small issues here and there. But it has helped me to decrease my deployment time, and the number of support calls and time spent on support have been decreased a lot compared to c7000 and the issues that we were seeing with that. That's why I like it.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

IBM
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AJ
CEO with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Scales easy with good technical support and a straightforward setup

Pros and Cons

  • "Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful."
  • "The Synergy platform is HPE-specific and more for on-premises. You're kind of locked in with VMware and the HPE with the VMs. The Nutanix offering is a bit more flexible."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution in order to deploy an on-prem client.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature within the solution is the main management offering. They call it the GreenLake offering. It's the OPEX model. They manage that for the client.

The stability is very good so far. The performance has been reliable.

The solution is easily scalable. You can expand it if you want to.

If you have the right team in place, the initial setup is pretty straightforward.

Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful.

They're way ahead of the game. The software-defined fabric they have is very good.

What needs improvement?

They actually have a different offering with Nutanix. That's more generic. The Synergy platform is HPE-specific and more for on-premises. You're kind of locked in with VMware and the HPE with the VMs. The Nutanix offering is a bit more flexible.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about a year and a half. That was when it was installed by a client. It hasn't been too long.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have the stability to be reliable. The performance is good. There aren't bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is extremely scalable. It's one of the highlights of the product for us. If a company needs to expand, it can do so with ease.

It's a data center offering. Whatever applications are installed on there, and, in our case, there are hundreds of applications installed, services all the users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been in touch with their technical support and they assisted us in the implementation process. Their assistance is top-of-the-line. The team is helpful and responsive. We're quite satisfied with the level of support provided.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have experience with Nutanix. I would say with Nutanix, the sky's the limit there. It's very comprehensive and it integrates with all the clouds - and you have the on-prem as well if you need it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup isn't too complex. It's straightforward. With the team we had, it was fairly easy. We also had assistance from HPE throughout the process, and having their insights were helpful.

In general, the maintenance is handled by HPE. We don't have to worry about it.

What about the implementation team?

HPE was there all along the way. It was very good. They're very good to work with.

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

I can't discuss the exact amount of money we pay for licensing. The amount is confidential.

It's my understanding that the deal we arrived at was very competitive.

What other advice do I have?

We are consultants. HPE is simply a service provider for us.

I don't recall which version of the solution we are using.

I would advise others considering the solution to consider the Nutanix HPE with the GreenLake as an alternate. There is just a little bit more flexibility in a product like Nutanix, although they are all good.

I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten.

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MohammadSoltani
Chief Technical Officer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Reseller
Top 10Leaderboard
Great for software defined solutions, has good storage; integrations can be complicated

Pros and Cons

  • "Great data storage and very good for software defined solutions."
  • "Changes to the solution are quite complex."

What is our primary use case?

We are resellers of HPE Synergy and I'm the CTO. 

What is most valuable?

Synergy has great data storage and it's a storage module. It's very good for software defined solutions. For example, customers needing a large data solution can use Synergy with blade and storage modules, but in a VMware environment for database solutions, Synergy is not useful. The important thing is the application - I think Synergy is a very good solution in some cases, but not for general purpose solutions or mixed environments, such as VM and physical environments that require larger storage.

What needs improvement?

I think the main issue with Synergy is a topology that HPE defines to connecting and creating a cluster. There are satellites and interconnecting modules which should interconnect with one special topology. If you want to change that and add another shelf in the cluster you have to change everything. I think it's very, very complex. But for example, in UCS, you have fabric interconnects, USC blades connect to fabric interconnects. It allows you to add more and more USC blades to the fabric interconnect. There is no connectivity between blades chassis. In Synergy, there are many connections between the blades chassis and I think that's the main issue. The other thing is that Synergy has a composer module that OneView runs on and which manages that cluster. I don't like HPE softwares. I think, for example, in comparison, the UCS manager is the better solution for managed blades than OneView. OneView is not as strong for that

It would be helpful if Synergy would add Cisco networking products, and network models in CSG, C 7000, maybe Blade models, software Cisco products, for example, b 22, CISCO B22 modules. I think the number of customers that use Cisco in their data centers is more than the customers that use HPE solutions. Because of that, I think HPE should add Cisco products and network modules to Synergy - I think that would be a good idea. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Although the setup is complex, once it's up and running, the product is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very complex. In Cisco, you connect everything to fabric interconnect. You can attain the blades on their fabric interconnect so scalability is one of main issues in Synergy.

How was the initial setup?

Because of the cabling between FLM modules and a composer, the initial setup is complex. We are more familiar with IPv4 than IPv6. I think the initial setup is more complex than for UCS or c7000.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution but it has some issues. 

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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System Integration Engineer at a computer software company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable and well-built with a straightforward setup

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is built very well. It's very robust and durable."
  • "In the past, I have had issues with configurations."

What is our primary use case?

Most of our use cases are under NDA. I can't speak to how specific clients use it.

Use cases can vary by quite a bit. Generally, companies can use it as a computing system, as a database, or for virtualization. There are very different use cases that can be covered by this product.

What is most valuable?

The product is mostly stable.

The solution is built very well. It's very robust and durable.

The installation is straightforward.

If a customer would like to, they have the opportunity to buy technical support licenses.

What needs improvement?

In the past, I have had issues with configurations.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been doing installations for a while at this point. Likely, it's been about a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is mostly stable. It doesn't crash or freeze. There are no bugs or glitches. It's reliable. I haven't had any issues with the hardware. It's a well-built product and it's durable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I wouldn't describe this solution as scalable as it is hardware. It's scalable inside the chassis. However, I have not tried to scale it yet. I don't really have experience in this aspect.

We have four clients that are currently using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have any experience with technical support. That's handled on the customer side. If they have issues with the solution, they would contact HPE directly. I'm just an installer.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. An organization probably wouldn't have too many issues. I have struggled with the configuration aspect, however. That can be a bit difficult.

I cannot remember exactly how long the deployment takes in its entirety. It's maybe an hour or so, for the physical installation. After that, the deployment and configuration depend on the organization and its requirements. Sometimes it's a couple of hours. Sometimes it takes two days.

You only really need two people for deployment and maintenance.

What about the implementation team?

I handle the installations for clients. I'm an integrator.

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

You can purchase support licenses for this product. Those would need to be paid on a yearly basis.

What other advice do I have?

I'm an integrator and I mostly deal with solution hardware. I also use HPE Rack.

I install the latest versions of the solution.

I would recommend the solution as it is very well built. As a chassis, I would rate it at a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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CEO at DUKSCO SARL
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Enables centralization of all administrative tasks

Pros and Cons

  • "The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks."
  • "Technical support was time consuming and unsatisfactory. The initial product setup was complex, lasing around three weeks to a month."

What is our primary use case?

We are primarily using this product to build a private cloud infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

While it is difficult for me to state how the product has improved my organization without making use of a comparative frame of reference, I can state that it has enabled us to centralize all administrative tasks. 

What is most valuable?

What I find most valuable about this product are the number of interface combinations made possible with a single computer node. Secondly, I would rate the ease of configuration.

What needs improvement?

As concerns room for improvement, the number of levers in the system should be addressed. Technical solutions should be made easier. The advice I would give is that HPE Synergy increase the availability of the deployment. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the product for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not been using high speed for long enough to give an adequate rating of the product's stability. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I consider this product extremely scalable. A single view allows for tremendous management capabilities. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I have had to make use of technical support for one or two problems concerning product deployment. I had to instruct them to use their headphones. Only at this point did they give me results and they were not good. I had to request to be escalated and this was time consuming. The last issue for which I had to turn to technical support involved the apparent loss of a compute node on one of the computers. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we used an IBM Blade Server and, subsequently, the IBM system. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex and this can take around three weeks to a month. 

What about the implementation team?

I do integration on behalf of the customer. 

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

I cannot properly advise on setup, pricing or licensing costs. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before settling on HPE Synergy and, besides, this decision was not in my purview to make. 

What other advice do I have?

The entire company and all its customers are utilizing this product. Plans are in place for future upgrades. 

I would rate HPE Synergy an eight out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to set up and scale, but should be more user-friendly

Pros and Cons

  • "The stability of the solution is very reliable."
  • "The profiles aren't so easy to work with."

What is most valuable?

The stability of the solution is very reliable. 

The solution can scale up if a company needs it to.

The initial setup is very easy and quite straightforward.

What needs improvement?

I've found the user experience to not be that great. It's something that they could really improve on. They need to make it more user-friendly.

The profiles aren't so easy to work with.

We find the agility to be lacking.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for the past few years. I've used it for a while and have some time to get to know the product. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. There are no bugs or glitches. It does not crash or freeze. It's reliable. The performance is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution scales very well. If a company can expand it, it can do so. 

Few people are using it now. Previously, we had many more users. Right now, we may have a few hundred users. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We've never used technical support. We've never really had a need to reach out to the technical team. Therefore, I can't speak to how helpful or responsive they are.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience working on Cisco products. While HPE is a good solution, I do find Cisco to be a bit better.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very simple and straightforward. It's not complex or overly difficult. A company shouldn't have any issues.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a customer and an end-user. I don't have a business relationship with HPE.

My understanding is that we are on the latest version of the solution at this time. I can't speak to the exact version number.

I would advise if you need to choose between this solution and Cisco, that Cisco might be a better option. 

I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Storage & Backup Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Best frame server technology, best support, robust, and easy to deploy

Pros and Cons

  • "For me, this is the best frame server technology available in the market. We can compare it to Cisco UCS. It is robust and stable, and it is also easy to deploy and scale. Their support is the best."
  • "ICMs could be better in this model. When you look at its competitors, the most critical point is the throughput. HPE is the best with the ICM module, which is an interconnect module that connects the servers of the frames to the LAN and SAN. HPE Synergy should also support the latest processors provided by Intel."

What is our primary use case?

We have built our on-premises private cloud on top of HPE Synergy connected to 3PAR SAN storage. Our cloud was built above Hyper-V hypervisor, and that's the computing node of it.

What is most valuable?

For me, this is the best frame server technology available in the market. We can compare it to Cisco UCS. 

It is robust and stable, and it is also easy to deploy and scale. Their support is the best.

What needs improvement?

ICMs could be better in this model. When you look at its competitors, the most critical point is the throughput. HPE is the best with the ICM module, which is an interconnect module that connects the servers of the frames to the LAN and SAN. 

HPE Synergy should also support the latest processors provided by Intel.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three to four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We didn't run it on a massive scale. We have 60 computing nodes on an eight-blades enclosure. We didn't face any issue so far.

I am not sure about the number of users, but in terms of frames, it is 200K or 200,000. We are happy with this solution. When we need more computing nodes, we will add them as HPE Synergy.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support is one of the best ones currently available.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is very easy.

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

We are satisfied with its price. 

What other advice do I have?

My experience with them is on-premises, and it has been an outstanding experience. We are happy with HPE Synergy, and we will keep on using it. 

I would rate HPE Synergy an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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IT Infrastructure at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
A stable and scalable software-defined infrastructure for hybrid cloud environments

Pros and Cons

  • "I like that it's suitable for virtualization. It's also stable and scalable. The newer version has a lot of memory, and you don't have to worry about updates."
  • "The performance could be better. The converged network cards initially didn't work. However, later on in the newer version, they came up with 50 GB network cards to replace the 20 GB ones, and it's perfectly fine now. At times, it could also be more stable."

What is our primary use case?

It's useful for virtualization, and we run all our applications in HPE Synergy.

What is most valuable?

I like that it's suitable for virtualization. It's also stable and scalable. The newer version has a lot of memory, and you don't have to worry about updates.

What needs improvement?

The performance could be better. The converged network cards initially didn't work. However, later on in the newer version, they came up with 50 GB network cards to replace the 20 GB ones, and it's perfectly fine now. At times, it could also be more stable.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE Synergy since 2018.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

HPE Synergy is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

HPE Synergy is a scalable composable infrastructure. We have 12 networks and about 1,500 users on the networks.

How are customer service and support?

I have contacted technical support whenever it was required.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very easy. I installed and deployed this solution within a day. We have one engineer managing and maintaining this solution.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented this solution by myself.

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

We don't have to pay for Synergy because it's part of our plan.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated a lot of options like Dell, Nutanix, and more before choosing HPE Synergy.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to potential users.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give HPE Synergy a ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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