HPE Synergy Room for Improvement

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. We are still working on these. I would like to see some integrations with non-HPE platforms. The Synergy platform is working pretty well in most cases. It does what it is advertised to do. Integrating it into our larger environment that is not HPE products has been somewhat of our challenge. I would challenge HPE to go fix and address these gaps. Have a story there, because not everybody will run HPE throughout their entire data center. I have other suppliers in there, and they have to work together. What we are observing is to upgrade a whole rack of Synergy, so four frames when it's fully loaded, we are spending about 50 human hours doing that. There is a lot of work time and wait time in there. Overall, this work effort is spread across a bunch of people and the total time is about 50 hours. I don't know what percent increase that necessarily is, but it is a lot of work that we didn't do before. So, it feels like a big increase. That is still us rationalizing how the platform should be maintained. I would like something that makes it even easier for developers to leverage OneView. It is all API driven. However, if you are using the web GUI that is OneView, you can't get any feedback about, "If I click this button, that button, or that button, before I hit go..." Show me what the API call is. Help me develop code faster if I am not a developer who wants to go read the whole API guide. Help me point, click, and start to develop code incrementally. View full review »
Brent Beverly
VP Technology at Scalematrix
There is room for improvement in the setup. View full review »
Frankie Negro
IT Architect at Unibase
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 understood the features, but how can I use this in practical terms? How can I put my Oracle in there? How can I use it for a VDI? Can I architect a huge SQL cluster with it, and what would be the best way to do that?" I think that the documentation says that, but I don't see any events. I don't see any advertising in those terms. In the end, it's more like they are giving the components, but they are not showing what you can do with the components. You can see you have all this, but what can I do from this? Can I make a cake out of it, or I can do an omelet? I can, but how? That's the missing link. They need to give me some ideas on how I can use this in such a way that I achieve my goals. This is the only thing that I really think the product lacks, a little bit more consumer-focused mindset. When you are talking about the product, talking only about features is good for me, for the partner, because I understand how to use the features to make the cake, but they don't. View full review »
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Wayne Holland
Services Support Supervisor at WSDOT
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 use those to assign cross frame. View full review »
Architecd2ae
Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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 in some way. How do I have a chassis and add in a second or third chassis, but not have to be so aware that it is number 11 versus number 12 within the frame? If they can address that, it would be a home run. 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. View full review »
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. They do give warnings for certain things, but there are other things where they don't really give you a warning, then you do it and it will be rebooting something like the host (or whatever). If that is in a production environment, that is really dangerous. This is our pain point. View full review »
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. We are all about graphics. I know that the Synergy has a sidecar on it, so innovation into graphics capabilities and more broadly used storage. Right now, we have 180 blades and 15 frames, but our only solution for storage is either onboard the blade itself or some network-based storage. We could probably bring some Fibre Channel into play. However, we would maybe like to see some innovation around the storage and those systems. It still has some room to grow. For our solution, we need something between the c7000 and Synergy. Synergy is the high-end deployment, and we're still learning to how to do the composable infrastructure, so we can turn it around and make it look like this today and that tomorrow. The c7000 gave us a stable workstation remodel. We went from an Acura to a Maserati, needing something in between. View full review »
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. There is room for improvement with support. That's a big one because of the struggle we had getting the technical expertise which we needed. Improving support is hard to do. It's a global company. They've got disparate teams with disparate specialties all over the place and it's a very new product. So we tried to take all that into account when we were evaluating. In the end, before you push a product out, your support has to know how it works and how to support it. View full review »
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. I would expect that newer blades that would go in it would have newer processors and be faster. It's pretty flexible with storage. There are new solutions on the storage front, that are going into it as well. I expect that portfolio to increase, just like with the rest of the solutions they have. Other than that, I think everything's great. View full review »
BryceFarmilo
Chief Technology Officer at vGRID New Zealand
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 Gig capability in our switch fabric so extending that to Synergy compute nodes makes sense. I guess it is a natural progression that is coming to the Synergy platform as well. View full review »
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? View full review »
Michael Rohde
Network Specialist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
The setup experience needed some improvement. View full review »
Matthew Ingram
System Engineer at Blue Shield of California
A big thing for me is moving InfoSight for ProLiant into OneView, or at least connecting it. Today we have to use the iLO Amplifier Pack and that would require us to reconfigure iLO on every single one of the servers, independently, to get that data into InfoSight. We're really looking for a single control and management plane. Also, Fibre Channel support within the Virtual Connect modules is lagging behind on the speed and the connections and configuration. View full review »
Brandon Koenigsknecht
Solutions Engineer at Data Strategy
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 - works fantastic. The more granular permissions that I know are coming are great. That answered a lot of our big questions and big customer demand. Now it's about the flexibility and the simplicity of using the product day to day and getting new features stood up as customer demands come forward. I'm not sure exactly what I want next but I'm looking forward to seeing what's next. View full review »
Technica84fe
Technical Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It would be nice if the OneView umbrella could truly be one view and cover everything. Synergy has its own version of OneView. ProLiant Servers have their own version of OneView, so it truly isn't one view. We also have other platforms within HPE that aren't covered by OneView at all. We have many views instead of one view, and it would be nice if that could be resolved. That would help us a lot. The timeliness of updates, firmware, and things of that nature needs improvement, as far as what we have to apply, and when, being able to maintain a consistent load on each one of our frames. View full review »
Patrick Long
Advisor System Administrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
A faster Composer module would be a good inclusion for the next release of this solution. I would like to see an increased variety of uplink options in the Virtual Connects. The inclusion of these features would allow us to more easily grow our network infrastructure and accommodate future growth. There are improvements that can be made in the area of OneView integrations and firmware, with respect to how the proper firmware versions are matched to the OneView installation that you have. View full review »
Roger Crane
Systems Engineer at Scientific Games
I would like the ability to take the storage tray that is in a chassis and share it out to multiple chassis, not just the servers within the same chassis. This would be more efficient with resources. View full review »
CEO1c1e
CEO at a tech company with 1-10 employees
I would just like it to work. View full review »
SystemsE613e
Systems Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Manager7a60
Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Having a seamless DR implementation would help significantly. There is room for improvement to OneView. View full review »
ITInfras8f24
IT Infrastructure Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
I would like them to work more on the templates, targeting it to a larger scale organization which has to run 24/7. Maybe they can try to get that workload to target certain parts of an application that has to be on 24/7. The common example that we keep getting is with our animators. They have one template which is dedicated to their resources, and in the night, it does rendering. However, when we have stuff which is running 24/7, it's not really something that applies. So, maybe they can try finding more applicable use cases. The solution has affected the productivity our deployment a little, but it has just been the normal getting used to the new system. I think once they get used to it, it will be fine. View full review »
J-J Seely
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
I would really like a way to validate the firmware in my specific environment before trying to deploy it. Those were the issues we had early on with firmware upgrades, particularly around certificates. All in all, having some level of confidence aside from it just having been tested generically would help. Something more specific to my environment would be very helpful. There is room for improvement in the speed; that would be the biggest thing. The time to deploy firmware... Everything takes a really long time. Having that all sped up would be nice. The 4.2 firmware release has helped tremendously with that. From my side, I see about a 30 percent improvement in speed already. View full review »
Dan Loftus
Architect at Argos
The post-sales activity needs improvement. There is some sort of convoluted spreadsheet that you have to fill in prior to the platform being delivered. It seems a little bit out-of-date and inefficient. Surely, there is some sort of web page configuration tool online that a customer could use. Then, it could be validated by somebody else, like a partner or HPE technical resource, then that would be a lot more efficient. A spreadsheet seems a bit out-of-date View full review »
Bart Heungens
Owner and CEO at Bitcon
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 manage. In troubleshooting, you have to determine if the issue is in one, two, or in all 20 modules. The diagnosis is harder. With Synergy, we only have two management modules instead of 40. It's an efficiency thing that needs to be improved. We'll see what will come next. We will probably see other types of enclosures, smaller or larger ones, and more options on the storage and networking side. This is the typical evolution of IT to go to more and faster. View full review »
Stuart Humphrey
Senior Hardware Engineer
It is hard to say because we have not fully implemented it yet. One of the issues that we that we have been having is with the firmware baselining. So, we need to just making sure that we get that working. However, we are in the early stages. It may well be that we just tweak a few things, then it does everything for us. View full review »
Lee Commins
VMware Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
One of the features I want to see, which I will see with OneView 5.0, is to have all the OneView consoles in a single pane of glass. That will make it easy to see everything in one place and not have to log in to multiple consoles. View full review »
Willam Adam
SVP Data Technology at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees
I would like it to connect to the HPE Cloud Connect compute platform for simplicity of our infrastructure. Our IT infrastructure costs have gone up each year by 20 percent. View full review »
SystemEnd3d1
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The vendor needs to focus on the features that are already included and make them better. The installation and initial setup process is complex and needs to be improved. View full review »
Adam Barthel
Cloud Architecht at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Synergy could probably do some code enhancements to simplify the deployment a bit more. However, it is still a great deployment methodology overall. View full review »
St. Claire Mclean
Director of Infrastructure at Alliant Cooperative Data Solutions
I would like to see more nodes in a single chassis so we wouldn't have to purchase additional chassis. View full review »
JasonWilliams
Manager Engineering Services at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The biggest problem that I have with it is the speed of setup. View full review »
ServerAr942f
Server Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like a longer amount of data for bandwidth utilization on Ethernet ports inside, as well as uplinks. The amount of data stored on them is way too small. View full review »
SeniorInb5e9
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would be more comfortable if Ansible actually rolled back the data used for automating platforms. If it could be communicated to the upstream Ansible, I wouldn't need to go back and forth and validate the libraries as we upgrade the Ansible version. The backward compatibility is there, but if we need to spend time testing the code frequently, it will make our lives difficult, and we might lose some production cycles. View full review »
Informat2839
Information Specialist at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
There are some functions which are not clear cut. Instead of having Synergy vertical, make it horizontal. It is easier to stick in when it is vertical. View full review »
Rami Chiha
Operational database administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The OneView has improved a lot throughout the years with the release of the Synergy and OneView version 4, although it still has issues. The stability and smoothness of firmware upgrades for the compute modules can be improved by enabling full composability of the Synergy Frame. View full review »
Victor-Hernandez
CIO at La Huerta
I would like more storage with this solution, because we still need 3PAR or other storage outside the box for the amount of data that we have. View full review »
Marina Landeiro
Service Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I am rating this solution an eight (out of ten) because it is really good. However, you can always improve some things. View full review »
SeniorSy4b5d
Senior Systems Engenier at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Stability when you upgrade needs improvement. View full review »
Cristian Nistor
Network Administrator
When templates are created, there are some steps where you need to reboot the machines. Being in production, this is not a good idea. For example, if you reconfigure the network, you should not have to reboot the machine. You should just apply the new template and that's it. View full review »
Gabrielle Seppi
IT Admin at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
From what I've seen, it's got pretty much what I think we need. Maybe after a little usage I can come up with new ideas, but right now it seems okay. The possibility of using storage directly in the frame in order to have bigger storage directly there, and not having an attached storage like SAN or NAS. That would be helpful. View full review »
Jacco Steffens
Service Manager at Tenne
The deployment time of a system through OneView is pretty slow, but apparently that's being addressed in an upcoming update. View full review »
Domenico Vizzoca
Delivery Manager at Harlan Italia
I think that they can improve the update because the update is problematic now. When you want to update the firmware, or when you want to update software on Composer, it takes a lot of time. A lot. For compute node, you need one hour for upgrading firmware. I think that is a big problem. View full review »
ITTechno3cd6
IT Technology Team Lead at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
I don't know because this was the first time I've seen this product and I'm not very familiar with it. I need some time to work on it, to play with it. View full review »
ServerTe38e4
Server Technician
We just started. Because we're using 2012, we're having issues making templates and such. We're having issues with the install process, and integrating our installation with the new technology. View full review »
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