HPE Synergy Valuable Features

Director at a tech company with 10,001+ employees

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. 

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VP Technology at Scalematrix

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 multi-environment. Switches being top of rack, storage being separate. It's moved it all into one box.

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Services Support Supervisor at WSDOT

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. Thus, I don't have to do a forklift upgrade in the future. 

Also, the increased speeds and feeds, as we went from multiple bonded 1 gig connections to 40 gig. That was huge, especially with our virtualization density. When you are running 50 VMs on one host, you really need the the speed behind it so you don't have issues.

Then, there are the ease of management and single pane of glass for everything. 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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Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It has the next level beyond hyper-converged:

  1. It has that promise of combining the orchestration and automation.
  2. Being able to no longer have an isolated bare metal environments, then converged infrastructure with virtualized environments. The ability to have both platforms in one infrastructure. Then, simultaneously have the ability to go between them and isolate workloads while still having shared workloads. That sort of mix and match and fluidity of being able to reassign.

Secondarily, 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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System Architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees

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 lot of loss. The other side of that is if you need to sort of push more bandwidth up, you can do it because of the interconnects in the networking, and the same goes for Fibre Channel as well.

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Manager IT Infrastructure at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
  • Flexibility
  • iLO
  • The interface to the back-end
  • CPUs
  • Memory
  • Graphics capabilities
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Storage Engineer at Brigham Young University

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 able to connect my 3PAR arrays to the Synergy platform, are the most valuable aspects to me.

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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.

Set up is easy. If I need to add additional capacity, I can just slide new blades in and get the profiles from the previous ones. It's easy to expand.

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Senior Server Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

It gives us ease of use. It's nice because we don't have to mess with networking once it's set up. Once it's done, we just put another blade in and go from there. We don't have to go back in, run more cables, deal with more data center stuff. We stick a blade in, use the server profile template, build out a server profile from that, and it just goes.

The networking is so easy. We came from c7000s and we had to deal a lot with Virtual Connect. The new networking stuff, the new OneView solution for Synergy, is probably the best part about it. We haven't upgraded it yet, but we're looking forward to updating it and seeing how easy that is compared to the c7000.

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IT Infrastructure Manager at a security firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The flexibility to link them together and configure them gives us the ability to scale out easily, to add more compute resources as needed. With the nature of our business, we have so many projects on the go and constantly changing priorities. A lot of times we need to be able to make changes fairly quickly. The way that they're scalable and flexible means we can add additional servers in quickly. That's what is important for us. We're not spending a lot of time doing procurement and building of physical servers.

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Network Specialist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute

I like the OneView management. It is much better than the old management for the c7000 enclosures, which is what Synergy replaces. It is a big step up, and it is much easier to use and quicker.

Synergy is much easier to use, which is saving us time. We are able to set the profiles for firmware upgrades. This makes the process for the care and feeding of the IT environment much simpler, quicker, and cleaner.

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System Engineer at Blue Shield of California

Everything is template driven so it helps us standardize all the settings across all the many servers. On the previous HPE platform, we struggled because everything was independent. We had to manage firmware on each server, storage and network configuration on each server. Synergy is template-driven so we can ensure consistency of all of those settings. It allows us to standardize configuration and ensure consistency across the board.

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Technical Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We have been able to give the deployment team what they request more quickly. We are able to quickly deploy what is being asked of us. If the development team needs a platform of 20 servers to run a particular platform, we can give that to them within a day or two.

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Advisor System Administrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

The most valuable features of this solution are the ease of management and the integration with OneView. The ease that we can allocate servers during busy times helps us to manage our IT landscape.

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Systems Engineer at Scientific Games

The configurability of the cabinet is its most valuable feature.

Manageability is a lot less of a headache with OneView. The OneView profile pushing profiles out to hosts is pretty easy. It has decreased our deployment time by 50 percent.

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Systems Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

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

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CEO at a tech company with 1-10 employees

Composability. We're developing training. We show our partners the value of composability and how it can meet their needs.

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Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees


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IT Infrastructure Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees

It is filling a gap in server size that we don't really have right now in previous generations.

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Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees

Cable management is a big feature, in addition to time to deployment. We can buy a new server and have it up and running very quickly.

For managing our IT landscape I'm able to go into the profiles and the automating of firmware management across multiples nodes, and I am able to orchestrate all that with OneView.

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Architect at Argos

The most valuable features are the evolution of our existing HPE portfolio, the integration with our existing tool sets, and the enhanced capabilities that OneView bring.

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CEO with 51-200 employees

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.

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Chief Technical Officer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

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.

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IT Director at Kdipa

Synergy is a composable infrastructure. To have the ability to create:

  • Workloads
  • Power
  • Compute
  • Storage.

This is what drew us to Synergy.

With OneView, we can take care of all our servers in one dashboard.

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System Integration Engineer at a computer software company with 1-10 employees

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.

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VMware Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
  • Dependability
  • Reliability
  • The ease of managing the system
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System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is the ease of deploying servers, profiles, and images.

Having that single pane of glass is a good feature for the management of our environment.

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SVP Data Technology at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees

The manageability is its most valuable feature. It is a fully managed platform, which is very simple to manage. It lets us set up servers quickly.

It allows us to have better throughput.

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Cloud Architecht at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is its compatibility.

The solution has decreased our deployment time.

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Director of Infrastructure at Alliant Cooperative Data Solutions

The most valuable feature of the solution is its manageability.

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Manager Engineering Services at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is very flexible.

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Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
  • It provides us with automation at the hardware level. 
  • Coordination through HPE OneView is great.
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Server Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is convergence.

OneView is head and shoulders above the competition in this space, though I would like to see some improvements to it.

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Information Specialist at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

It has a modular design. We are able to add more to it when needed.

It is really easy to use, because it's GUI-based. It is not command line based, like mainframes.

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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.

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Operational database administrator at American University of Beirut Medical Center

The features we found most valuable are:

  • Using only two virtual connect modules to support network for multiple frames
  • Ease of management using the OneView Composer
  • Online firmware update for the Virtual Connects, which are part of a single logical interconnect module
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CIO at La Huerta

Compatibility and scalability are its most valuable features.

You set it up and forget about it.

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IT Infrastructure Manager at a import and exporter with 10,001+ employees
Service Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

It is very standard and easy to install.

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Senior Systems Engenier at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees

I was able to condense my compute into a more manageable rack space, reducing heat and power consumption.

It makes it simpler for me to manage my environment. It is one pane of glass, compared to multiple.

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Storage & Backup Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees

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.

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Information Technology System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

Its versatility, performance, and size are most valuable. It is very decent for its size. It has very good performance and very good specifications. 

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