HPE Synergy Valuable Features

Director2039
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. View full review »
Brent Beverly
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. View full review »
Frankie Negro
IT Architect at Unibase
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 expensive, manpower is expensive. And I need a reliable platform, which is easily managed, so everybody can understand and use it with ease, with no problems, and that delivers value to their business. I love the satellite architecture for the Virtual Connect. I think this is great. I love the storage drawer, which you can present volumes to any compute node within the same frame. I understand why you cannot present storage to compute nodes on other frames, but that is a question that sometimes I get from customers. Why not? I say, "Okay, you have to have a cable running over and have another SAN switch on the second frame. It will not be easy. I don't know if HPE is satisfied with this approach. They're saying, "Okay, let's stick with the drawer presenting volumes within the same frame." But the satellite architecture it's incredible. It was very well thought out. And the management ring, I think it's also great. These advancements - regardless of the advancements on chips, on more memory, addressing, computing, etc., customers expect that - but with this architecture of the management rings, this is really nice. This is a very nice idea. The Image Streamer, I see the value of it. Hopefully, customers will see the value of it, but I don't expect many Brazilians deploying Image Streamers, because they don't have this culture. OneView, as a single point, a single management tool, it makes me delirious. It's really nice. People developing using the API for OneView, I don't see it too much. Brazilians are still at the beginning of this idea of consuming IT as a service. Their approach is, "Okay, I have all the APIs exposed and I can program my own Chef recipe and simple recipe and use and orchestrate Synergy the way I want." They are still in the early stages of this, but maybe it will gain traction in the future. I rate Synergy a nine out of 10 because there's no perfection. But I think that in terms of the proposition of the product, what the product wants to achieve, they really achieved it. I was at the booth (at the Discover conference in Madrid) on the next generation of Synergy and I talked to an engineer. I asked what has changed? He said we changed some specs, etc. We delivered the Image Streamer composing Windows machines, we put the VC with an extra gig, etc. It was expected. It is a minor advance, in my opinion. This is not bad, this is good. This means they met their criteria, the whole criteria, in the initial launch of the product, so there is nothing to evolve into, all of a sudden. So, to really evolve the product from where it is right now, it will take time. That means the product was very well conceived, they mostly meet their goals for the product. The next generation, let's say the ServerSpec for Windows, it's just minor stuff, but we expected it, so this is a very good sign. It's a very mature product from the start. View full review »
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Wayne Holland
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. View full review »
Architecd2ae
Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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 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. View full review »
Lyle May
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. View full review »
ManagerI379a
Manager IT Infrastructure at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
* Flexibility * iLO * The interface to the back-end * CPUs * Memory * Graphics capabilities View full review »
Jarom Petrich
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. View full review »
Vince DiStasi
CIO at GCC
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. View full review »
SeniorSe5ba7
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. View full review »
ITInfras54a9
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. View full review »
Michael Rohde
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. View full review »
Matthew Ingram
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. View full review »
Brandon Koenigsknecht
Solutions Engineer at Data Strategy
* The composable infrastructure with the Image Streamer. * Being able to seamlessly migrate from one operating environment to another within minutes, is invaluable. View full review »
Technica84fe
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. View full review »
Patrick Long
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. View full review »
Roger Crane
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. View full review »
CEO1c1e
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. View full review »
SystemsE613e
Systems Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ease of deployment is the first thing that comes to mind. View full review »
Manager7a60
Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Composability. View full review »
ITInfras8f24
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. View full review »
J-J Seely
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. View full review »
Dan Loftus
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. View full review »
Stuart Humphrey
Senior Hardware Engineer
The composable infrastructure, so being able to build our own server profiles, then build up the infrastructure that we need from compute modules. Just automating all the management tasks that we have for our server hardware. View full review »
Mohammad Alotaibi
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. View full review »
Lee Commins
VMware Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Dependability * Reliability * The ease of managing the system View full review »
Willam Adam
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. View full review »
SystemEnd3d1
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. View full review »
Adam Barthel
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. View full review »
St. Claire Mclean
Director of Infrastructure at Alliant Cooperative Data Solutions
The most valuable feature of the solution is its manageability. View full review »
JasonWilliams
Manager Engineering Services at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is very flexible. View full review »
ServerAr942f
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. View full review »
SeniorInb5e9
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. View full review »
Informat2839
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. View full review »
Rami Chiha
Operational database administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 View full review »
ITInfras9484
IT Infrastructure Manager at a import and exporter with 10,001+ employees
Victor-Hernandez
CIO at La Huerta
Compatibility and scalability are its most valuable features. You set it up and forget about it. View full review »
Marina Landeiro
Service Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It is very standard and easy to install. View full review »
SeniorSy4b5d
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. View full review »
Cristian Nistor
Network Administrator
I think the ease of deployment is the most valuable feature. View full review »
Gabrielle Seppi
IT Admin at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
* They're easy to swap and move around the datacenter, for sure. * They don't occupy too much space for what they offer. The structure is different yet similar because it resembles the traditional approach of blade systems. Perhaps it's more composable, you can use storage as well as compute blades. So maybe it's more versatile compared to the traditional blade systems. View full review »
Jacco Steffens
Service Manager at Tenne
It's a bit easier to manage than the C7000s. But we're still finding out how it works, it's all new to us. And we're also using it for new concepts, the old systems we used were ESX. And these systems are used for Mesosphere and bare metal Red Hat deployments. View full review »
Domenico Vizzoca
Delivery Manager at Harlan Italia
It provides the new computer node and connects 3PAR without SAN people to help me. View full review »
ITTechno3cd6
IT Technology Team Lead at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable is the OneView interface. You can do all the management steps you need to do to configure it, and you can see everything for management, for error reporting, monitoring, etc. View full review »
ServerTe38e4
Server Technician
We've been experimenting with shared storage. View full review »
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