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Ketan-Patel
Pre-sales Solution Architect at SHI international corp
Real User
Top 10
Separates control of storage from compute and enables the ability to individually choose the minimum and maximum burst on IOPS

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a unique product with simplified setup and independent control over storage and compute."
  • "It is easy to install now, but could potentially be even simpler."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use for the product is doing demo presentations of it for customers. We show them the function of the appliance, the features, how easy it is to operate, and things like that. That is what our main purpose for it is as resellers.

How has it helped my organization?

The product has improved our organization by making it very easy to explain the product to a customer to show what kind of environment that they can use this appliance in. 

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features of the solution is that they have taken something like 400 steps and compiled it into like 30 steps to install it. That level of simplification is one of the best things I've ever seen in any appliance in the market.

Normally when you build an appliance, you have to go through an extended installation process. But once you collect all the IP's that you need to for this appliance, the NetApp engine does all the rest of the work for you. So instead of leaving it on the operator to do all the work, the appliance does it. That is one of the features that I have seen in any appliance that really simplifies a lot of the work you would otherwise have to do for setup.

What needs improvement?

An improvement I would like to see is if they could make it even more simple to set up. They were able to figure out a way to get 400 steps down to about 30 steps. Trying to reduce that down more would be an even greater benefit. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Once the product is up and running with the build configured correctly, the product will run itself. It is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. You could add more nodes. You have to start out with the minimum number of storage nodes. But then you could scale up as much as you want on just storage or just compute.

How was the initial setup?

The set up is pretty straightforward. If it does have any sort of learning curve the only thing is you have to be sure to get all the pre-checks done. I would say that has too many IPS (Intrusion Prevention System).

So that is a pre-check you have to do now and hope that they address in the future to somehow downsize that into a limited number of IPS. Right now it is like 16 to 24 IPS, which is a lot for one appliance.

What was our ROI?

The solution has reduced TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) for some customers — or really most. Because there is a hyper-converged infrastructure, you do not need to have that three-tier architecture with separate storage, separate compute, and separate network. It definitely has reduced costs. I would say at least by 50 percent in most cases.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The products that clients are usually evaluating are other hyper-convergent tools because NetApp HCI is a hyper-converged infrastructure. There are other parts of the market like Nutanics, VxRail, and Cisco (HyperFlex). When we help clients do a comparison of other products, NetApp wins because of the leading features. For example, they are the only product on the market that has independent compute and storage capability. No other the product has that.

What other advice do I have?

Because our organization functions as resellers, we use the product features in demonstrations. We do not actually apply them to our own business. For example,
the solution's ability to scale on-demand and affect provisioning in an organization is something we demonstrate to those who are interested in the product. We do not use it personally. We explain that feature in our presentation and the customers want to see it. When they do they are wowed and want the capability. 

This solution's ability to scale compute and storage independently affects capacity, performance, and operational planning in our customers' organizations. The best thing about the product is this is the only appliance in the market that separates control of storage from compute. There is nobody in another OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) on the market that can do that currently. It is absolutely unique because you can individually choose the minimum and maximum burst on IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second). Nobody lets you do that independently like this appliance does.

The solution also has the capacity to reduce your hypervisor footprint. We do not actually have that many customers that use hypervisor because most everybody is in the VM world right now. It is a plugin in vCenter and it a very usable, very friendly tool as a plugin.

Being that NetApp HCI is a hyper-converged infrastructure a company with a data center will not have to have separate storage, special computers, and a special network for different purposes. This product does all of that in one central appliance. Which is why HCI is very popular.

The solution increases application performance. Because it works well with VM products and lets you independently choose how much of the resources each VM could use as far as IOPS. There is no noisy neighbor — no one appliance or application gets to hog the VM bandwidth and resources. So this one you can separate those roles out and silo it to make it a lot easier.

The solution affects the storage performance for organizations as well. We only work with it in a demo presentation environment and we do not have production data so the demos are just a sample of workloads. But no customers that we have come across have any issues and the pain points with storage performance.

Results show more efficient use of compute resources. Again, being the only appliance in a market that lets you independently choose compute and storage, you scale as you want. If you want more compute you can add more compute nodes. You want more storage, you add more. It simplifies a lot of things.

On a scale of one to ten where ten is the best, I would rate the product as a nine. The reason I give it a nine instead of a ten is because of the need for pre-check work. While it is simpler than most products, there is still a lot of configuration that needs to be done. If they make that simple it improves the product. When you have to rebuild the product, you have to go through that whole process again. If they could somehow make that simpler by keeping that configuration file in a way that you do not need to do that, we could just use that configuration file again. It should automatically rebuild itself instead of you going through the whole process another time.

Advice that I would give to a colleague who is researching this is to use the product. Do a proof of concept and that will open up the customer's eyes to imagine the possibilities and see how this product of NetApp works. If I was in that position, I would push this product more to show a customer proof of concept, show it and the environment, and then they would tell the reseller to leave it there because they will want to buy it.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
Zaid Qishta
Pre-sales Consultant Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Top 5
A unified support structure is an important asset; manual upgrades should be automated

Pros and Cons

  • "No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center."
  • "Upgrades are carried out manually."

What is our primary use case?

The current customer for this solution is a service provider currently using private cloud and hoping to become a public cloud provider later on. vSAN starts its customers with private cloud to give them a taste of the technology. Later on they move to implementing public cloud. I'm a pre-sales consultant and we're a partner of Dell. 

What is most valuable?

ReadyNodes is a valuable feature. I'm happy with the fact that you don't have to worry about the footprint in the data center. It takes a very small footprint when compared to other traditional solutions, like the other storage server network solutions. I like the configuration and support, you get one vendor who supports everything; for the software and the hardware, which is excellent because you don't have to worry about multi-vendors where everyone blames the other if something goes wrong. 

What needs improvement?

I think the upgrades could be improved. If you compare it to other HCI solutions, like VxRail, the upgrade process is fully automated whereas on vSAM ReadyNodes it's a bit complicated and we have to do it manually. Finding some way to automate this process to make it a smarter, more perfect solution would be an improvement, it would make the solution more flexible, easier to administer, and would make my life easier.

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?

This is a stable solution. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability requires adding additional nodes but it's not a problem. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is pretty good. 

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

We previously used the old traditional type of file storage and we switched because there was almost no difference in cost but we got a product with much better features. With this product you get consolidated sales and distribution, so you don't have to worry about multi-vendors. You can open one ticket and you'll get your issue resolved. It's not vendor specific.

Everybody's moving towards this. Everybody is dumping the old infrastructure uploads and moving towards renewal solutions, because it's the basic structure for cloud in the future, for anyone planning to become a cloud provider or build a private cloud.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not particularly straightforward but it wasn't too complex either. It was definitely more complex than other HCI appliances like VxRail. I've implemented both and VxRail is simpler for implementation. It took about a week for the solution to become operational. It depends, of course, on the cluster size. I have two sites with nine nodes per site. Implementation took a week at each site. Most of the maintenance is from the vendor's side. It's only very rarely that I have to interfere directly. We have five administrators working with the solution.

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

There are two costs that you have to consider before you can compare and you'll find that the HCI is cheaper overall. In a five-year duration, it is cheaper. But when you compare license to license, it is much more expensive but when you think of it, you need to think of the total cost of ownership and your ROI. 

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest that if you don't have the hands-on experience to administer a solution like vSAN ReadyNode then you should consider other options. For example, VxRail is a bit more expensive, but if you don't have the basic knowledge required for vSan then VxRail is an internet solution that provides a much easier interface to manage and to administer.

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Mohammad Ishaq
Solutions Architect at SNSKIES PVT LTD
Reseller
Top 5
Good functionality and pricing but needs better security

Pros and Cons

  • "The pricing of the solution is excellent. It's one of the main reasons a customer chooses Huawei. It's much, much better than VMware."
  • "Technical support needs improvement. There's a lot of language barriers."

What is our primary use case?

The main use case is for when the customer wants to publish their applications to the cloud or access the internet. We are using it where applications are quite critical and where we can't have any downtime.

What is most valuable?

The functionality of the solution is fairly good.

The pricing of the solution is excellent. It's one of the main reasons a customer chooses Huawei. It's much, much better than VMware.

What needs improvement?

The stability is poor as compared to VMware. It's a big issue for the customers as well. In our last two to three deployments we were having some issues with the hardware side. Huawei always offers its own hardware servers. However, there are stability issues associated with them. This isn't ideal when you have critical applications on the solution and you can't afford downtime.

The solution needs to focus more on network security. We do have NSX and we are integrating multiple applications like Carbon Black. 

From our perspective, if we're talking about multiple data centers, Huawei needs to have a virtualized solution, which can better compete with VMware.

Technical support needs improvement. There's a lot of language barriers.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for a year and a half.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution lacks stability. VMware is much more stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

If we're talking about a small data center, which I have tested, it's okay in terms of scalability. We haven't had any feedback from the customer yet to make us believe it doesn't scale small data centers well. I haven't tested in an STDC architecture such as multiple data centers. I cannot say much about that. But for a smaller scale, I think it's okay. It works. For a larger scale, I'm not sure. I'd have questions for them.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is a bit slower and weaker because the teams are comprised of mainly Chinese techs, so there's a lot of language barriers for us. The local support in Pakistan is not that good yet. For the switching and network parts, Huawei is pretty good, however, for technical support in general, I think there's some room for improvement.

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

We also use VMware. It's more expensive, but it's also more stable and offers a virtualized solution. Typically, if a client wants the lowest possible price, they go with Huawei, but VMware is a better product.

How was the initial setup?

Huawei is a bit more complex than, say, VMware, but not by that much. VMware does have VxRail, and that deployment is quite easy. In that case, you just have to power up the server and everything boots up.

I would rate VMware a bit above Huawei in terms of deployment and configuration point of view. Huawei isn't as good.

What other advice do I have?

If a company is looking for a local solution, a local SCI, the company should go for Huawei. However, if we are talking about a longterm investment and a requirement for scalability, then I would say a company is better off with VMware.

We are a reseller partner for Huawei. I don't think I would necessarily recommend the solution to a client. I prefer VMware because it is more reliable.

I'd rate this solution six out of ten due to its lack of stability.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
Albarn Paul Alicante
Information Technology Support Specialist at Code Expert Inc
Real User
Top 5
Stable, good pricing and licensing, and useful CDP feature

Pros and Cons

  • "The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features."
  • "Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for SAP products and some other infrastructure applications. We are using its latest version.

What is most valuable?

The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.

What needs improvement?

Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. There is no issue in terms of stability so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is complex to scale. There was a situation where they undersized the memory on one of our solutions. They gave us free memory because they were the ones who sized the memory for the specs.

In terms of the number of users, we have two or three administrators who use it. There are up to 500 concurrent users or the number of users using the hyper-converged infrastructure.

How are customer service and technical support?

They support us in case of technical problems. They also provided a free deployment during a migration.

The level one support is provided by the partner or the integrator. The level two support is handled by the Sangfor teams. Technical support is based in the Asia Pacific region. They provide standard 24/7 support. They are easy to reach. Some of their engineers are Chinese, and there is a communication barrier because of their accents, but on the technical side, they are able to resolve the issues.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is more on the complex side because of our system and company requirements. The deployment took about three weeks.

What about the implementation team?

We have an in-house technical team. Its maintenance is also handled by us. Every six to eight months, they provide updates to fix the bugs that they have encountered. 

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

It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty on the hardware. 

The license also includes other features. Sangfor has included Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and a built-in firewall with the license. Other top brands, such as VxRail and VMware, require a separate license for such features.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product because of its pricing. It doesn't require a separate license for features such as Continuous Data Protection. 

I would rate Sangfor HCI an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Group IT Manager at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Effective backup and replication, highly stable, and helpful support

Pros and Cons

  • "I have found backup and replication to be useful. We have a 10 megabit line between the data center and our main site. The backup and replication are very good. Additionally, the solution runs on VMware which is a benefit."
  • "The interface is good but takes some time to get used to."

What is our primary use case?

We are in the hospitality industry with 10 hotels, and all the systems are on HPE SimpliVity infrastructure. We have our 10 systems on the infrastructure, such as a huge hospitality application, finance, and material control systems.

What is most valuable?

I have found backup and replication to be useful. We have a 10 megabit line between the data center and our main site. The backup and replication are very good. Additionally, the solution runs on VMware which is a benefit.

What needs improvement?

The interface is good but takes some time to get used to.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE SimpliVity for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We do not need to scale the solution because we have purchased it with servers, with two processors, and 750 gigabytes of memory per server. We have everything that we need and do not need to upgrade or scale the server or scale the infrastructure.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

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

When the Dell PowerEdge infrastructure became old we then decided to switch to SimpliVity. We have also used Dell VxRail and all the other solutions that we had upgraded at that time.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is a bit complicated. Setting up the networking and other infrastructure can be difficult if you are have not done it before. There are lots of things that you have to take into consideration, and at that time it was quite new to us. The total time it took for everything to work correctly was approximately four days.

What about the implementation team?

HPE did parts of the implementation with us.

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

The price of the solution is reasonable. We have purchased a five-year license with all the support and upgrades.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others is HPE SimpliVity It is a very good system, very stable, and has lots of features that we have not seen work well in other systems. All the features work incredibly well with HPE SimpliVity.

I rate HPE SimpliVity an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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