If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering HPE SimpliVity, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
On the one hand, I think the price is really high for the solution. On the other hand, it's got a very user-friendly GUI because it's fully integrated with each center. I would rate this solution eight out of 10.
We are an HPE partner ourselves. We have access directly to the HPE portal, and our engineers can directly register with HPE training online. I would give this solution a six out of 10 because it's not so stable and there are some bugs in the nodes.
I would recommend the product. It is good technology. The time and response of applications embrace the productivity of our enterprise.
The product is good. It might not meet all your requirements, but it is one of the solutions that met most of our requirements. There's no "best product" out there but this is likely the best for your needs. I would rate SimpliVity at a seven out of ten, based on the features and the requirements that we have.
For smaller node clusters, I wouldn't go with anybody else. For small node hyper-converged three-node clusters, it is the best game in town. It was great before HPE bought them. Now, it has a large organization standing behind it. I would definitely recommend SimpliVity. If people are using it for the right purposes, like we are, it is a really good solution.
If you're a retail company that has a bunch of stores, I would actually highly recommend this for your stores - for the simplicity of it, the ease of the restores, and keeping your environment up and running. We use it as a backup solution and so that the nodes don't fail. When the nodes fail, it's all governed through SimpliVity. It's been working really great. We haven't had too many issues with it.
Ask people who have already implemented a solution for their opinion and you'll likely find that most of the SimpliVity customers would put the solution in again if they had to do it over. I would rate SimpliVity a nine out of ten due to the fact that it needs little intervention on a daily basis, the uptime is excellent, and it works.
Do a proof of concept on everything, instead of just relying upon the salesperson's pie-in-the-sky promise. I'll rate this solution as a five out of ten. It may not be terribly mature yet. I see disk, for example, becoming all-flash. That may have overcome my painful learning experience.
I would recommend buying this product. It is a simple, self-managed product.
You definitely have to do a PoC and check-mark all the different items that are in your requirements. Go from there and see if it actually works. I'd give it a nine. It has pretty much everything there.
Evaluate it. In terms of rating the solution, I have to go with an eight out of ten. A ten is hard to get from me. There's no perfect system and every system has its little hang-ups and issues.
Do your homework.
The solution is great. Make sure you are aware of everything before you commit to deploying or purchasing it.
Definitely consider the product. Once it is up and running, it is pretty rock solid.
We are not looking to change our solution, at least not in the next three years.
Do your research. We talked with many people about it. Do what is right for your environment.
Try to understand your rate of change on your data: When you take a backup, how quickly is your information changing or being updated, and whether it is a database, file server, or whatever it happens to be. This will affect the way that you size the solution and get into those archives. It will affect how much space it starts to take up and how you calculate that. Know your data. It does everything that we need it to do. The only spot that it falls out is the archival backups. Otherwise, it is a rock-solid platform. It has freed up a bunch of resources to do different types of work, instead of dealing with storage allocations, backups, and recoveries.
There is a massive technology shift now toward software-defined storage, so we are trying to move from a functionality perspective to an abstraction layer above the equipment we buy. I think that this is a safe investment for anyone who wants to have a straightforward solution that comes out of the box and can be deployed on an appliance. I would rate this solution eight out of ten.
I have a lot of confidence in the SimpliVity OmniCube product. It has enabled us to streamline our data center and improve our ability to rapidly recover from a disaster.