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The Online firmware update for the virtual connects has minimized our downtime windows.
Valuable features include its dependability, reliability, and the ease of managing the system.
Everything is in one place. We have one place to with OneView. It provides one console with one place to get to everything. The one interface makes it easier. We have one guy who does almost everything in it.
Where it used to take one week to re-image or upgrade our hosts, it can now take one day.
The most valuable features of this solution are the ease of management and the integration with OneView.
The flexibility to link them together and configure them gives us the ability to scale out easily, to add more compute resources as needed... The way that they're scalable and flexible means we can add additional servers in quickly... We're not spending a lot of time doing procurement and building of physical servers.
Being able to connect my 3PAR arrays to the Synergy platform is the most valuable aspect to me.
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.
It has improved our procurement and day zero provisioning. We are bringing in racks of Synergy which are not populated with the blades, then we are buying the blades and populating them, as our business needs. This has been pretty helpful to be able to sort of pre-package the data center with the Synergy platform, then deploy servers into it as we grow.
We have more control over the firmware and how we are managing our physical servers.
It's very scalable. We like the idea that we can put four chassis in one of our racks, and we can connect up to 25 chassis, so the scalability to us, and being able to sync all those into one management portal, is unheard of. You can't really sync that many blades and chassis together in any other platform.
It has had a positive effect on the efficiency of our IT infrastructure team. The manageability of it is so easy, we're able to install it quickly, and replacement parts are easy to get in and out quickly.
The processing time has been about 50 times faster and allows us to do AI models.
The solution helps us to implement new business requirements quickly, by using the Composer for efficiency. It has also improved the productivity of our development team due to the efficiency of being able to deploy via Composer.
In terms of the productivity of our deployment team, the amount of time has been decreased a lot. In the past, to deploy one c7000 chassis with 15 or 16 blades, we literally used to spend two to three weeks. But with a Synergy, it's very quick. Within three days we can do the deployment.
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.
The solution helps us to implement new business requirements quickly with some app deployments.
The stability is very good. We haven't had any outages.
We build out a whole stack at one time, so we don't have to worry about it until that stack is full, then that gives us time to get the next one ready.
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.
It is helping us sort of bridge a gap that we are having moving off of old legacy systems, like HP-UX systems and trying to move over to x86. So, it is helping fill a hardware gap that a lot of our platforms have needed in the past.
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.
It is really easy to use, because it's GUI-based. It is not command line based, like mainframes.
The scalability is very good. The ability to link chassis or frames together makes it simplistic, especially with the use of OneView.
We bought it with the intent to replace the c7000 workstation blades. It is bigger than the workstation blades in core count, memory, and graphical capabilities. So, it has broadened us in that regard, and we have more capabilities.
It makes life easier for us when we are deploying new technology, as we have the building blocks already in place.
The solution help us to implement new business requirements quickly, since it is easy and quick to upgrade our capacity.
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.
As we purchase and install more Synergy chassis, then we will be able to manage them together as one entity, as opposed to multiple separate cabinets.
It makes it simpler for me to manage my environment. It is one pane of glass, compared to multiple.
With OneView, we can take care of all our servers in one dashboard.
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.
The Synergy environment provides us with one view. We're able to manage the entire stack, top to bottom, from that single view.
Composability... We show our partners the value of composability and how it can meet their needs.
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.
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.