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Likelihood to Recommend

HPE SimpliVity

I only know what I know...which is my IT world.Having two datacenters that were physical servers attached to a SAN that "attempted" to replicate and then migrating.For a SMB small IT shop that happens to have two datacenters already in place...this has been ideal.I can have a generalist maintain the system and we have a private cloud for DR with hardly any effort...the biggest gain by far!
Chad Benfield | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

It is absolutely, hands down the best storage solution for Open Stack. I would even argue it is the only solution if a company is operating at petabyte scale and need resiliency. The storage solution allows any organization to scale their environment using commodity hardware from top to bottom. It has a battle tested track record where it is even being used as the data storage back end for the Large Hadron Collider at Cern
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

HPE SimpliVity

  • Deduplication and Compression - SimpliVity keeps the space consumption to a minimum. We currently have 60 servers running virtually and we still have room to grow. This really helps with the backups as we can have longer retention.
  • Backups - Ability to keep backups for longer and to create multiple backup policies for a VM is a breeze. You can have a backup policy for each datastore as well as a separate backup policy for the same VM.
  • Creating Datastores is very easy. No more messing around with LUNS and iSCSI. Just go to the SimpliVity tab and select create datastore and it's done. You can also increase the datastore on the fly as well as have a datastore bigger than 2TB.
  • File level recovery is included as well. The whole backup process in SimpliVity can help you do away with other software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

  • Very scalable solution
  • Providing very fast storage
  • Very good integration with KVM, libvirt and OpenStack through Cinder
Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

HPE SimpliVity

  • Upgrades are better than they used to be, but still complex.
  • Make existing RapidDR product integral, versus a separate licensed component.
Joshua Van Camp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

  • Ceph is very difficult to set up when we used it. One had to be very careful in how they assigned their crush maps and cache tiering to get it to work right otherwise performance would be impacted and data would not be distributed evenly. From the .96 version I ran, it really is intended to be used for massive data centers in the petabytes. Beyond that the command line arguments for ceph-deploy and ceph are very involved. I would strongly recommend this as a back end for Open Stack with a dedicated Linux savvy storage engineer. Red Hat also said they are working to turn Calamari in to a full featured front end to manage OSD nodes which should make this much easier to manage in the future.
  • It should not be run off of VMs themselves since it is not optimized for a VM Kernel. This advice is coming directly from Red Hat. Unfortunately this means that smaller use cases are out of the question since it literally requires 10 physical machines, each with their own OS to become individual OSD nodes.
  • I believe this is an issue with the OSDs and not the monitors which ran fine for us in a virtual machine environment.
  • We where looking at using this as a NFS work alike and in our experiments encountered a couple of issues. the MDS server struggled to mount the CephFS file system on more than a few systems without seizing up. This isn't a huge concern when it is used as a back end for Open Stack however when using this as shared storage for production data on a web cluster proved to be problematic to us. We also would have liked to have NFS access to the Ceph monitors so we could attach this to VMWare in order to store our VMDKs since VMWare does not support mounting CephFS. When we spoke with VMWare about 7 months ago they said NFS support is in the pipeline which will address all of these concerns.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

HPE SimpliVity

HPE SimpliVity 7.8
Based on 3 answers
Support is very good. With proactive support, you are supported by an engineer in North America who answers the phone and immediately begins assisting with your issue. The folks I have dealt with in the last several years have been very skilled and it is rare to have a ticket open for more than a day or two. Issues affecting production are dealt with appropriately and are escalated within the support organization.
Joshua Van Camp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

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Alternatives Considered

HPE SimpliVity

At the time we choose SimpliVity over Nutanix SimpliVity offered a much more robust and dedicated deduplication card. Another attractive quality of SimpliVity at the time was the fact that it used to be hardware agnostic with many competitive hardware manufacturers at the time. With HPE's purchase of SimpliVity, these attractive qualities are no longer as important or even factually correct.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

Red Hat Ceph storage offers an object store, which the other solutions do not. In addition, it is perfect for providing scalable block storage to virtualization products.
Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

HPE SimpliVity

  • It had a fantastic ROI compared to replacing all the physical servers.
  • SimpliVity takes less knowledge to understand, cutting down on staff leaning curve.
  • It did bring us forward in technology at the time.
Tom Mockus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

  • CephFS was unable to handle several mounts at the same time. We will revisit NFS capabilities once available.
  • We gained quit a bit of experience with Ceph and we have a cluster on hand if our storage vendor doesn't pan out at any time in the future.
  • It had a negative impact in the time it took for us to test set up and test the cluster. Like I explained earlier, it was quite difficult to set up for experimentation. That said though, we have a very broad understanding of Ceph for our future products.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

HPE SimpliVity

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Red Hat Ceph Storage

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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