Overall Satisfaction with HPE SimpliVity (formerly OmniCube)
HPE SimpliVity reduces complexity in our virtualization stack. The software combines along with HPE hardware and an accelerator card (there are also flavors without the accelerator) to provide an NFS datastore for our VMs. Because of the rationalization that the software and accelerator is doing, the number of writes is reduced as it examines to see if the underlying data already exists somewhere else. This also makes it very easy to clone or backup VMs as only change data needs to be restored or cloned. This functionality can be controlled via the VMware console.
- Backup/Clone VMs.
- Reduce stack complexity.
- Upgrades are better than they used to be, but still complex.
- Make existing RapidDR product integral, versus a separate licensed component.
My organization was a relatively early adapter back in 2014. Nutanix was really the only other competitor we were aware of at the time. We felt the data management and integration features of SimpliVity were superior to Nutanix. Pricing was also very competitive from SimpliVity at the time of adaptation.
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.
Do you think HPE SimpliVity delivers good value for the price?
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Did HPE SimpliVity live up to sales and marketing promises?
Did implementation of HPE SimpliVity go as expected?
Would you buy HPE SimpliVity again?
HPE SimpliVity should work in just about every environment when sized properly, but there may be some very high performance large org database scenarios where it might be somewhat slower; but our most recent upgrade to HPE SimpliVity on DL380s was very well received by our developers. Our performance was significantly better. The features of HPE SimpliVity are especially appealing in SMB Enterprises where the administration staff is especially time/resource constrained. The features give a lot of flexibility for testing and DR with an hours worth of training. It just works.