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What is Blade Servers?

A Blade Server is a minimal, utilitarian computer server that is designed in modular sections. The Blade Server is optimized to reduce the need for a larger footprint, by reducing power consumption and removing certain components, while still having enough functionality to meet enterprise requirements. Multiple Blade Servers are housed in blade enclosures that deliver networking, power, management, interconnectivity and cooling. Instead of taking up horizontal rack space in 1u or 2U increments, the Blade Server goes vertical, placing many vertical service units on blades inside a rack space.

IT Central Station users look for Blade Servers with the capabilities of a seamless added chassis and access to network power as well as switch cables to a common network fabric. IT teams prefer a server management system, which totally abstracts the blade itself without having to reconfigure the network; thus it can be moved as identities and workloads change.

There are a number of preferences and metrics used by IT and DevOps when evaluating Blade Servers including easy management GUI, the most efficient rack space, and energy usage. Professionals look for Blade Server systems that allow different hardware configurations, (e.g. CPU, RAM, HDD, SAN, NAS) etc. and do not require extensive cabling.

Key aspects of Blade Servers may be attributes such as whether the Blade offers required cores and flops. Numerous ports and required throughput availability are essential. IT Central Station experts want Blade Servers with virtualization, required drivers, focus on TCO, the latest updated OS requirements with the OS platform supported on the blades.

Blade Servers must have reliable, ongoing support from hardware vendors. Critical production apps may have their SLAs affected if there is a hardware problem. In committing to a “Vendor Roadmap,” consensus from IT managers is that long-term usage of the platform is vital because when investing in a chassis, the team is setting up the infrastructure for 10 years+. Hence a solid, long-term support partnership with the vendor.


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Real User
Technical Sales Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Previously, the physical trappings of Cisco UCS, Intel chip-sets and UCS Manager were the most useful part of this server system. As we embrace new Intel CPU's, Chip-sets and memory, we are gaining added value from the original UCS design -... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have a client who is currently managing 1500 servers with two people for a mission-critical retail operation. Previous operations teams using HP and IBM servers required 4x more people to manage the same number of servers.

What needs improvement?

This product comes from Cisco, who is fourth in the worldwide supply chain. That means options take a bit longer to get to their platform, as they insist on doing their own quality validations. Right now, the market is rapidly transitioning... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
IT Architect at Unibase
Dec 21 2017

What is most valuable?

I believe, compared to the C7000, which is the mainstream in Brazil, it delivers a significant amount of innovation and flexibility, and I think people there will love it. The way Brazilians see things is that, "Okay, I need something that works. I need something easy to manage, because it's expensive, manpower is expensive. And I need a reliable platform, which... more»

What needs improvement?

What I would like to see is a little bit more of architecture-oriented advertising campaigns or events for customers; not on the product itself, but more on the way they advertise products. They are too focused on the features. This is okay, but sometimes what I see that people lack is, "Okay, I understood the features, but how can I use this in practical terms?... more»
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Consultant
Senior Solutions Architect & Consultant at ZAG Technical Services
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

After having used, configured and deployed HP and Dell blade systems, I was rather impressed at the time the initial setup of the UCS blade system took to achieve operational status. I was also very impressed with the thorough thought that... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our company provides solutions that enable our customers to succeed. We thrive on our customers’ ability to see the value in our proposed solutions, so as to bring to their organizations a product that not only solves their current... more»

What needs improvement?

Areas that require improvement are notably small in comparison to other similar products. The UCS system would benefit from less-expensive performance monitoring tools or other third-party tools that perform this function. Surprisingly... more»
Real User
Technical Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Why pick a UCS blade over a Dell, HPE or Lenovo system? The answer depends on what application I need to run. If I want a small-scale, 3-4 server application space in a localized area, I want a rack mount, for a price advantage. If I need a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we focused on CPUs and servers, relying on the Intel cadence for change. With Cisco UCS, we became network-centric and changed our mindset to abstract the server, making it a stateless object for workloads. Managing blade servers... more»

What needs improvement?

Cisco is behind as far as SSD qualifications and options allowed, relative to other vendors, but that is in keeping with their philosophy of a stateless working environment. If I add a unique storage attribute to my blades, I encumber it with... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Technology Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

HPE BladeSystem c7000 is a complex piece of engineering. * I appreciate its simplified interface that gives the administrator the power to build a complete processing infrastructure remotely. * I like the on-board administrator as it gave me... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The first goal was to use blades. This stemmed from a space problem in our data center. We needed to add more servers, but the space became short quickly. The first consolidation approach was a blades server. * We administer all the systems... more»

What needs improvement?

* Hardware management could be improved. * Cisco UCS has a more universal approach. It treats the hardware as stateless and manages absolutely all configurations from the same console. * HPE has an on-board administrator to manage hardware... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
IT Manager for Infrastructure at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 01 2016

What is most valuable?

It's reliability. We're using VMware as the backbone on it. We have High Availability so if something happens to one it switches over to everything else. We've had it for about six or seven years with no problems. To me, that's the central... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For us, it's the flexibility. We have to look at every nickel, and what we've found is that with the virtualization, we can get a more bang for the buck. We're using everything to it's full potential, and for a number of years we had ProLiant... more»

What needs improvement?

There's some little nitty-picky things and we're still trying to figure out a couple of things in the background. For functionality and everything, it runs well.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at vGRID New Zealand
Nov 07 2017

What is most valuable?

* Composable infrastructure * Ability to easily re-utilize parts of the hardware for different purposes * Central management with HPE OneView * Ability to see the health status of the entire infrastructure * Ability to quickly and easily... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Peace of mind. * Knowing that our platforms are running well, simplifying day-to-day management, so that we can do more with less staff and increase performance. * The increased scale of the back-end networking and the compute that we can... more»

What needs improvement?

We'd like to see faster networking in the back-end. I'm not saying it's slow at the moment, but we would just like more speed from a future-proofing point of view. We are seeing 25 Gig capability in our switch fabric so extending that to... more»
Real User
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The Netra Modular System is really cool because unlike all the other Oracle solutions, this is a system that is a lot more agile. It's a technology that's the basis of a converged infrastructure, but it's what we work on -- agile convergence.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There's a lot benefits with the Netra. First, since it is an agile system, I can mix hypervisors. For free, you're going to get Oracle VM, which is a great hypervisor, but some things don't run well when they're virtualized. They run really... more»

What needs improvement?

What I would love to see is better integration between Enterprise Manager and ES2 switches. That's the one area where the integration isn't as tight as we would like to see. I know that in the new version of Enterprise Manager that's not out... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Here are the valuable hardware and software features: Hardware: * Multi-generational blade system which supports all the way from Gen1 to Gen9 without a forklift upgrade or keeping old enclosures around. * Up to 16 servers of varying physical... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our organization as follows: * Ease of management and configuration through a single pane of glass for up to 16 blade servers. * Leveraging the Onboard Administrator for control over troubled servers without the... more»

What needs improvement?

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Director - Data Centre Operations at MCAP
Aug 21 2016

What is most valuable?

BladeSystem provides consolidation of hardware into single or more manageable components. Everything from FlexFabric, Virtual Connect, being able to manage your environment holistically from a single pane of glass, in terms of vCenter, and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There's definitely great advantages in the efficiency of time savings, both from a personnel perspective as well as the ability to quickly deliver on new offerings.

What needs improvement?

At the time, we were trying to learn the technologies while we were setting up the data center, and that's why we used professional services. We ended up having to collectively learn on the fly in setting up some of the new features we had.... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Solutions Engineer at Data Strategy
Dec 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* The composable infrastructure with the Image Streamer. * Being able to seamlessly migrate from one operating environment to another within minutes, is invaluable.

How has it helped my organization?

The big benefit that we are seeing is the fact that we are so highly flexible. It makes things more agile. We're able to provision different applications, different demonstrations, add cloud-like speeds on-prem, which is unheard of in the... more»

What needs improvement?

I'm very curious to see what comes with 4.0. The big thing will be streamlining the Image Streamer process for deployment. The actual frame itself - Composer, OneView, all that - works fantastic. The more granular permissions that I know are... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

We like the wire once approach. We've had to do very little maintenance on the backend connectivity components. We really have been able to basically leave our fiber and Ethernet connections alone. I think in our ten years on two BladeSystem enclosures, we've done one infield upgrade, to raise our capacity limits on Ethernet and fiber channel. But really, the... more»

What needs improvement?

We had a lot of work to do from a management perspective as an administrator to ensure that we had the correct firmware and driver levels, and things like that, between servers. HPE fixed that when they introduced the service pack for ProLiant. OneView has expanded the idea of server profiles and added some additional management ease - including the ability to... more»
Real User
Senior System Specialist at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Mar 27 2017

What is most valuable?

We are using it in the converged infrastructure with the common UCS Manager to push out: * Profiles * Firmware * Console access * VLAN configurations * Troubleshooting

How has it helped my organization?

Running in the VCE Vblock gives us the flexibility to deploy a large virtual workload of servers. We use a mix of mainly Windows servers and a few Linux appliances. I had one blade server fail. The replacement was up and operating quickly... more»

What needs improvement?

Smaller locations are held up where they use a pair of converged infrastructure interfaces for redundancy. To deploy a standard Cisco Blade system with redundancy for maintenance and reliability you have to purchase two converged... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Sr. Manager Enterprise Services at a venture capital & private equity firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 25 2016

What is most valuable?

* The space saving which has helped to reduce our cabling. * It makes it a lot easier to bring up a new system. When a new blade comes in, we slide it in the chassis and we're done. I don't have to spend time wiring up a new server. It's just... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I would guess it crosses over as the reduced cost on real estate as if we've got less room, there's less cabinets we need to buy at a data center. I don't know that there's really a cost benefit from the hardware standpoint. A standalone... more»

What needs improvement?

It'd come from a software standpoint - software support on the BladeSystem, particularly with Helion and OneView in that if you're using the Cisco fabric extenders instead of the HPE fabric extenders, there's a lot of functionality that you... more»
Real User
Senior Engineer at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 01 2016

What is most valuable?

Fitting 40 logical cores and 400GB of RAM into one half-height blade allows me to achieve the density in a cloud environment I aim for. What's more is it handles workloads of 25 VMs and more without any noticeable penalty performance-wise.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The density achieved by the M630 while maintaining good performance allowed us to cut our hardware footprint by more than half. This makes for a huge cost saving, not only for hardware to maintain and rack space rental costs, but also reduces... more»

What needs improvement?

For a half-height blade, Dell did well with this one, not leaving much room for improvement. The ever-increasing boot time due to ever-increasing POST checks with every new generation makes maintenance tasks somewhat of a headache. That and... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
CEO at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Dec 06 2017

What do you think of HPE Synergy?

Primary Use Case The use case is to replace all stakes in all the different kinds of servers. We had some Dells, we had some old HPEs, Generation 6, Generation 7, and so on. We decided to put everything together and create a new datacenter, and move our computing power to a platform that will enable us to be more flexible with our old applications. We are just in the middle of the migration, and the problem is not the new stuff, the problem is to persuade our old stuff that it must perform more than one gigabyte per second. So HPE is helping us to replicate directly through the old datacenter to storage that we have underneath our Synergy Servers.  • Improvements to My Organization The benefit is that it's going to be maintained, contrary to what we had last year, when the...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
Chief Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 07 2017

What is most valuable?

It increases the throughput. We had a problem with the C7000 with the down-link speed to the individual blades and what the up-link speeds were. Memory was kind of a constraint problem for us. Changing the form factor in Synergy allows us to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's mainly the fact that it gives us the next generation of the C7000, which we've been using since 2009. That gets us in that same useful pattern. The concept of virtual connect, OneView, is compelling. It extends our existing operational... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things that I would like to see, and could be in their road map, is getting virtual connect to 100 Gig throughput. What they're coming out with initially on the road map is a 40 Gig up-link on virtual connect. That would be one of... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Real User
IT Services - Corporate Manager at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 01 2016

What is most valuable?

We've been with Superdome since Superdome 1 and then we used Superdome 2. We are a large service provider for the Indian region, Northern part of South America and Central America, around the SAP Ecosystem. So all our infrastructure is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a service provider, our end customers have looked into us as the company to rely on to manage their core business. So Superdome essentially as the high end platform in the Integrity line has been the way we have given our customers the... more»

What needs improvement?

It's hard to say in terms of improvement, I mean. With the announcement last year from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise that they are no longer supporting a Itanium 2 processors, which means HP-UX is going to die soon in a couple of years.... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Consultant
Senior HP Nonstop System Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 12 2016

What is most valuable?

Fault tolerance is the heart of what a NonStop is. The high availability of NonStop systems comes from close cooperation between the hardware and software. Every component in an HPE NonStop server is duplicated. If one component fails, there... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is never any downtime due to the way the hardware and software interact. They are both fault tolerant and, therefore, give a robust service.

What needs improvement?

This is very hard to say. How do you improve on perfection? If pushed, then the only thing I can think of would be utilities provided by the vendor. Nearly all of the utilities are provided by third-party partners. As such, they are pretty... more»
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Vendor
Windows System Administrator at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 31 2016

What do you think of HPE BladeSystem?

Valuable Features Bottom line dollar is a big thing for a company like us. The ability to manage more infrastructure with less resources. When you get in a blade environment, you can do so much more management administration across a bigger scale. • Improvements to My Organization BladeSystem was a huge improvement over rack. We gained an awful lot of productivity when we went to BladeSystem, because we can set up so much infrastructure in one swipe. Then you've got networking capability and storage capability. It really made life simpler. • Stability Issues The stability is key, because I'm talking about the server space. On the workstation space, we have dabbled with some lower cost providers in the past like Acer. Reply, which is probably a company you've never heard of,...
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