Fujitsu Primergy BX400 Series Review

We virtualized two sets of 22U racks full of servers at the blade. Complex when you need to add storage functions in the FC.


What is most valuable?

It is a very practical solution because you have all the servers in a minimal space.

How has it helped my organization?

We had two sets of 22U racks full of servers. We virtualized all of them at the blade, thus saving space and money.

What needs improvement?

It is very complex when you need to add storage functions in the FC. It is not only necessary to add the FC switch, you must add the FC Pass Thru 8Gb 18/1, the FC Switch 16Gb Brocade (or other) XX Port. And the FC card to the servers, of course.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for around one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did experience some scalability issues. After some months, we decided to increase the memory and hard drives. It is “mandatory” to buy the components at the server's manufacturer which can be very expensive. However, if you buy the components at another manufacturer, you lose the guarantee.

How is customer service and technical support?

On a scale from 1-10 (1=worst, 10=best), I would give the technical support a 5.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Before this job, I have deployed Intel Servers and have used Intel Blade Servers. At the new enterprise, they had bought the Fujitsu Blade Server before I joined.

How was the initial setup?

The server was bought with all the blades, along with the CPU, RAM and hard drive. I built the RAID volumes and installed the OS myself . It was a very simple process.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is important to evaluate other open-source software in order to save money with the operating systems.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I began to work with the machine because it “came first”. I had not chosen a blade server because all the future hardware updates, must be done with the same manufacturer.

What other advice do I have?

It is much better to use “normal” servers. The initial investment for a blade server is very high and creates dependency.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: The company is distributor of server maker and they got a good price for the blade system.
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