HPE BladeSystem Review

We considered going with an internally-developed product or HP.


What is most valuable?

The ability to configure it in a highly reliable fashion.

How has it helped my organization?

We don’t have to worry about manufacturing it ourselves. We can take advantage of HP’s scale to achieve much shorter delivery cycles.

We’re just introducing it in the middle of this year, so in my labs I’ve got about 200 blades in many different chassis.

We’ve placed another order for a 20-blade system, and I expect by next year we’ll have hundreds of blades.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them support G10 blades on the C7000.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It’s been very stable for us. We’re using KVM on top of the hardware, and it’s been very good and has done everything we need it to do thus far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It’s scalable enough for our purposes.

We can put 2 chassis together in a rack, 16 blades per chassis. With this scalability, we can see that it provides all the capacity we envision needing for the foreseeable future. We’re also evolving our software to take further advantage of this platform's scalability (part of 4G LTE systems).

How are customer service and technical support?

There are different kinds of technical support. The kinds of things we need in R&D are answers to fairly arcane questions regarding the product, and support has been so-so. It takes a long time to find the right guy.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using expensive, in-house-developed hardware. From an R&D perspective, there was not enough critical mass to keep the investment going. In addition to the expense, order to delivery was six months for our in-house solution. In contrast, HP can turn around in two weeks, which is a huge advantage for us.

How was the initial setup?

Setup was fine. The installers didn’t complain.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was a decision between the internally-developed product or HP. There was a synergy with other products already using HP, so we went with HP.

What other advice do I have?

You need to look for high reliability, duplex power servers, and networking. If you’re looking for carrier grade reliability, the C7000 is an excellent choice.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are partners of HP, and we go to market together on some products
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