HPE BladeSystem Review

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

Valuable Features

The ability to configure it in a highly reliable fashion.

Improvements to 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.

Room for Improvement

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

Stability Issues

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.

Scalability Issues

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).

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.

Previous Solutions

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.

Initial Setup

Setup was fine. The installers didn’t complain.

Other Solutions Considered

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.

Other Advice

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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