HPE BladeSystem Review

Setup is pretty straightforward. It’s all automated so that their tools are deployed for us.

What is most valuable?

Their reliability and their integration. I’ve been working with HP solutions since the 90s, and they’re great.

How has it helped my organization?

They do what they’re supposed to do. They’re very flexible.

What needs improvement?

In the future, I'd like to see more manageability. They keep adding features which are nice, so I can’t think of anything else.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Relatively stable and reliable for the amount that we have. I’ve been working with HP hardware for decades, and as with all hardware there’s always problems, but for the years that I’ve been working with them they’re always been very reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven’t really had to scale, but we can provision them usually from the get-go for what we do.

How are customer service and technical support?

It’s okay. Working in support myself, their response times for us (we have a couple thousand servers) didn’t seem to be great. A lot of the time, there’s no concessions for response times not being met.

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

They’ve had servers forever, and we’ve always had HP. So we just continued using the existing solution.

How was the initial setup?

They’re pretty straightforward. It’s all automated so that their tools are deployed for us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We’ve been with HP forever, so I don’t think so.

What other advice do I have?

I’m pretty opinionated, but first look at pricing and see which option is right for you. HP is a good bet, but it really depends. I can only speak about HP, but they’ve been very good.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarChris Rodinis

I appreciate your comments.