HPE BladeSystem Review

Central management of my blades is fairly important for me. It’s important for me to be able to manage them all centrally and quickly.

What is most valuable?

Institutional memory-- we used it previously and stuck with it.

What needs improvement?

I want to see a standardized interface for managing blade chassis when they’re not virtual connect. Also, I'd like to see a return to the program in which you can purchase different skews for your chassis needs. That was a great program, which they should bring back. I'm disappointed that the current purchase program isn't quicker.

For how long have I used the solution?

I use everything from G5 to G9 and ProLiant blades.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I’ve had some recent issues when doing hardware and simple memory upgrades. When I pull out and put back a blade, they system has a tendency to shut down random blades in the chassis. When working on our production system, this issue messes up our clustering and systems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is great.

How are customer service and technical support?

It’s been decent. When we’ve had our issues, they tell us how to resolve them. They always tell us to update the firmware, but in our production environment, it takes me many months to get that done.

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

We were previously affiliated with the government, and they were using HP.

How was the initial setup?

I’d say that setup complexity depends on the type of system you get. We went for the blade chassis, and they were great. We recently dropped virtual connect and initially went with more traditional blades from Cisco, and they seemed to be fine. They were very clunky to set up, however, and I was disappointed. But setup for HP blades were fairly simplistic.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell, Cisco, ans briefly Hitachi. HP came out on top primarily for its knowledge in our organization. On the server front, everything is similar, and there was no real need to jump ship.

What other advice do I have?

We looked at our what our guys already knew.

Single point of management is important. If you were to step back five years ago, HP was very strong in that, when Dell and Cisco weren’t quite as good. Now, they’re all pretty good, so central management of my blades is fairly important for me. I’m running hundreds of these servers, and it’s important for me to be able to manage them all centrally and quickly.

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