HPE BladeSystem Review

It has scaled and performed well in the six-plus years I've used it for a particular project.

Valuable Features

  • Scalability
  • Performance
  • Out-of-band management
  • Support

Room for Improvement

Java version dependence for its out-of-band management. This is also an issue for other vendors, as well.

Use of Solution

HP Proliant Servers have been used on this project for over six years. I’ve managed them since I came on the project, so for almost five years. We used the BladeSystem alongside the DL servers.

Deployment Issues

There won't be any issues as long as you have followed the guidelines to ensure that the firmware was up to date prior to deployment.

Stability Issues

There was an issue before I came on the project, where a firmware update was not applied and had caused a few systems to become unstable under certain conditions, but HP support was able to identify the cause and provide a solution.

Scalability Issues

The systems scale well for our environment.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Mostly very positive. The only issue I’ve encountered has been with pre-sales support (i.e. getting accurate quotes to purchase systems).

Technical Support:

It's excellent.

Previous Solutions

Before coming on this project I had used Dell servers. The performance of the HP server has an edge over the Dell systems I had used.

Other Advice

HP Proliant servers are rock solid and when you need technical support HP’s team is there to support you with answers, no matter how long it takes to properly identify the root cause and then propose a solution.

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