HPE BladeSystem Review

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


What is most valuable?

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

What needs improvement?

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

For how long have I used the 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.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The systems scale well for our environment.

How are 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.

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

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.

What other advice do I have?

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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