HPE BladeSystem Review

Its adaptation to existing software models has allowed our cloud environment to grow.


What is most valuable?

Among the most important features, is the possibility to manage all the systems from a single web UI, the ease of working with networks through the Virtual Connect devices, and finally the huge information offered in relation to the monitoring of the different elements and alarm systems

How has it helped my organization?

The scalability of these solutions and its great adaptation to existing software models has allowed our cloud environment to grow easily. The physical volumes with data combined with its performance, has enabled us to reduce our pool of conventional equipment, and converge High Availability solutions in our cloud environment with powerful hardware.

What needs improvement?

We expected more processing power, with more CPU cores and a greater number of cores per CPU.

For how long have I used the solution?

Our company currently uses hardware solutions from different manufacturers. In relation to the HP Proliant products used for our cloud environment, these are primarily equipment BL and ML generations G4, G5, G6, G7 and G8. Our cloud environments also feature HP 3PAR storage solutions. The HP Proliant solutions have been used in our cloud environment for over five years. It was the best option available on the market, and we believe that it now enjoys the best reputation for such solutions.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

The only problems encountered in the implementation of these products is that there are always more updated versions of the firmware supplied with the products, which requires revision and updating equipment before putting into production. Some versions of HP Blade require additional drivers for installation or special software distributions designed for these products.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Our satisfaction with the Customer Service is high, both the attention and availability as the solutions offered have always met our expectations.

Technical Support:

The service availability of technical support gives us great peace of mind because their response times are minimal.

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

We actually had different solutions, and still do. Solutions such as Cisco UCS, which has a very similar philosophy, beaome more complex and less effective. Solutions from manufacturers such as Supermicro, and Dell do not reach the expectations, and require more supervision and maintenance by our technicians.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was easy. It's usually quite intuitive since their operations team, and our team both have extensive experience in this type of facility, so that did not involve a special effort.

What was our ROI?

I can not evaluate the return on investment, as I don't work in accounts, but I understand that if we continue to invest in these solutions, we will get good economic results.

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