HPE BladeSystem Review

We managed to reduce our 8x cabinets into 1x 42U cabinet saving huge amounts on power, energy, while we became more flexible, scalable and efficient.


Valuable Features

  • Centralized management
  • Number of features
  • Flexibility

Improvements to My Organization

High consolidation and density was achieved with a single C7000 enclosure and 8 BL460c G8 series servers that took over the workload of 8x .42U cabinets previously used for processing workloads. In combination with Flex-10 and Flex-Fabric technology we managed to reduce our 8x cabinets into just 1x 42U cabinet saving huge amounts on power, energy, while we became more flexible, scalable and efficient.

Room for Improvement

Number of supported VLANs on virtual connect technology limits the number of VLANs you can deploy in your network.

Use of Solution

I've used it for six years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

Absolutely no problem. Only some HDD failures which were replaced in under 4 hours due to our Care Pack program signed with HP.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Excellent, provided you end up having your support issue handled by a good HP services provider partner.

Initial Setup

Very easy to setup and maintain, one to two days of training is sufficient for an expert to understand the philosophy. In case the level of the user is medium to low, some extra training might be required which is more to cover the basics of networking, consolidation and interfacing in an efficient way various systems together.

Implementation Team

We have two in-house engineers trained on HP solutions that perform the implementation and maintenance. Our experience shows that the implementation is really straightforward provided you have a plan in place already.

ROI

The ROI was within 2 years, as the electricity bill was about 60-70% more efficient while our computational and storage capacity increased by at least 400%.

Other Solutions Considered

Yes, IBM Blade Center with HS22 blades and DS series storage. We preferred HP due to a combination of facts involving better prices, better support and better interoperability with other systems.

Other Advice

Be careful with pre-Sales and Sales team of HP, they do make mistakes so do not hesitate to engage a third party experienced person or firm to get some extra advice.

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