What is most valuable?
We're using different blades for different load purposes. We can decide if we want to use storage blades for storage or we can use compute modes for compute performance, and you can also upsize them. You can even combine different blades servers for greater effectiveness.
We're very satisfied with the system. I'm a Linux administrator and we quite enjoy the flexibility of the blade system.
What needs improvement?
I suppose new chips would be an improvement, but they do get new Intel chips every year. This provides better throughput on CPU workloads.
Additionally, our network is constantly getting saturated, so I would suggest also a faster network of fabrics as another improvement.
For how long have I used the solution?
We've been running the system for three years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It's very stable. We haven't had any network issues on the flexed fabric ends.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
You can get a blade that uses two slots instead of one. You can even put Integrity blade systems on the chassis as well, or the old Titanium systems. They can use up to four slots, actually. It's quite scalable.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We've been an HP shop for so long and that's why we stick with them. We previously used EMC.
How was the initial setup?
I wasn't involved in the setup.
What other advice do I have?
Go for it, you'll be happy. If you're a technical person, it's quite easy to manage and operate.