HPE BladeSystem Review

The manageability of the BladeSystem is its most valuable feature for us.


Valuable Features

The manageability of the BladeSystem is its most valuable feature for us. Within a single blade enclosure, we can manage all of our infrastructure.

Improvements to My Organization

It's saved space and, I suppose, cost. There's less maintenance, less wires, and smaller footprint by quite a lot. There's also virtual management as opposed to physically plugging things in.

Room for Improvement

Although we can manage from a single blade enclosure, the interface is usable for the CPU and memory aspects, the storage goes to our 3PAR, and that requires learning a different tool. We want to be able to use the same tool to provision storage from our blade management application.

Also, I'm concerned that the chassis will only last so long. New blades will comes out at some point and the chassis won't be compatible anymore. We can upgrade it, but it's easier to change the blades than it is to change the chassis.

Use of Solution

I can't remember the exact model of the blades, but we have full-height blades and half-height blades. We've had them for four years.

Deployment Issues

We've had no deployment issues with them.

Stability Issues

They've been stable.

Scalability Issues

We went from 60 physical servers to 10 blades. We've been able to add more blades in our recent projects as well as to upgrade them. So, no, there have been no scalability issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I haven't really had to use technical support.

Previous Solutions

We trust the solution. We've used HP physical servers for 10 years, and never had any issues. We looked at different storage vendors, but in terms of servers it was the reliability of the HP products that led us to these blades as well.

Initial Setup

The initial setup was quite straightforward.

Other Solutions Considered

I've worked with other vendors in the past, but not in a recent project.

Other Advice

Plan ahead. If you zone your network for active-active, you're going to get more throughput.

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