HPE BladeSystem Review

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

What is most valuable?

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

How has it helped 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.

What needs 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.

For how long have I used the 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.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We've had no deployment issues with them.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

They've been stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't really had to use technical support.

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

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.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was quite straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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

What other advice do I have?

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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