HPE BladeSystem Review

The features that are the most valuable to us are its scalability, performance, and cost.


Valuable Features

The features that are the most valuable to us are its scalability, performance, and cost. It's also very easy to use, which is a huge advantage for our IT department.

Improvements to My Organization

The biggest improvement to our organization is that we can now expand our IT infrastructure easily. We can seamlessly implement additional IT assets if we want, whether that's to execute different plans or to remain consistent in our operations. We can changes things as we need to as we go along. With blades, it's a lot simpler for us to deploy, expand, and virtualize.

Room for Improvement

It lacks a reboot service when the firmware breaks and needs upgrading. It also needs easier installation.

Deployment Issues

We have no issues with deployment.

Stability Issues

We had a few past issues, but they were mostly the result of old firmware versions and our fear of upgrading them in time.

Scalability Issues

It's very scalable as we keep adding more blades as needed. With one enclosure, we can have 16 blades or just three. I don't think we'll ever go back to the old DL3x.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support is good. We initially went with a partner for support, but we now use HP services for going live of some environments, especially around some light-wear blades.

Initial Setup

The initial setup was complicated. You have to understand your environment before you let yourself expand through it.

Other Solutions Considered

We're an HP shop with hardware and software, so we stick with them for all our IT.

Other Advice

Plan, plan, and plan some more. Really understand what you want to do because it can be a great integration opportunity. Make sure you work with a partner who understands your infrastructure well. Understand also how products from different vendors like NetApp, EMC, Cisco, etc. work together, especially with different firmware versions.

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