HPE BladeSystem Review

The integration with our existing environment, and it's ease of use are valuable.

What is most valuable?

The integration with our existing environment, and it's ease of use are valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

We went from traditional rack servers, consolidated to blades, making management easier. However, we required better capacity planning due to "blade server" lock-in.

What needs improvement?

It needs to be easier to help build OpenStack solutions. It is also lacking container integration which would make adoption easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were no issues with the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no issues with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's been able to scale for our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

Excellent pre-sales, working both with HP and a VAR, and after sales technical support was good after the first level.

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

We had used HP rack servers previously.

How was the initial setup?

It was easy. We leveraged VAR resources to help get up to speed with some skills training after installation.

What about the implementation team?

Vendor assistance is a good idea if you are transition from rack mount servers to blades. Some hand-holding is required, but not much.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There wasn't much of a change for our pricing/licensing costs. However, we did have an increase in CPU power meaning there was reduction in the number of CPUs which lowered the hypervisor/socket pricing.

What other advice do I have?

Go big or go home, pick a solution, and go with it. There is no wrong way to go - whether you choose rack or blade servers depends on how you grow, and how you want to plan your future capacity.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

BL660c G8
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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