What is most valuable?
One of the useful features is the Virtual Connect module as this approach allows me to utilize fewer physical ports to reach the total number of segregated ports that I need, especially for a virtual environment. Also, there is a server profile attached which is similar, but not yet full blown, to stateless computing.
How has it helped my organization?
This particular product allows us to mix up the environment - not only x86 but also the HP UX where the critical application were deployed. This particular architecture (BladeSystem) also allows us to have higher density which cannot be reached by traditional rack-mount servers. Currently, the latest trend (hyper converged approach) is still under observation.
What needs improvement?
The management is great but there are other competitors that are implementing a better approach. Even HP's own latest products have this composable approach, so if there are any changes that I would like to see, they are within this particular area.
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've experienced no issues with performance. There are several versions that have issues with the hardware that we need to replace and update firmware to fully utilize the blade.
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?
7.5-8/10 because currently our company has a partnership that allows us to provide services and tech support. We get a great response from the HP team, and our local teams are also ready to help.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We chose this product because of the stability and their market share is quite large. This means that older products come from the same principals that makes it easier to integrate, and the second one is that this particular item is good to implement.
How was the initial setup?
It is quite straightforward, as there is a wizard. I think newbies with simple documentation can perform the initial setup.
What about the implementation team?
If the project is a complex one that includes any other items (storage, network, etc.) I would strongly recommended to hire a vendor team as it is their job to not only initialize the BladeSystem, but also to integrate it with the entire solution.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We also use Cisco UCS and IBM Flex servers.
What other advice do I have?
Keep observing the market as new technologies have emerged, but not all are useful yet. It is good if we have a good relationship with the solution integrator as they may also give feedback.