HPE BladeSystem Review

It made it much more scalable for us to be able to spin up architecture with VMware on top of it.

What is most valuable?

Probably the most value there is the compactness and the density you can get into the data center.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if it could have better monitoring in terms of iLO and things like that. Some more interoperability between the different generations of blades.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Most recently, with some of our blades in our VDI environment we've had some stability issues. I don't know if that's a problem of HP or if it's a problem with HP with VMware and the VM-HP virtual connect on the backend of the Blade Chassis, but we have had issues in that environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We used VMware as a hypervisor on top of our BladeSystems, on our Blade Chassis, and on our blade server. It made it much more scalable for us to be able to spin up new architecture fairly quickly. What we've done is rolled back or moved, relocated some blades from one Chassis to another that didn't have virtual connect.

How are customer service and technical support?

It's just as they always have been. They've been pretty solid in terms of technical support.

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

Most everything we had prior to building up our new data center was single server DL380s or 360 single servers. It would take too long to provision a DL380 to give people the access to a single server to be able to then do their development or build a new production environment.

How was the initial setup?

We have a gentleman who's primarily our BladeSystem expert.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that if you're using it as a hypervisor, that you're doing all the pre-work on setup such as knowing the interoperability between different product statures that you're going to run on it.

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