- Easy scalability
- Modular design
- Easy configuration
Before we introduced the solution, we had 24 cabinets, filled with classic rack servers. We had continuous issues with cooling capacity, power consumption for the data center, high availability, and redundancy.
After implementing the BladeSystem environment, we went down to four cabinets only for servers, since it's a perfect platform to host a high-end VMware farm.
Coupled with HP 3PAR SAN devices and peer persistence, I managed to create a 99.99999% uptime environment.
Currently, we have enjoyed an increase in price/performance of 500%, compared to several years ago.
I have used it since 2011.
We have not had any stability issues. We haven't had one instance of downtime due to hardware issues of the BladeSystem itself.
We have not encountered any scalability issues. It's extremely scalable. If you run out of resources, just get another blade server and you've added another x amount of RAM and CPU to your environment.
Technical support is good and quick. The engineers sometimes need to consult with experts. I wish the experts would be the front-line support.
This is the first time we have used BladeSystems.
The initial setup was complex because of our HA requirements. The installation of the BladeSystem itself is easy and straightforward.
The modules are hot-pluggable. OA and iLO are easy to configure.
The most complex part was configuring the Virtual Connect module with VLAN tagging, shared uplink sets, and general network configuration.
The web UI is good, but it lacks tips and it's a bit complicated.
For first time users, only buy two BladeSystems and fill them up. They are expensive. Apart from that, you get more than you paid for.
We didn't evaluate others, as we were forced to buy this solution by governmental policies. We are part of the Ministry of Health.
Get to know the product. Spend time studying its ins and outs.
You will be surprised by its capabilities. I would not recommend a touch and go strategy, since that won't bring the systems to optimal capability.
Modular Design: Everything is modular and redundant. Nothing is built-in, from the PSUs to the fans to the modular VCs and SAN modules