HPE BladeSystem Review

Some of the key features are modular design and easy configuration.


What is most valuable?

  • Easy scalability
  • Modular design
  • Easy configuration

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

  • The web interface is Java based and we had issues with different version of Java. We sometimes need to host dedicated machines with old versions of Java just to run the web administration.
  • The LCD panel holds minimal data about the overall BladeSystem and blade server health and error events.
  • I would like to see an error reporting feature in the LCD Panel.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it since 2011.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any stability issues. We haven't had one instance of downtime due to hardware issues of the BladeSystem itself.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good and quick. The engineers sometimes need to consult with experts. I wish the experts would be the front-line support.

Which solutions did we use previously?

This is the first time we have used BladeSystems.

How was the initial setup?

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.

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

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate others, as we were forced to buy this solution by governmental policies. We are part of the Ministry of Health.

What other advice do I have?

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

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