HPE BladeSystem Review

Facilitates consolidating the maximum system with a small footprint


What is most valuable?

BladeSystem is a way to consolidate in a datacenter the maximum system in a small space because are company is in the middle of Paris, so space is a premium.

It is also good way to run VM, that is the way that we are using BladeSystem. 

It's also a way to manage with our specific tools, to run with it.

How has it helped my organization?

It's improved the factor, increased the number of VMs easily.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see lower consumption of electricity and there are some problems in our computer room regarding the cooling. The power supply and the power unit could, perhaps, be improved, but it's very stable is the main point.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's really stable because we have been using the C2-7000, for a long time. Of course we increased the version of the blade itself, but the rack is still the same. It's a good value.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We can have, if I remember correctly, 16 blades or something like that. We can have a half blade or full-size blade, so it's a way to manage our rack with the maximum scalability according to the power that we need.

How is customer service and technical support?

We're using it. It's really good because the engineers that support our infrastructure are really good and, fortunately for them, there aren't problems very often.

How was the initial setup?

It was not really complex. Straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Cisco but it's not really a good idea for us because we have worked with HPE for a long time. Hardware is one thing but support, and the people behind the support, is another thing. We are happy with HPE.

What other advice do I have?

It is a good solution. Reliable, stable. Try it and you will see.

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