HPE BladeSystem Review
Due to its programmatic nature, there is minimum downtime.


What is most valuable?

The virtual connect side of networking and the manageability through that is by far the biggest win for us. The blades come and go as racks do, but the virtualization back of it means a lot less hands on and a lot more manageability.

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest benefit is the minimum downtime due to the programmatic nature of the whole thing.

What needs improvement?

There’s nothing that I don't already know is coming out.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had them for quite a few years now. Early on it was a bit hit and miss, but more recently it has become far more stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not gone full scale with it. We only have it in small areas of the data center at the moment.

How is customer service and technical support?

We have not used technical support.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We knew we needed a new solution because our data center costs were rising on our racks and we just had to slimline down into a more compact solution.

How was the initial setup?

The early stages weren't as smooth as they should have been. I was involved in the initial setup and it was complex because of the nature we wanted to use it in; a very virtualized network and storage capacity. It wasn't quite straightforward and it meant a great deal of complex planning to make sure we got it right in the first place and the initial setup didn't cause problems later on.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Dell solutions.

When selecting a vendor, reputation and pricing are most important.

What other advice do I have?

Spend as much time as possible planning before you go anywhere near it.

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

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