HPE BladeSystem Review

Scalability and flexibility are valuable, as are the networking solutions within the chassis.


What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are scalability, flexibility and deployment, as well as the ease of networking solutions within the chassis.

How has it helped my organization?

The low cost of deployment is the greatest benefit to our company. It saves us money.

What needs improvement?

The only thing we think is on the down side is that you can't push them anywhere near as hard as the pizza-box servers; the rack mounts. We knew this at the very start, but it is something that makes us not totally go down that route. We do have a parallel deployment using those for our more aggressive situations.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The BladeSystem is very stable. Being an architect, I think the down times have been all within the expected goal, so we have not had any issues with that.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's able to scale very well. That's one of the benefits of it.

How is customer service and technical support?

I do remember that we had some technical questions on Virtual Connect and technical support was a bit slow in the early days, but that has improved.

Which solutions did we use previously?

There was a company-wide decision, but we chose BladeSystem on the grounds that we had to do a rapid deployment. We didn't have an awful lot of time to get in to the detail, so we wanted something that knew was going to work. It's something we trusted would work. The scalability offered the fact that we could easily add to our installations in the various data centres that we have fairly quickly and horizontally scale out our applications.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was fine. It was more that we needed to know some of the technical error ins and outs regarding that, because we were using multicast mechanisms across the WAN and wanted to know how good the traffic flows worked; the ingress on the chassis and to the BladeSystems.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went with HPE because of the performance. We set it against Dell, and evaluated its performance, because we also buy their hardware products. But, to be honest, we found Dell's far slower. We just said, there's no way we're going to go for that.

In general, when selecting a vendor to work with, cost and performance are the most important criteria.

What other advice do I have?

Regarding the connectivity setups, we've done it all now. We could smooth that path. Now it's very simple for us. If there are any difficulties, it's probably of our own making.

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