HPE BladeSystem Review

The longevity and modular factors allow for upgrading and continued usage.

What is most valuable?

The longevity and modular factors allow for upgrading and continued usage. It also has a pretty solid design and management.

How has it helped my organization?

Getting more out of what you purchased. Like the virtualization of the product and especially the virtual connects allows for better efficiency in usage. There is also easy management and easy upgrades.

What needs improvement?

It is nearing the end of its development, so I think the question is a moot point. HPE has a replacement system called Synergy, though it’s a more high-end system than the old C7000.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution since the beginning of 2007.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Generally there are no problems with stability. However, updating firmware in the virtual connect in the older days caused issues. But they have been fixed for a while.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no scalability issues. When upgrading to higher speeds, the backplane could be problematic. For example, when going to 16Gb fibre and 40Gb LAN requires one to go from the G1 and G2 to the later G3. Upgrading to the new 32 and 128Gb SAN is not possible.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good to excellent. It is a solid product with a lot of years behind it and a BIG install base.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

in the old days, HPE had a horrifying type blade system. (I guess they were all horrible before this blade.) That was a long time ago. The C7000 set the bar for blade systems when it came out.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was quite easy to get going, although the virtual connects were a bit more problematic in the beginning.

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

Add OneView and ILO advanced to the base product. Don’t adjust the price, but just include them.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

You have to look at the newer options now, especially Synergy. Keep in mind that existing servers cannot be used in the new model since it’s a completely new type of product redesigned from the bottom up with new case and everything. If you are adding servers to an existing Blade System, go for that solution since it is cheaper and still allows you to utilize your assuages.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a new system and do not have one in place, see the new products like Synergy.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are preferred HPE Partner of the highest level in our country.
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