HPE BladeSystem Review

I can build a huge compute resource on it. In the case of a disk failure, there is a need to remove the whole disk bay.


What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature, of course, is its size as I can build a huge compute resource on it.

How has it helped my organization?

A couple of those HPE BladeSystem Enclosures can give you a stable and distributed compute resource for a virtual environment.

What needs improvement?

First of all, there should be a change in the disk bay. Currently, in the case of a disk failure there is a need to remove the whole bay and as a result, to disconnect all the other disks.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for maybe more than four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have encountered a major issue with VMware on Gen8. There is no support for NetQueue, that resulted in network issues with the VMs.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

I was not satisfied with the support. It seems that the support team does not know their products in depth. Their main approach is to upgrade the firmware/drivers and replace the hardware. They are struggling in giving any type of technical explanation for resolving issues. But, there are not many issues that were not addressed by the support team and I always received a solution this way or another.

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

I have used this HPE Enclosure as a part of the design; we are using this solution from the beginning and have not switched to it from any another solution.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is not simple but if the low-level design is correct, then it is a straightforward implementation.

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

Their licensing program is pretty simple.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other products such as Dell and Cisco Blade Servers.

What other advice do I have?

Pay attention to the HPE's management solution as they are securing the management interfaces of their servers. You need to implement it correctly, otherwise, in a case of a failure, for example, an incorrect network configuration may result in complete loss of the management.

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