HPE BladeSystem Review

Relatively easy to manage; the performance is both good and reliable

What is our primary use case?

We use these chassis with Gen8 and Gen9 servers, Blade servers for virtualization, VMware servers.

What is most valuable?

They are reliable, and it's relatively easy to manage them. They also regularly provide patching for the servers. It's quite a good product.

What needs improvement?

HPE has told us that the c7000 will no longer be part of its portfolio, so I don't think so they will provide any new features. But if I had to say something it would be some features from the Synergy. They could go to a converged system with the c7000, so everything would be automatic in the system.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The problem is that when want to expand with a new chassis, you have to do everything manually. It's not automatic.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have good support from HPE.

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

I don't know what the previous solution was, but in our company every four or five years we have a renewal process for the older systems. That was probably the reason for the switch.

For me, when selecting a vendor, the most important criteria are that the system must be reliable, and the support as well. The support is very important because we have a lot of business-critical servers and if something goes wrong with the hardware we need the support.

What other advice do I have?

If you don't want to go to the new technologies, like hyperconverged systems or converged systems, if you want to use only the old-school technologies, I can recommend this solution.

I rate it at eight out of 10. It's a good product, it's reliable, the performance is good. You can expand with the new servers as well. It has been a leading product in the market until now.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

c7000 Enclosure
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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