HPE ProLiant DL Servers Review

Robust, easy to use, and user friendly

What is most valuable?

The robustness of the design of the server is the most valuable. HP servers are easy to use and user-friendly. The server is not complicated, and it is easy to use ILO systems.

What needs improvement?

In DL 500 systems, the flow of air is not good enough, and some components get overheated. IBM systems have better airflow and scalability. 

We have a data center that has limited physical space. Therefore, we need to maximize the processing or compute systems that we use. In HP servers, such as DL 500, there are only four processors, whereas IBM servers, such as SR 916, have eight processors.

We don't get any support from HP because of our geographical location. We solve all problems ourselves by doing research on the internet. It would be good to get HP support.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using HP products for six or seven years. We use HP Proliant DL 300 family and DL 500 family and blade servers like Enclosure C7000.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It works fine for general use or specific use of most enterprises, but for mission-critical servers, I don't think it is the best fit.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

IBM systems have better scalability.

In our company, we have about 4,000 users. We also have a lot of outside users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't had any technical support yet because our country is not in the technical support area.

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

We have been using HP products from the beginning.

How was the initial setup?

In the latest versions, such as G9 or G10, we have a very user-friendly installation. It took about 30 minutes to 1 hour. RAID is easy to install, and so is the server, but in earlier products or versions, it was somehow challenging. 

What about the implementation team?

I deployed it myself. We have about six persons for the deployment and maintenance of the servers. They are system administrators for physical servers. For virtual environments, we have different teams to administer the use of our environment.

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

We have ILO licenses. We use this feature.

What other advice do I have?

HPE ProLiant DL Servers are easy to use and suitable for mid-range users. HP has other products for enterprise users. I don't compare them with this family. We had the physical servers for all services, but now we are migrating to virtual servers using VMware.

I would rate HPE ProLiant DL Servers an eight out of ten.

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