HPE ProLiant DL Servers Review

We've used SmartArray to take care of RAID rebuilding and increased our shelves-per-server count without issue.

Valuable Features

The HP SmartArray, as this takes care of RAID rebuilding.

Improvements to My Organization

I've used 350 disks, had eight disk replacements, and two controllers over three years.

Room for Improvement

Better power usage monitoring would be nice.

Use of Solution

I used it for three years.

Deployment Issues

When replacing RAID card in the server one must re-install the license for ADG/RAID6.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

We increased the amount of shelves per server to six, and we have had no issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Great, it's just an e-mail.

Technical Support:

It's good, but their on-site is not familiar with this setup.

Previous Solutions

We had a mixture of Sun Thor and HP C-class with AMS FC storage from Hitachi.

Initial Setup

It went fine, and it even came pre-installed with RHEL, however, we reinstalled it with SL.

Implementation Team

We did it in-house.

Other Advice

It works fine, it gave quite a lot of storage per rack unit. There are better options for storage density these days. Also, there are better options for more storage per rack unit, and more CPU power.

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