HPE ProLiant DL Servers Review

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

What is most valuable?

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

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs improvement?

Better power usage monitoring would be nice.

For how long have I used the solution?

I used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

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

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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

How are 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.

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

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

How was the initial setup?

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

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-house.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

DL360 G7 ( P411 controller) & D2600
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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