The flexibility of using storage options would be one valuable feature. Another would be competitive pricing. And yet another would the quite high top speeds on the processor.
It's also the simplicity and user friendliness that's important to us. The only issues we've had were software related from our own side, but not from HP.
The provisioning is something you want to do regardless of the actual types of hardware that you use as you want it as wide as possible.
Improvements to My Organization:
We use the DL380 mainly for our workloads, so it's a combination of having to use local storage but also having high demands in terms of top speed on processors. We're using the highest top speed possible in a DL380. With that on the local discs, we get lots of performance where other systems will connect to a traditional SAN-based storage.
You would lose speed there, so we use the product for these high workloads, but we also use products like the 380 or the 360 for workloads that are actually offsite. These are like our smaller data centers where we don't have virtualization. These are branch offices or could be used as a domain controller for Windows, those sorts of workloads.
Room for Improvement:
We'd like to have a management platform that's not limited and that would give us a single view of all our systems. This full range of options is limited only to certain types of hardware.
Also, if you look at compatible infrastructure that was introduced recently, it will be like an image streamer in a compatible system. An image streamer won't be able to provision older types of servers.
It's my job to design the infrastructure of the RAM. If there's any operational issue, I would be the one calling HP for that.
Other Solutions Considered:
We've looked at a lot of IBM systems as well as Lenovo and Dell. We also looked at converged systems like Nutanix.
Look for performance specs. There's a lot of high-end servers being sold in the market with quite low specs.