What is most valuable?
The DL380 generation 8 has slots for hard drives in the front. This really separates it from competitors such as Dell. I need that kind of local storage space for each server, which I can make from eight drives. This is like a RAID 6 set-up so that I don't have to worry about just one broken hard drive. We'll automatically get an SNMP problem error from the broken drive.
How has it helped my organization?
Very simply, we needed a stable server, and this is a stable server.
What needs improvement?
I'm worried that with the new model, HP will get rid of the processor ILO port that enables us to have a separated management network. I don't think it'll be feasible to have some models with the ILO port and some without.
I'd also like to see faster memory chips.
I also think that there's an issue with the Smart Array firmware, which is the RAID controller. It corrupts RAID 6 so that if you have an entire setup that's based on RAID 6, the whole RAID will also be corrupted.
What was my experience with deployment of the solution?
We haven't had any deployment issues.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
I don’t need to scale. Their cage is stand-alone boxes.
How are customer service and technical support?
I haven't used them for these servers, but I've found them slow for other things.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We were using Dell, which were almost the same as the DL380.
How was the initial setup?
It's straightforward. Putting that kind of server into the rack now is something like 50 minutes.