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.
Improvements to My Organization
Very simply, we needed a stable server, and this is a stable server.
Room for 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.
We haven't had any deployment issues.
I don’t need to scale. Their cage is stand-alone boxes.
Customer Service and Technical Support
I haven't used them for these servers, but I've found them slow for other things.
We were using Dell, which were almost the same as the DL380.
It's straightforward. Putting that kind of server into the rack now is something like 50 minutes.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Jan 07 2016