HPE ProLiant DL Servers Review

It's a line that I'm comfortable with. I think it's something that HPE has put the investment into for the long-term.


Valuable Features

I think the high availability features that are built into the server as our systems require a certain amount of uptime. Having to buy less servers because of built-in redundancy, means I have to buy less pieces of iron. It's a line that I'm comfortable with. I think it's something that HPE has put the investment into for the long-term.

Improvements to My Organization

I think it's just the generations that are built on the ProLiant line of servers.

Room for Improvement

The biggest thing I don't like about ProLiant, and this will be very trivial, is the rails. Every generation, even within the same family generation, the rails are different. It's a pet peeve. It’s not a technical thing. We do rack-mounted servers. Having to deal with different rack - or rail kits - is a real pain. It's not a huge technical thing, but that's the biggest thing for me.

Use of Solution

For us it’s been a success year after year, generation after generation. I've used ProLiant for 15 -16 years.

Stability Issues

Really none. Again, that may be just familiar with the tools from its initial iterations.

Scalability Issues

Really none. Again, that may be just familiar with the tools from its initial iterations.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I've never had a problem with support, and dealing with HP is always seamless.

Initial Setup

The setup is so easy. It used to be SmartStart, but now they've changed that whole functionality. It's seamless to us. I don't really have any complaints from a "stand-it-up-and-support-it" perspective.

Other Solutions Considered

We looked at Dell versus HP. Proliant versus the R-series on the Dell side. When you look at product to product, servers are fairly closely matched. The supportability, or the management of the HP, versus bringing in Dell into my shop was a cost, from an educational perspective for my staff. Understanding the product inside and out was more important than bringing in a new partner.

Other Advice

I rate the ProLiant line very highly because you see the commitment of them building on it, and to me that's important.

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