HPE ProLiant DL Servers Review

Commonality between systems makes it easy to manage.

What is most valuable?

The commonality between the systems is very valuable, and it is very easy to manage.

How has it helped my organization?

It helped us a lot because it's a very stable solution.

It's not changing very much in terms of handling from generation to generation. So every time they introduce a new ProLiant generation, it's very easy for our operations team to adopt it; and it's very easy for us to adapt to the new features.

Because of the commonality between systems, we also have a very lean and optimized process for replacing people when resources need to be moved around. I think that's the main benefit of the ProLiant platform.

What needs improvement?

My personal opinion is that the rack-mount kits in generation four were the best. The current ones are kind of overcomplicated to mount, so I would really like to go back to how the rack mount worked when we had the G4. This would really be an improvement.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's rock solid. I have never seen a ProLiant server breaking down for no reason.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think for us the scalability is definitely sufficient. We have the two-socket series and the four-socket series. We did not look beyond that because it's just not in our requirements; but we are fine with what we have.

How are customer service and technical support?

They are very efficient, fast and friendly. They know their products. It was a good experience.

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

When I joined the company, we were on Compaq ProLiant and we stayed with it. For HP, the ProLiant series is still a strategic product. If you look at other vendors, say IBM, they even sold the X86 server business. So there are not too many vendors in the business who have a very strategic X86 server series, and HP is obviously one of them.

How was the initial setup?

It's a data center. Things go in and out. I was a system administrator myself many years ago, so I set up a lot of HPE ProLiant systems. They were very easy to set up in the past. They have become even easier. I would say that half of the strength of the ProLiant servers is the software and the additional tools that HPE provides.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

IBM fell off our short list of vendors because they just gave up the business.

Dell didn’t have the same level of stability, maintainability, and range of products that we have with the ProLiant series.

What other advice do I have?

Investigate some use case scenarios relevant for your daily business perspective, for example:

  • What do you need to do to change defective hardware in your system?
  • What do you need to do to upgrade your systems?

Check the workflows:

  • How easy is it to change the parts?
  • How easy is it to access the server?

Do you have the right documentation already in the server, like it is for HPE; or do you need external sources to know what you are doing?

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