Lenovo Blade Servers [EOL] Review

We were able to replace five 42U server racks with two IBM S Series Blade Center chassis, but firmware updates are troublesome and difficult.

Valuable Features

  • Density for virtualization
  • Remote management

Improvements to My Organization

We replaced five 42U server racks with two IBM S Series Blade Center chassis.

Room for Improvement

Firmware updates are troublesome and difficult.

Use of Solution

I've used it for four years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support was reasonable, but leaves room for improvement. Firmware changes were barely supported, and escalation was difficult. Ultimately I was referred to a third party vendor for NIC firmware that crippled my blades when I applied the IBM image downloaded from IBM.com.

Previous Solutions

No previous solutions were in place.

Initial Setup

The initial setup was mainly straightforward, but somewhat complex due to the technology. However, this was reasonable considering the nature of the hardware environment, blade\chassis\SAN

Implementation Team

It was a vendor assisted implementation, their hands on experience was very helpful in several key configuration areas. I would recommend involving someone who has actual experience with product.

Other Solutions Considered

Compared offerings from HP IBM had a better presence and greater offering.

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