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.


What is most valuable?

  • Density for virtualization
  • Remote management

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs improvement?

Firmware updates are troublesome and difficult.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are 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.

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

No previous solutions were in place.

How was the 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

What about the 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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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