Compare HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy

HPE BladeSystem is ranked 2nd in Blade Servers with 14 reviews while HPE Synergy which is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 42 reviews. HPE BladeSystem is rated 8.4, while HPE Synergy is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HPE BladeSystem writes "Gives us good server density and a harmonized hardware solution". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Synergy writes "We have gained some efficiencies on the provisioning front-end side, but there have been challenges with external integrations to other platforms". HPE BladeSystem is most compared with HPE Synergy, Cisco UCS B-Series and HPE Superdome X, whereas HPE Synergy is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M and Cisco UCS B-Series. See our HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy report.
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With just one cable, for redundancy let's say two, you can feed sixteen servers in a single c7000 chassis.The virtual connect and network management port is a valuable feature.The benefit is the density and the capability for global harmonization on the hardware, because all the hardware chassis are the same. We can also purchase the same network cards too, chassis by chassis, so it gives us a global solution.They have served different needs for us from virtualized web servers to dedicated databases and application servers.They are reliable, and it's relatively easy to manage them. They also regularly provide patching for the servers.I really appreciate the integrated Onboard Administrator, the iLO (Integrated Lights-Out) modular network, and the SAN Switches.Virtual Fabric and interconnects are easy to configure and maintain.Wide choice in mixing SAN and LAN.

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With OneView, we can take care of all our servers in one dashboard.We bought it with the intent to replace the c7000 workstation blades. It is bigger than the workstation blades in core count, memory, and graphical capabilities. So, it has broadened us in that regard, and we have more capabilities.It is really easy to use, because it's GUI-based. It is not command line based, like mainframes.Synergy is much easier to use, which is saving us time. We are able to set the profiles for firmware upgrades. This makes the process for the care and feeding of the IT environment much simpler, quicker, and cleaner.Composability... We show our partners the value of composability and how it can meet their needs.The most valuable feature is its composable infrastructure. Everything I need is in the box. Manageability is through OneView, so I can get all the information about the box itself at any time I want.On the previous HPE platform, we struggled because everything was independent. We had to manage firmware on each server, storage and network configuration on each server. Synergy is template-driven so we can ensure consistency of all of those settings. It allows us to standardize configuration and ensure consistency across the board.It gives us ease of use. It's nice because we don't have to mess with networking once it's set up. Once it's done, we just put another blade in and go from there. We don't have to go back in, run more cables, deal with more data center stuff. We stick a blade in, use the server profile template, build out a server profile from that, and it just goes.

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Cons
The only side that must be improved is the active-passive interconnect module architecture.HPE BladeSystems is an old technology that cannot fit all of the dynamic organizational needs of our company.The scalability is limited because you only have a 16-server by chassis.There have been some hardware failures with them. These failures have since been solved by HPE support partners.The problem is that when want to expand with a new chassis, you have to do everything manually. It's not automatic.This product needs a wider range of firmware compatibility matrix from the oldest to the newest blade server.​Storage capacity could be enhanced.Higher bandwidth interconnects could be introduced.

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We haven't seen any ROI, and it hasn't reduced our cost of operations.It has affected the productivity of our development team in a bad way. When we first stood the hardware up 18 months ago, the image streaming capacity and capability were not very good at all. We had hoped that it would allow us to be more composable and be able to switch over from one version of an operating system to another version of an operating system. However, it wasn't ready for prime time yet. Therefore, we had to go back to a deployment of bare metal install. We are still waiting and trying to figure out how we can do the composable infrastructure.Instead of having Synergy vertical, make it horizontal. It is easier to stick in when it is vertical.The technical support was about the only negative experience that I had. It was a mixed bag when we were first standing it up. We had some requirements from our information security department, and technical support wasn't able to give me immediate answers. They had to engage engineering, which they did, then they got me the answers. However, it took a week of back and forth conversations and phone calls to get it all worked out.The main challenge we faced was that when it was installed it just did not work. There were faulty components and it took weeks of troubleshooting to find the faulty components, get them replaced. Getting help from HPE was difficult. Nobody knew about the product. It was a brand-new product and people had not been trained on it. That part was not a great experience.I'd like to see the firmware updates, as well as the built-in OneView and imager in Composer, become a little more powerful and faster.A big thing for me is moving InfoSight for ProLiant into OneView, or at least connecting it. Today we have to use the iLO Amplifier Pack and that would require us to reconfigure iLO on every single one of the servers, independently, to get that data into InfoSight. We're really looking for a single control and management plane.I would like the ability to have my storage components accessed from any other frame across the backplane. If we have a storage module and we run out of space in that frame, it'd be nice to be able to share it across the frames. You can do it with hyperconverged. Why can't you do it with Synergy?

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The chassis itself, with no blade server inside, so expensive. The C7000 model costs around $100,000.​The price could be cheaper.

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The solution has reduced our IT infrastructure costs by 50 percent.It costs us around $60,000 a year.The licensing is more around the software for RGS, because we are deploying bare metal installs. It is mainly the operating system and any lights-out management. So, licensing is minimum. We are licensing it annually.When we made the purchase of the hardware, we added Professional Services to it.Nutanix was really hard to implement, and it was very pricey compared to what we get from Synergy.We do CAPEX.For temporal use, when you throw on the fact that you're essentially doubling your capacity, right there you could claim a 50 percent TCO reduction.The price point is a little high. We were able to get a good deal on a promotion, to go with it. It would be nice to see the prices come down a little bit.

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2nd
out of 25 in Blade Servers
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Reviews
14
Average Words per Review
289
Avg. Rating
8.4
1st
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Comparisons
6,445
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12
Average Words per Review
622
Avg. Rating
8.7
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Also Known As
HP ProLiant BL Series Servers, HP ProLiant BladeSystem, HP BladeSystem
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Overview
HP ProLiant BladeSystem share power, cooling, network, and storage infrastructure via the blade enclosure. Since equipment is not needed for each server, you get a dramatic reduction in power distribution units, power cables, LAN and SAN switches, connectors, adapters, and cables. And you can add the newest-generation technologies by simply changing individual components.

HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, offers an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value instantly and continuously. It is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application. As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. With HPE Synergy, IT can become not just the internal service provider but the business partner to rapidly launch new applications that become the business.

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Sample Customers
EMIS HealthHudsonAlpha, Virgin Media, EMIS, United
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm20%
Government8%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Insurance Company7%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Manufacturing Company15%
Healthcare Company13%
Retailer10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
University24%
Consumer Goods14%
Healthcare Company10%
Financial Services Firm10%
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