Compare HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy

HPE BladeSystem is ranked 2nd in Blade Servers with 6 reviews while HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 36 reviews. HPE BladeSystem is rated 7.6, while HPE Synergy is rated 8.2. 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 Cisco UCS B-Series, HPE Superdome X, Fujitsu Primergy BX900 Series, Super Micro SuperBlade and Lenovo Flex System, whereas HPE Synergy is most compared with Cisco UCS B-Series, Dell PowerEdge M, Lenovo Flex System, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and HPE Superdome X. See our HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy report.
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Pros
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.

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In terms of the productivity of our deployment team, the amount of time has been decreased a lot. In the past, to deploy one c7000 chassis with 15 or 16 blades, we literally used to spend two to three weeks. But with a Synergy, it's very quick. Within three days we can do the deployment.The Online firmware update for the virtual connects has minimized our downtime windows.The most valuable features of this solution are the ease of management and the integration with OneView.Where it used to take one week to re-image or upgrade our hosts, it can now take one day.We have more control over the firmware and how we are managing our physical servers.It has had a positive effect on the efficiency of our IT infrastructure team. The manageability of it is so easy, we're able to install it quickly, and replacement parts are easy to get in and out quickly.Cable management is a big feature, in addition to time to deployment. We can buy a new server and have it up and running very quickly.Valuable features include its dependability, reliability, and the ease of managing the system.

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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.

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I would definitely like to see them fix the firmware updates on all the blades. No matter what operating system it is running on, make sure I can do the firmware as well as the software for those firmware components at the same time. I don't want to have to rely on an external product. Let's bring that product inside the menu so that I have a better experience with updates.Technical support for this solution has a very good initial response; however, escalation takes time, and most of the time the first level of support cannot solve your case.A faster Composer module would be a good inclusion for the next release of this solution.The installation and initial setup process is complex and needs to be improved.I would be more comfortable if Ansible actually rolled back the data used for automating platforms. If it could be communicated to the upstream Ansible, I wouldn't need to go back and forth and validate the libraries as we upgrade the Ansible version.I would like to see more nodes in a single chassis so we wouldn't have to purchase additional chassis.I would really like a way to validate the firmware in my specific environment before trying to deploy it. Those were the issues we had early on with firmware upgrades, particularly around certificates. All in all, having some level of confidence aside from it just having been tested generically would help. Something more specific to my environment would be very helpful.One of the features I want to see, which I will see with OneView 5.0, is to have all the OneView consoles in a single pane of glass. That will make it easy to see everything in one place and not have to log in to multiple consoles.

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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.

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We pay for licensing on the fibre channel uplinks, on the Virtual Connect, which is an add-on.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.

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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 Firm21%
Government8%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Insurance Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company33%
Comms Service Provider25%
Manufacturing Company9%
Government6%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Retailer12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company35%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm7%
Retailer6%
Company Size
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Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise69%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise61%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise75%
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