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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.
This has drastically reduced our datacenter space, has good cooling and power consumption.
Cabling complexity and volume have been reduced.
It is first in class for composable infrastructure. It has the scalability that meets our future needs and the automation that builds into something that we are really looking forward to using.
The composable infrastructure allows us to build our own server profiles, then build up the infrastructure that we need from compute modules.
Everything is combined in one chassis, you have storage, compute, networking. So you save a lot of space in the datacenter.
Everybody noticed very large improvement in data processing. A lot of activity which took hours now takes, let's say, tens of minutes.
We're able to provision different applications, different demonstrations, add cloud-like speeds on-prem, which is unheard of in the industry.
Give us the ability to seamlessly migrate from one operating environment to another within minutes, which is invaluable.
This is above and beyond anything else any of the competitors have on the market. If you're researching this, you're going down the right path.
I believe, compared to the C7000, it delivers a significant amount of innovation and flexibility,
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.
OA updates and upgrades have to be made simpler.
It is really stable, however the motherboard sometimes crashes.
One of the issues that we that we have been having is with the firmware baselining. So, we need to just making sure that we get that working. However, we are in the early stages. It may well be that we just tweak a few things.
Because we're using 2012, we're having issues making templates.
I think we were promised a little more than we were given. It's true, they are working very hard to try to help remedy that.
When templates are created, there are some steps where you need to reboot the machines. Being in production, this is not a good idea. For example, if you reconfigure the network, you should not have to reboot the machine. You should just apply the new template and that's it.
The deployment time of a system through OneView is pretty slow, but apparently that's being addressed in an upcoming update.
The possibility of using storage directly in the frame in order to have bigger storage directly there, and not having an attached storage like SAN or NAS. That would be helpful.
The update is problematic. When you want to update the firmware, or when you want to update software on Composer, it takes a lot of time. A lot.
After delivering the contract, they became a little less active. So, it needs some pushing from my side sometimes.
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.
Add OneView and ILO advanced to the base product. Don’t adjust the price, but just include them.
The prices for the HPE Virtual Connect Modules are expensive compared to other I/O Modules available.
With regards to the prices, they need to adapt to the current needs of the country.
Their licensing program is pretty simple.
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|Also Known As||HP ProLiant BL Series Servers, HP ProLiant BladeSystem, HP BladeSystem|
|Website/Video||Hewlett Packard Enterprise||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
|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.|
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|Sample Customers||EMIS Health||HudsonAlpha, Virgin Media, EMIS, United|
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