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Sergio Giovannetti
Real User
Technology Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

HPE BladeSystem c7000 is a complex piece of engineering. * I appreciate its simplified interface that gives the administrator the power to build a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The first goal was to use blades. This stemmed from a space problem in our data center. We needed to add more servers, but the space became short… more»

What needs improvement?

* Hardware management could be improved. * Cisco UCS has a more universal approach. It treats the hardware as stateless and manages absolutely all… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I used rack form factor servers and switched to blades to gain consolidation ration. I also wanted to have better management control over the… more»

What other advice do I have?

* The product is good and strong. Nowadays, the software works fine. I chose HPE because of the existing vendor relationship and reputation. * You… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Here are the valuable hardware and software features: Hardware: * Multi-generational blade system which supports all the way from Gen1 to Gen9… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our organization as follows: * Ease of management and configuration through a single pane of glass for up to 16 blade… more»

What needs improvement?

The Onboard Administrator (OA) is the heart of C7000 enclosure management, it integrates advanced health and monitoring to the point of even iLo… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Always ensure that you purchase the Insight Control Suite. This will ensure all current and future blades are licensed for iLO and other features… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is quite easy to setup, configure, and get fully into production. This is the case even when physically migrating old blades from an old c7000… more»
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Anonymous User
Real User
IT Manager at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 07 2018

What is most valuable?

The density. It's good to have a sixteen-server chassis.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm not thinking about what kind of new services we could have in the HPE C7000 because I have made the decision to go to HPE Synergy or Dynamic.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend HPE BladeSystem. I'm satisfied with HPE BladeSystem at the moment but we can imagine consuming Blade servers, metal-as-a-service. We have an entire environment… more»
Nugroho Cahyo Riadmojo
Real User
IT Network And Infrastructure Engineer at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Aug 06 2018

What is most valuable?

I really appreciate the integrated Onboard Administrator, the iLO (Integrated Lights-Out) modular network, and the SAN… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product saved the data center space (only use 10 U Spaces for max 16 servers) and has better performance for the… more»

What needs improvement?

This product needs a wider range of firmware compatibility matrix from the oldest to the newest blade server. Because the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's quite expensive for the initial purchase. The chassis itself, with no blade server inside, so expensive. The C7000… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used Rackmount, but we switched to this solution because it is integrated and saves space.

What other advice do I have?

Prepare the budget and be ready to persuade the board of directors as to why you should buy this solution. Don't forget to… more»
Kamel Halabi
Real User
Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Its ease of management, consolidation, connectivity, power, and cooling are the most valuable features. * Ease of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The HPE BladeSystem delivers a modular infrastructure for the data center. The main critical applications and… more»

What needs improvement?

It provides a higher connectivity throughput with the new releases. There is better integration with the third-party… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The prices for the HPE Virtual Connect Modules are expensive compared to other I/O Modules available. It's better to size… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Initially, we were using the Cisco UCS Blade Server Enclosures. We switched to this product due to the integration with… more»

What other advice do I have?

The implementation and deployment are easy and straightforward for engineers of basic IT knowledge. However, you need… more»
Sabrin Freedman Alexander
Real User
Lead Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 25 2017

What is most valuable?

* Easy scalability * Modular design * Easy configuration

How has it helped my organization?

Before we introduced the solution, we had 24 cabinets, filled with classic rack servers. We had continuous issues with… more»

What needs improvement?

* The web interface is Java based and we had issues with different version of Java. We sometimes need to host dedicated… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For first time users, only buy two BladeSystems and fill them up. They are expensive. Apart from that, you get more than… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This is the first time we have used BladeSystems.

What other advice do I have?

Get to know the product. Spend time studying its ins and outs. You will be surprised by its capabilities. I would not… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
IT Director of Technology at Resorts World Las Vegas
Jun 19 2017

What is most valuable?

The density of the BladeSystem, that we can keep adding blades as we need more VMs. The longevity of the system that it creates as well. Right now… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I like the BladeSystem. I've been a fan of the BladeSystems for a while, since when they came out way back in the day. My first BladeSystems I used… more»

What needs improvement?

I was looking at the HPE Synergy. What I see there is it's the next evolution of that whole BladeSystem. It pretty much puts compute, it puts… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In my past at a couple director positions I've held, I've utilized Cisco's UCS product quite a bit. I've had experiences with that from when that… more»

What other advice do I have?

Really look at it closely, but really look at the Synergy product as well. That seems to me like that's the next evolution of the BladeSystem.
Anonymous User
Real User
Analyst at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 11 2017

What is most valuable?

When it comes to the BladeSystem, what we love about it most is being able to actually manage it using OneView. It's one feature that allows us to fully manage all of our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to deploy a lot of different operating systems such as VMware and Red Hat Linux, Oracle, Oracle Solaris; also Microsoft's Windows server. All of these are fully supported… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like OneView to go over the current limit of 40 instances.

What other advice do I have?

It's because we've been using it for so many years now. It's been very reliable for us. I would say consult your hardware vendor and discuss with them your needs. Sit down with them… more»
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What is HPE BladeSystem?

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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