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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»
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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»
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»
Claus Andersen
Real User
Storage specialist, Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The longevity and modular factors allow for upgrading and continued usage. It also has a pretty solid design and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Getting more out of what you purchased. Like the virtualization of the product and especially the virtual connects allows… more»

What needs improvement?

It is nearing the end of its development, so I think the question is a moot point. HPE has a replacement system called… more»

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

Add OneView and ILO advanced to the base product. Don’t adjust the price, but just include them.

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

in the old days, HPE had a horrifying type blade system. (I guess they were all horrible before this blade.) That was a… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a new system and do not have one in place, see the new products like Synergy.
Anonymous User
Consultant
System Integration Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature, of course, is its size as I can build a huge compute resource on it.

How has it helped my organization?

A couple of those HPE BladeSystem Enclosures can give you a stable and distributed compute resource for a virtual… more»

What needs improvement?

First of all, there should be a change in the disk bay. Currently, in the case of a disk failure there is a need to remove… more»

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

Their licensing program is pretty simple.

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

I have used this HPE Enclosure as a part of the design; we are using this solution from the beginning and have not… more»

What other advice do I have?

Pay attention to the HPE's management solution as they are securing the management interfaces of their servers. You need… more»
Sven Bo Roenn
Real User
IT Infrastructure Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 03 2017

What is most valuable?

We are very happy with flexible NIC configuration features which are possible if you combine the BladeServers with HPE flex switches in the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It hasn't really made a big impact on our organization. We are not that big, only three people in the server operations group. The use of blade… more»

What needs improvement?

Non-disruptive firmware upgrades in all areas of blade technology.

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

We did not have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

* It’s advisable to maintain and operate an updated HPE management solution along with the BladeSystem, which will assist in failure alerting… 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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