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Technical Manager with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

I especially value the higher consolidation ratio.

How has it helped my organization?

This server comes with up to 2TB of memory which allows us to run more virtual machine on single server. We can leverage it for a higher consolidation ratio.

What needs improvement?

It would be better if the boot time during POST would be reduced.

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

It depends on the order size of other services we select during the procurement phase.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to deploy IBM Blade Servers. The switch was due to company policy, although IBM products are also good.

What other advice do I have?

It’s advisable to use FlexFabric Interconnect for a converged network.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cisco UCS.
Vendor
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 complete processing infrastructure remotely. * I like… 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 quickly. The first consolidation approach was a blades… 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 configurations from the same console. * HPE has an… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 hardware infrastructure.

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 can do all of the installation and configuration… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have only used HPE infrastructure. Previous to blades, we were using Standalone Rack form factor servers like the DL380 model. If I were brand agnostic, I would probably select CISCO UCS, but this… more»
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Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

We like the wire once approach. We've had to do very little maintenance on the backend connectivity components. We really have been able to basically leave our fiber and Ethernet connections alone. I think in our ten years on two BladeSystem enclosures, we've done one infield upgrade, to raise our capacity limits on Ethernet and fiber channel. But really, the same enclosures have been doing… more»

What needs improvement?

We had a lot of work to do from a management perspective as an administrator to ensure that we had the correct firmware and driver levels, and things like that, between servers. HPE fixed that when they introduced the service pack for ProLiant. OneView has expanded the idea of server profiles and added some additional management ease - including the ability to define firmware levels for blades -… more»

What other advice do I have?

It really gets the job done well. It's dense compute. We replaced an entire rack of equipment with ten use, twelve use, I can't remember how many use it is, but with a single BladeSystem. It has been a long-sustaining enclosure. We have field upgraded the interconnects twice to add new capabilities as technology changed and those were service affecting but not very difficult. I have worked with… more»
Consultant
Delivery Assurance Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 25 2016

What is most valuable?

The simplified design of the blades ensures a effeccient and repair including a replace in the event of a failure.

How has it helped my organization?

Improves capacity and aids organizations in adapting to their growth.

What needs improvement?

The profiles needs a complete rework, the way the profiles and networks are assigned to the blades isn’t user friendly and is often a hindrance

What other advice do I have?

Consider implementing HP One-View into your environment to assist in addressing the complicated admin in some areas. Implement where possible a Use Standard to the chassis level, i.e. 1 chassis for hyper-v, 1 for SQL, etc... Segregate the networking set to the network where possible and avoid using… more»
Consultant
System Auditor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 02 2016

What is most valuable?

I think the c7000 platinum enclosure is really a great value for the money, especially for centralized data center management. It provides us with an advanced server management system that makes things work faster for our NOC and server administrator. Firmware updates for system components are also valuable.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvement regarding scalability and deployment in the area of support. I simply mean seeing other fantastic features like built-in humidity or temperature sensors (especially for the market outside Europe and US). With technical support, I'm wondering if there could be some sort of seminar or webinar organised for users and prospective clients that may want to take a bake off… more»

What other advice do I have?

The HPE BladeSystem is easy to manage. It is a fantastic product that datacenter managers, cloud services providers, and server room operators should embrace because it has all you could ever think of.
Vendor
SRE OPS Manager at Criteo
Jul 01 2015

What do you think of HPE BladeSystem?

Valuable Features:

HP is very aware of and adaptable to our market. They've been able to provide the best technology to fit our market.

Improvements to My Organization:

HP is a good partner, as they really try to understand and build trust with our market.

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.
Also known as
HP ProLiant BL Series Servers, HP ProLiant BladeSystem, HP BladeSystem
HPE BladeSystem customers
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