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Purchasing and Vendor Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 02 2017

What is most valuable?

* The high resolution function is very good, one of the best on the market. * It allows users to manage it remotely if something happens, which is quite neat.

How has it helped my organization?

Our main concern is having to rebuy the solution or having downtime, so the fact that these servers run well and do not break often addresses our concern.

What needs improvement?

The HP writing systems could be more customer-focused instead of process-focused. It can take some companies quite a while to write.

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

I have found that the bigger the case that you want, the better the price.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Dell, but found that HPE fit our needs better. We found that HPE worked better in our environment, and also, that our staff were more competent with HPE than with Dell.
Vendor
Senior Data Center Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 16 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of use. When you use one HPE item, it's very simple to get into anything else, software-wise. It's all about consistency and quality. I would actually say that we've had a lot less down time or… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Dependability. That is a big thing for us, because we are in healthcare.

What needs improvement?

I would like see better integration with OneView.

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

We are provincially-driven in Canada. The hardware that we purchase is all purchased through a provincial agreement. We have to go with whatever they go with. We previously had IBM, up to five years… more »

What other advice do I have?

Do your research and make sure that it fits your solution. There are so many new options out there.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have been evaluating other options. We have looked here and there at other vendors along the way. We do have other vendor equipment in our data center. When selecting a vendor, we look for customer… more »
Vendor
Senior IT Technician at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 24 2016

What is most valuable?

The quality of the build is the “be-all and end-all” in my eyes. I like the fact that it's indestructible. We've had servers for a long time. Most companies have servers that last for only three years and then they replace them. We've had servers for seven or eight years. The only reason we get rid… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's compatible with servers and other HP equipment we use in the schools. I don't have any issues with compatibility. If I need drivers for specific products, they are there online. I don't have to run around all over the place looking for equivalent drivers or equivalent bits of software. In my… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to interact with touchscreen smart boards. It comes with iPads and Apple devices. I'd like to interact wirelessly with smart boards. I found Apple a little bit better for that. That's why schools are buying a lot of iPads at the moment. I buy HPE laptops for the teachers and… more »

What other advice do I have?

This solution has average security, but only for education purposes. We have standard encryption. We inquire about the newest product that is coming out, and then we look at the cost-efficiency for how much it's capable of doing for what we need. If it's too big of a jump, then we will opt-out of… more »
Vendor
Senior Systems Engineer - Storage and Virtualization at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2016

What do you think of HPE Proliant ML?

Valuable Features

ProLiant is the industry standard and the most popular selling rack mount server in the history of rack mount servers. We use them out of momentum.

Room for Improvement

The quality of the cases has gone down. They flex a lot.

Use of Solution

I’ve used the product for more years than I care to count.

Stability Issues

They are a very stable product for us and are just as reliable as the blade servers.

Scalability Issues

We use them for remote offices, normally in pairs, and we haven’t had any issues. They’re easy to work on and can deal with tight quarters where it is really hot.

Customer Service and Technical Support

HP support is very good. I've never had an issue with it. HP stands behind their product so they work hard to fix issues.

Other Advice

Consultant
Manager Architect And Solution Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 21 2016

What is most valuable?

I've used these servers for 20 years since the days of Compaq, and so they're easy for me to use. They're good products and once you learn them, they're simple to manage for administrators and IT infrastructure teams. That's really the most important feature -- the ease of use.

How has it helped my organization?

This is a bit of a strange question because it's not a perfect solution for an organization that is reliant on its customers. The servers are not only for us but for our customers as well because, ultimately, we work for our customers. These servers let us provide the best service to our customers.

What needs improvement?

The software needs some improvement, especially when there's an issue. When implementing software updates, patches, or fixes, sometimes we need to stop a part of the service. Of course, this is downtime that interrupts services and impacts the relationships we have with our customers. We need to be able to rely on software that won't require downtime to update or at least have much more minimal… more »
Vendor
Senior Process Manager - Server Domain Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jan 07 2016

What do you think of HPE Proliant ML?

Valuable Features

We use the standard version of these servers. They're very useful for us and are the only servers we use for all our server needs.

Improvements to My Organization

We're standardized with these servers with the accompanying support and hardware. It makes things much more efficient for us to maintain and operate. Plus, it's easy for staff to manage.

Use of Solution

We first used them 25 years ago, and therefore have many different generations of them. We actually have thousands of them in our data centers.

Deployment Issues

They deploy without issues.

Stability Issues

We have stability problems when we install new generations, but they're usually resolved within six months or so.

Scalability Issues

It's very scalable.

Customer Service and Technical

Consultant
Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 03 2016

What is most valuable?

It's truly effective and it's always on. We've tried other manufacturers who claimed particular purposes for their servers, but we never got any decent results from them. We tried HP servers a few years ago and we've come back to it. It's perfect for what we do.

How has it helped my organization?

For us, it's change in continuities where we've seen the most improvement. Each time we move new hardware, it's more and more effective. Everyone on the team is familiar with the hardware, so we don't have to teach them everything. It's simple for us to operate as a team, which is of primary… more »

What needs improvement?

It seems that when we have a single problem, it's a fight with the hardware. We get the package and we do the assembly. This takes us a week or more, and that's a problem. It takes too much time.

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

HP maybe seems sometimes more expensive than others, but we stay with them and we know why.
Chris Rodinis
Reseller
Vice President at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
May 29 2015

What do you think of HPE Proliant ML?

Valuable Features:

Complete video overview:

Other Advice:

I can update this soon with benchmark results and also coming soon is memory configurations.

What is HPE Proliant ML?

HP ProLiant ML expandable tower servers are ideal for remote and branch offices in need of low-risk networking, file-and-print and shared Internet access solutions, and provide maximum internal storage and I/O flexibility. Many small to medium-sized businesses rely on HP ProLiant ML expandable tower servers for the highest level of efficiency, insight and control. HP expandable servers deliver decades of engineering and integration experience designed to speed the implementation of new business computing technology.
Also known as
HP Proliant ML
HPE Proliant ML customers
Kenya Ports Authority, RAK Ceramics, Continental Resources