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Miguel Rodriguez
Real User
General Director at Xerbit
Dec 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Reliability.

How has it helped my organization?

Availability. Basically it's availability, in a product that can handle the workload. It has features that will give the most uptime possible for applications.

What other advice do I have?

I've been working with this product since the first version, the Superdome, the original one that was based on Itanium HP-UX. Basically, it was based on a RISC processor and HP-UX; then the Superdome 2 and now Superdome X. And I'm willing to work with the new Superdome Flex. The way that the product… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Superdome X is a system that can compete in terms of performance and uptime, but it's now standard. That is the great value. There are competitors like IBM, for example, but IBM has a propietary operating system. With Superdome X, you have a system that can run Windows, Red Hat, or VMware which are… more»
Consultant
Senior Director of Research at PSC
Jun 20 2017

What is most valuable?

SDX gave us a very large RAM and we need that for the large-scale graph-handling applications. Those turn up in genomics for genome sequence assembly and in metagenomics. Now, people are even doing… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Benefits of the SDX, to me, are having a very large RAM. We chose 12 terabytes as the sweet spot. We could have gone higher with the higher-density dims and a very high bandwidth backplane, i.e… more»

What needs improvement?

This is just my wild speculation, I'd like to see the onboarding of some storage class memory to really expand the already very large RAM, into something that could be even much bigger. This could… more»

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

Previously, we had run the world's largest shared-memory machine. It was called Blacklight which was based on the SGI UV. Also, it was really productive and great for science; it was fantastic for… more»

What other advice do I have?

For large workloads, i.e., the large member workloads, the HPE Superdomes are really interesting. We're also having people look at them for very novel applications of Spark using a very large RAM… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at other solutions. However, there are not many vendors in the large shared-memory space, but we did look into the other one or two that were out there. We felt that the HPE's solution… more»
Eleny Goritsas
Real User
Sales Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
May 15 2017

What is most valuable?

It's big. One of the really cool things about Superdome is, depending on the model you choose, you can put 8-16 blades in it, but because of the structure and the engineering behind it, you can actually have your blades partitioned and they're actually physically divided. You can view it as a separate server and I think that's pretty cool, and the fact that it can scale up.

What needs improvement?

It always comes down to OS. I know we support Windows and I think it's Red Hat, and I'd like to see more OSs supported.

What other advice do I have?

I think if you're someone who does a lot of analytics, a lot of data warehousing where you just need space, it's the way to go.
Vendor
Senior Technology Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
May 11 2017

What do you think of HPE Superdome X?

What is most valuable?

We've got a few of them, because we needed some really large machines. So far, they've been working pretty good.

What needs improvement?

What would make it better from my point of view is if HPE spent more time on testing with the actual built-in Red Hat Linux drivers, as opposed to always trying to say, "Use our driver."

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is pretty good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scaling where we need to go. The issues we have are more the application not scaling; application design issues, not hardware issues. The hardware will go further than our application will.

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support sucks, would be understating it.…
Vendor
Deputy Director of Operations at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The performance and scalability.

How has it helped my organization?

We put a system on this which has a student information system which has attendance, grading, and all student information. We have 35,000 teachers which at least five to six thousand concurrent users there. You need a high performance machine to support that kind of concurrency. CPU and memory, it's… more»

What needs improvement?

Hardware is hardware, there might be an issue with memory they have to replace memory or something but nothing major. There is some reporting that we will probably want to use it for on our next projects. We also use this for our major databases but we don't virtualize it.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend it because it's a fact, we use it and it's working fine.
Vendor
Senior Linux Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 01 2016

What is most valuable?

It is meant for mission-critical applications. It allows you to partition your blades, basically, and also combine multiple blades together, to increase the capacity and efficiency of the blades. It's… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We can use it for development, production, and a the same time, using different blades. All in one inclusion.

What needs improvement?

I know HPE has another product, called Synergy, which is similar to Superdome, but I would think, if they can add maybe storage, even if it's a mini-set of storage to each, which can be used… more»

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

Previously, we had a c7000, which we currently use also, which we have also. That's why we moved up to Superdome, because it's been a very good product.

What other advice do I have?

I would tell you that if you are looking for a product that can be used by multiple groups especially multiple groups with one point of administration, Superdome is very good. You have eight blades… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have other products that looks similar to Superdome, from IBM. IBM Flex Chassis. We chose HPE because of our experience with c7000.
Consultant
CIO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 29 2016

What is most valuable?

We just recently deployed it. We like the flexibility with the platform and our ability to stretch it across a lot of different areas of the company and product lines. For us it's ability to easily write, scale up and down remains to be seen.

What needs improvement?

There's a big upfront investment, but the total cost of ownership should be cheaper over the long term.

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

We've used IBM and Dell in various phases of our history in our Blade Server center. Nothing on the same scale as Superdome.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We run a lot of environments for various products, some on OpenStacks, some on VMware, some on Windows, some on CentOS. We were looking for something that could scale and grow as we need it to across different product lines. We looked at traditional BladeCenters, and although this was a bigger… more»
Consultant
Head of IT Infrastructure & Operations at RI-Solution GmbH
Jan 12 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is the great performance from the nPar hard partitions. This is an option that we really like. It's easy to extend, is stable, and very robust.

How has it helped my organization?

Our business is growing and we're getting more and more international. It's easy for us to extend a blade without any other new parts because the chassis is already there. And, of course, with the high performance, it's able to handle more… more»

What needs improvement?

Looking back to our original purchase of Superdome X, we bought the smallest model. Now, the newer models have more flexibility and power, and we're a little upset at ourselves that we didn't purchase the next level model. So, based on the… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking for a solution where you need a lot of workload and power, it's a great solution. It wasn't so mature when we purchased it originally, but the later models are, and I highly recommend them.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We always look at different vendors, but we've had very good experiences with HP and their robust, comprehensive offerings. We looked at Dell and IBM, but we're sticking with HP.

What is HPE Superdome X?

HPE Superdome X is an HPE server that represents a new category of x86 modular, mission-critical systems to consolidate all tiers of critical applications on a common platform. Engineered with trusted Superdome 2 reliability, the HPE Superdome X includes a modular, bladed design, and shares HPE BladeSystem efficiencies including a common server management framework, supported from x86 to Superdome 2. With breakthrough innovations such as the fault-tolerant Crossbar Fabric and Error Analysis Engine coupled with hard partitioning capabilities, Superdome X sets the standard for mission-critical x86 computing.
Also known as
HP Integrity Superdome, HP Superdome X
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