HPE Superdome X Overview

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.

HPE Superdome X is also known as HP Integrity Superdome, HP Superdome X.

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MR
General Director at Xerbit
Real User
Enables you to run Windows, Red Hat, or VMware in a mission critical server

Pros and Cons

  • "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, but in a mission critical server."

    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 itself evolved is making it more standard. So the Superdome X, and now the Superdome Flex, make it x86-compatible so you can deploy standard applications. It's not a proprietary system, but it has all the features that it had in the legacy systems, like the original Superdome or other similar…
    it_user680184
    Senior Director of Research at PSC
    Consultant
    It gave us a very large RAM that we needed for the large-scale graph-handling applications.

    Pros and Cons

    • "SDX gave us a very large RAM and we need that for the large-scale graph-handling applications."
    • "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."

    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. That's a work-in-process, but I think, that it will be interesting to follow that as well.
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    EG
    Sales Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Because of the structure and the engineering behind it, you can actually have your blades partitioned and they're actually physically divided.

    Pros and Cons

    • "One of the really cool things about Superdome is, depending on the model you choose, you can put 8-16 blades in it."
    • "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.
    it_user485052
    Senior Technology Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
    Vendor
    So far, they've been working good.

    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.…
    it_user486003
    Deputy Director of Operations at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Vendor
    The performance and scalability are what's valuable to us.

    What other advice do I have?

    I recommend it because it's a fact, we use it and it's working fine.
    it_user469602
    Senior Linux Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
    Vendor
    Meant for mission-critical applications. It allows you to partition your blades and also combine multiple blades together, to increase the capacity and efficiency of the blades.

    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 inside that can be used by multiple groups. Even if you want to partition one of the blades for production, it's always available. You have one central point of administration, as a whole. It's a very good product.
    it_user471384
    CIO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Consultant
    We like the flexibility with the platform and our ability to stretch it across different areas.
    it_user366144
    Head of IT Infrastructure & Operations at RI-Solution GmbH
    Consultant
    The most valuable feature for us is the nPar hard partitions.

    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.