Reviews (1-1 of 1)
September 26, 2017
Score 8 out of 10
HPE ProLiant Bladesystem is being used to support applications and virtualization across the entire organization. The blade infrastructure provided a very dense compute platform with flexibility to wire the system once and then move workloads between hosts easily.
- Increase the density of compute with 16 servers in 10U of rack space.
- Shares high-bandwidth uplinks to flexibly wire the fabric for the systems.
- Provides the ability to migrate workloads between physical hardware easily with server profiles.
- The small form factor of a blade server cannot accommodate expansion cards.
- Shared infrastructure, like the interconnects, means a larger fault domain.
- Firmware updates can be disruptive and administrators should pay close attention to firmware recipes and bundles to ensure compatibility between components.
Read Philip Sellers's full review
For general purpose Windows and ESXi hosts, the ProLiant BladeSystem works well for those use cases. The architecture is getting a bit dated, at over 10 years old, but the components have kept pace with processor and networking changes. Use cases that require local storage, hyper-converged and other specialty PCI cards are all no-goes for BladeSystem. In some cases, the HPE Synergy platform is a better fit for some of these use cases, although some constraints still exist even in that architecture.
HPE BladeSystem Scorecard Summary
About HPE BladeSystem
HPE BladeSystem is a brand of blade server, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. HPE blades include the ProLiant BL series and the ProLiant WS series.
Categories: Blade Servers
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