Solid performers at a decent price point
October 07, 2020

Solid performers at a decent price point

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with HPE ProLiant DL

We use ProLiant DL servers as VMWare hosts that support all 300+ virtual servers in our enterprise. ProLiant is the foundation hardware under every process.
  • Highly reliable. We've never had one go down unexpectedly in 11 years.
  • High performance. Current 380 G10s are configured with 1.5TB of RAM, always the shortest commodity in virtual environments.
  • Great manageability: iLO boards allow us to run headless without the Advanced license even.
  • Firmware updates are a major pain. Requiring registration, user accounts, and complex connectivity from the iLO. Bring back the downloadable ISO images, please.
  • Two sets of identical NICs on the back with the same labels. 1,2,3,4 twice. Please use some unique port numbers.
  • They last forever. We only replace them when newer versions of VMWare don't support our oldest models. Our refresh cycle on virtual hosts is 6 or 7 years.
  • Plenty of third-party service support available when the warranty is up. This helps extend the life cycle as well.
Better engineered and longer, more consistent production cycles. A G10 is a G10, even 3 years later. Many other brands make engineering changes constantly and the same model purchased a couple years apart use different drivers, different firmware, different parts. W can buy one server a year and keep dropping them into the same cluster because they're identical.
In the rare instance HP support is needed they have been responsive. This is always, for us, during deployment. Once they're deployed we've never needed support.
Well-supported by the major virtualization vendors. HP has pre-configured VMWare downloads for ProLiant servers ready to install and run. The iLO and system firmware are tough to update, otherwise they're a snap.

Do you think HPE ProLiant DL delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with HPE ProLiant DL's feature set?

Yes

Did HPE ProLiant DL live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of HPE ProLiant DL go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy HPE ProLiant DL again?

Yes

EMC VNX (Discontinued), Veeam Backup & Replication, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
Where high performance and high reliability are required, you can't beat an HP server. At least as good as IBM but not as weird to work on. Much better engineered than less expensive competitors like Dell.