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Executive Summary
Updated on April 3, 2022

We performed a comparison between HPE Blade system and HPE Synergy based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of HPE Bladesystem say the setup was a bit complex initially and could be simplified. While the deployment of HPE Synergy is very quick, some users find it complex and have issues with configurations.
  • Features: Bladesystem’s most valuable features, according to our reviewers, are ease of management, scalability and stability. Users say Bladesystem is very easy to use. However, the product is being discontinued, so this constitutes a downside. Other disadvantages include it being difficult to replicate virtual machines and issues with virtual connections. Synergy users say the solution has great data storage and is built very well. It is stable, versatile and scalable. The downsides include issues with the firmware, and that it is not very suitable for hybrid environments.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions feel the prices are affordable.

  • Service and Support: Bladesystem users say the level of technical support varies according to region and that it needs improvement in responding quickly to tickets. On the other hand, Synergy users find the technical support to be excellent.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, HPE Synergy is a better choice. Our reviewers find that Synergy offers better support, stability and scalability, and it is worth the complex setup.

To learn more, read our detailed HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy report (Updated: July 2022).
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HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy
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"The most valuable feature of the HPE BladeSystem is the ease of management.""The solution is very easy to use.""The most valuable feature of the HPE BladeSystem is the ease of management and the robust design.""Modularity is a key feature that provides energy saving .""The solution uses a smaller space in our data centers. It uses less feeder and network cable, which reduces costs.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the ease of management with the hardware.""It is a stable, dependable solution.""I have noticed that the solution does provide a very good ROI for companies."

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"HPE Synergy has been dependable for the past 15 years.""Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful.""The solution is built very well. It's very robust and durable.""For me, this is the best frame server technology available in the market. We can compare it to Cisco UCS. It is robust and stable, and it is also easy to deploy and scale. Their support is the best.""Great data storage and very good for software defined solutions.""The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks.""There is no problem with the scalability.""In terms of the productivity of our deployment team, the amount of time has been decreased a lot. In the past, to deploy one c7000 chassis with 15 or 16 blades, we literally used to spend two to three weeks. But with a Synergy, it's very quick. Within three days we can do the deployment."

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"There could be more management capability to work with integrations.""The other similar solutions used different CLI commands than HPE BladeSystem. The HPE BladeSystem CLI commands should be the same as the other companies which would make it easier to manage. It would be better for the system administrators to manage HPE BladeSystem and other systems together. I wanted to configure this service with the CLI but the commands are different than the other solutions making it a bit more difficult.""The response time in terms of getting technical support assistance could be improved.""I am not sure if iLO is included or if there is a separate license. If it is not included, it should be included in the license. It is such a valuable feature especially because people are working remotely.""It would be nice if the solution were cheaper.""The interface in terms of management could be much more intuitive.""It could always use new tools.""The connectivity speed could be improved."

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"The setup was a bit complex.""I would definitely like to see them fix the firmware updates on all the blades. No matter what operating system it is running on, make sure I can do the firmware as well as the software for those firmware components at the same time. I don't want to have to rely on an external product. Let's bring that product inside the menu so that I have a better experience with updates.""The pricing can be improved as it is a costly solution due to sanctions in Iran.""They have not improved their product since it was purchased.""This solution could be improved by increasing the speed on the conversion adapters. It should be 100 gigs.""ICMs could be better in this model. When you look at its competitors, the most critical point is the throughput. HPE is the best with the ICM module, which is an interconnect module that connects the servers of the frames to the LAN and SAN. HPE Synergy should also support the latest processors provided by Intel.""Technical support was time consuming and unsatisfactory. The initial product setup was complex, lasing around three weeks to a month.""The user interface could be more user-friendly. It's for admins, and you should have the knowledge to use it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is not expensive, really, in this class of server products."
  • "It is expensive. There are no additional costs. We are able to get good discounts anyway from HPE, but if the price can come down, we'll be happy."
  • "Its pricing was good. We selected this solution because it was within our budget. We paid just once when we bought it. We never bought any license."
  • "it would make everyone happy if the solution were less expensive."
  • "We have been satisfied with the price. However, there are additional costs for support."
  • "The HPE BladeSystem is an expensive solution."
  • "BladeSystem is a little bit cheaper."
  • "I would recommend this solution for large enterprises. Medium-sized companies would find it difficult to afford the HPE BladeSystem's overall capital expenses."
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  • "We are satisfied with its price."
  • "We have already paid once. It is just the price for the permit and its use. It seems you don't have to keep paying for it, but I am not sure."
  • "We don't have to pay for Synergy because it's part of our plan."
  • "The hardware licensing cost is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:For me, choosing between HPE’s Bladesystem and Synergy came down to which solution was more powerful, reliable, and stable. It turns out Bladesystem was the winner. Bladesystem is excellent because it… more »
    Top Answer:Its pricing was good. We selected this solution because it was within our budget. We paid just once when we bought it. We never bought any license.
    Top Answer:The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks.
    Top Answer:I cannot properly advise on setup, pricing or licensing costs.
    Top Answer:As concerns room for improvement, the number of levers in the system should be addressed. Technical solutions should be made easier. The advice I would give is that HPE Synergy increase the… more »
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    Also Known As
    HP ProLiant BL Series Servers, HP ProLiant BladeSystem, HP BladeSystem
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    HP ProLiant BladeSystem share power, cooling, network, and storage infrastructure via the blade enclosure. Since equipment is not needed for each server, you get a dramatic reduction in power distribution units, power cables, LAN and SAN switches, connectors, adapters, and cables. And you can add the newest-generation technologies by simply changing individual components.

    HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, offers an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value instantly and continuously. It is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application. As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. With HPE Synergy, IT can become not just the internal service provider but the business partner to rapidly launch new applications that become the business.

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    Sample Customers
    EMIS Health
    HudsonAlpha, Virgin Media, EMIS, United
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Insurance Company9%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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    HPE BladeSystem is ranked 2nd in Blade Servers with 27 reviews while HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 17 reviews. HPE BladeSystem is rated 8.6, while HPE Synergy is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HPE BladeSystem writes "Good service, reliable, and remotely accessible through the iLO feature". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Synergy writes "Significantly decreases deployment time and the number of support issues". HPE BladeSystem is most compared with Cisco UCS B-Series, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade, HPE Superdome X and Lenovo Flex System, whereas HPE Synergy is most compared with Dell PowerEdge M, Cisco UCS B-Series, HPE Apollo, Lenovo Flex System and HPE Superdome X. See our HPE BladeSystem vs. HPE Synergy report.

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