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We performed a comparison between HPE BladeSystem and Pure Storage FlashBlade based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Blade Servers solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed HPE BladeSystem vs. Pure Storage FlashBlade report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"The interface and dashboard are excellent and user-friendly.""They are reliable, and they hardly break down. They are fast, and they serve us very well.""I have noticed that the solution does provide a very good ROI for companies.""It is easy to scale if you have the licensing.""The solution has good scalability.""HPE BladeSystem is very easy to use.""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."

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"The onboarding and integrated monitoring tools are pretty good.""The snapshots, replication, and the ability to have immutable blades are the most valuable features. You're putting data snapshots out in those blades, and they cannot be touched. Its performance is great.""The product is scalable and easy to expand.""The initial setup is pretty quick.""It performs well and it is also very fast.""It is very easy to use, and it is very fast.""The most valuable features are the Metro clustering, and disaster recovery.""The main feature I have found to be product replication."

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Cons
"The interface in terms of management could be much more intuitive.""I'd like to see an all-in-one packet in the future.""It would be nice if the solution were cheaper.""They are not selling BladeSystem anymore. The end of the sale of this platform was this year, 2020.""There is always room for improvement everywhere with the HPE BladeSystem.""The solution could improve by having more automation, such as the automatic mapping feature that is available in the Synergy Blade series.""The connectivity speed could be improved.""We have not needed to contact support because we have not had an issue. However, the partner support we had could improve. There are some disadvantages compared to Dell. The questions that are asked from the support are too lengthy, this causes a delay in support."

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"It usually comes down to just what you hit and the value you're getting when you spend the money and license the products. I would always go, "If you want to make things better, lower your price and make your licensing simpler." There's always an opportunity around that.""The feature that we're waiting on is better integration with the cell services.""It would be nice if you could store file-based in the same box with the same technology.""Compared to, for example, Hitachi NAS, the solution is not mature at all. It's just in its infancy as far as technology goes.""I want efficiency. FlashBlade doesn't have efficiency now.""I would like to see the licensing fees improved as well as the price per terabytes.""The solution is expensive.""There could be improvements in public cloud integration."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "When you purchase HPE BladeSystem you have to pay for the support service. The first three years are covered under the warranty, and for any further support, you have to pay annually. When comparing the cost of HPE BladeSystem to other vendors, the fees are less expensive."
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  • "The price is a little high."
  • "In my opinion, we have paid the right price for the product. I don't think that it is too much or too little."
  • "The price of this solution could be made more affordable."
  • "Licensing fees are paid yearly."
  • "I feel that the price could always be lowered."
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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 main feature I have found to be product replication.
    Top Answer:The price of this solution could be made more affordable.
    Top Answer:There could be improvements in public cloud integration. In the future, one innovation could be for them to make an embedded backup system.
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    2nd
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    8.7
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    Also Known As
    HP ProLiant BL Series Servers, HP ProLiant BladeSystem, HP BladeSystem
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    Overview
    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.

    FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.

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    Sample Customers
    EMIS Health
    ServiceNow, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dominos, Man AHL
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Insurance Company9%
    Government8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    University13%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    HPE BladeSystem is ranked 2nd in Blade Servers with 28 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 3rd in File and Object Storage with 10 reviews. HPE BladeSystem is rated 8.6, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is rated 8.8. 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 Pure Storage FlashBlade writes "Immutable snapshots, great performance, and simple and easy replication". HPE BladeSystem is most compared with HPE Synergy, Cisco UCS B-Series, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade and HPE Superdome X, whereas Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, MinIO, Qumulo, Red Hat Ceph Storage and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS).

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