The HP Blade nightmare continues

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Published on March 3rd 2010 - Listed in Hardware


Déjà vu. This is the expression used in English and German for an event, which already happened exactly like this (or which is felt as having already experienced). In French it's a simple sentence saying 'already seen'. Both cases describe perfectly my HP Blade experience. As I already described in an old blog post (dated Nov 30th 2008) I've had tons of problems with HP Blade servers. The nightmare seems to continue. New company. Newer blade system. Still HP. Still problems. For several months now several Blade servers show a degraded status, caused by memory problems. Once I described the problem to HP's technician, he admits that the Enclosure might have a problem and that everything has to be upgraded. I mean everything, the whole damn thing: Internal switches, ILO/BIOS/Firmwares of each Blade server and the Enclosure firmware itself. Meaning: Several downtimes. Downtime? Wasn't that the word used by the HP vendor visiting us last week in combination with the word 'no'? I remember slightly having heard the words 'no downtime' considering the Blade server design/redundancy and its enclosure. One good thing I can say about that at last: This is nothing new to me and I'm not at all surprised.


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