Eye on Blades Blog: Trends in Infrastructure
Get HP BladeSystem news, upcoming event information, technology trends, and product information to stay up to date with what is happening in the world of blades.

New review of HP blades for small sites


Recently, we shipped a BladeSystem c3000 (or 'Shorty' to those in the know), to Dave Mitchell at the IT Pro for a hands-on review.  Inside we added the latest virtualization blades, virtual storage with HP LeftHand and some other new gadgets to show off a snazzy virtual infrastructure that's drop dead simple.  Among the things Dave liked:

  • vs. IBM, built like a tank, the c3000 had better quality  

  • HP blade management sets the standard

  • Surprisingly quiet (IBM marketing must have called him)

  • LeftHand integration

  • He called Shorty "friendly during testing".  Ahhh!

>> Read what else Dave had to say.










Shorty gets new threads

My friend and colleague Rob Cashman was at the WW Microsoft Partner Conference last week and snapped this pic of a pimped out Shorty (aka, BladeSystem c3000), complete with flames.  This was part of a special promotion for Microsoft resellers to learn more about the benefits of blades for small businesses.Pimped c3000

Have you personalized your BladeSystem infrastructure?  Send me jason.newton@hp.com a quick shot of your Shorty hookup and I'll post them. 


One million and counting

1,000,000.  One million.  106.  No matter how you write it, that is a big number.  I've never tried to count to one million.  But now we have sold our millionth blade server; which is cause for reflection.

We created our blades products on the conviction that there was a better way to make IT infrastructure work.  We knew from customers that deploying, managing and changing IT was challenging, time-consuming, expensive, and power hungry.  It was this desire to help solve these challenges that lead us to create the BladeSystem that we offer today.

People's opinions vary on why customers have bought over a million blades from HP.  Some people think it stems from Shorty's presidential run (after all there is some attraction to a candidate with a proven track record of saving time, cost, and energy!).  Others think that BladeSystem is just a cool product.  Perhaps it is cutting-edge products like our 2-in-1 ProLiant BL2x220c blade server.

As for me, I think customers like the time-saving, cost-saving, and energy-saving technologies built into BladeSystem.  They like having a single point of infrastructure from which they can deploy their various servers and applications.  They like the intuitive way BladeSystem is deployed and managed.

In any case, we are glad that we are able to help customers.  We are happy whenever BladeSystem can be a part of addressing their biggest pain points.  We are excited to be the first to achieve this milestone.  But we are not done yet on helping customers reduce costs and energy; to make BladeSystem faster to deploy, manage and change. 

 So hang onto your hats - we have a lot still to come!


Shorty for President?

I know the HP BladeSystem c3000 is popular, but this is getting out of hand. 



PS: He may not know much about foreign policy, but he can save energy, money and time in your server room.

Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Do you mean 
Follow Us

About the Author(s)
  • More than 25 years in the IT industry developing and managing marketing programs. Focused in emerging technologies like Virtualization, cloud and big data.
  • I am a member of the Enterprise Group Global Marketing team blogging on topics of interest for HP Servers. Check out blog posts on all four Server blog sites-Reality Check, The Eye on Blades, Mission Critical Computing and Hyperscale Computing- for exciting news on the future of compute.
  • I work within EMEA HP Servers Central Team as a launch manager for new products and general communications manager for EMEA HP Server specific information. I also tweet @ServerSavvyElla
  • HP Servers, Converged Infrastructure, Converged Systems and ExpertOne
  • WW responsibility for development of ROI and TCO tools for the entire ISS portfolio. Technical expertise with a financial spin to help IT show the business value of their projects.
  • I am a member of the HP BladeSystem Portfolio Marketing team, so my posts will focus on all things blades and blade infrastructure. Enjoy!
  • Luke Oda is a member of the HP's BCS Marketing team. With a primary focus on marketing programs that support HP's BCS portfolio. His interests include all things mission-critical and the continuing innovation that HP demonstrates across the globe.
  • Global Marketing Manager with 15 years experience in the high-tech industry.
  • 20 years of marketing experience in semiconductors, networking and servers. Focused on HP BladeSystem networking supporting Virtual Connect, interconnects and network adapters.
  • Working with HP BladeSystem.
  • Greetings! I am on the HP Enterprise Group marketing team. Topics I am interested in include Converged Infrastructure, Converged Systems and Management, and HP BladeSystem.
The opinions expressed above are the personal opinions of the authors, not of HP. By using this site, you accept the Terms of Use and Rules of Participation.