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!
Here's your chance to have the coolest BladeSystem on the planet. Together with Microsoft, we're launching a contest for 2 lucky businesses to get a total infrastructure overhaul with the latest HP BladeSystem c3000, aka 'Shorty' and Microsoft Small Business suite. Learn how you could win a new solution valued up to $36,000.
Here's how: Enter the contest between 12:01am ET on September 24, 2008, and 11:59pm ET on October 20, 2008. Tell us why we should pimp your infrastructure. Be descriptive. And put some heart into it, ok?
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.
Have you personalized your BladeSystem infrastructure? Send me firstname.lastname@example.org a quick shot of your Shorty hookup and I'll post them.
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!
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.