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HP VS IBM Blades (HP Biased)


Please be warned this comparison is biased toward HP. For our un-biased

comparison please click HP vs IBM Blades


Fact 1:  HP BladeSystem c-Class infrastructure offers flexibility and scalability, requires no compromise.

HP BladeSystem c-Class is revolutionary – a breakthrough in blade architecture to meet the requirements of the next-generation datacenter:
  • Consolidation right from the start. HP BladeSystem goes beyond just Blade servers, by integrating server, storage, networking and power management into a single solution that can be managed as a unified environment.
  • Total control. With Onboard Administrator enclosure management, iLO server management and HP Insight Control you can manage your servers and enclosures locally and remotely and take complete control regardless of the state of the server operating system.
  • Automation. HP Insight Control gives you the power to automate standard processes freeing up your valuable IT resource to deliver business improvements rather than IT maintenance.
  • Virtualize everything. Going beyond just virtual servers, HP BladeSystem allows you to virtualize your network, your storage and your power infrastructure so that resources can be dynamically allocated based on server workloads.
  • Drag and drop migration and deployment. HP Insight Control gives you the power to migrate from an old server to a new HP BladeSystem server, move a virtual machine from one physical server to another or deploy a new operating system in minutes rather than hours or days.


Fact 2: HP BladeSystem c-Class offers customers an unmatched level of infrastructure in a 10U space as compared to IBM.[1]

  HP c7000 IBM BladeCenter H
No compromise:
performance and redundancy
performance or redundancy
Mid-plane Bandwidth
Ample headroom: 5 Tb/s
2 Tb/s
Interconnect Bays
20 Gb/s (8)
40 Gb/s (4)
10 Gb/s (2)
4 Gb/s legacy (2)
2 bridge modules
High performance:
20 Gb/s; DDR
10 Gb/s; SDR
Clear: LCD Display
Cryptic: LED lights

Bottom line: The HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure is designed to tackle the

toughest problems facing today’s IT infrastructures – cost, time, energy and

change. Plus, it includes flexibility, scalability and support for future technologies

to help your business take full advantage of new things to come.


Fact 3:  HP delivers unmatched capabilities with the BL460c and BL480c

 server blades.[2]

  HP BL460c HP BL480c IBM HS21 w/ more memory  AND more storage IBM HS21 w/ more memory IBM HS21
Max Servers per Enclosure
Max Memory
Internal Storage
2 hot-plug drives
4 hot-plug drives
3 hot-plug drives and 2 non-hot plug drives
2 non hot-plug drives
2 non hot-plug drives
RAID 0/1 controller with battery backed cache option
RAID 0/1/5 controller with battery backed cache option
RAID 0/1E/5, no battery backed cache
RAID 0/1, no battery backed cache
RAID 0/1, no battery backed cache
Max NICs

Bottom line: No compromise, Proliant c-Class server blades share the same enterprise-class features

and design standards as the market leading HP Proliant servers, including hot-plug

hard-drives, multiple I/O cards, multi-function network interconnects and Integrated Lights Out.


Fact 4: HP BladeSystem offers investment protection without sacrificing innovation.[3]

With the new HP BladeSystem c-Class, we left the competition behind. However we do realize that some customers may want to continue with their existing products and move forward at their own pace. Therefore, HP has protected the investments of our existing HP BladeSystem p-Class customers with:
  • A thoughtful product lifecycle roadmap so customers can move forward at their own pace.
  • Consistent systems management tools that make management of a mixed environment no more complicated that it was before.
IBM, on the other hand, may offer backward compatibility BUT only at the cost of keeping backward features. Why pay for what you can’t use? Existing blades may plug into the new chassis, but with limited functionality. Customers won’t be able to take advantage of new chassis features e.g., additional bandwidth.


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   IBM Blade Server vs Dell Blade Server

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