HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Blade Server

Mfg. Part: 727021-B21 | CDW Part: 3466746 | UNSPSC: 43211501
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  • Server
  • blade
  • 2-way
  • RAM 0 MB
  • SATA
  • hot-swap 2.5"
  • no HDD
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Server
  • blade
  • 2-way
  • RAM 0 MB
  • SATA
  • hot-swap 2.5"
  • no HDD
  • G200eH
  • monitor: none
  • CTO
Are you looking for the right server blade to be your data center workhorse for your demanding core IT and virtualization workloads? Designed for a wide range of configuration and deployment options, the HP ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Server Blade provides the flexibility to optimize your core IT applications with right-sized storage for the right workload for a lower TCO. All of this is managed by HP OneView, the converged management platform that accelerates IT service delivery and boosts business performance. The BL460c Gen9 Server Blade uses Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors with up to 70% performance gain over the previous generation, plus enhanced HP DDR4 SmartMemory offering up to 33% performance increase. Flexible storage controller options additional support includes an optional 12 Gb/s SAS controller, 20 Gb FlexibleLOM NICs, and USB 3.0 on the internal connector.

Technical Specifications
Specifications are provided by the manufacturer. Refer to the manufacturer for an explanation of the print speed and other ratings.
Bay Provided
Form Factor: 2.5" SFF
Free Qty: 2
Total Qty: 2

Environmental Parameters
Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90% (non-condensing)
Max Operating Temperature: 95 °F
Min Operating Temperature: 50 °F

Brand: HPE
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: HP CTO Server Avnet
Model: BL460c Gen9
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: HPE ProLiant

Interface Provided
Qty: 1
Type: HP iLO

Location: 1 internal
Type: USB 3.0

Color Category: Black
Compliant Standards: ACPI 2.0 , AES , ASHRAE , FIPS 140-2 Level 2 , Triple DES
Features: Administrator password , Keyboard password , Power-on password , QuickLock , USB port control
Pricing Type: CTO

Remote Management Controller: Integrated Lights-Out 4

Optical Storage (2nd)
Drive Type: No optical drive
Type: None

Type: None

Max Supported Qty: 2
Server Scalability: 2-way
Type: No CPU
Upgradability: Upgradable

Support Details Full Contract Period: 3 years
Support Details Location: On-site
Support Details Service Included: Parts and labor
Support Details Type: Limited warranty

Slot Provided
Free Qty: 2
Total Qty: 2

Free Qty: 16
Total Qty: 16

Free Qty: 1
Total Qty: 1

Storage Controller
Bus Type: PCI Express 2.0 x4
Channel Qty: 2
Form Factor: Integrated
Installed Qty: 1
Interface Type: Serial ATA-600
RAID Level: RAID 0 , RAID 1
Storage Controller Name: HP Dynamic Smart Array B140i
Type: Serial ATA

Storage Controller (2nd)
Type: None

Storage Removable
Type: None

Designation: Corporate business , Small business
Hard Drive Capacity: 0 GB
OS Certified: Canonical Ubuntu , Citrix XenServer , Microsoft Windows Server , Oracle Solaris , Red Hat Enterprise Linux , SuSE Linux Enterprise Server
Type: Server

Video Output
Form Factor: Integrated
Graphics Processor Series: Matrox G200
Graphics Processor Vendor: Matrox G200eH

Dimensions & Weight
Depth: 20.4 in
Height: 7.1 in
Weight: 10.47 lbs
Width: 2.2 in

Empty Slots: 16
Features: HP SmartMemory
Form Factor: DIMM 288-pin
Installed Size: 0 MB
Max Supported Size: 512 GB
Slots Qty: 16
Technology: DDR4 SDRAM

Service & Support
On-Site Warranty: On-site
Type: 3 years warranty

Form Factor: Blade
Hot-Swap Bays Qty: 2
Manufacturer Form Factor: Blade
Server Storage Bays: Hot-swap
Server Swappable Drive Form Factor: 2.5"
Server Swappable Drive Form Factor (metric): 6.4 cm
Server Swappable Drive Interface: SATA

Type: None.

Expansion Bays
Form Factor (metric): 6.4 cm SFF
Type: Hot-swap

Expansion Slots
Type: CPU

Type: DIMM 288-pin

Slot Comments: X16 mode
Type: Expansion slot

Type: microSDHC Card (internal)

Type: FlexibleLOM

Hard Drive
Type: No HDD

Hard Drive (2nd)
Type: None

Hard Drive (3rd)
Type: None

Optical Storage
Drive Type: No optical drive
Type: None

RAM Supported
Data Integrity Check: ECC
Max Size: 256 GB
Registered or Buffered: Registered
Type: PC4-17000

Max Size: 512 GB
Registered or Buffered: Load-Reduced

Product Reviews
Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 20reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by We started using it to standardize our infrastructure. Valuable Features:We used to have many physical servers spending energy and space in our data center. Now most of our servers are virtually running in a blade server infrastructure. We use the BladeSystem, ProLiant, and 3PAR for storage and we're trying to create a hybrid environment infrastructure. Also, OneView provides us with more visibility and you can manage what you can see.Improvements to My Organization:It's about standardizing the infrastructure. Now we're only using one physical infrastructure and one software platform for the management.Room for Improvement:It would be nice if it could integrate with cloud systems.Stability Issues:We never have downtime caused by this solution. Mainly when we have a downtime it's caused by a planned maintenance or something similar.Scalability Issues:When we need to grow, we just buy another BladeSystem and ProLiant, then add it to the system. It's modular, so we can simply add in devices when we need.Technical Support:We have a TS contract with an HPE partner.Previous Solutions:We were using many different servers and we needed to standardize our infrastructure.Implementation Team:Tecnasa installed the system for us.Other Advice:You will need to determine you parameters and your requirements so you can decide which products will best fit your needs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The way it's designed, you just slide whatever modules you're putting in there and it's pretty much done. Valuable Features:* It's easy to perform an upgrade* The failover solutions* The blade enclosure system* The way it's designed* Failover for network connectivity* Storage uplinks* = it's a pretty solid system.I really love the service. We have the HPE care packs - supported contracts are 24/7 response time. It's the piece of mind that if my hardware were to ever fail, I'd be back up and running quickly.We've used it for a couple of years already and we're really happy with the product.Improvements to My Organization:It's more about the redundancy. Like I said, their uptime has to be pretty much all the time. They can't really afford to have any down time. The reliability that HPE offers means the BladeSystem are a perfect fit for the company.Room for Improvement:I believe there's a product called HPE OneView that I'm really interested in looking into. Right now we run off of iLO connections or we manage our servers through virtual connects. It would be nice to get them all unified into just one display and then monitor everything from there.Stability Issues:I've never had any issues with the BladeSystems. There's never been a situation where we were down completely. Actually, the experience has been pretty reassuring in that sense. I'm very comfortable with the product.Technical Support:It's outstanding.Other Solutions Considered:We've been an HPE shop for a while. We know the service that HPE offers, so there really wasn't a need to explore another company in regards to blade systems. We are happy with HPE, and for now we're going to stick with them.Other Advice:The product is really simple to install. The way it's designed, you just slide whatever modules you're putting in there and it's pretty much done. HPE give it the iLO IP and you're ready to manage. Once you have it, there's not much advice I can give. It'll work and do the trick.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It's been easy from an upgrade perspective and maintenance. Valuable Features:We like the wire once approach. We've had to do very little maintenance on the backend connectivity components. We really have been able to basically leave our fiber and Ethernet connections alone. I think in our ten years on two BladeSystem enclosures, we've done one infield upgrade, to raise our capacity limits on Ethernet and fiber channel. But really, the same enclosures have been doing fantastic for that entire time.Room for Improvement:We had a lot of work to do from a management perspective as an administrator to ensure that we had the correct firmware and driver levels, and things like that, between servers. HPE fixed that when they introduced the service pack for ProLiant.Use of Solution:We've been a BladeSystem customer for probably 10 years.Stability Issues:Early on, I would say that it wasn't. They test all of the firmware and drivers together now, so when we do a deployment or upgrade for firmware, that service pack has been integration tested across all of the different generations and hardware components, so we've gotten a lot more stability out of the solution since they made that change, and that's something I will say across multiple different solutions. Sometimes if they identify a problem like that as a partner, they tend to try to correct it. It may take them some time to get it corrected, but we went through the same sort of thing with StoreOnce ... Early on we had some issues with the software releases and there were some inefficiencies that in a couple generations they had it worked out and they listened to customer feedback. They try to integrate that into their solutions. That's one of the things that keeps us as an HPE customer, because we do feel that communication and feedback gets heard.Scalability Issues:Multiple enclosures at scale can introduce challenges. That's one of the downsides of a ten year old technology. HPE is working on new solutions to really hit scale issues that they have encountered with BladeSystem, but it works fine for us. We are a small to medium sized enterprise, so we've not encountered any major issues with scalability where we are at, but we are running one enclosure per sight, so we're not really trying to do scale things.Technical Support:7/10 - it can be hit or miss. We get better luck with our premium support levels. We have a named TAM for some of our systems, that works out well. Escalation managers are always good. There is good technical talent, it's just sometimes hidden by first level support. That can be difficult and frustrating at times, but over ten years working with them, I would say today it's probably a little better than when I first started. Actually, I would say it's probably improved a good bit since I first started working with them, but it's still got some room to go.Initial Setup:BladeSystem setup was one of my first projects when I joined the company, there was a learning curve to it. It really actually was fairly straightforward except we were trying to do everything boot from SAN, and that added some complexity and learning curve. The actual hardware solution - it was fairly straightforward and made a lot of sense. Blades were brand new back then too, so it was a foreign concept, but it wasn't terrible. I would say maybe a a six out of ten or something initially, but if I had to do it now, it's probably a lot easier.Other Advice:It really gets the job done well. It's dense compute. We replaced an entire rack of equipment with ten use, twelve use, I can't remember how many use it is, but with a single BladeSystem. It really gets the job done. The management is easy, it's been easy from an upgrade perspective and maintenance. So, it works really well for us.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. July 4, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We have a large DSX infrastructure for VMWare and having it uniform and having it compact is a good thing for us. Valuable Features:The density of servers and their racks, just being able to fit as much as we can in as small space as we can. This is important because our data center space is at a premium.Improvements to My Organization:We have a large DSX infrastructure for VMWare and having it uniform and having it compact is a good thing for us. As we're moving forward towards using OneView I think that'll save us some FT there as well. The older tools weren't as easy to use. I went to a session on OneView and it looked a little bit more like something we were going to be able to take advantage of and save a lot of time and configuration.Room for Improvement:I think some of the stuff may be fixed but one of the issues we have is firmware on virtual connects. There's a little bit of overlap on the timing that causes, you know, if you're not careful it can cause a short outage for the Blade System. I think that may be fixed with OneView management.We're working on implemented OneView. We're just barely getting started. I think OneView is addressing a lot of the issues that we have, we haven't been able to get fully into it yet due to limited resources.Stability Issues:It's very stable.Scalability Issues:So really the main thing we've had was just the firmware with virtual connects can be a little touchy. There's another tool, I can't even remember what it's called, you can do a command line and avoid the issue, talking to our hospitalier but we haven't had a chance so what we've kind of done is made a whole chassis of failure domain which is kind of a waste of resources on occasion to avoid that.Previous Solutions:Well to be honest, I haven't ever used another BladeSystem from another vendor. Our organization has an HPE Direct as far as technology goes, so I haven't really been involved in considering other platforms so.Other Solutions Considered:I know they looked at Cisco a little bit but I haven't myself.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. June 29, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It allows organisations to grow their clusters and environments by adding more blades to the enclosure. Valuable Features:The simple design of blades makes it easy to perform a swapout in the event of a failure.Improvements to My Organization:It allows organisations to grow their clusters and environments by adding more blades to the enclosure.Room for Improvement:The profiles needs a complete rework, the way the profiles and networks are assigned to the blades isn’t user friendly and is often a hindranceStability Issues:We've had no issues with the performance.Scalability Issues:It's had good scalability, and you don’t have to fully populate from the onset and can grow as needed.Other Advice:The servers are mostly reliable, but the admin is overly complicated in certain areas. Try as far as possible to keep the chassis use the same, e.g. one chassis for Hyper-V, one chassis for SQL etc. Try also to keep the networking set on the network side and make as little use of the chassis profiles as possible.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We have a Strategic Partnership with HP May 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Virtual Connect allows me to utilize fewer physical ports to reach the total number of segregated ports Valuable Features:One of the useful features is the Virtual Connect module as this approach allows me to utilize fewer physical ports to reach the total number of segregated ports that I need, especially for a virtual environment. Also, there is a server profile attached which is similar, but not yet full blown, to stateless computing.Improvements to My Organization:This particular product allows us to mix up the environment - not only x86 but also the HP UX where the critical application were deployed. This particular architecture (BladeSystem) also allows us to have higher density which cannot be reached by traditional rack-mount servers. Currently, the latest trend (hyper converged approach) is still under observation.Room for Improvement:The management is great but there are other competitors that are implementing a better approach. Even HP's own latest products have this composable approach, so if there are any changes that I would like to see, they are within this particular area.Use of Solution:I've been using it for two years.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We've experienced no issues with performance. There are several versions that have issues with the hardware that we need to replace and update firmware to fully utilize the blade.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Technical Support:7.5-8/10 because currently our company has a partnership that allows us to provide services and tech support. We get a great response from the HP team, and our local teams are also ready to help.Previous Solutions:We chose this product because of the stability and their market share is quite large. This means that older products come from the same principals that makes it easier to integrate, and the second one is that this particular item is good to implement.Initial Setup:It is quite straightforward, as there is a wizard. I think newbies with simple documentation can perform the initial setup.Implementation Team:If the project is a complex one that includes any other items (storage, network, etc.) I would strongly recommended to hire a vendor team as it is their job to not only initialize the BladeSystem, but also to integrate it with the entire solution.Other Solutions Considered:We also use Cisco UCS and IBM Flex servers.Other Advice:Keep observing the market as new technologies have emerged, but not all are useful yet. It is good if we have a good relationship with the solution integrator as they may also give feedback.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are a first tier partner - Platinum Partner in Indonesia. May 24, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by The mail exchange server runs smoothly on the Blade Server. Sometimes we can't run a new Java version or Active X. Valuable Features:I can remotely manage and monitor it easily.Improvements to My Organization:The mail exchange server runs smoothly on the Blade Server.Room for Improvement:With the management software, sometimes we can't run a new Java version or Active X. We have to use an old OS such as Windows XP to get through this. Some features of the Blade still requires you to use a CLI to configure.Use of Solution:I've been using it for two years.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment. I can use a laptop and configure the Blade from my office room so I don’t have to go to the server room.Stability Issues:We've experienced no issues with performance.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Technical Support:It's good.Initial Setup:It was straightforward.Implementation Team:It was implemented through a vendor.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's expensive and the price should be reduced.Other Solutions Considered:We also use Cisco UCS and IBM Flex servers.Other Advice:You should get it through a vendor.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 24, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by The integration with our existing environment, and it's ease of use are valuable. Valuable Features:The integration with our existing environment, and it's ease of use are valuable.Improvements to My Organization:We went from traditional rack servers, consolidated to blades, making management easier. However, we required better capacity planning due to "blade server" lock-in.Room for Improvement:It needs to be easier to help build OpenStack solutions. It is also lacking container integration which would make adoption easier.Use of Solution:I've been using it for two years.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We have had no issues with the stability.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Technical Support:Excellent pre-sales, working both with HP and a VAR, and after sales technical support was good after the first level.Previous Solutions:We had used HP rack servers previously.Initial Setup:It was easy. We leveraged VAR resources to help get up to speed with some skills training after installation.Implementation Team:Vendor assistance is a good idea if you are transition from rack mount servers to blades. Some hand-holding is required, but not much.Cost and Licensing Advice:There wasn't much of a change for our pricing/licensing costs. However, we did have an increase in CPU power meaning there was reduction in the number of CPUs which lowered the hypervisor/socket pricing.Other Advice:Go big or go home, pick a solution, and go with it. There is no wrong way to go - whether you choose rack or blade servers depends on how you grow, and how you want to plan your future capacity.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 22, 2016
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