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This page provides access to information and tools that will help you select the best BladeSystem solution for your needs.

Planning your BladeSystem purchase

How do I select the HP BladeSystem components for my system?

» HP BladeSystem Compatibility Matrix


» HP ProLiant server sizer for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 (tool)
» HP ProLiant server sizer for VMware ESX Server (tool)

Power and Cooling

» HP BladeSystem Power sizer (tool)
» Calculating Power Requirement for HP ProLiant rack-mounted systems technology brief (PDF)
» Selecting power cords and jumper cables for use with HP ProLiant and BladeSystem Servers technology brief (PDF)

Network requirements & Solutions

» Sizing and configuration for the ProLiant Essentials Performance Management Pack 3.0  (PDF)
» ProLiant Essentials - Windows edition - Support Matrix (PDF)


» BladeSystem Services Buying Guide

How do I determine which BladeSystem solution will fit my needs?

»  Mid-Market BladeSystem Solution Blocks
»  Popular Enterprise Application Solutions
»  Management for HP
»  HP Blade Workstation Solution – solution components

What are the costs and benefits of a BladeSystem solution?

»  Forecasting Total Cost of Ownership (TOC) for Initial Deployments of Server Blades white paper (PDF)
»  Calculate your own BladeSystem Total cost of ownership (tool)
»  Configure & Price a Solution – ProLiant Blade Servers (tool)
»  Blade Workstation ROI Study (PDF)

What are my HP Bladesystem purchasing options?

  1. HP Factory Express
  2. HP Blade Account Representative – Please call your assigned HP Account Manager or contact HP to be assigned a representative.
  3. Blade Partners

Planning your BladeSystem installation

What prep work can I do for my HP BladeSystem installation?

Analyze your facilities and prepare your site.
» Site Planning Guide (PDF)

Onboard Administrator- to-iLO-Port Mappings
» OA User Guide (PDF)

Mezzanine-to-Interconnect Mappings
» HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure Setup and Installation Guide (PDF)
» HP BladeSystem c3000 Enclosure Setup and Installation Guide (PDF)

Interconnect-to-Physical Bay Mappings
Ethernet Interconnects
» HP 1/10Gb Virtual Connect Ethernet Module (PDF) 
» HP GbE2c Ethernet Switch (PDF)
» Cisco Catalyst Blade Switch 3020 (PDF)
» HP 10Gb BL-c Switch (PDF)
» HP 1:10Gb BL-c Switch (PDF)

» HP 4GB Fibre Channel Pass-Thru (PDF)
» HP 1GB Ethernet Pass-Thru (PDF) 
Fibre Channel Interconnects
» HP 4Gb Virtual Connect Fibre Channel Module (PDF)
» Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch (PDF)
» Brocade 4Gb SAN Switch (PDF)
» Brocade 8Gb SAN Switch (PDF)

Gather installation information
»  Insight Control Software Checklist (PDF)
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