Server solution for a leading power generation company

Pain Points

  • Rapid server growth requirements
  • Growing energy bills
  • High management overheads
  • Complex network cabling and cable sprawl


  • HPE C7000 Blade Chassis
  • HPE BL4x0 series Blades
  • Initial 2011 Solution value £86,700
  • Incremental Blades and upgrades
  • Incremental value £128,000
  • 2013 Major addition – New Chassis with Flex Fabric Modules
  • Solution Value £154,000
  • Incremental Blades and Flex Fabric modules
  • Incremental value £155,000
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Customer Engagement

This specialist in temporary power generation has trusted Port-P’s in depth Server knowledge since 2010 so it was only natural that in 2011 they would call upon Port-P to provide strategic guidance as to what direction to take when they started to experience rapid server sprawl.

This customer was facing explosive server growth, rapidly filling racks, complex and excessive cabling, high management overheads and ever increasing power and cooling bills.

Directors and senior technical staff from Port-P met with the key client stakeholders to fully understand the business impact of simply continuing to add individual rack servers as more compute was required. It was clear that a new approach was needed….

As a multi-Vendor accredited solution provider, Port-P was able to analyse the current sever offerings in the market across all major Tier 1 Vendors. Given this customers challenges around rack density, power and cooling and management overheads, Port-P proposed a solution based on HPE’s Blade System solution, utilising the C7000 Chassis and BL4x0 series Blade Servers.

HPE Bladesystem is an ultra-dense compute platform with integrated network modules, power supplies and fans that vastly reduces power draw, cooling requirements and can remove up to 95% of network cabling complexity. Furthermore management is more centralised and simplified.

Following a demonstration of the solution the customer quickly agreed with Port-P’s assertion that this was the perfect solution on which to base their next phase of infrastructure investment and growth.

Initial deployment of their first C7000 chassis and servers took place in January 2011, utilising Cisco Ethernet modules. The solution proved highly successful in meeting all the previous challenges and in 2013 this solution was taken up a level with the introduction of a new chassis with HPE’s advanced Flex Fabric Virtual Connect modules, providing major gains in bandwidth flexibility and simplified management. (To find out more on Virtual Connect please visit the link at the end of this document)

As well as introducing cutting edge technologies to the customer, Port-P was also able to call upon its relationship with HPE to secure aggressive bid discounts on not just the initial major deployments but all subsequent upgrades and additions.

Results and Conclusion

Since the first ever deployment in 2011, this organisation has continued to enjoy productivity benefits from IT who have to spend less time ‘keeping the lights on’ and can focus more on internal initiatives to further grow the business. Cost savings quickly accrued from the consolidation of hardware, the associated support costs as well as energy savings.