“I’m a HP boy – always have been – always will”

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Actually I started as a DEC guy then Compaq and so I just sort of fell into the world of HP.  PC wise for SMBs I’ve been buying HP for the past 10-15 years and kinda got into a rut. A few years ago I had trouble sourcing a particular model so was offered an alternative, I looked at the specs – all round a better PC so made the purchase and after it was unboxed and configured I wished I had switched years before. I now buy, within reason, whoever has the best spec for the money. Acer, Fujitsu, Zoostorm (I did have one issue with these guys) and Lenovo. I understand some companies maybe in contract with a specific manufacturer or stipulate a model range for support and build efficiency but if you’ve been buying the same old brand of PC for years try something different, you may be surprised.

Like all hard and software, the days of sticking to one manufacturer are gone, they went years ago. HP mono Laserjets 4050-4250s – great workhorse printers- they just keep on churning, HP P30xx – rubbish – same company, same experience, not the same quality.

Cherry pick your best of breed devices but don’t be afraid to try something else now and again.


John R

John Reidy is an IT Manager for a Transport & Logistics Group of Companies in the UK. John’s background is in Network support and design for the Ministry of Defence, commercial premises, Ports and Sea going vessels serving the European Ferry industry. A BICSI trained and qualified Technician and promoter of the methodology for optimised best of breed information transport systems he designs LAN/WAN solutions together with hosted and on premise Telephony PBX solutions. John currently supports 190 users over 8 companies throughout the UK and Middle East supporting all aspects of the business associated technology and infrastructure on a 24/7 basis.

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  1. James Elliott July 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I recently bought a used, old HP server for just mucking around with. I manage quite a few Dell servers where I work. I know the HP server is older but it sounds like it is going to take off!
    I’m not sure if it is the same with all HP servers, but looking at comments on forums and whatnot (had a look around to see if the noise was normal) it seems to be. I’d advise against HP servers for that reason alone. It sounds… unhealthy.

    • John.R July 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      HP Server noisy fans are most noticeable on the G6 range – see my post June 5th Page 2 under the Servers Category. On bootup
      the fan noise is “normal” the Management System running up the fans to ensure maximum cooling is available if required.

      I have Dell, IBM and HP Proliant servers – mostly DL/MLs. Personally I prefer HPs, just installed a ML350p G8 – HP seemed to have just about resolved the noisy fan issue on boot but bear in mind these devices are intended for Computer Rooms so noisy should not really be an issue.

  2. Jeff Newman July 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    The first time I read your post, I thought you were talking about servers, not desktop PCs. The two comments that were left reinforced my mistaken impression.

    Re-reading your post tonight, I realize you’re talking about desktop PCs.

    Now I find I am in agreement, whereas when I thought you were coming out against standardizing on a single brand of servers and sticking with that brand, I disagreed.

    Working at a company that switched from HP servers to Dell and then went back to HP for their cloud initiative, I can tell you that supporting multiple brands of servers is a complex proposition.

    Desktops vary too, of course, but desktop PCs are generally managed at the operating system level using various enterprise tools.

    Servers are managed via their remote interfaces (iLO, iDRAC, etc.) and in the case of blade servers, their chassis configuration software (HP’s Virtual Connect, for example).

    An enterprise using ten different brands and models of PCs can manage them all in the same way. An enterprise using ten different brands or generations of servers needs engineers trained in each.

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