I learnt today that HP Proliant DL180 G6 blade servers come by default with no disks installed. So far so good as this is clearly advertised. But what is shocking to me is that the trays in this 4-drive machine are just mere plastic, useless pieces that can’t be used at all. These plastic trays are meant just to fill in the drive cage, but no actual disk can be attached to the trays. In order to install real drives one has to either buy HP disks or buy HP part 373211-001 — for example on eBay.
C’mon HP! What are you playing to? Do you want to force customers to buy your (expensive) disks? What do have HP SATA disks that WD Cavier disks do not have? Is that the reason why no one can buy HP part 373211-001 anymore except outside the HP parts store? I had to spend 140USD on 4 HP trays to install my disks. It’s not about the price, but the waste of time trying to find the right part number, the seller or being forced to use HP’s own dis units.
I honestly can now understand why people decide to build their own cheap machines, based on commodity parts, like for example Google does.