This association launched an initiative to consolidate their server and storage infrastructure. The decision was made to implement blade center technology in conjunction with a storage area network solution. Bids were solicited from an authorized HP partner and Elarasys Worldwide LLC. The HP partner proposed a solution consisting of the HP BLc3000 $187,823.00 and HP EVA4400 $99,402.00 for a total of $287,225.00. Elarasys Worldwide proposed a blended solution consisting of new and refurbished components which included the same HP BLc3000 configuration $84,098.00 and an IBM DS4700 Express Model 72 with the same capacity and functionality $29,975.00 for a total of $114,073.00.
In summary, by purchasing a blended solution, the association received the same functionality, capacity and authorized manufacture maintenance at a combined savings of $173,152.00.