A question about how the HP blades were ordered was raised on the BladeWatch.com page (from bladewatch.com): "N Lord Says: July 9th, 2007 at 11:51 am Dell “overlooks” the fact that you have to special order the HP blades to come in separate boxes. Most c-Class Bladesystems come already assembled and ready to go. It is quite funny that Dell would emphasize the un-boxing aspect versus a real apples-to-apples comparison. "
I responded with the following comment:
For this comparison, Principled Technologies, ordered a chassis full of Dell and HP blades in the way they come standard directly off of each company’s website. One of the benefits of working with Dell is that this way of shipping is the standard. After every customer customizes their order, Dell fully tests the completed server before it leaves the factory. I do not believe that HP tests the completed server in the factory.
HP customers have to special order the blades from either HP or a reseller for them to come pre-assembled. Dell ships blades pre-installed in the chassis and becuase Dell only sells direct - this is the only way that they can be ordered. A second study by Prinicipled also compared Dell blades vs. HP blades for performance, power, and performance per watt. That paper is also available on the same page - http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/Dell+and+HP+Blades+Compared