Re: This happened to me
"I am now firmly in the never-HP - for anything - camp."
Ditto this. I had to replace all our old [hp dl380's) virtual machine host servers and SANs recently, our services management company wanted to buy HP again, I absolutely refused to go that path because of HP's disreputable shenanigans over the years. Ended up with Dell at a much lower price point for similar specs when compared to the HP offerings. So HP may have screwed us on ink but they lost out on $200K in server hardware sales.