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"No down time and it's very user friendly.""It is user friendly and easy to configure.""Their support is very good and very effective.""Their management tools are the most valuable. Our customers like the flexibility of being able to scale up and out. It is very easy for them to scale and add additional nodes and servers to their storage solutions, such as the ATI solution. It has very good quality and a great deployment model. Its warranty is also very good, and it is very stable. Their fixes have been quick if they have those.""Virtualization and distributed power management are good and valuable features.""Our customers do not ask for any service for the Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers because they are very durable.""The pricing of the solution is fair.""What we like the most is the stability. Without shutdowns, our VMs and servers are up and running fine."

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"What we like the most is the ability to upgrade the scaling of the system itself. Whenever we need extra storage, we can do that. Whenever we need extra memory, we can do that as well. It's fast and it's available.""The initial setup is simple and straightforward.""The availability of a solution depends on the requirement of the customer. The most valuable feature is the virtualization. You can have this one system or you can use it for many. They were using almost 120 servers within that specific service.""The performance is the solution's most valuable asset. It has one of the highest levels of performance I have ever seen. It's quite remarkable, in that sense.""Power Systems is like a dream solution for every IT person because it has redundancy, and it doesn't stop. It doesn't get affected easily. I don't see any weaknesses in this solution. At the moment, we have Power8. It is stable and runs smoothly. We have a big load, and it is working very well. It can be customized based on our needs. Flash copy is helping us amazingly. We have virtualization for vDisks, which is again very helpful. We are working on this virtualization technology, and we have a team that is working on redundancy and architecture.""I can have what they call multi-tenancy, meaning that I can have multiple tenants within the same server.""We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level every day, you can, without any doubt, support the core banking or critical applications with this solution.""Active Memory Expansion allows you to compress your memory on the run time to allow you to have less physical memory available, but provision more memory to your partitions, as everything will be compressed on the fly."

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Cons
"The scalability could improve. If you want more scalability and high availability, you will have to change to a solution similar to VxRail.""All of the servers are in cluster mode and when PowerEdge Server is down, others are affected.""Until they get new technology and density, it would be nice to see four nodes in a one-year package instead of a three-year package.""The performance could be a bit better.""It would be easier if the remote connection to the server could be done through the USB port. From the server, we should be able to connect to a laptop or a management workstation through a USB port.""The solution could improve by making the warranty policy better, which is a little bit complex because our local service partner Smart Technologies has long delays. Whenever we open any case for any customer, it takes more than five days. If we could handle it by ourselves, we could have the issue solved in one day. They should work on a way to fix these delays.""System security can be improved. They can add more power and security for ESXi version 7.""They could improve on the processor and security for the next release of the solution."

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"It does not offer the ability to run any X86 or X64 Intel architecture-based application on Power Systems. There are a lot of applications, lots of business use cases that do not support this architecture as of now. If somehow application tasks can be ported on to IBM Power Systems, that would be a big improvement.""The scalability process should be simplified.""Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very complicated. It should be made easier to scale. Currently, its scalability depends on the initial sizing, whereas in Nutanix HCI, you can add whatever you need and whenever you need it.""Technical support and documentation need to be improved.""The pricing of the product could always be lowered.""In Power6, latency was an issue, but nowadays, we are on Power8, which doesn't have any such problems. Sometimes, we have issues when we are moving to a new version, which is the case with almost every company. Some new issues or problems show up suddenly, and you do not have the time to research and find the solution. That's when we contact IBM technical support.""Its price can be improved. It is too high.""IBM should be more flexible with marketing or offer marketing events themselves and invite the partners to attend. That might be far more productive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It's a one-time licensing fee for the device and we pay a quota per year for the support.""The licensing comes with a warranty.""The server is a one-time purchase, but the support is on a subscription basis.""Dell's solution was cheaper than HP's solution.""The price of this solution is reasonable. It's very comparable to similar solutions.""Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers are very expensive.""The price of Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is reasonable compared to other solutions.""It's not a very expensive solution."

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"Its price is too high.""Its price depends on the sizing.""The pricing is reasonable."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether the Dell EMC Poweredge or Lenovo Thinksystem rack servers were the better fit for us. We ultimately decided to go with Dell EMC Poweredge… more »
Top Answer: There are several differences between Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers and HPE ProLiant DL Servers. For starters, HPE Proliant has about 2.5x less reliability than Dell PowerEdge. Moreover, while HPE… more »
Top Answer: Our customers do not ask for any service for the Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers because they are very durable.
Top Answer: We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level… more »
Top Answer: Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very… more »
Top Answer: IBM Power Systems is used for the core banking applications. We have accounts with financial enterprises in Egypt. We propose this solution if you are a bank, you are upgrading or migrating bank… more »
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PowerEdge R
IBM OpenPOWER LC
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Overview

PowerEdge R is available in three models and with the following advantages: Entry level is simple, entry level server ideal for businesses just migrating to server usage, advanced is offering more cache and speed, these servers offer more options for processors, expansion and virtualization, Premium create a dynamic infrastructure with flexible workloads from a complete virtualization platform.

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Sample Customers
NxtGen Datacenter, Medien-Service Untermain (MSU), Exasol, IndigoVision, Dayco
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Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company16%
Comms Service Provider11%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Computer Software Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company24%
Government7%
Educational Organization4%
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Financial Services Firm30%
Retailer13%
Manufacturing Company9%
Computer Software Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government7%
Company Size
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise37%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise65%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. IBM Power Systems and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is ranked 1st in Rack Servers with 21 reviews while IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 10 reviews. Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is rated 8.6, while IBM Power Systems is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers writes "Innovative designs to transform IT and maximize performance across the widest range of applications". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Power Systems writes "Saves the cost of having one person at the data center solely looking at data systems". Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, HPE Apollo and Huawei FusionServer RH Series Rack Servers, whereas IBM Power Systems is most compared with Oracle SPARC Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Intel Server System, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers and HPE Apollo. See our Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. IBM Power Systems report.

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