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"I like the Dell EMC management and we have a great management interface. They are very reliable and we can trust the server. It's very reliable and easy to manage.""It is quite stable. We didn't have a single downtime of failure. Nor have we ever experienced any downtime in electrical components or the hardware. In this way, the server is reliable.""The most valuable features are remote management and iDRAC.""The pricing of the solution is fair.""Virtualization and distributed power management are good and valuable features.""This solution has absolutely fulfilled our needs well.""The reconstructive compatibility with VMware ESXi is the most valuable.""The solution delivers what it promises. You look at the specs and it delivers them."

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"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.""The initial setup is simple and straightforward.""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.""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.""I use the hypervisor of IBM Power Systems a lot.""The technical support that clients get from IBM is excellent."

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"They should improve the centralized management interface. When you are going to deploy something, for example, VMware or RedHat, it should be easier to deploy a lot of servers. Now you have to do one at a time.""I would like to see better IOPS, i.e. the disc speed. That is the main limitation for scaling up the number of users.""The design, in terms of power efficiency, can be improved.""It would be nice if the rack servers had an HCI solution as an option.""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.""There are certain aspects, features, and functionality on the motherboard that need improvement.""The only thing that could be improved is documentation. During the installation, it would be good to have some information about how is it going.""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."

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"It would be ideal if the solution was more simple to work with.""Technical support and documentation need to be improved.""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 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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"Dell's solution was cheaper than HP's solution.""It's not a very expensive solution.""It is expensive. The price needs to be more competitive. Additional licenses are required to enable some of the features for scalability.""The price of this solution is reasonable. It's very comparable to similar solutions.""The server is a one-time purchase, but the support is on a subscription basis."

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"The pricing is reasonable.""Its price is too high."

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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.

IBM Power Systems are built to crush the most advanced data applications - from the mission-critical workloads you run today to the next generation of AI.
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NxtGen Datacenter, Medien-Service Untermain (MSU), Exasol, IndigoVision, DaycoCipher
Top Industries
Manufacturing Company18%
Comms Service Provider9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Wireless Company9%
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider26%
Financial Services Firm30%
Manufacturing Company10%
K 12 Educational Company Or School5%
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider26%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise42%
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise68%
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Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is ranked 1st in Rack Servers with 12 reviews while IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 6 reviews. Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is rated 9.0, while IBM Power Systems is rated 8.6. 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, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, Intel Server System and HPE Apollo. See our Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. IBM Power Systems report.

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