Compare HPE Apollo vs. IBM Power Systems

HPE Apollo is ranked 3rd in Rack Servers with 5 reviews while IBM Power Systems is ranked 6th in Rack Servers with 1 review. HPE Apollo is rated 8.2, while IBM Power Systems is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HPE Apollo writes "Helped me address a need for DPM, to back up to a specific location in my datacenters". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Power Systems writes "Flexible and powerful operating system gives us added security features". HPE Apollo is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers and HPE Moonshot, whereas IBM Power Systems is most compared with Oracle SPARC Servers, Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers and HPE ProLiant DL Servers.
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We're going to buy another Apollo 6500. We may configure it with half the number of GPUs because that may be all we need. In a sense, we can see the Apollo 6500 being so powerful that we only need half the GPU capability that we have now.When we moved to the Apollo and all flash drives, we gained a lot of performance.It's pretty flexible. You can choose how much storage you put on the server. You can have one to three nodes, depending on whether you want more CPU or storage.we can use the same platform for several use cases: Hadoop, Ceph, and we are considering the server for another use case right now. It's a single solution, we only have to integrate it once and we can use it for several technologies.It enables us to implement software defined solutions very easily, because Apollo servers are certified for use with Linux systemsApollo Systems provide stuff that standard services do not. More HTDs, more compute power, at very reasonable pricing.It's very reliable. I haven't had a single failure at all in the year and a half; not the slightest problem with it.

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On the security side, we get regular security patch updates and system hardening. There are free tools available to harden the system.

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I would want to see the flexibility of being able to run various network protocols including InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, as well as iSCSI, with iSCSI going up to 100 gigabytes per second -that would be outstanding.We could, perhaps, use more GPUs in the future, go from eight to 16 GPUs per instance. That could run head-to-head against the DGX-1, the DGX-2 that NVIDIA has developed in their own chassis. That would be interesting to see.We have tried to used standardization using Ubuntu Linux and it's been hard. They had some difficulties getting the RAID configuration up and running because there are no drivers for it. It's not supported by HPE.There is a shared battery for all cache controllers in the node. When you have to replace that element, you have to take down all three nodes and not just one.We would like to see improved cooling because that is quite an issue. If you put that much compute power into a single rack, cooling really becomes an issue. And there is room for improvement there.One drawback which I had: When I needed to expand storage on the Apollo, I had significant problems getting disks for it. It was a very long wait-time. So, if I were to give any advice in regards to improving this product, I would say make more of the 8TB disks available quicker.

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One of the features that we would like, and I think they are also adapting to the latest trends in the market, is to make it more open, more flexible... With VMware, anybody can create a virtual machine without any knowledge of the server side. But with AIX it's a bit difficult.

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Obviously I would like to see the cost go down. That speaks for itself.

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out of 14 in Rack Servers
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8.2
6th
out of 14 in Rack Servers
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4,905
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471
Avg. Rating
8.0
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Compared 8% of the time.
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HP Apollo Systems, HP ProLiant SL, HP ApolloIBM OpenPOWER LC
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Overview

The HPE Apollo high-density server family is built for the highest levels of performance and efficiency. They are rack-scale compute, storage, networking, power and cooling – massively scale-up and scale-out – solutions for your big data analytics, object storage and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. From water-cooling that’s 1,000X more efficient than air, to “right-sized scaling” with 2X the compute density for workgroup and private cloud workloads, the HPE Apollo line is a dense, high-performance, tiered approach for organisations of all sizes.

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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Manufacturing Company22%
University22%
Non Tech Company11%
Mining And Metals Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company26%
Construction Company18%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Financial Services Firm28%
Retailer17%
Manufacturing Company11%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company44%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm9%
Retailer7%
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