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"The product is scalable and stable.""The feature that I find the most valuable is that all alerts are integrated with HPE InfoSight. Any problem related to an HPE server can be solved remotely at L1, L2 level.""The most valuable feature is stability.""This product is feature-rich and is easy to install.""Very practical and easy to maintain.""The robustness of the design of the server is the most valuable. HP servers are easy to use and user-friendly. The server is not complicated, and it is easy to use ILO systems.""The pricing of the product is fair and not too expensive.""Its reliability and after-sales support are very good."

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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.""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.""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."

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"Not all of the hardware is completely up-to-date.""They can increase the controller cache. Currently, it has a controller cache of up to 4 GB. The RAID controller card comes with a maximum of 4 GB cache in HPE servers, whereas it comes with a maximum of 8 GB cache in Dell servers. They can also improve the port size. HP provides a 25 GB port on the server, whereas both Dell and Cisco provide a 100 GB port.""The price of this solution should be lowered to make it more competitive.""Sometimes, there are connectivity issues and the server is not able to connect to our SAN.""Configurations could be simplified.""In DL 500 systems, the flow of air is not good enough, and some components get overheated. IBM systems have better airflow and scalability. We have a data center that has limited physical space. Therefore, we need to maximize the processing or compute systems that we use. In HP servers, such as DL 500, there are only four processors, whereas IBM servers, such as SR 916, have eight processors. We don't get any support from HP because of our geographical location. We solve all problems ourselves by doing research on the internet. It would be good to get HP support.""The technical support is pretty good, however, they could be a bit faster and more responsive.""It is too expensive. Its price should be improved. The system admin interface should have better visibility while troubleshooting a problem, even when the problem is coming from the application."

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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.""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.""The pricing of the product could always be lowered."

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"This is an expensive product and there is licensing required for iLO, which is the HPE monitoring system.""We have ILO licenses. We use this feature.""It is just too expensive.""This product is within our budget.""The price is a little too high; it could be reduced.""The price of the product is a little high.""Proliant DL Servers have a reasonable cost. They are not as expensive as the Cisco servers. Everything is included when you purchase a server. You just have to install and configure it.""It is not expensive. Its price is similar to other solutions."

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

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: HPE Proliant Servers are work horses.    I have used them a lot and they are quite reliable and robust. Dell has been used to drive Office 365 for many years.     Both HPE and Dell are good… more »
Top Answer: This solution is perfect. From the time of purchase, it was state-of-the-art, and still, after five, 10 years, they still meet our demands extremely well.
Top Answer: The iLO (integrated lights out) license is very expensive, but the functionality you receive is worth it.
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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HP ProLiant DL series, HP ProLiant DL
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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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Sample Customers
AmeriPride Services, iSource, Bolagsverket, BlueShore Financial, British Columbia Assessment Authority, National Stock Exchange, Cardlytics
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm15%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider7%
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company24%
Manufacturing Company4%
Financial Services Firm32%
Manufacturing Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm7%
Company Size
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise66%
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise68%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE ProLiant DL Servers vs. IBM Power Systems and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
536,548 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE ProLiant DL Servers is ranked 2nd in Rack Servers with 22 reviews while IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 9 reviews. HPE ProLiant DL Servers is rated 8.6, while IBM Power Systems is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HPE ProLiant DL Servers writes "Good for our regular server needs but has no scalability". 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". HPE ProLiant DL Servers is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, HPE Apollo, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and Huawei FusionServer RH Series Rack Servers, whereas IBM Power Systems is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, Oracle SPARC Servers, Intel Server System, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers and HPE Apollo. See our HPE ProLiant DL Servers vs. IBM Power Systems report.

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