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"There is a lot of extra storage. I am only using half of what I need.""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."

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"I would say the stability of the system itself would be the biggest advantage.""The IMM tool is great because we can upgrade different views and device versions very quickly. We can upgrade everything from a single point through a single dashboard, which is great for us because we also have Lenovo storage. Lenovo ThinkSystem also has Xclarity built into the system.""The solution is very simple to install.""We appreciate the stability and easy mountings of all the machines. We have some direct connections with IBM, Lenovo, and other companies, and we get close support from them.""It has good integration. You have VMware for connecting many machines, and you can support microservices. You can also easily connect the networks. It is also very easy to use and implement, and it comes with good support."

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"If they could put a SAN storage or resend it in the same product, it would be very helpful and more powerful.""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."

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"HP has a riser inside, but Lenovo does not have a riser. It would be good to have a riser with Lenovo. The GUI of the system is really bad. HP has a very good UI for smart memories and everything inside, but in Lenovo, we have a black-and-white UI. HP right now manufactures a server with scalable SP1 and SP2 on a single machine, which is not the case with Lenovo. They are changing the machine. For SP 1, there is one server, and for SP2, there is another server, which is really bad. In HP, we can use two models of processors in a single case. Lenovo should also be improved to have SP1 and SP2 scalable processors simultaneously on a single machine. They should not release another machine. This issue is also there in H3650 severs. They are all inside, but only V3 CPU or only v4 CPU can work, whereas, in HBG9, we can deploy V3 and V4 simultaneously. Lenovo also needs to advertise more because I can't see advertisements anywhere.""From our side, our budgets are really not there. The availability of cash is a little bit limited. We buy as much as we can, If it was less expensive, we could buy more.""It is quite an expensive product. Its price can be improved.""It should have tools for integration with the cloud. We should be able to transmit data from our on-premises server to the servers in the cloud."

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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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"Your budget determines the scalability.""The licensing cost is the same as HP. It doesn't have any additional cost. However, the price, for example, for the memory option, does not match other vendors such as HP or Dell. They should work on the pricing of Lenovo. It is a great competitor, and it should compete with the price.""It is too expensive. Because we are a university and we have to look for our money, many times we buy some refurbished machines or equipment at reasonable prices from IBM or Lenovo. We are a little bit limited in terms of money, and we buy as much as we can. If they were cheaper, we would buy more.""It costs around $8,000. There is an additional cost for the support for a year."

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ProLiant Servers provide a complete infrastructure that support both your business objectives and your business growth.

From growing small businesses to enterprise workloads, Lenovo rack servers offer the unmatched value, flexibility and industry-leading efficiency to meet mission-critical demands with legendary quality and reliability.

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HPE ProLiant DL Servers is ranked 2nd in Rack Servers with 15 reviews while Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is ranked 3rd in Rack Servers with 5 reviews. HPE ProLiant DL Servers is rated 8.8, while Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of HPE ProLiant DL Servers writes "Strong, easy to manage and monitor, and have very few failures". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers writes "Provides the power and versatility needed to tackle demanding workloads". HPE ProLiant DL Servers is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE Apollo, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, IBM Power Systems and Huawei FusionServer RH Series Rack Servers, whereas Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, IBM Power Systems, HPE Apollo, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and Huawei FusionServer RH Series Rack Servers. See our HPE ProLiant DL Servers vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers report.

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