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"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 technical support that clients get from IBM is excellent.""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.""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.""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.""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."

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"Its performance and the local support of Lenovo in my city are the most valuable features. Its performance is the best, and its user interface is also very easy.""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.""I would say the stability of the system itself would be the biggest advantage.""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.""I like everything about this solution. It is a very good server, with excellent availability. The size of the power is adequate and the low heating is beneficial.""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.""The solution is very simple to install."

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Cons
"Technical support and documentation need to be improved.""IBM should be more flexible with marketing or offer marketing events themselves and invite the partners to attend. That might be far more productive.""Its price can be improved. It is too high.""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.""It would be ideal if the solution was more simple to work with.""The pricing of the product could always be lowered.""The scalability process should be simplified.""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."

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"I would like the solution to be improved by having more advanced utilities.""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.""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.""Its price could be better. Its price is sometimes an issue for our clients. XClarity Controller is a very good feature, and Lenovo should include the XClarity Controller license without any additional cost. It should be integrated within the product.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Its price depends on the sizing.""The pricing is reasonable.""Its price is too high."

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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.""Its pricing is very competitive.""It costs around $8,000. There is an additional cost for the support for a year.""The price of the solution is very expensive when compared to other solution like HP or Dell."

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Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: Lenovo ThinkSystem rack servers offer flexibility and efficiency in order to meet mission-critical demands. I like that Lenovo blends outstanding performance, reliability, and manageability. The… more »
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: Its performance and the local support of Lenovo in my city are the most valuable features. Its performance is the best, and its user interface is also very easy.
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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.

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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immixGroup, Komsomolskaya Pravda, SRG Global, Seekr, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, jKool, Tennis Australia, VEKA, Netpoints, Gamma Powersports
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm30%
Retailer13%
Manufacturing Company9%
Engineering Company4%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government7%
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Educational Organization38%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company22%
Government5%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise65%
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Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Power Systems vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 10 reviews while Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is ranked 3rd in Rack Servers with 7 reviews. IBM Power Systems is rated 8.2, while Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM Power Systems writes "Saves the cost of having one person at the data center solely looking at data systems". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers writes "Provides the power and versatility needed to tackle demanding workloads". IBM Power Systems is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, Oracle SPARC Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Intel Server System and HPE Apollo, whereas Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, HPE Apollo and Dell EMC PowerEdge XE Servers. See our IBM Power Systems vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers report.

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