Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
The shipment or delivery times could be improved. Sometimes we have to wait six Weeks before we get the server. It could even be longer. Sometimes it is many days for my customers
They could improve on the processor and security for the next release of the solution.
All of the servers are in cluster mode and when PowerEdge Server is down, others are affected. It doesn't automatically upgrade the firmware. We have to manually process it because we have forgotten about the firmware and virus updates. We would like to see the upgrades done automatically. In future releases, automation would be required.
The performance could be a bit better. If they want to coordinate between the different fast CPUs with the memory or maybe if they put some polling systems that are a bit better it could possibly increase the performance of the servers. It would be great if the product had some wireless capabilities.
After purchasing the product, customers have not been getting the support that they need in the early stages of getting set up. They can provide customers a little bit more education as to what they get with certain warranty levels. The data is there if the customers dig, but a lot of times, the customers don't dig. Some of the other server models come out a little bit quicker than Dell. It would be good if Dell is quicker to market on new, larger drives when they become available. Sometimes, we do get hit on that against a couple of competitors. Dell vets them a little bit longer than like the super micros to keep their stability and quality level up, but they lose a little bit of ground to a super micro. It would be good if they can release features and models as soon and as fast as they can. It would help them to stay more competitive.
The company needs to invest in more marketing exposure. Users need to know that Dell servers compete with HP Servers. in the region, the Middle East, many more companies work with HP. They could change this. The solution could still use some more analytics. It would be helpful if we had the power of an open managed application. It should be more hands-on in terms of how are you going to manage your server. In order to do that, you need more visibility into the health of the server itself.
System security can be improved. They can add more power and security for ESXi version 7.
I would like to see a virtual view of the solution after creating and configuring it.
The only way you could improve it is, for the purpose of HPC installations, is IOPS and the only way to improve it is to get a more powerful machine to deliver more IOPS. Basically, you need more CPUs and you need more RAM and you need a faster backbone. We were running on 100 gigabits Infiniband. 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.
The only thing that could be improved is documentation. The product is highly customizable with a lot of options for each component. These options are not easily understood. It would be great to offer more user-friendly interface/Documentation to build up the system.
There are certain aspects, features, and functionality on the motherboard that need improvement. If they had some software components that would have helped because I don't like creating electronic waste. We don't like upgrading for the sake of upgrading. With that process, we tend to lose the newer features which would have come in during that time. If they could have done something during that time where the new features could have been included, or improved upon the existing ones then it would have been brilliant. In the next release, I would like to see some means by which they could improve the functionality on the motherboard. It would be a very large help and increase the life of these products.
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.
I can't think of any features that are lacking on the solution. It works well for our clients for the most part. It would be nice if the rack servers had an HCI solution as an option.
The design, in terms of power efficiency, can be improved. Improvements should be made in terms of field expandability. Scalability, in general, has room for improvement. Support for virtualization support can be better.
I would like to see better IOPS, i.e. the disc speed. That is the main limitation for scaling up the number of users. Nowadays, there are web servers that have greater endurance in the lifecycle than the Dell EMC PowerEdge, so that's what I would like to see improved most. If Dell EMC can provide us with more IOPS, a higher disc size using the SSDs, and better battery endurance in terms of the lifecycle, i.e. three to seven years, I would be satisfied. With the Dell EMC PowerEdge Server, there is a limitation on the hardware life cycles. Another place Dell EMC could improve is with GPUs. If we can get more benchmarking done, some optimization, and more scalability for certain apps, it would be better. Dell EMC could improve the sizing and scaling performance that we can get with the server, including some better optimization that we can scale up. Another need for improvement is to consider the implementation of other forms of desktop virtualization.
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. The way that they condense the information on the Dell EMC website is not so good. They should improve the website. When you need to find a download or documentation it's very hard. The information on the website is very distributed. It's hard to find the information we need.
We are comparing Dell and HPE edge servers. Any tips for what we should take into account when choosing between the two?