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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Processes massive data sets and improves the performance of our targeted workloads What is our primary use case? I work at a university in a research environment. We use PowerEdge powered by Intel servers to run geophysics simulations that stay in the system for a long time. The servers are used to image and process massive data sets. We develop code that requires a moderate amount of power, so that's why we use the racks. We currently have between five to ten units, but some of them are down. It's mostly graduate students and a few faculty using them, and we primarily run Linux. The built-in security features aren't really an issue because everything is behind the university's firewalls. We don't have to worry about it because they have a dedicated IT security department. We can dial in from the outside, and we have all kinds of VPN solutions. The university provides us with batteries and power supplies. They often run for more than a year without any failures, so power isn't a problem. We are working with Intel's Xeon scalable processor, but I'm not sure which models we are using. We typically buy the most advanced processor available when we purchase the racks. At this time, we have no plans to switch to cloud servers because it's not as comfortable as having an on-premises rack. Also, there are some security restrictions associated with some of our applications, so we can't transfer the data to the cloud. We work with a lot of data, so we prefer local resources because of the security and the speed. It does the job for us. We know it's not a high-end product, but it's good enough. We are looking at getting another box. The next series should be 940. The step is not as big as we expected after having the 930 for several years now. We're thinking about getting another one from Dell, but I'm waiting to see what will be available. We are looking for a 4U rack, fully loaded with CPUs and disks. And we have a disk farm outside that we connect to the server, so we can store a lot of data locally. How has it helped my organization? We've had no problems with high-performance workloads on our Dell racks. We use the standard software like Intel compilers plus our in-house code, OpenMP, Pilot Processing, and MPI. Intel's Xeon processors improve the performance of our targeted workloads, which is crucial for us. We buy the strongest CPUs and run the Intel compiler. We usually run heavy code, so we're working on traditional software languages like Fortran and C. These are heavy applications that run on this cluster. What is most valuable? We started working on Dell servers more than a decade ago. I think it was the 910 version, and its main advantage was the ability to load a lot of in-core memory into the box. It's irrelevant today because everybody can provide as much as they want, but we had memory issues in the beginning. We were running out of memory, and that was the first time we heard of a solution that supports a terabyte of core memory. That was the primary reason we got the first box. We've stayed with it since then because we have so many Dell workstations. Dell servers are easy to use. We've never had a problem. We do more hardware work with workstations, including adding and replacing cards. It's easy compared to what we used to do with screwdrivers years ago. What needs improvement? Capacity and performance can always be improved. For how long have I used the solution? I have been using Dell servers for nearly 15 years. What do I think about the stability of the solution? PowerEdge servers powered by Intel are highly stable. Some of them have stayed on for two years without ever rebooting. Usually, they only reboot for maintenance or something happening in the building, but it is not due to a failure of the machine. Stability is essential because we have jobs that sit on the system for a couple of days. How are customer service and support? I haven't used Dell's technical support much. Usually, when I have a problem, we search online for a solution. Sometimes we use the Dell knowledge base or community groups, but we rarely need to contact someone. How was the initial setup? Deploying the PowerEdge Rack Servers wasn't a problem. We just plug it into the rack with help from the university computer center. They let us know where to put it and connect it to the required network. We take care of all the software, like the operating system, permissions, local security, data access, etc. This is all Linux-based, and we have experience, so it's straightforward. For maintenance, we use Dell's OpenManage console a little to tweak the configuration for performance, but we generally set up the system and let it go. We only update the operating system once a year and upgrade the environment. What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? The price is reasonable. You have to pay if you want quality. When we purchase something, we have to do some market analysis, and I haven't seen a significant difference compared to other solutions. Which other solutions did I evaluate? I'm used to Dell equipment, and the local network is mainly based on Dell workstations connected to the servers. The other servers are usually IBM and HP. I haven't seen any major difference that would justify switching to other vendors. What other advice do I have? I rate Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers nine out of ten. Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2022-07-15T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We utilize them heavily, 24/7, and they never stop; very reliable What is our primary use case? We mostly use them for managing our testing environment. They manage a different brand of blade servers, not Dell, but the Rack Servers powered by Intel are monitoring and managing the queues that run the tests. Developers are submitting tests to the system 24 hours a day, and nodes on the blade servers run the tests. Our PowerEdge servers manage the test queues. What is most valuable? The management portal is essential because it gives you a lot of flexibility. You don't have to be at the location to manage the server. You can power it on and off remotely or start an installation remotely. All you need to do is connect it to the network and you can do things from thousands of miles away. That is essential when working with data centers. You don't want to be there but you want to have full control remotely. Another valuable feature is that it's a Dell and that means it's a reliable product. For how long have I used the solution? I have been using Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers powered by Intel for the last 10 years. What do I think about the stability of the solution? It has performed the way that we expected it to with no technical problems. I don't recall any problems with the server itself that required us to call support or get replacement parts. It does what we expect it to do. It's stable. It's working 24/7, 365. We don't ever stop it. We have two offices in Israel, and each has two PowerEdge Rack Servers. They're monitoring our testing environment and that environment is running 24 hours a day, so the servers are very heavily utilized. We usually keep them for four years or stretch them to five years with a warranty extension. We wreck them and have never had to deal with any problems. The PowerEdge servers we have are the third generation that we purchased for this specific role. I'm assuming the integration team that requested these models specifically is satisfied with the outcome. What do I think about the scalability of the solution? We got them in a configuration that hasn't required us to make any changes in terms of scalability. How are customer service and support? Dell's support works. Here in Israel, Dell works with a third party that handles the contact with the customer. I don't recall if that third party handles servers, but in general, a lot of improvement is required there. We are a corporate environment. When I call Dell support and give them my credentials or customer number, I expect the guy on the other side to understand who he is talking with. He should immediately see that I have at least 500 laptops, desktops, and more than 1,000 Dell monitors. I'm not just a private customer calling from home. I expect the service to work accordingly. Don't ask me, "Did you reboot the machine?" or "Did you update?" We only call Dell support when we cannot solve the problems ourselves. By the time we call, we have done all the testing and all the updating. We have done everything on our side and that's when we need professional, technical support. But when we call them here in Israel, we get what seems like very consumer-oriented customer support. There is a lot of room for improvement in this area. How would you rate customer service and support? Neutral Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch? We had HP ProLiant in the past, but we haven't used them for quite a while. Our entire organization is using Dell for end-user machines, laptops, workstations, and desktops. The PowerEdge Rack Servers powered by Intel deliver what we need. It's easier to work with the same vendor and have a unified environment. How was the initial setup? While I wouldn't call it a problem, physically mounting the servers into the rails that come with the servers can be a challenge. They could be engineered to be a little bit easier to use. It's not that significant, we can manage it, but you need at least two people to do it together because they're a bit heavy. You have to slide them exactly into the rails. It's a little bit challenging, but not serious. From unboxing it to preparing the rack and sliding the server into it, connecting everything, and powering it up, it takes about 30 minutes or so. Integrating it into a particular environment is very simple. We set up an IP, connect it, and install a server operating system. It's a very rapid process. Within about an hour, it is up and running in the environment. What was our ROI? In terms of handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads, you get your money's worth. When you buy something, you need it to perform and deliver and these servers do that. It's a very good product. What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? PowerEdge pricing is equivalent to that of all the others in the market. We always try to get a better price, but I don't see any problem with the pricing and licensing of Dell's servers. It's not the case, when I compare them to other vendors, that they are extremely more expensive or that the licensing is much more complex. Which other solutions did I evaluate? We looked at HP and Supermicro. We went with Dell, in part, because we are a Dell shop, but price was one of the most critical aspects. We also looked at what we needed to gain from the server. When we connected all these factors, we decided that Dell was the best solution for us. What other advice do I have? Before you approach procurement, you should know exactly what you are looking to get out of the product. If you're looking for a reliable vendor and performance, have all your information ready first. Then check the pricing and make sure that you have the budget. It's not like buying a PC for your home. It's a professional server and it costs. You'd better have all the information beforehand, and then you can evaluate whether the purchase of a PowerEdge is suitable for your requirements. We don't use Dell's OpenManage console. When we need to make changes that don't directly apply to the operating system but to the server itself, we only go into the iDRAC management interface and do it from there on. Which deployment model are you using for this solution? On-premises Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2022-07-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They are stable and don’t crash What is our primary use case? Our main uses for PowerEdge Rack Servers powered by Intel are virtualization, file servers, and Active Directory, which our entire infrastructure sits on. I have five Dell PowerEdge servers now. About 40,000 users are using these servers. About 70 to 80 people use the file server. How has it helped my organization? Support for virtualization is very important to us. It provides redundancy when booting from storage, where the servers are loaded from a separate storage. It provides full server support. What is most valuable? The use of OpenManage Console reduces the time it takes to manage PowerEdge Rack Servers in terms of updates and maintenance. What needs improvement? Unfortunately, PowerEdge Rack Servers do not support NVMe storage. OpenManage Console is slightly confusing, especially after upgrade releases. There isn't a manual for what to do with lifecycle management and in what sequence. I have to rely on user forums instead of Dell in these cases. For how long have I used the solution? This is my third purchase. I bought my first three PowerEdge Rack Servers powered by Intel two years ago. What do I think about the stability of the solution? The primary reason that we chose them - they are stable and don’t crash. I keep my firmware, BIOS, and drivers up-to-date. Regarding security, we have not had any incidents. What do I think about the scalability of the solution? The two Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers that I am using solve my needs completely in terms of redundancy and scalability. How are customer service and support? I used Dell support a couple of times, and it was okay. I would rate Dell’s support as eight out of 10. When resolving an issue, they transferred me to multiple support techs. This is because when you reach global support, your request is processed by the operator. Then, there are a few other steps. Usually, I am asked primitive questions before being transferred to Tier 2 or 3, who take a couple of days to get back to me. How would you rate customer service and support? Positive Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch? One of the reasons that we choose to use Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers is because we never had a problem with the previous ones. Whereas, we have had servers and blades from Lenovo with a lot of problems. There were constant motherboard failures. In addition to Dell servers, we also have their storage. Since there have been no problems with them, except for routine battery changes, we continue to use Dell’s reliable hardware. How was the initial setup? It was straightforward with the help of the Dell wizard. I just needed to connect it to VMware. Obviously, someone has to study when preparing to deploy and configure PowerEdge Rack Servers. In my case, deployment and configuration of two PowerEdge Rack Servers with VMware, cloud, and integration with our storage took about three days. My strategy was to launch these servers as quickly as possible. First, we made sure that there was communication. Then, we installed clients in VMware. After that, we started installing the servers. What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? As an educational institution, we have certain budget restraints. So, we work around our budget and what hardware we can get from it. Which other solutions did I evaluate? We considered Lenovo and HPE, but chose Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers because of their reliability. What other advice do I have? Choose stable servers when considering fast servers, because even though they might work fast, they might not last. We have been happy with Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers. I would absolutely rate PowerEdge Rack Servers as 10 out of 10. Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2022-07-12T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We can manage it remotely so it is useful for troubleshooting What is our primary use case? My division is backup. We use Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers powered by Intel to deploy backup systems to back up the entire area or region where we are setting it up. We actually use it as a media server for backup. For this server, we bought several with a net of 30 terabytes to use with a memory of about 256 gigs. How has it helped my organization? We have benefited in performance, especially when installing the media server for the backup and performing backup for high performance and fast storage. What is most valuable? I like Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers. It is a good, high performance server. It is easy to manage, especially with the iDRAC. iDRAC is its most valuable feature. The management from the iDRAC port is useful for me because my server is located in Australia, and I need to manage it from Israel. Therefore, it is useful for troubleshooting. There is flexibility to use a lot of storage on the server. It has the ability to have it as a RAID and support that. This is most useful for me in the case of a malfunction in one or two drives. It is like having a server and storage together, i.e., hyperconverged. We can manage this remotely. In regards to security, I have noticed that we can implement Active Directory to the iDRAC. It is more secure that way. Then, everyone can access it as they please. We use Intel Xeon Scalable processors in our PowerEdge Rack Servers. They have very much helped to improve the performance of our targeted workloads. What needs improvement? I would like them to add more NVMe slots. That would be good. That way, it would have better performance, e.g., enough storage for better performance than a spinning disk. There is some improvement needed in the site (with its arrangement) when trying to find some configuration or troubleshooting matches. For how long have I used the solution? We just bought two Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers for a region. We installed them about a month ago. What do I think about the stability of the solution? It is very stable. I am using it for backup, so it has to be reliable. Even in cases where there is downtime, we can then use the solution to retrieve data. What do I think about the scalability of the solution? Its scalability is great. I can add more storage and shelf to that server. How are customer service and support? I have not yet needed the help of Dell support for this solution. In the past, I have enjoyed my experience with Dell support for storage. I would rate them as eight out of 10. How would you rate customer service and support? Positive Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch? Previously, we had an old HPE server that was backing up systems but taking a lot of time. Now, with the Xeon CPU and Dell server, it is a lot faster. The HPE server was no longer supported, so we tried to check with some other vendors. Because of its flexibility to have more storage and scalability, we choose Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers. How was the initial setup? The deployment was new for me since I used to work with HPE servers. The setup was a little bit different, but it was easy to catch up and do the installation. It took several minutes to determine how to work with the server and configure the BIOS. The one thing that surprised me is the ability to configure the BIOS from the iDRAC, not going directly inside the BIOS in order to do so. What about the implementation team? I deployed it. What was our ROI? We installed the servers, and they are currently working. What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? The pricing and licensing are fair. Which other solutions did I evaluate? We evaluated HPE, Dell, and IBM. We chose Dell mostly because of the price and extendability. What other advice do I have? It is easy to manage and extendable. Compared to other vendors, the prices are much lower. Go for it. I would rate Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers as 10 out of 10. Which deployment model are you using for this solution? On-premises Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2022-07-12T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads What is our primary use case? We use PowerEdge Rack Servers for quantitative analytics, data simulations, and machine learning. What is most valuable? The hardware makes it a good solution. PowerEdge Rack Servers are very good for handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads. Its tuning and performance are good. What needs improvement? The specs for the benchmarks are very good, but the firmware and software are lacking. There are some issues with the Linux kernel and the long-term support (LTS) for some of the firmware's dependencies. It is causing the kernel to dump. The support for the Linux brands isn't optimal. We would like them to optimize the kernel drivers for benchmarks. There are some issues that need to be solved with our model in regards to UEFI and firmware. For how long have I used the solution? I have been using it for about 10 years. What do I think about the stability of the solution? There haven't been any issues with downtime. How are customer service and support? Dell's open source support is very good. There are a lot of issues that they need to handle though, like the firmware and UEFI. Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch? We previously used IBM and Lenovo. How was the initial setup? It is a cluster, so you just plug and play. Which other solutions did I evaluate? Lenovo is very good with updates. We use AMD Opteron instead of Intel Xeon. We chose Dell because of its open source. Our community likes Dell because of its open source delivery. What other advice do I have? We use GCP Spot and AWS Graviton as our failover solutions. I would rate this solution as eight out of 10. Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2022-07-12T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The configuration and BIOS management are flexible. What is our primary use case? My clients use PowerEdge servers for Hyper-V by Microsoft and VMware machines. They're running ERP and CRM applications and agents for backup systems licensing models. The models we use include 730, 630, 620, 220, and 740. What is most valuable? The configuration and BIOS management are flexible. It's easy to install 10 GB network cards on the rack. They have a good selection that simplifies the network connections. What needs improvement? It takes a long time to deliver the hardware. The riser cards can be better. The riser cards are where the PCI cards connect. They need to have more than two riser cards in the server because it can be difficult to connect sometimes. For how long have I used the solution? I have been using PowerEdge Rack Servers for about 10 years. What do I think about the stability of the solution? PowerEdge servers are stable in general, but sometimes clients report having problems with the RAM. What do I think about the scalability of the solution? The scalability is good. How are customer service and support? I rate Dell support seven out of 10. How would you rate customer service and support? Neutral How was the initial setup? PowerEdge servers are easy to set up. You need about two or three people, including a specialist and an engineer, to maintain the solution. You usually need an engineer plus a specialist in Hyper-V or VMware. What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? I think the price of these servers is good. What other advice do I have? I rate Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers nine out of 10. I recommend the product. Which deployment model are you using for this solution? On-premises Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner
Date published: 2022-10-18T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its reliability has made a big impact on our business, and it is very easy to install and manage What is our primary use case? It's a standard server that we've got. It's a site server, so it'll hold up to a manufacturing server and a normal Active Directory server. We have Dell PowerEdge servers with pre-installed Microsoft Windows Server OS. For security, we mainly have antivirus. We've got web security monitoring tools. In addition, we've got firewalls. So, we've got a number of technologies that will hopefully protect us from ransomware. How has it helped my organization? Reliability is its main benefit. It works. I have not had many servers go down with hardware failure. Email and ERP systems are critical to our business. We've also got manufacturing applications running on it as well. Those are one of the biggest key areas for our business. For the manufacturing and everything else, it's highly integrated. We need a server that's always on. It has been good in terms of the impact on our IT infrastructure and the ability to handle the demand. It does what it says on the tin. We haven't had any issues with it. It's a server. It's one of those things that once it's in, it's in. We don't want it to do anything special because it's there for our infrastructure. It looks after our infrastructure, and it has been doing its job, and it has been working. Because we've not had any issues, its reliability has made a big impact on our business. What is most valuable? The ease of installation is valuable. The physical side of installation is quite intuitive and has got better by leaps and bounds. The hardware has always been fantastic, and it has always been reliable. The iDRAC is one of my favorite features of this solution. From an IT or management perspective, we are able to easily control the servers with it. It has been the biggest help. What needs improvement? Its pricing could be better. In terms of features, I've got nothing to improve. For how long have I used the solution? I have about 25 years of experience with the product. What do I think about the stability of the solution? Its stability is very good. Its performance has always gone up in leaps and bounds. They've always been ahead of the curve, and we've always got the best technology from Dell. What do I think about the scalability of the solution? Its scalability is very good. How are customer service and support? Their support is good. I would rate them a 10 out of 10. How would you rate customer service and support? Positive Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch? I previously used an HP solution. I switched because of my experience with peer reviews for Dell products. Ever since we made the change to Dell servers, we've not gone back. There is the ease of use of racking and the ease of use of remote management. There is reliability and simplification of the server as well. They've not overcomplicated it. Those are the main selling points for Dell servers in comparison to HP. How was the initial setup? Its initial setup was very straightforward. It took a day. We have a certain process that we follow. We've had a server setup from a couple of years ago, and we follow that process. It's just making sure that all the relevant information is in. What was our ROI? It's very difficult to measure, but it should be good. We've made an initial investment in the capital costs for the server purchase, and if we get good five years of use out of it, then we've got good returns for it. We could realize its benefits straightaway after the deployment. What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? They seem to have become more expensive. I've not done a comparison with other vendors recently. If the price increases more, we would need to do a comparison next year just to make sure that we are benchmarking our server purchases correctly. Which other solutions did I evaluate? We did consider public cloud servers before choosing PowerEdge Rack Servers, but it wasn't a choice. We are in a hybrid environment. We do have a number of servers internally, but then we have public cloud servers as well. Overall, the public cloud is cheaper because I don't require internal expertise and internal maintenance for the physical environment, which is cost-saving. The only reason for getting PowerEdge internally was to meet the demand for great speed for our manufacturing services. Therefore, we have to have something internal. What other advice do I have? I would definitely recommend it. You just have to install it, and that's it. It works. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. Disclaimer: PeerSpot contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner
Date published: 2022-10-31T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We have seen a very positive performance increase What is our primary use case? We have two that we use as domain controllers and power servers. We're running an ERP system that is critical to the business, but the majority of our other stuff is cloud-based. How has it helped my organization? In comparison to what we had before, which was some older Dell equipment, the performance of the PowerEdge Rack Servers is stunning. They have improved the performance of our systems. We've been a Dell house for years and years, and replacing the older Dell equipment with these machines has given us a very positive performance increase. We're quite a small company, so anything we can throw at any of these servers— they will just eat it for breakfast. We've had no problems with them. We haven't had any unplanned production downtime. That is down to the quality of the Dell servers. What is most valuable? The fact that they came pre-installed was quite good. We didn't have to worry too much about that process. In terms of the usage of the machines themselves, one of the most valuable features is the Hyper-V element, although that's an application on the servers. Also, the maintenance part makes it very easy to raise queries and get repairs done. In terms of handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads, while I don't have anything to compare these servers against, I have no issues with the performance of our systems. They work as well as I could expect them to. They will be perfectly fine for our workloads. What needs improvement? The rate controller interface is difficult to get to without installing additional software. It would be helpful if they had preinstalled software to make that easily accessible. For how long have I used the solution? The company I'm with at the moment purchased Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers back in 2018 or 2019. What do I think about the stability of the solution? We've never had any outages, so the stability is perfect, or as close to perfect as you can get. We've had the UPS kick in a couple of times and they've stayed up; they haven't died instantly. They are perfectly acceptable and I can't see any issues with them at all. What do I think about the scalability of the solution? We haven't really had to upscale anything on the servers, other than a bit of memory. The particular modules we have are about as high as we can go, but that's fine because we purchased them to be "high-spec'd." How are customer service and support? The technical support is very good. We have access to our own account manager and he will pass queries on. And on occasion, I've spoken directly to their support teams. We have been very pleased with the account management from Dell. It's been good. How would you rate customer service and support? Positive Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch? We previously used Dell, but older machines. We made the switch because the old kit was getting too old. It was getting to end-of-life, and we needed some performance improvements. The PowerEdge definitely gave us that. How was the initial setup? It did the initial setup, more or less, by itself. I did a little bit of fine-tuning here and there, but nothing drastic. It was very easy. I was the only person involved. I was responsible for everything from physically getting the stuff in the rack to configuring it and making it live, and everything in between. What was our ROI? We have seen a return on investment because of the performance improvements and the fact that we have had no downtime. That's enough for us. What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? It's a bit of a shock when you have to find the money, but the pricing is very competitive, so I'm happy with that. Which other solutions did I evaluate? I've been working with Dell for a number of years and never had any issues, so Dell was the go-to solution for me. We had a quick look at other machines in terms of pricing, and there wasn't any particular benefit in terms of pricing by going with someone else. With the history and trust I had in Dell, I went with Dell. What other advice do I have? One native OS security feature we use in our environment is Windows Defender, but at the same time, we are running a third-party endpoint protection solution. The native OS security features have had no negative impact. The endpoint protection is on both the clients and servers. We run vulnerability scanning regularly, and we do penetration testing, internal and external, on a regular basis. As for public cloud servers, we did not consider them before choosing PowerEdge because we use them for internal management. We are looking at cloud solutions, but not for the core, critical servers. Which deployment model are you using for this solution? On-premises Disclaimer: PeerSpot contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2022-10-31T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides centralized management capabilities for large environments, reduces data processing times, and supports full automation What is our primary use case? We have implemented the PowerEdge servers in data centers for intelligence, governments, banks, hospitals, and for different use cases. It's a very robust product. We're a Dell Gold partner, and we sell services for our clients. We've been working in this domain for a long time. We're using the seven series and the six series, and we previously used the eight series. Most of our implementations are completed on-premises. How has it helped my organization? PowerEdge's system management capabilities help increase staff productivity. It provides centralized management capabilities for large environments. In data centers, implementing multi-servers and managing different kinds of resources from a single portal definitely helps us a lot. PowerEdge reduces data processing times. The server must be set up well to do this. Knowing your application and how to set up a real configuration that will map your request, helps a lot in the PowerEdge environment. The enabling of full automation has affected the operations of our company. This is the target of every client and organization. The servers fully support automation. A combination of a company's strategy when implementing solutions and having applications that are synchronized with the hardware requirement will lead to a very good result. The hardware is the best part of it because it's so easy. The hardware supports big implementations. If the structure is right, the results will be very good. PowerEdge hasn't let us down in any situation. It's a very robust system. We haven't faced any kind of downtime with applications, especially in analytics, because we implement a PowerEdge cluster and support it with storage. The infrastructure is highly available based on the Dell server. From our implementations over the years and the new demand in technology, we haven't faced any kind of problems related to hardware based on PowerEdge. Everything is based on the application itself and the algorithm that the client uses through the servers. The problem isn't with the servers. The problem is with development. It's all about processing. If you use a different kind of application that needs a lot of resources, that is a key factor, especially in data collection, open-source data, and applying different analytics over that. That will need a lot of processing, and the hardware is a key factor in that part. Full automation is fully supported with PowerEdge. From the server perspective, it is fully compliant. What is most valuable? We haven't faced any problems with the power supplies. The consumption of power is robust. We still have slots for the new hard discs for availability and upgrading RAM, but the machine itself has been working nonstop for ten years. We haven't faced any problems with new demands for digital transformation and infrastructure development. The system is very updated. The machine itself is secure, but it depends on the client's environment and security strategy. PowerEdge has good value for energy consumption. We know this from other vendors that have the same data centers that we used to work with. It provides better performance in terms of power consumption. More power is saved with the use of a full cabinet of PowerEdge servers versus other solutions with multi-servers. We work in environments with systems in analytics, AI, Hadoop infrastructure, open source, and data gathering. We have those kinds of servers in our setups, and we never face problems when running the latest high-demand applications. We have an advantage in getting those results on PowerEdge servers rather than other servers. We had some applications in artificial intelligence. Some of the clients are starting to adopt those use cases. We didn't face any problems adopting those kinds of solutions, although it's still an open discussion. We are very familiar with the Dell portal, updates, supports, and assessments. The integrated Dell Remote Access Controller telemetry for monitoring the PowerEdge system data and providing analytics is very simple and accessible. For centralized management, it's a good value. These kinds of implementations in a big data center make a difference. We have CloudIQ in the machine learning systems that we are implementing for some of our clients, and those are based on Dell PowerEdge. We have those kinds of predictive analytics, and the hardware is doing great so far. Dell EMC is a combination of processing, storage, and power. We're in a really good position in terms of technology, trends, and the leaders in the market. Dell has different types of servers that can fit different types of businesses. What needs improvement? Different types of applications that are now trendy in the market, like AI, are still big topics that are not mapped correctly in the server and storage environment. Knowing those kinds of activities and definitions will help us more to position these kinds of servers for the client. For how long have I used the solution? I have used this solution since 2005. What do I think about the stability of the solution? It's very stable. We have been using it for ten years. What do I think about the scalability of the solution? It's easy to scale. How are customer service and support? I would rate technical support an eight out of ten. We have never had a problem with technical support. There are a lot of different layers of support, and they're all very responsive. Dell is a very good company. How would you rate customer service and support? Positive Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch? We used to work with HP most of the time, and we worked with servers from Cisco for a short time. Dell used to have different categories of servers that can fit different types of businesses. Sometimes we find that small servers have good specs over other competition, which is key for some new clients. For some new businesses, small servers can help achieve different targets for SMEs. How was the initial setup? The setup is very simple. When deploying PowerEdge, we used the automated server and OS deployment features. Our clients are very familiar with the setup. It's straightforward and very fast. If someone is knowledgeable in IT, they are familiar with PowerEdge. What about the implementation team? As a partner, most of the time we help clients. However, most of the clients are knowledgeable enough to implement the servers in a very simple way. What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? PowerEdge is not a cheap product. It's a quality product, but there is always competition. If you want to buy a server, you need an operating system, and most of it is Microsoft. A bundled solution costs less than a separate operating system and hardware. Which other solutions did I evaluate? We cannot compare public cloud solutions with PowerEdge. This decision is related to the availability of features over the internet versus something that you own in your data center, your servers, and your manageability and power. Implementing those kinds of servers on-premises will cost more, but having a cloud solution with on-premises storage is more feasible and economically better. What other advice do I have? I would rate this solution a ten out of ten. I cannot recommend a solution other than PowerEdge. I'm very happy with it and proud that we have it implemented. I would definitely recommend this solution to those who are interested in using it. It's a robust, solid solution, and the hardware is designed carefully. The features and capabilities are built-in and it's a very supportive, long-term company. There are continuous efforts for development. Which deployment model are you using for this solution? On-premises Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner
Date published: 2022-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Decreased time to deploy new data centers, improved IT staff's productivity and reduced unplanned downtime What is our primary use case? We are a construction company operating worldwide, and we use PowerEdge servers for local storage at our construction sites. Each site has its own infrastructure, including a Dell server. When construction is completed at one place, we decommission the server and then recommission it to another location. There are many Dell servers in the company, somewhere around 3000-5000. I used the solution to create a cluster consisting of three servers plus storage, and it automatically failed over using VMware. The OS on top of VMware is usually Windows, which is used for financial systems. We leverage native Windows OS security features in our environment; we need third-party security tools to ensure the safety of our servers. Our infrastructure is extensive, so we rely on the reliability of the servers. If a server is down, we need to deploy the support team to fix any issue. We use the solution as a kind of high server, and they are our go-to servers for data forms. The overall integration of our workloads with PowerEdge Rack Servers is critical. To protect from malware and other firmware attacks, we use McAfee and other antivirus software. We have our firewall and other layers of protection. How has it helped my organization? Using the OpenManage console decreased the time it takes us to deploy new data centers. We use efficient division of labor and the technologies offered by the solution, so we can do in one hour what previously took us four hours. OpenManage very much improved our IT staff's productivity. We are part of a larger organization, and there is Dell service worldwide. As such, we can centrally control firmware updates and turn the power on and off to the servers. This feature works very well for us. Using the solution reduced our unplanned downtime by 20% to 30%. What is most valuable? The iDRAC is an excellent service; it allows us to install and deploy our software remotely. The OpenManage app is another excellent service, and VMware supports it. There is no problem with drivers because we can get all of them via VMware or Dell. The solution is an excellent platform for handling the needs of high-performance workloads, it's a good server for high performance. The solution's approach to security with signed firmware, drift detection, and BIOS recovery is robust and accessible. We can monitor the security landscape easily via OpenManage. The solution's energy consumption is excellent for managing the power supply, as it is very efficient thanks to built-in power factor correction. The power consumption depends upon the load; it increases with a high CPU load, and we manage this through Windows. We can also use OpenManage to fine-tune the power management. The major market players are HP and Dell, and we find Dell to be the more cost-effective server. We're also satisfied with its features; the security, management, remote management, and reliability are all favorable. What needs improvement? Overall, the solution is excellent, though Dell could improve the monitoring. The solution could be more friendly in terms of cost. For how long have I used the solution? I have worked at several companies using Dell PowerEdge Rack servers for over ten years. What do I think about the stability of the solution? The solution is very stable and reliable. What do I think about the scalability of the solution? The solution is scalable; we can increase capacity by adding CPU and memory as required. How are customer service and support? The customer service is good. We do a lot of remote work, so we sometimes contact them from sites to assist in making changes, doing updates, or installing remotely. Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch? I previously used HP servers, which are also good, but I switched due to the high cost. How was the initial setup? The initial deployment is straightforward, and that improved over time. Our project management is pleased with the quick deployment; nowadays, we can even deploy remotely. Deployment takes no more than one hour. Our deployment strategy is to work remotely; technicians install a rack on site, and I can deploy as soon as I get iDRAC. What was our ROI? Typically, we receive an ROI. By the time construction has finished on a site, the server will already have covered its cost and more. What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? The product is cheaper than HP servers, but the price could always be better. Which other solutions did I evaluate? We considered public cloud servers, but PowerEdge wins in cost versus public cloud. We also have a vast number of files and operate a large number of sites. One of our requirements is to store files locally, so we need to place physical servers at our locations. That's why we went with the Dell Technologies solution. The latency of PowerEdge versus public clouds was critical to us as end users don't want issues on the network. Some people prefer to go with the cloud no matter the cost, but the price is essential for us, and the PowerEdge servers are more affordable, especially over the long term. In the short term, going with the cloud could be cheaper. What other advice do I have? I rate the solution ten out of ten. We use the Dell OpenManage console for our PowerEdge Rack Servers, and it's easy to use. PowerEdge servers are a good choice, as many people use Dell services on the market, and we find Dell to be the most cost-effective server. In terms of long-term cost, we would choose this solution over a cloud solution every time, so I highly recommend this product. I recommend a good server room or rack with air conditioning to provide a favorable physical environment for the servers. I also recommend a good network as we can use 10G nowadays, and a good network contributes to computation. Which deployment model are you using for this solution? On-premises Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2022-11-17T00:00:00-05:00