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"It is user friendly and easy to configure.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""You are provided with excellent instructions.""The reconstructive compatibility with VMware ESXi is the most valuable.""No down time and it's very user friendly.""Their support is very good and very effective.""What we like the most is the stability. Without shutdowns, our VMs and servers are up and running fine.""Our customers do not ask for any service for the Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers because they are very durable."

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"When it comes to reliability, availability and profitability, nothing can beat IBM Power Systems.""The technical support that clients get from IBM is excellent.""IBM Power Systems are secure and have fast processing.""Some of the most valuable features are the processing power, stability, and security.""The initial setup is simple and straightforward.""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.""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.""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."

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"They need to improve the support, as they are not very responsive, and they don't get back to you right away.""The only thing that could be improved is documentation. During the installation, it would be good to have some information about how is it going.""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.""All of the servers are in cluster mode and when PowerEdge Server is down, others are affected.""System security can be improved. They can add more power and security for ESXi version 7.""There are certain aspects, features, and functionality on the motherboard that need improvement.""They could improve on the processor and security for the next release of the solution.""The scalability could improve. If you want more scalability and high availability, you will have to change to a solution similar to VxRail."

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"If you asked me what I'd like added, I'd say that it'd be nice if they ran GPUs, however, I know that's not the direction they're going. That said, I would appreciate it if they offered GPU support.""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.""The scalability process should be simplified.""The pricing of the product could always be lowered.""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.""In the next release, I would like to see additional graphical dashboards to help the administrators access information more easily.""Software testing and the compatibility of software products that are available in the market should be addressed."

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  • "Dell's solution was cheaper than HP's solution."
  • "It's not a very expensive solution."
  • "It is expensive. The price needs to be more competitive. Additional licenses are required to enable some of the features for scalability."
  • "The price of this solution is reasonable. It's very comparable to similar solutions."
  • "The server is a one-time purchase, but the support is on a subscription basis."
  • "It's a one-time licensing fee for the device and we pay a quota per year for the support."
  • "The licensing comes with a warranty."
  • "Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers are very expensive."
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  • "The pricing is reasonable."
  • "Its price is too high."
  • "Its price depends on the sizing."
  • "The pricing of the solution is very good because we can beat any other competitor with the pricing. Lately, they have offered good pricing for their customer."
  • "The price of the solution could be somewhat better and this is what lowers my rating of it to a seven or eight out of ten."
  • "The licensing costs are okay. With IBM Power Systems, it's inclusive, so you can differentiate the price of the hardware from the software itself."
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    Answers from the Community
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    author avatarMd. Shohel Rawshan Sarker
    Real User

    IBM Power Systems vs Dell PowerEdge Rack Server

    IBM Power Systems is a RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) system that contains 8 threads or over per core. This processor performs super-fast due to the RISC algorithm technology than any other Intel-based hardware (e.g., Dell, HPE, Cisco). 

    In Intel, there are only 2 or 4 threads per core and it performs according to CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer). 

    IBM Power system is a sustainable, reliable and obviously costly solution compared to any other Intel-based solution.  

    Generally, IBM Power system is used in mission-critical systems. 

    author avatarAsghar Ahmed

    Hi, simple and short if you want to learn more and more about computing then go with IBM and if you want to just deploy and move on then use Dell. 

    Dell has its own technologies and IBM has its own. All VM (Hana and other technologies) come after computing. If you know how computers compute technology you will do your best in this computing world and it's also good for your career. 

    thank me later :)

    author avatarNicolae
    Real User

    IBM Power comes with virtualization integrated (PowerVM), highly optimized (practically with no performance impact) - no need for VMWare, HyperV etc. 

    For database it is the recomended platform - even is Hana, Oracle (best combination with AIX) or DB2 (DB2 for me is the most autonomous database that you can have). 

    The downside of IBM Power could be the lack of support for Windows and the initial cost. 

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    PowerEdge R is available in three models and with the following advantages: Entry level is simple, entry level server ideal for businesses just migrating to server usage, advanced is offering more cache and speed, these servers offer more options for processors, expansion and virtualization, Premium create a dynamic infrastructure with flexible workloads from a complete virtualization platform.

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    Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is ranked 2nd in Rack Servers with 21 reviews while IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 14 reviews. Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is rated 8.6, while IBM Power Systems is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers writes "Innovative designs to transform IT and maximize performance across the widest range of applications". 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". Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, HPE Apollo and Huawei FusionServer RH Series Rack Servers, whereas IBM Power Systems is most compared with Oracle SPARC Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Intel Server System, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers and HPE Apollo. See our Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. IBM Power Systems report.

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