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"No down time and it's very user friendly.""This solution has absolutely fulfilled our needs well.""Their management tools are the most valuable. Our customers like the flexibility of being able to scale up and out. It is very easy for them to scale and add additional nodes and servers to their storage solutions, such as the ATI solution. It has very good quality and a great deployment model. Its warranty is also very good, and it is very stable. Their fixes have been quick if they have those.""Their support is very good and very effective.""Virtualization and distributed power management are good and valuable features.""The pricing of the solution is fair.""The solution delivers what it promises. You look at the specs and it delivers them.""Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is powerful."

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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 solution is very simple to install.""I would say the stability of the system itself would be the biggest advantage.""The initial setup is easy.""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 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.""They have taken a lot of technology from IBM, and IBM always delivered very powerful hardware to the IT industry compared to Dell EMC or anyone else.""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."

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Cons
"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.""I would like to see a virtual view of the solution after creating and configuring it.""They need to improve the support, as they are not very responsive, and they don't get back to you right away.""The solution could improve by making the warranty policy better, which is a little bit complex because our local service partner Smart Technologies has long delays. Whenever we open any case for any customer, it takes more than five days. If we could handle it by ourselves, we could have the issue solved in one day. They should work on a way to fix these delays.""The solution needs to offer better service feedback, their response rate is slow when we have questions.""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.""It would be nice if the rack servers had an HCI solution as an option.""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."

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"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.""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.""The RAID Management and the RAID Configuration tools need to be improved.""The power consumption needs to be optimized in Lenovo.""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.""I would like the solution to be improved by having more advanced utilities.""It is quite an expensive product. Its price can be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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."
  • "Its pricing is very competitive."
  • "The price of the solution is very expensive when compared to other solution like HP or Dell."
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    Our customers do not ask for any service for the Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers because they are very durable.
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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.
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    Also Known As
    PowerEdge R
    SR Series, Lenovo SR Series, ThinkSystem Rack Servers, IBM Rack Servers, ThinkSystem SR Series, Lenovo Rack Servers,
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    Overview

    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.

    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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    Sample Customers
    NxtGen Datacenter, Medien-Service Untermain (MSU), Exasol, IndigoVision, Dayco
    immixGroup, Komsomolskaya Pravda, SRG Global, Seekr, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, jKool, Tennis Australia, VEKA, Netpoints, Gamma Powersports
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company16%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Educational Organization30%
    Integrator10%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise37%
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is ranked 2nd in Rack Servers with 21 reviews while Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is ranked 3rd in Rack Servers with 9 reviews. Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is rated 8.6, while Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is rated 7.8. 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 Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers writes "Provides the power and versatility needed to tackle demanding workloads". Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, IBM Power Systems, HPE Apollo and Huawei FusionServer RH Series Rack Servers, whereas Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, IBM Power Systems, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, HPE Apollo and Dell EMC PowerEdge XE Servers. See our Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers report.

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