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Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is #3 ranked solution in top Rack Servers. IT Central Station users give Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers an average rating of 8 out of 10. Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is most commonly compared to HPE ProLiant DL Servers:Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers vs HPE ProLiant DL Servers. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 35% of all views.
What is Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers?

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.

Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is also known as SR Series, Lenovo SR Series, ThinkSystem Rack Servers, IBM Rack Servers, ThinkSystem SR Series, Lenovo Rack Servers, .

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What users are saying about Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers pricing:
  • "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 costs around $8,000. There is an additional cost for the support for a year."
  • "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."
  • "The price of the solution is very expensive when compared to other solution like HP or Dell."

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Oleksandr Meleshchuk
System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Provides the power and versatility needed to tackle demanding workloads

Pros and Cons

  • "I would say the stability of the system itself would be the biggest advantage."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this solution for virtualization purposes. We are running a huge amount of different VM's on them.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The usage of the server itself, the hardware specs of the specific models is more than enough for the project or projects' needs. The controllers which were used, or the hardware (HDDs or solid drives from Lenovo, which are used in this hardware) are more than enough for our project needs. Overall, the general configuration of the server, the system, truly covers the project needs.

    Most of our projects come with a pretty heavy workload. The server itself covers all of the bases — my clients are really happy with it.

    For example, one of the projects is from a medical laboratory company that provides services for medical institutions. There are a lot of workload calculations and Rack Servers covers the mix.

    What is most valuable?

    HP and Dell servers have multi-house technology that is really easy to use. We don't experience any problems with logging or gathering hardware information. The rest of the technical and software stuff is absolutely the same no matter the manufacturer. So, from a technical perspective, it is the same.

    The general purpose of this hardware is the same, the functionality is the same, it just goes by a different name. As I mentioned, the stability of the server itself is a benefit for me; it's more reliable now.

    What needs improvement?

    From my perspective, from my case usage, I wouldn't say that I have seen a lot of space for a general upgrade of the system. The technology is constantly developing. It's just a matter of the client or customer getting the most high-end service for a long period of time — for example, one or two years. In three years, this technology will be old and there will be new technology available. Presently, I wouldn't say that there is space for much improvement on the current servers.

    Technology is developing continuously. We are getting new high-end drives and so on. Technology development does not simply stop in its tracks, waiting until you adopt that server right now — in three to five years, it will be obsolete. You will be still able to buy some hardware in order to upgrade it because the platform itself is universal, but it's up to you whether you buy something old or something new and upgrade it.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for more than six years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I would say the stability of the system itself would be the biggest advantage. I have worked with other manufacturers — Firmware for example — and they are not so stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Your budget determines the scalability. It's absolutely scalable and you can upgrade the platform with the hardware you are planning to use.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have used their support from time to time, in some cases when I was unable to find immediate information. I don't remember if I contacted them directly or just used their website to gather information. There are a lot of cases where you can just find everything you need on their website.

    I would give their technical support a rating of nine.

    How was the initial setup?

    From an administrative perspective, the initial setup is absolutely straightforward. From a user's perspective, it not so straightforward if you want to add some features. The old servers don't have the stability needed to manage the storage from the remote management tool; it's not really comfortable, but still usable. It's absolutely fine when setting up the server.

    The basic setup takes less than one hour. It depends on where the servers are deployed from and how ready the server is. I mostly work remotely, so I am not hands-on with the server. Deployment is just a matter of the network and how it was prepared previously. At minimum, deployment takes one hour.

    What about the implementation team?

    Whether we use a deployment plan depends on the customer and their needs.

    The person who will be deploying the server should get the basic information on the needs of the project first, and compare it to the hardware specifications that this specific hardware or any specific hardware will provide. If there is a level for any upgrade, it's absolutely fine. The person should be looking for a solution that will cover the needs of the project with more than a difference of 100% for the future. The projects will increase the size of it, so the server should cover the current needs of the projects, plus 100%.

    What was our ROI?

    Our customers absolutely see a return on their investment with Lenovo Rack Servers.

    The price in comparison, for example, to deploying a cloud solution on a cloud platform, is fully coverable in terms of deploying the same solution on personal hardware. So yes, it's coverable.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I don't really remember the prices for the servers but in comparison with the bigger players on the market, their prices are fine with me. They are not ideal because clients will always want a lower price. Regarding the licensing, I don't have any information on that because I wasn't facing any cases where we needed additional licensing on the servers.

    What other advice do I have?

    The general usage of the hardware itself is a level of education that you get during the process of the initial setup and further maintenance of the servers. That alone is very valuable. 

    Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine. I cannot give it a higher rating because the perfect solution does not exist.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Farrokh Farrokh
    CEO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
    Reseller
    Top 5
    It is easy to set up and has a single dashboard for upgrading different views and devices

    Pros and Cons

    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using this solution without any errors on the main boards or other systems. We are also using the storage of Lenovo, that is, V7000. We have 30 VM machines on the servers here, and we are using SP1 scalable processors.

    We are buying all the things to use from Lenovo. Everything comes from Lenovo, that is, hard drives, racks, memory, and processors.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    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. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for more than four years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. We are deploying the servers for our customers. One of our customers has about 100 people working in the factory.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I got support for a license issue, where I made a mistake in typing the serial number because of which it wasn't matching. Their support was really great. They edited my serial number, and I could get the IMM license very quickly.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is not complex. It is easy for us. The deployment took less than a week because we know what we should do. In four or five days, we had deployed it into the server. HP is easier to deploy than Lenovo. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    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. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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    Markus Waldmann
    Lecturer at HSLU
    Real User
    Top 5
    Stable, easy to install, and has good technical support

    Pros and Cons

    • "The solution is very simple to install."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    It's a large virtualization environment where our students and our researchers have all the machines running and it's realized with VMware.

    What is most valuable?

    We appreciate the stability of all the machines.

    The easy mountings are convenient. 

    We have some direct connections to IBM and Lenovo, as well as other companies. They offer us very good manufacturer support. Technical support has been very good and we've been satisfied with the level of service we get.

    The solution is very simple to install.

    What needs improvement?

    There are so many features, it's difficult to even use them all. Therefore, I don't believe there are any features that are lacking.

    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.  

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I deal with this solution about once a year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable. It's very reliable. There aren't glitches and it doesn't crash or freeze.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution can scale quite easily. If you need to expand it, you can do so rather easily.

    We have about 1,000 people on the servers that we have. They are all students and researchers.

    We'll continue to use this product going forward.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We've had a good experience with technical support. We have some direct channels there. With Lenovo, we also have a mainframe on our site for demonstration purposes. We are lucky to have a direct connection to the engineers.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is not complex. It's very straightforward.

    Deployment times vary. If students are doing it, it might take a little bit longer, however, if we handle it ourselves, we can do it relatively quickly.

    It's difficult to count how many people we have on deployment and maintenance duties as they're all part-time. We have about four to five full-time equivalents.

    What about the implementation team?

    I am part of the consulting team. The work is done by some assistants or to teach a student as I'm a lecturer at the University.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The cost is a bit pricey. We'd buy more from them if we could, however, we are on a limited budget.

    What other advice do I have?

    We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with Lenovo.

    Normally, we are not using the latest version of the solution due to the fact that they are too expensive. We are a university and we have to look for how much money we use. Therefore, often we end up buying some refurbished machines or some equipment from IBM, from Lenovo, etc., which we get at reasonable prices.

    Everything is on-premises and we have our own private cloud with these machines.

    I'd recommend the solution to other organizations. 

    Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I'd rate it at a nine.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Aldo Abril
    CTO at Caja Paita
    Real User
    Top 5
    Good integration, good support, and easy to use and scale

    Pros and Cons

    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it for microservices. It is for the main applications and growth of the business.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for about eight years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It has good stability. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is easy to scale. We have around 300 users.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    They provide good support. We have a software to communicate with them and get any help that we need.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    Before Lenovo, there was an IBM server. We started to use this server because it is easy to use for microservices, and there are many applications. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward. The deployment took about three months. We had to integrate microservices, and we also had applications.

    What about the implementation team?

    We deployed it ourselves. In the company, we have more than three people for its deployment and maintenance.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    It costs around $8,000. There is an additional cost for the support for a year.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Nutanix and HPE are also good options. Nutanix is a little expensive. HPE has only two servers, but we need three servers.

    What other advice do I have?

    It is a very good product. It is very easy to implement, and you can scale it easily. It is useful for us, and we plan to keep using it. When the company grows, we would add more servers.

    I would rate Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Markus Waldmann
    Lecturer at HSLU
    Real User
    Top 5
    Good stability, easy mounting, and good support

    Pros and Cons

    • "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."
    • "It is quite an expensive product. Its price can be improved."

    What is our primary use case?

    It is a large VMware virtualization environment on which our students and researchers are running all the machines.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    It is quite an expensive product. Its price can be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for a year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is very stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. We have 1,000 users. They are our students and researchers. We plan to keep on using this solution. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We have some direct channels there. We also have a Lenovo mainframe at our site for demonstration purposes, and we have some direct connection with the engineers.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward. The deployment duration varies because sometimes the students are deploying it, and they take a little longer. Normally, it is quite fast.

    What about the implementation team?

    I am a part of the consulting team and a lecturer at the University. The implementation is done by some assistants to teach the students. We have four to five full-time people for its deployment and maintenance. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    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.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers a nine out of ten. It is just the price that lowers it to nine.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    SR
    Pre-sale and Post-sale Engineer at a reseller with 201-500 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    A perfect solution with good stability, good local support, and best performance

    Pros and Cons

    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our clients use it for server virtualization.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for ten years or so.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It has very good stability. Lenovo systems are very good in this aspect.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Its scalability is fine for me. Our clients are usually SMB, but we also have some large enterprises.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I am very satisfied with their support.

    How was the initial setup?

    Its initial setup is very easy. The deployment generally takes two or three days, but the duration also depends on the complexity of the solution. One person is sufficient for its deployment.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Its pricing is very competitive.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Our clients evaluate Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell. I find Lenovo better in terms of performance, support, and price. Its performance is good for me. Other vendors are not bad, but Lenovo is usually my first choice. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution. I would rate Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers a ten out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
    Getachew Zeleke
    Senior Custormer Engineer at Afcor PLC
    Real User
    Top 5
    High availability, good technical support, and easy setup

    What is most valuable?

    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. 

    What needs improvement?

    I would like the solution to be improved by having more advanced utilities. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have used the solution for approximately six years. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We have had the chance to contact technical support and it was good. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup of the solution was straightforward, it was very easy.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The price of the solution is…

    What is most valuable?

    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. 

    What needs improvement?

    I would like the solution to be improved by having more advanced utilities. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have used the solution for approximately six years. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We have had the chance to contact technical support and it was good. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup of the solution was straightforward, it was very easy.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The price of the solution is very expensive when compared to other solution like HP or Dell.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I have evaluated similar products to this solution from HP and Dell. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers an eight out of ten. 

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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