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Question: What is the biggest difference between Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers and HPE ProLiant DL Servers?
Answer: In my perception, Dell is on a more bleeding edge of technology, as HP is a more traditional technology company. If you are capable of technical skills to perform manage, control, diagnostics, preventive maintenance Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack and HP ProLiant DL Servers are almost the same, with some slight differences in technology implementations. I heard that Dell comes with a free lifetime license for Management software whilst the HP Management software pack is not free.
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"Virtualization and distributed power management are good and valuable features.""It is user friendly and easy to configure.""Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is powerful.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The most valuable features are remote management and iDRAC.""The initial setup is very good, not complex at all.""You are provided with excellent instructions.""Our customers do not ask for any service for the Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers because they are very durable."

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"This is all I've ever used. These servers are strong, and they have very few failures on them. They are also easy to manage and monitor.""The pricing of the product is fair and not too expensive.""It is stable and easy to set up.""It's easy to upgrade, and it is very easy to take care of the firmware upgrades.""We get good performance with HPE ProLiant DL Servers. They are really stable. We run all our applications smoothly. We have no problem at all.""The speed of the backups and having the system be immune to ransomware are the main advantages.""The most valuable feature is stability.""It's flexible."

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Cons
"I would like to see a virtual view of the solution after creating and configuring it.""I would like to see the pricing improved.""The solution needs to offer better service feedback, their response rate is slow when we have questions.""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.""The design, in terms of power efficiency, can be improved.""There are certain aspects, features, and functionality on the motherboard that need improvement.""The analytics reports could be more useful.""It would be nice if the rack servers had an HCI solution as an option."

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"They are pretty solid servers, but, just like all servers, they become obsolete after some time. They can maybe provide a console to monitor the health of the servers. There should be some kind of console to which you can log in to remotely check on the health of a server, even when the server is off. The servers that we have are only scalable to some extent. They have got a limited amount of hard drive that you can insert. Their scalability should be improved.""The most pressing issue is that downloads depend at present on the current period.""It is too expensive. Its price should be improved. The system admin interface should have better visibility while troubleshooting a problem, even when the problem is coming from the application.""They should continue to maintain the stability that is there.""The scalability of Gen8 models should be improved. They can also improve its price.""The solution is a little bit expensive.""The solution could improve by providing more best practices from an architectural point of view. What are some recommended configurations for use, such as in a VM environment? HP provides some best practices but they are based on VMware, not on Red Hat. It would benefit for others to see the different use cases. How the HPE ProLiant DL Servers were used in the context of Red hat virtualization, and some configurations as an example to allow us to identify some points that we can improve in our platform. We could make our system more reliable and scalable.""It has something called WorldView. They should do some enhancement over WorldView to run an operating system as a code. Such a feature would be amazing for running multiple servers. They are already working on this, and they can enhance the existing versions for this. It should also be cheaper. It is currently expensive."

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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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  • "This is an expensive product and there is licensing required for iLO, which is the HPE monitoring system."
  • "We have ILO licenses. We use this feature."
  • "It is just too expensive."
  • "This product is within our budget."
  • "The price is a little too high; it could be reduced."
  • "The price of the product is a little high."
  • "Proliant DL Servers have a reasonable cost. They are not as expensive as the Cisco servers. Everything is included when you purchase a server. You just have to install and configure it."
  • "It is not expensive. Its price is similar to other solutions."
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    Answers from the Community
    Miriam Tover
    author avatarSiew Kit Lee
    User

    HPE Proliant Servers are work horses.    I have used them a lot and they are quite reliable and robust.


    Dell has been used to drive Office 365 for many years.    


    Both HPE and Dell are good brands.

    author avatarJanet Staver
    Real User

    There are several differences between Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers and HPE ProLiant DL Servers. For starters, HPE Proliant has about 2.5x less reliability than Dell PowerEdge. Moreover, while HPE Proliant utilizes iLO management tools, Dell PowerEdge uses iDRAC. In contrast to HPE ProLiant,which has Intel Xeon E-2200 Series/ninth Gen Pentium G., Dell PowerEdge has a second-gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor. In addition, Dell PowerEdge is included with PCUe Gen 4.0, while HPE Proliant DL Servers do not have this component or any such feature. Also, Dell has an integrated dual-microSD but HPE Proliant uses a USB dongle.


    HPE customers have to pay for services, but Dell customers do not have to because it is included as part of their package. HPE Proliant also has several switches as well as capacity apparatuses. One of the other major differences between Dell PowerEdge and HPE Proliant is that HPE requires you to have an assistance/support agreement in order to download any new updates or firmware. Dell PowerEdge however, doesn’t make its customers sign up for a paid help program. Because of this, I appreciate Dell client care and customer support a lot more than what HPE Proliant has to offer. Dell EMC PowerEdge also has the ability to finish TPC-H-like responsibility much faster than HPE. Another huge advantage Dell has over HPE Proliant is that when your Dell is delivered it is fully assembled and tested. Don’t expect the same from HPE. Your package will arrive in pieces, and it will have to be tested by your own IT team.


    Conclusion: 
    Choosing the right server can be challenging, especially when both are very similar. When making your decision, it is worth keeping in mind how it will affect your organization’s hardware, service and warranty, as well as price. I think Dells work faster under bigger and longer strains than its HPE Proliant counterpart can ever do. Even though Dell and HPE are comparable products, I prefer Dell.

    author avatarTim Williams
    Real User

    The differences typically fall under the hood or are more soft differences. In general, servers are commoditized and in most environments, HPE and Dell servers are mostly the same. HPE has done a lot more with developing the Silicon Root of Trust and are considered more secure, but ultimately most companies don't actually need this. I'd equate them to a Mercedes vs a high-end Honda. Both get the job done, both are nice, one has extra functions that may not be useful.

    Also, Dell has an integrated dual-microSD, HPE uses a USB dongle for that functionality.

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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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    We are quite satisfied with the technical support. We have a direct contact with our HP support. They are always very useful.
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    HP ProLiant DL series, HP ProLiant DL
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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.

    ProLiant Servers provide a complete infrastructure that support both your business objectives and your business growth.
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    Sample Customers
    NxtGen Datacenter, Medien-Service Untermain (MSU), Exasol, IndigoVision, Dayco
    AmeriPride Services, iSource, Bolagsverket, BlueShore Financial, British Columbia Assessment Authority, National Stock Exchange, Cardlytics
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    Manufacturing Company16%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
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    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Financial Services Firm13%
    Energy/Utilities Company12%
    Manufacturing Company10%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government6%
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    Large Enterprise37%
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    Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is ranked 2nd in Rack Servers with 21 reviews while HPE ProLiant DL Servers is ranked 1st in Rack Servers with 31 reviews. Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is rated 8.6, while HPE ProLiant DL Servers is rated 8.8. 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 HPE ProLiant DL Servers writes "Built-in software management and redundancy for solid stability". Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, IBM Power Systems, HPE Apollo and Huawei FusionServer RH Series Rack Servers, whereas HPE ProLiant DL Servers is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, HPE Apollo, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, IBM Power Systems and Huawei FusionServer RH Series Rack Servers. See our Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. HPE ProLiant DL Servers report.

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