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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerEdge M and Lenovo Flex System based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Blade Servers solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Dell PowerEdge M vs. Lenovo Flex System Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Pros
"The networking features for administration and working with the server are valuable.""The most valuable feature of Dell PowerEdge M is iDRAC.""The solution is made with high-quality hardware.""The initial setup is straightforward."

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"One of the most valuable features of this solution is its ease of use.""The product is very user-friendly and has many resources at the enterprise level.""Flex System's best features are its performance and stability.""The most valuable feature of the Lenovo Flex System is the storage system.""The initial setup is straightforward."

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Cons
"Can be improved by being proactive in making changes that could improve the solution.""Dell PowerEdge M needs to run AMD CPUs on it.""We have had some issues with the vendor's support that we have received. When you open up a support case with Dell they send a partner to assist you and in our experience, they are lacking knowledge about the solution. There are times when you need professional support from the vendor that knows the solution well.""It requires time to transition to the new generation."

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"The most valuable feature of the Lenovo Flex System is the storage system.""The solution could improve by providing more integration with other platforms.""The product could improve its integration capabilities.""Forced restarts due to free upgrades is an issue that needs to be resolved. We can manage this as we have high availability and redundancy, but without that it could be a real problem.""Flex System's integration with the XClarity Management System could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Dell PowerEdge M price is comparable to other solutions but cheaper than IBM. However, the IBM solution is a higher grade solution whereas Dell PowerEdge M is a medium-level solution."
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  • "There is a one-off payment to buy the equipment and the support is purchased annually."
  • "The is an annual license cost to use the Lenovo Flex System. If the price was less expensive and flexible overall and for additional features, our customers would be happier."
  • "The 14 blade server allows significant room for upscaling before having to invest in another chassis. You would have to purchase another chassis much sooner in the case of an eight or nine blade server."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:There are many packages available, it was a benefit using a vendor to help us get a package we needed. If we would not have gone with the vendor we might have been charged unnecessarily for packages… more »
    Top Answer:Their features and product overall are comparable to others on the market, nothing stands out. The company should have either been more clear with the packaging, or a little bit more forthcoming with… more »
    Top Answer:The Lenovo Flex System is very stable.
    Top Answer:The price is interesting. I am able to quote a client based on their needs and offer them either Lenovo or Dell.
    Top Answer:It does not have the same module flexibility that was present in IBM Blade. On the Blade System, I was able to choose between the Cisco module, or BMC module. Since the switch to Lenovo, I have not… more »
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    Also Known As
    Flex System Blade Servers, Flex System SN Series
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    Overview

    The Dell PowerEdge M-Series blade servers address the challenges of an evolving IT environment by delivering leading enterprise classfeatures and functionality. The M-Series delivers a unique array of options configured to meet the needs of your IT environment both now and in the future.

    • Multiple blade form-factor choices.
    • Long life cycle providing better life cycle management and improved TCO.
    • Modular I/O switches for future scalability.
    • Breakthrough fan technologies for reduction in power consumption.
    • Configuration management via chassis management controller.
    • Persistent MAC/WWN/iSCSI addresses in a switch-agnostic environment.

    Flex System is Lenovo’s proven, 2nd generation blade, that efficiently runs your infrastructure applications with up to 80% better density than standard rack server deployments.

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    Sample Customers
    Newport City Homes, Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium (NMTRC), Georgian College, AgreeYa Solutions, IIHT Cloud Solutions, Arizona State University, AudienceScience, University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Holy Cross School
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    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government10%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerEdge M vs. Lenovo Flex System
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerEdge M vs. Lenovo Flex System and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
    670,523 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell PowerEdge M is ranked 4th in Blade Servers with 4 reviews while Lenovo Flex System is ranked 6th in Blade Servers with 5 reviews. Dell PowerEdge M is rated 9.2, while Lenovo Flex System is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell PowerEdge M writes "A solution with an easy pre-installation and preparation process with a friendly user interface". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo Flex System writes "Provides a high initial ceiling before upscaling is required, user-friendly and rich in resources, but has occasional stability issues". Dell PowerEdge M is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE Superdome X, Cisco UCS B-Series, Super Micro SuperBlade and HPE NonStop, whereas Lenovo Flex System is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE Superdome X, Cisco UCS B-Series and HPE BladeSystem. See our Dell PowerEdge M vs. Lenovo Flex System report.

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