Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers vs Dell PowerEdge XE Servers comparison


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Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Rack Servers category, the mindshare of Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers is 27.5%, up from 26.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Dell PowerEdge XE Servers is 1.6%, up from 0.7% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

May 7, 2024
Good stability, easy to use, and easy to deploy
Right now, we're using a lot of 13, 14, and 15-gen PowerEdge servers. Many of our customers who do encryption at rest use Dell's TPM chip capability, which works. PowerEdge Servers are very good for handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads. We were able to use the solution to scale many of our compute nodes, which are used by many of our customers who need a lot of high computing. So, we're pretty happy with it. Nowadays, PowerEdge is very reliable and has helped reduce unplanned production downtime twice as much as five years ago. Overall, I rate the solution a nine out of ten.
Jun 9, 2023
Highly compatible with VMware but lacks in performance
Our use cases for Dell PowerEdge XE servers include virtualization, high-capacity storage, hyper-converged infrastructure, and various other workloads. The benefits of these servers include increased data security, power redundancy, and network redundancy, and they are equipped with iDRAC for…

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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"I like a feature they call iDRAC. It's a feature that allows you remotely power on and off the server."
"The GUI is accessible and everything is pretty much upfront. You don't get lost in navigating between the tabs."
"The solution is very strong and reliable."
"Technical support is very good."
"The active directory and file server are valuable features."
"When it comes to handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads, the PowerEdge Rack Servers are fit for purpose. They do what they need to do."
"We use remote access a lot. They are fairly simple to use."
"Nowadays, iDRAC is very important. It is one of the features that we use the most because we do not always have physical access to our machines. iDRAC is a tool that we use daily. If we did not have it, it would be very complicated to manage the machines. This is a great feature."
"The most valuable feature is that it can support up to 32 drives of internal storage."
"The solution is flexible in my experience."
"The resource management features are valuable."
"In general, it works well. We haven't had issues."
"Its reliability and consistency are most valuable."
"The most valuable feature is the trusted platform module."
"One of the most valuable features of Dell PowerEdge XE Servers is the ease of fixing issues if there are any."
"The most valuable feature of these servers is the ability to store a lot—the capacity and the number of hard disk drives."


"As the disks and memory should be expandable, I would highlight scalability as an issue."
"They could improve the time between new versions of the product."
"Their support can be better. The speed of their support is not always great because the access to the data centers is sometimes complicated, so there is back and forth."
"Dell needs to focus more on SMBs, helping us get the most out of our products. For example, at events, there should be very specific SMB sessions where there are Dell technicians, engineers, and Dell executives meeting with us and finding out what we need. Dell is big on promoting the fact that they're part of our team and that they want to be our partners, and I would like to see them actually partner with us. Do it less with the big Fortune 500 companies and do a little bit more with us SMBs."
"The scalability could improve. If you want more scalability and high availability, you will have to change to a solution similar to VxRail."
"There is potential for enhancement in terms of its overall upgradeability."
"The maintenance for this solution could be improved."
"In older models, for instance, Melanox adapters remain a necessity, and they have sporadically caused complications."
"It is mostly stable, but the usual problem would be, for example, upgrading to a newer version of VMware or dealing with compatibility issues during the process."
"It should be easier to extend PowerEdge XE servers. We haven't architected them with an eye toward scalability. They have a fixed number of slots for hard drives, which is enough for our present use case, However, we would have more options if we could extend that. We could deploy the servers in a broader range of use cases with different requirements. It's fine for our current deployment with only a few thousand users. We're exploring other solutions like such as VxRail or PowerFlex for larger public-facing use cases."
"The support team must improve the speed of response."
"We use OpenManager a lot, and that can be a bit clunky at times. They can make that better."
"In future releases, there should be more support options for the latest processor."
"I would like to have support for performing a detailed analysis of the server from a mobile device."
"Upgrading can be a bit difficult."
"Dell PowerEdge XE Servers can improve by adapting HCI technology."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"If price isn't a concern, I would recommend it."
"The solution's prices are good, especially considering what you get to use...The licensing aspect of the solution is also fine."
"The main reason I choose Dell there is cost. Dell is cheaper than HPE. Why would I want to pay a premium for an HPE product when I'm getting the same amount of support, the same amount of data protection, and the same amount of performance from Dell?"
"The overall pricing and licensing are fair according to the market."
"The pricing could always be better."
"The pricing is good compared to other products."
"Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers are very expensive."
"The pricing is very good because there are a lot of types of PowerEdge Rack Servers. You have the R540, R640, and R740. The prices are very scalable through the specific server, e.g., small businesses can take the R640 while large businesses can take the R740 or R840. Thus, Dell technologies touch on every organization."
"The pricing model is quite competitive."
"There are different types of licensing available, that works well for customers. The product is not very much to purchase."
"This solution is priced very reasonably."
"You always want slightly cheaper, but overall, they are quite comparable and quite neutral."
"If you want an SLA for parts and equipment then you need to purchase a support agreement."
"Dell has competitive pricing."
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Questions from the Community

When shopping for a rack server, would you go with Dell EMC Poweredge or Lenovo Thinksystem?
Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether the Dell EMC Poweredge or Lenovo Thinksystem rack servers were the better fit for us. We ultimately decided to go with Dell EMC Poweredge....
What do you like most about Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers?
It has helped us reduce unplanned downtime by 20% to 30%.
What needs improvement with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers?
The world market for CPUs is excited. We have new ideas popping up left and right like new accelerator cards because there are GPUs. Dell is already working with Kalray, for example, that builds ac...
What do you like most about Dell PowerEdge XE Servers?
The resource management features are valuable.
What needs improvement with Dell PowerEdge XE Servers?
The support team must improve the speed of response. The product should be promoted more in the market.

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Sample Customers

NxtGen Datacenter, Medien-Service Untermain (MSU), Exasol, IndigoVision, Dayco
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