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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers and HPE Apollo based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Rack Servers solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. HPE Apollo Report (Updated: November 2022).
656,862 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"We like the iDRAC card which gives us remote access to the server out of band. That's fantastic because if a box is misbehaving, I'm able to get into the bare metal and repair the operating system without needing to go out to the branch office, which could be anywhere in the UK.""We were running out of memory, and that was the first time we heard of a solution that supports a terabyte of core memory. That was the primary reason we got the first box. We've stayed with it since then because we have so many Dell workstations.""The configuration and BIOS management are flexible. It's easy to install 10 GB network cards on the rack. They have a good selection that simplifies the network connections.""iDRAC is the most valuable feature because of the ease of use and management and everything that it provides is super useful. The security features that PowerEdge provides, including firmware threat detection is good.""This is a stable solution.""The complete hyper-converged infrastructure of this solution has been most useful. PowerEdge has helped to reduce data processing time by 20%.""PowerEdge helped to reduce our customer’s data processing time.""In regards to security, I have noticed that we can implement Active Directory to the iDRAC. It is more secure that way. Then, everyone can access it as they please."

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"The solution is well documented in a data sheet.""The technical support from HPE has always been good in my experience.""The cost benefit of this solution is most valuable. It is quite effective for the work for which we are using it. We are mainly running video servers on these, and we are quite happy with the resilience, density storage, and streaming capacity of the system.""HPE Apollo's most valuable feature is the ability to expand our storage capacity."

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Cons
"The Industrial and healthcare areas both need improvement.""There are issues, of course, but not major issues. On a scale of one to 10, the stability is a nine.""The servers get slower at the end of their life cycle. The technology needs to evolve.""As the disks and memory should be expandable, I would highlight scalability as an issue.""It's more from the pandemic, however, the logistics part of it could be better.""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.""I'd like to take the complexities out of all the different tools that surround it, like OpenManage.""The solution needs to offer better service feedback, their response rate is slow when we have questions."

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"The technical support from HPE has always been good in my experience.""The support from HPE Apollo could be better, they are making knowledgeable.""The predictive analysis feature could be improved.""We are quite happy with it, but its price and storage density can be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The price of Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is reasonable compared to other solutions."
  • "The pricing for this solution is reasonable. We pay a basic premium with a military premium on top of that."
  • "When you compare public cloud solutions to PowerEdge in terms of cost, initially the cost of Dell servers or Dell technology was really high. However, right now it's on par or, maybe, even cheaper when we use Dell hardware. If we don't swap it out in three years and if we stretch it to four or five years, then we can get even more of an ROI versus cloud cost."
  • "This solution is reasonably priced and licenses are easy to acquire."
  • "I have no issues with the pricing and licensing costs. They are fine."
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  • "The price of the solution is more expensive than Dell which is their main competitor. However, there are times we have managed to receive a comparable price."
  • "There is an annual license required to use HPE Apollo."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:We haven't faced any problems with the power supplies. The consumption of power is robust. We still have slots for the new hard discs for availability and upgrading RAM, but the machine itself has… more »
    Top Answer:I didn't work with Apollo but as far as I read about it and as others said, it depends on your purpose.  Apollo's approach is node computing for high-performance computing and graphic purposes and… more »
    Top Answer:The cost benefit of this solution is most valuable. It is quite effective for the work for which we are using it. We are mainly running video servers on these, and we are quite happy with the… more »
    Top Answer:We are quite happy with it, but its price and storage density can be better.
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    1st
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    Also Known As
    PowerEdge R
    HP Apollo Systems, HP ProLiant SL, HP Apollo
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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.

    The HPE Apollo high-density server family is built for the highest levels of performance and efficiency. They are rack-scale compute, storage, networking, power and cooling – massively scale-up and scale-out – solutions for your big data analytics, object storage and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. From water-cooling that’s 1,000X more efficient than air, to “right-sized scaling” with 2X the compute density for workgroup and private cloud workloads, the HPE Apollo line is a dense, high-performance, tiered approach for organisations of all sizes.

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    Sample Customers
    NxtGen Datacenter, Medien-Service Untermain (MSU), Exasol, IndigoVision, Dayco
    Weta Digital
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    University8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    University17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise45%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. HPE Apollo
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. HPE Apollo and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers is ranked 1st in Rack Servers with 53 reviews while HPE Apollo is ranked 6th in Rack Servers with 4 reviews. Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers is rated 8.8, while HPE Apollo is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers writes "Reliable with great support and good analytics". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Apollo writes "Easy to maintain, cost-effective, scalable, and resilient". Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers, IBM Power Systems and Oracle SPARC Servers, whereas HPE Apollo is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Dell PowerEdge FX, HPE Synergy, IBM Power Systems and Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers. See our Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers vs. HPE Apollo report.

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