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We performed a comparison between HPE Apollo and IBM Power Systems 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 HPE Apollo vs. IBM Power Systems Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"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.""The solution is well documented in a data sheet.""HPE Apollo's most valuable feature is the ability to expand our storage capacity."

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"Some of the most valuable features are the processing power, stability, and security.""The main feature that I have found most valuable is PowerVM - its virtualization feature which is the most powerful.""We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level every day, you can, without any doubt, support the core banking or critical applications with this solution.""What we like the most is the ability to upgrade the scaling of the system itself. Whenever we need extra storage, we can do that. Whenever we need extra memory, we can do that as well. It's fast and it's available.""IBM Power Systems' best features are its reliability, resilience, and performance per rack unit.""Power Systems is like a dream solution for every IT person because it has redundancy, and it doesn't stop. It doesn't get affected easily. I don't see any weaknesses in this solution. At the moment, we have Power8. It is stable and runs smoothly. We have a big load, and it is working very well. It can be customized based on our needs. Flash copy is helping us amazingly. We have virtualization for vDisks, which is again very helpful. We are working on this virtualization technology, and we have a team that is working on redundancy and architecture.""We have had a good experience with the technical support team at IBM.""IBM Power Systems are secure and have fast processing."

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

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"The solution could improve the memory database for better integration with SAP HANA.""In Power6, latency was an issue, but nowadays, we are on Power8, which doesn't have any such problems. Sometimes, we have issues when we are moving to a new version, which is the case with almost every company. Some new issues or problems show up suddenly, and you do not have the time to research and find the solution. That's when we contact IBM technical support.""The solution is quite expensive.""One of the main challenges with IBM Power Systems is the functionality of live partnership mobility.""I would like to see IBM Power Systems integrate with all cloud types.""In the next release, I would like to see additional graphical dashboards to help the administrators access information more easily.""If you asked me what I'd like added, I'd say that it'd be nice if they ran GPUs, however, I know that's not the direction they're going. That said, I would appreciate it if they offered GPU support.""Software testing and the compatibility of software products that are available in the market should be addressed."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Its price depends on the sizing."
  • "The pricing of the solution is very good because we can beat any other competitor with the pricing. Lately, they have offered good pricing for their customer."
  • "The price of the solution could be somewhat better and this is what lowers my rating of it to a seven or eight out of ten."
  • "The licensing costs are okay. With IBM Power Systems, it's inclusive, so you can differentiate the price of the hardware from the software itself."
  • "The price of IBM Power Systems is expensive and could improve."
  • "Power Systems is a bit more costly than other products in the market, but in terms of ROI and the longevity, performance, and reliability that Power Systems provides, it's worth it in the long run."
  • "IBM Power Systems is very expensive."
  • "IBM Power is more expensive than other rack-mount servers, and you have to have a license for everything, including cores and memory."
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    Questions from the Community
    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.
    Top Answer:We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level… more »
    Top Answer:Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very… more »
    Top Answer:IBM Power Systems is used for the core banking applications. We have accounts with financial enterprises in Egypt. We propose this solution if you are a bank, you are upgrading or migrating bank… more »
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    Also Known As
    HP Apollo Systems, HP ProLiant SL, HP Apollo
    IBM OpenPOWER LC
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    Overview

    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.

    IBM Power Systems are built to crush the most advanced data applications - from the mission-critical workloads you run today to the next generation of AI.
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    Sample Customers
    Weta Digital
    Cipher
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    University17%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Financial Services Firm30%
    Retailer17%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Apollo vs. IBM Power Systems
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Apollo vs. IBM Power Systems and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    655,711 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE Apollo is ranked 6th in Rack Servers with 4 reviews while IBM Power Systems is ranked 3rd in Rack Servers with 16 reviews. HPE Apollo is rated 9.0, while IBM Power Systems is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HPE Apollo writes "Easy to maintain, cost-effective, scalable, and resilient". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Power Systems writes "Scales very well and is pretty easy to set up but is a bit expensive". HPE Apollo is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers, Dell PowerEdge FX, HPE Synergy and Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, whereas IBM Power Systems is most compared with Intel Server System, Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers, Oracle SPARC Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers. See our HPE Apollo vs. IBM Power Systems report.

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