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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 6, 2024

We compared Intel Server System and IBM Power Systems based on our user's reviews in several parameters.

IBM Power Systems offer exceptional performance, advanced virtualization capabilities, and robust security measures, while Intel Server System boasts powerful processing capabilities, stability, and advanced technology. Users appreciate IBM's flexibility and reliability, while Intel's customer service is highly praised. Both systems have received positive feedback on pricing and ROI. Intel users seek better hardware compatibility and faster processors, while IBM users desire enhanced performance, efficiency, and user experience.

Features: The Intel Server System is praised for its excellent performance, reliability, and advanced technology. Users appreciate its powerful processing capabilities, stability, and durability. The system also offers seamless connectivity, enhanced security, and efficient management. In contrast, IBM Power Systems are valued for their exceptional performance, advanced virtualization capabilities, reliable hardware, robust security measures, and flexibility to cater to diverse workloads.

Pricing and ROI: The setup cost for Intel Server System product has received mixed feedback from customers, with some mentioning concerns about pricing and initial investment. In comparison, IBM Power Systems product has been praised for its fair pricing, minimal setup costs, and flexible licensing options., The Intel Server System has shown to be a valuable investment with improvements in performance, efficiency, and reliability. Users praise its advanced capabilities, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. It contributes to increased productivity and reduced downtime, enhancing overall business operations. On the other hand, IBM Power Systems have yielded highly satisfactory ROI and positive results according to user feedback.

Room for Improvement: Intel Server System users have expressed concerns about technical performance, hardware compatibility, processor speed, stability, user interface, power efficiency, and customer support. On the other hand, users of IBM Power Systems have suggested improvements in performance, efficiency, user experience, ease of use, software compatibility, and documentation and support.

Deployment and customer support: Based on user reviews, Intel Server System exhibits variability in the duration required for establishing a new tech solution, with some users taking three months for deployment and an additional week for setup. In comparison, IBM Power Systems reviews lack specific user quotes but emphasize the importance of considering the context in which the terms are used to accurately evaluate the time required., The customer service and support for Intel Server System is highly praised, with users commending their promptness, efficiency, and knowledgeable staff. On the other hand, IBM Power Systems receives positive feedback for their prompt assistance, reliability, and professionalism.

The summary above is based on 27 interviews we conducted recently with Intel Server System and IBM Power Systems users. To access the review's full transcripts, download our report.

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Q&A Highlights
Question: Which product do you prefer: Intel Server System or IBM Power Systems?
Answer: Intel Server System and IBM Power Systems are both popular choices for Rack Servers. Below is a comparison of the two: Intel Server System Pros: Wide range of options to choose from Good performance and scalability They say it has competitive pricing Cons: Not as energy-efficient as some other options Can be more complex to manage IBM Power Systems Pros: Very energy-efficient Highly scalable Good performance for data analytics and other demanding workloads Cons: Could be costlier than some other options Not as wide range of options to choose from If you seek a Rack Server with a wide range of options and good performance, then Intel Server System may be a good choice. However, if you are looking for a Rack Server that is energy-efficient and highly scalable, it may be worth looking into IBM Power Systems.
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"Additionally, the processing power is far superior, especially with the RSA feature for reliability, serviceability, and availability.""The performance is the solution's most valuable asset. It has one of the highest levels of performance I have ever seen. It's quite remarkable, in that sense.""Power Systems' best features include its user-friendliness and self-checking/self-healing abilities.""On the security side, we get regular security patch updates and system hardening. There are free tools available to harden the system.""The backups work great, data recovery works great.""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.""Stability-wise, I rate the solution a nine out of ten...Scalability-wise, I rate the solution a nine out of ten.""Some of the most valuable features are the processing power, stability, and security."

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"It uses well known architecture and it's easy to develop for.""It is stable and easy to manage.""The most valuable feature of the solution stems from the fact that it is more stable than AMD for VMware."

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Cons
"In my country, there are power supply interruptions. IBM could find ways to make the product stable through these interruptions.""It would be ideal if the solution was more simple to work with.""IBM systems are old technologies. I couldn't renew and get to use IBM Power Systems, and it offers users very expensive support.""Its pricing could be better.""The pricing is high.""The price has room for improvement.""I would like to see IBM Power Systems integrate with all cloud types.""The solution is highly-priced."

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"We have to scale it ourselves but it scales. It depends on the software because it's mostly the hardware platform that Intel is managing.""The shipment time can be improved. When we order Intel products, we have to wait for a long time. They can increase the local services and engineers in China. Local engineers will be able to know and understand customer problems much better.""When you have an Intel Server System, the prices may be much higher since it is a different processor, making the solution's pricing part one of its shortcomings where improvements are required."

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  • "Why should I be charged for that use rather than a single CPU, a single socket?"
  • "The cost model is great. There is so much built in to the technology, that if you know how to use it you can save yourself a lot of money."
  • "It is designed for a large workload, as opposed to a small workload. For our circumstances, and even as an independent, I can't buy a Power system to experiment on. It can't happen. You cannot buy them."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
  • "Its price is too high."
  • "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."
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  • "The price is competitive."
  • "It is not expensive."
  • "I rate the pricing a ten on a scale from one to ten, where one is inexpensive, and ten is very expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM Power Systems provides very good performance and stability compared to other brands or processors.
    Top Answer:IBM should provide a platform where users can learn about the storage and security of IBM Power Systems.
    Top Answer:In my company, we use the system for the data center and our IBM Cloud Pak System.
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of the solution stems from the fact that it is more stable than AMD for VMware.
    Top Answer:I rate the pricing a ten on a scale from one to ten, where one is inexpensive, and ten is very expensive.
    Top Answer:When you have an Intel Server System, the prices may be much higher since it is a different processor, making the solution's pricing part one of its shortcomings where improvements are required.
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    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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    IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 69 reviews while Intel Server System is ranked 9th in Rack Servers with 3 reviews. IBM Power Systems is rated 8.8, while Intel Server System is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of IBM Power Systems writes "A solution with minimal downtime and quick recovery time in the event of a sudden or unexpected crash". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Intel Server System writes "A stable product that constantly enhances its functionalities like multithreading and caching". IBM Power Systems is most compared with Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers, Oracle SPARC Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers and HPE Apollo, whereas Intel Server System is most compared with Oracle SPARC Servers, Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers and HPE ProLiant DL Servers.

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