Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers Valuable Features
The most valuable aspects include hot swapping and the elasticity as far as being able to scale. We had a bunch of stuff on an old, existing EMC. The company was unaware that they had to keep the files that they had for so long. We realized that once we were meeting the seven-year mark and we could start purging some of those files, we had to scale down a little bit.
The initial purchase that we had was a little big, however, as we started adding more users that were working from home and had their own drive, OneDrive, we had to expand it a little bit. Dell was able to ship me bigger hard drives.
When it comes to running the latest high-demand applications, PowerEdge is good. The VMware that we had was almost end-of-life, so we had to upgrade it and Dell helped out with that quite a bit, putting it on our PowerEdge and assisting us with a lot of stuff that VMware didn’t. VMware just said, "Here. Here's your product. Good luck.” Dell was a lot more helpful. They had a lot of engineers that knew about that service that we were trying to tap into a little better.
The BIOS recovery was something we used because we had a huge power outage and a power strike when one of our air conditioners had a bad power surge run through it at our facility. Dell helped us rebuild our actual BIOS system in it, as one of the mirror arrays that we were using just wasn't being seen. We were afraid it was a hardware issue, however, it was really a BIOS issue that we couldn't see right off the jump. We’re glad Dell was there to help.
The solution's analytics helped to decrease production downtime by at least 30%. I'm in Arizona and down in Tucson we don't get that much downtime. We have a lot of battery backups, we have a generator system, and more. However, when it does happen, the analytics of it, as far as the trends on what months the monsoon season hits, it kept all in the logs.
The system management capabilities of PowerEdge helped increase stack productivity. We've had a little bit of turnover in our system admin department, however, having the ability to go back and look through the logs and see how users ended up using their home drive, their shared files, and their encrypted files really helped out my new guys coming on board.
The solution's accelerated GPUs help support demanding workloads in our organization. We had a couple of changing workloads due to the fact that when people shifted from home, they were hitting the server from a different angle. They were coming in off a virtual private network instead of being on-premises and the system didn't blink.
I’m not sure if PowerEdge helped to reduce data processing time in our organization as we don't crunch a lot. We do have a lot of videos coming in and a lot of video editing going on, so in that way, it does help.
The PowerEdge system management frameworks enable us to progress towards full automation. We knew what we were looking for when we refreshed this last model and we purchased a new server just from the analytics we got off the first one.
It helps me forecast better. We don't grow exponentially. Teachers are hard to come by, however, some will leave and some will stay. The business models are the same, yet they expect more. Now they want to do a video. They want to capture and record the videos and the Zoom meetings that they're doing, therefore, it's a little different.View full review »
The MX7000 gives us the most concentrated amount of computing in the smallest area possible. It also has the ability to provide a large amount of bandwidth to the blades. This is important because it gives the user the ability to move as much data on and off of the blade platforms as quickly as possible.
The iDRAC telemetry is very useful for monitoring the system and providing analytics. You can use commands from the CLI, you can use scripting, you can use the REST interface, or you can use the point-and-click GUI. It's very flexible. I prefer using scripts because I monitor many blades and many chassis. I can script a lot of my monitoring requirements.
The accelerated GPU feature helps to support demanding workloads that we run. For instance, they provide better performance for remote desktop sessions.
The blades are hot-swappable and in a virtual environment, being able to upgrade your hardware platform easily to better and faster hardware is a benefit.View full review »
The solution has always had very good performance.
The availability/scalability is excellent.
Their technical support is always helpful. They have a very good support timeline that lasts not just a year or two, but even five years down the line. It's a long-term arrangement.
The solution is highly scalable, with a two-socket server, CPU support, and the M.E.N SST.
It can support VDI.
You can combine these servers. Therefore, not only do they work with virtual environments, you can have them as a Data Analytics server. They can handle a lot of heavy processes. They are one of the main big servers that can handle a lot of things. For example, I'm replacing four servers with three servers, which means I can also reduce the licenses. Instead of buying two licenses, you're buying one license. The lines are reduced to half, and you have a few open managed application that will tell you the health of the server.
The content and insights with Dell are great. Whenever something happens to your server and you have the support, they will give you a notification. Whether it's CPU or RAM or the power supply, whatever the issue, they will tell you. You always have a proactive notification on all the servers.
Security and BIOS are very good. Previously, BIOS was just a plus for the team to have on the server. Now, BIOS is more into Cyber Security and has the intelligence to recognize what is being loaded before going to the main OS. There's artificial intelligence integrated into these servers and the insights are one of the main reasons that they'll provide you with a good service, and offer you some visibility on the server. You feel safe. The server won't let you down. With the notifications, you can always handle things before they become a bigger problem.
Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers
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Dell PowerEdge servers are powerful. They don't break, and I love that. In my career of over 30 years now, all the Dell servers we've ever used out of the box have never broken.
On top of that, when we had an air conditioning failure and I came in after a weekend, the temperature in the server room was 110 degrees. Inside the cases themselves, it was over 220 degrees. The only thing we lost was a backplane on one of the servers. This alone speaks for the durability of the Dell servers, and we've never gone away from Dell servers ever.
They are fantastic in terms of performance as well.
As for PowerEdge's approach to security, I would rate it very high. The tools provided by Dell update the BIOS and everything else, and the software is running on the server at all times. It is proactive and alerts me. It's taken a load off of my shoulders compared to how it was 20 years ago. I would have to go to their site and find out what was new. Now, I can just go to the computer or the server, and right there, it will tell me what needs to be done.
The security is pretty strong. When we use ethical hackers to hack us, the Dell servers are never the issue.
In terms of power consumption, I have no complaints at all about PowerEdge Rack Servers. My server room's APC, which is a battery backup system, is a full-mounted rack. It handles all the power coming from all our PowerEdge servers. We have never once had to scale it up at all in the almost 20 years that I've been working with them. It's moving technology in and out nonstop, and it shows you that these servers are fantastic. They don't really shift that much in power needs.View full review »
Senior Manager of IT at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
The management portal is essential because it gives you a lot of flexibility. You don't have to be at the location to manage the server. You can power it on and off remotely or start an installation remotely. All you need to do is connect it to the network and you can do things from thousands of miles away. That is essential when working with data centers. You don't want to be there but you want to have full control remotely.
Another valuable feature is that it's a Dell and that means it's a reliable product.View full review »
Architect with 51-200 employees
The R6 series has been very valuable as it's more cost-effective and it has a lot of features. Based on the requirements, we found the R6 Series would be best suited for our customers. Reliability-wise, it's also great.
PowerEdge is for handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads, including VDI, AI, and SAP. We did run PowerEdge servers with virtual workloads, especially on VDI. We realized that SSD is necessary, especially with VMware vSphere platforms as the IO requirements are quite high.
In terms of security, there’s been no issue from our side. In terms of BIOS, it is secure and we can go and log into BIOS to change certain settings.
PowerEdge is good for energy consumption. PowerEdge Servers run on optimal voltage. Compared to other competitors or other brands, the power rating is great.
We use iDRAC for many years already. It's an item we need to buy. We’ve had no problems so far. We use it for monitoring purposes to configure SNMP and the servers.
PowerEdge analytics helped to decrease production downtime.
The data points I’d draw attention to for potential customers depend on how much the customer is going to spend. If there is a certain budget, we would plan around their budget. In terms of analytics, most of the time, our monitoring service is able to collect the data metrics already, so having PowerEdge analytics is a complement to our existing monitoring system. While it's good to have, it depends of course on the customer's budget. If their budget is small, we will take away analytics to save costs.
PowerEdge helped to reduce our customer’s data processing time. In fact, they were getting a lot of data from here, from their data processing. We also partner with some Big Data Analytics which run data points. In terms of PowerEdge, it's running fine except for certain power failures from time to time. In terms of how much they’ve reduced the data processing producing power, I don't have the metrics to comment on.
PowerEdge systems management frameworks enable us to progress towards full automation when it comes to managing PowerEdge. We find it very useful in terms of automation, the setup, and configuration, as it does offer setup and proper checks. With the servers, we just need to set our black bar and then push down the setup and configurations box into PowerEdge and we run after that.
Field Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
It fit the requirements of the client, that's really all that it was for us. It could deliver the IOPS and the local storage that was required. It could have been anybody else, Lenovo, IBM, HP, etc. We were Dell's number one reseller in Canada and probably worldwide. We got very favorable terms and that also helped with the decision.View full review »
Professor at a university with 1-10 employees
We started working on Dell servers more than a decade ago. I think it was the 910 version, and its main advantage was the ability to load a lot of in-core memory into the box. It's irrelevant today because everybody can provide as much as they want, but we had memory issues in the beginning.
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.
Dell servers are easy to use. We've never had a problem. We do more hardware work with workstations, including adding and replacing cards. It's easy compared to what we used to do with screwdrivers years ago.View full review »
Product Manager - Cyber app Security at Amdocs
It is easy to manage, maintain, and install.
The new stuff with AI, Hyperscale, and HPC for all sorts of general compute purposes makes it the best solution that you can have today.
PowerEdge Rack Servers’ approach to security with its signed firmware, drift detection, and BIOS recovery is very good. This is the natural behavior today in the market. All vendors provide it, including Dell.
It is very easy and seamless to use the Dell OpenManage console for the lifecycle management of PowerEdge Rack Servers. It is one of the best solutions in the market today to manage the lifecycle of services.View full review »
Platform Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
iDRAC is one of the most valuable features, as well as having BMC.
The real advantage to Dell when I look at some of the other competitors is the support. The support is better than Lenovo and HP. For example, it's much easier to get replacement components, and we can get service out to customers as quickly as possible. There aren't as many hoops to jump through. It's just not as challenging. This is one of the big reasons we stick with Dell.
The iDRAC telemetry for monitoring PowerEdge system data and providing analytics is a good feature. We have a lot of the sensor data that we capture, and it's very useful to our customers. Being able to pull that out and tell them the consistency of their product is a good value-add to sell.View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The versatility has been great. We have several different configurations with different networking capabilities, different capacity, throughput, and configurations. I work on a dark site in a classified environment. I can't really comment too much beyond that.
PowerEdge is great for handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads like VDI, AI, and SAP on multi-cloud. We're very happy with their performance. We're lucky enough to also have Dell and VMware. We call them a TAM specialist on-site. If we have any problems, they respond to them quickly.
Since we are in a classified environment, we appreciate the security specifications very much. It helps us as we have to do our own assessments and those security features help us to get our paperwork done.
We use Dell's Optane Memory in our PowerEdge environment. I’m not sure if it’s saved money, I’m really not on the financial side. We have a budget and then we go and shop for the best bang for the buck. Since we are using that feature, it does save us money. However, I can’t say how much.
We do use Dell's OpenManage console. It is easy to use this console for lifecycle management or PowerEdge servers. We use it primarily when we have a network issue or if we can't access the servers our usual way. It's very convenient as a secondary way to access it. As far as life cycle management, that's what we use when we need to do our upgrades, firmware, and the like. It's very valuable. It’s increased our IT staff's productivity, however, I can't tell by how much.
Using PowerEdge helped to reduce unplanned production downtime by 20% to 25%.View full review »
Sr. Principal Product Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The features I've found to be most valuable are integrated management, hardware flexibility, and the latest technology that Dell brings to the table.
We deploy PowerEdge servers in a hyperconverged environment, and often, the workloads are compute- and network-intensive workloads. The PowerEdge servers are capable of taking on more workloads and offering more benefits to the customers.
We extensively rely on PowerEdge servers' security features, and we use APIs offered by Dell systems so that we can enable those security features depending on customer requirements.
iDRAC Telemetry does offer a lot of capabilities, and we expose those capabilities to our customers. We use iDRAC extensively for managing the systems, report generation, understanding firmware deviation and drift, and many other capabilities.View full review »
I like Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers powered by Intel. It is a good, high performance server. It is easy to manage, especially with the iDRAC.
iDRAC is its most valuable feature. The management from the iDRAC port is useful for me because my server is located in Australia, and I need to manage it from Israel. Therefore, it is useful for troubleshooting.
There is flexibility to use a lot of storage on the server. It has the ability to have it as a RAID and support that. This is most useful for me in the case of a malfunction in one or two drives. It is like having a server and storage together, i.e., hyperconverged. We can manage this remotely.
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.
We use Intel Xeon Scalable processors in our PowerEdge Rack Servers. They have very much helped to improve the performance of our targeted workloads.View full review »
The go-to-market implementation was pretty fast. The go-to-market speed for us was pretty important at the time we had to implement that infrastructure.
In terms of the performance of the servers, I'm already pretty comfortable with that.
When it comes to PowerEdge rack servers handling the evolving needs of workloads, I have support from Dell partners. They constantly assess improvements for us and other versions of items on products. I keep up to date with it via my partners.
We use Dell's Optane to obtain memory in the PowerEdge environment. It helped save money in that aspect, as far as adding memory capacity. We used to negotiate these kinds of platforms and renewal with our partners on a full scale. We have a lot of cost-saving with this infrastructure.
PowerEdge helped to reduce unplanned production downtime. We have an IT continuity plan that is actually based on the infrastructure we already have implemented with Dell.
For us, the most valuable feature is the iDRAC. It helps us to solve problems when a server is stuck or hung or we don't have any network access.
It's also easy to deploy new firmware or a new update to the servers remotely.
We're also able to manage multiple servers in one place.
Also, the way the hardware is architected, you can replace parts in no time. It's very quick and easy to replace a fan, disk, CPU, or insert a new card into the server.View full review »
There are a lot of features. To be specific, the amount of virtual memory that we can use and the scalability are something that I like much. If you ask me what is the best feature, I would say the scalability. I don't have to invest in the new servers when I can scale this one. That is something which helped us a lot.
PowerEdge is great for handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads. I'd rate it an eight out of ten.
I would rate PowerEdge’s approach to security with its signed Firmware, drip detection, and BIOS at a ten out of ten. Everything is easy to upgrade. It's easy to maintain and easy to work with.
In terms of energy consumption, it's consuming less than the previous servers.
We use PowerEdge for artificial intelligence applications. Our developers and QA use it and our developers develop the AI feature products.
Using artificial intelligence does solve problems for us in terms of using the servers for our developers.
The PowerEdge Eye Track telemetry for monitoring system data and providing analytics helps us get the job done and makes it easier in terms of monitoring.
PowerEdge has accelerated us in order to help support our demanding workloads.View full review »
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
PowerEdge is one of the top solutions when it comes to the security features that it provides including firmware, drift protection, and systems management.
It's a pretty nice system. You can log in to iDRAC, you can look at the logs, the temperature, etc. Essentially, all of the metrics of the server are there, so you can get a complete view and immediately know what's going on.View full review »
Associate Director, Health Information Technologies at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is reliability. We rarely have any issues and because of this, Dell is our go-to for servers.
We make use of the encrypt-at-rest security feature, which allows us to keep our servers locked down in our data centers as best we can.
We used the CloudIQ feature for monitoring and it's pretty good overall. We have a challenge in our area because our IT is very broad and there is a lot of overlap. Other people's work is visible and we have a big environment, so there is a team of people that keep an eye on things.View full review »
Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
The monitoring system is really helpful. I'm a one-man team, and I run systems and IT for a pretty big company. The ease of use of being able to flip through a browser tab was the most valuable feature for me.
As for handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads, PowerEdge has a lot more flexibility for scaling. It has everything that you would want for a business that's growing.
In terms of PowerEdge's approach to security with its firmware and drift detection, there have been no issues with any updates or security breaches.
The company had to move to a new building, and one of the main concerns was energy consumption. As far as I know, there were a lot of eco settings present to make sure that the PowerEdge Rack Servers used the proper amount of energy.
I've had zero downtime in the three and a half years I've been in the company. Prior to my time, I do know that the uptimes of the systems were very long. From all the records and logs of the previous IT administrator, I can see that there were no issues with the servers.View full review »
Programmer Sysadmin at a university with 10,001+ employees
The use of OpenManage Console reduces the time it takes to manage PowerEdge Rack Servers in terms of updates and maintenance.
Network Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the fact that it is a reliable server and does the job we implemented it to do.
I've found the reliability, support, the capability to grow, and the ability to add other Dell solutions to be very valuable features.
As for security features, it's a good quality solution for the price. You can add different software or patches to have a better security solution.
It has helped reduce the data processing time by 30%.
The PowerEdge system management frameworks have enabled us to progress toward full automation when it comes to managing more.View full review »
Senior System Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
It's great at handling high-performance workloads.
They have also done their job when it comes to security features. We haven't ever had a breach, although it is a closed network.
When it comes to energy consumption they're also very good. They don't use power because they're power-hungry, but because we use them very hard.View full review »
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The solution has proven to be very stable over the years. It's quite reliable in terms of performance.
The product has always been very easy to use.
The maintenance of the product is easy to do. It doesn't need too much.
The local service on offer from Dell is quite good. They are very helpful.
The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
Professional Services Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I like the integration between iDRAC and the system. It is very easy to update the framework and install the operating systems.
Intel's Xeon CPU makes the system work very well and fast. I like this type of CPU. It has helped to improve the performance of targeted workloads by 70%.View full review »
The remote management control is a valuable feature. There is no need to connect the monitor, keyboard, or mouse. We can install our operating system and whatever else we wish. Thanks to the enterprise license which enables remote connectivity there is no need to connect. This allows us to make use as we see fit, such as that involving the operating system installation and, occasionally, the host machine, in which case we can connect to the console remotely. This allows us to do remote troubleshooting, which is a nice feature.View full review »
Vice President Product Management & Strategy at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Their management tools are the most valuable. Our customers like the flexibility of being able to scale up and out. It is very easy for them to scale and add additional nodes and servers to their storage solutions, such as the ATI solution.
It has very good quality and a great deployment model. Its warranty is also very good, and it is very stable. Their fixes have been quick if they have those.View full review »
Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers powered by Intel
- are easy to use
- are easy to manage with Dell's OpenManage Console
- have extended support for five years.
When it comes to handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads, they're good. They deliver like they're supposed to.
And while I haven't had to use the BIOS recovery, it's a nice feature in case there is a problem.View full review »
Pre-sale and Post-sale Engineer at a reseller with 201-500 employees
Their support is very good and very effective.
The price of the system is very fair.
The design of the hardware is very good - especially the management system.
Overall, PowerEdge is a very good system.
The performance has been excellent so far.
The initial setup is very easy to manage.View full review »
Dell offers very good performance. The hardware is very, very good.
The product has very good diagnostics.
It's a very user-friendly solution.
At the rack level, we can access and can see the status. When deploying you can see if there are any issues with the system.
In terms of maintenance, it's easy.
The hard drive is just plug and play. You just unplug the old one and put in the new hard drive. It's very, very straightforward.View full review »
Systems Administrator at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The iDRAC that comes with the systems is great. It allows us to scale out a lot faster than before.
PowerEdge servers are good for handling and evolving high-performance workloads. We get everything that we need.
The biggest needs within our company are performance, stability, and support. If and when something goes wrong hardware-wise, a quick resolution is always a wonderful thing to have.
We do not use Dell's memory in our PowerEdge environment. We do use them separately.
PowerEdge Rack Servers have helped to reduce unplanned production downtime. The firmware updates that have been pushed out have reduced the amount of DIMM memory failures or false alarms. That's been really good. That's the main concern we have.View full review »
The user interface is the solution's most valuable aspect.
The implementation process is quite good.
The pricing of the solution is fair.View full review »
Auke Van Der Linden
User at Fluor Corporation
The support that you receive from Dell after buying this product is very valuable.View full review »
- I love the updates from the iDRAC, they are very nice.
- The installation is easy.
- Replacement, if something fails, is so easy and so good.
PowerEdge Rack Servers powered by Intel are also good at handling high-performance workloads. It depends on the CPU, of course, and the type of server, but the performance is great.
In addition, all the security features work great. That is a very important part.
Dell's OpenManage console is user-friendly. You can connect to everything from Dell. It's simple. In the companies where I have implemented it, I have shown the IT staff how to use it and they are happy with it. I don't know if they use it every day, but during the implementation, it seems like it's good for them.View full review »
The security features that PowerEdge provides have been very useful for our environment. We have integrated iDRAC Telemetry with our internal centralized monitoring tool, HPSM.
The complete hyper-converged infrastructure of this solution has been most useful. PowerEdge helped to reduce the data processing time by 20%. The system's management frameworks enabled us to progress towards full automation.
This solution is really reliable. The storage functionality is our favourite feature. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten when it comes to running the latest high-demand applications. It is easy to work with, maintain and deploy.
Lastly, this solution has helped decrease production down time by 25%. The system management capabilities of PowerEdge have helped increase staff productivity by 25% and helped to reduce data processing time in our organization by 10%.
Business Continuity and Data Center Manager at a outsourcing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The reconstructive compatibility with VMware ESXi is the most valuable.View full review »
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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.
We do not currently use this solution's CloudIQ functionality for predictive analytics but we would like to use it in the future.
This solution is very easy to use.
For every option, there is documentation with at least two lines of explanation.
You are provided with excellent instructions.View full review »
Vendor Account Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
The automatic updates provided in the system have been the most valuable. The notifications that get sent out help us keep on top of making sure security patches are updated weekly.
The iDRAC commentary embedded in this solution allows our IT department to detect problems whenever and wherever they arise. They are then able to resolve these problems from a remote location 80% of the time.
This solution does everything we need to do.View full review »
Virtualization and distributed power management are good and valuable features.View full review »
It is user friendly and easy to configure.View full review »
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Remote management has been one of the most valuable features. This is because it can be remotely accessed from any place.
The Ormi product is the most valuable for me because it streamlines all the necessary information that can be viewed in one place.
Analytics at Israel InterUniversity Computation Center
The hardware makes it a good solution.
PowerEdge Rack Servers are very good for handling the evolving needs of high-performance workloads.
Its tuning and performance are good.View full review »
What we like the most is the stability. Without shutdowns, our VMs and servers are up and running fine.
The backup and the requirement of the DR site is valuable.View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager
The solution is reliable.View full review »
Our customers do not ask for any service for the Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers because they are very durable.View full review »
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The solution is easy to use and has good performance.View full review »
Telecommunication Department Head at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I've never had any down time with this solution and it's very user friendly.
Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees
Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is powerful.View full review »
User at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The management features of this solution have been most useful.
Director at CMC CSI saigon
The active directory and file server are valuable features.View full review »
Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers
Learn what your peers think about Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: August 2022.
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