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. This solution offers users an AI-powered system that provides not only cutting-edge cyber security, but also in-depth analytic insight and notifications that alert administrators to any problem that may arise. The AI scans whatever is being downloaded into the system and identifies its nature before allowing it in. This provides a layer of defense that reduces the possibility of malware or viruses slipping by due to human error. It also spots ongoing issues that may exist within the framework of the system. This AI identifies the problems that plague the system and sends users alerts that they can follow up on. Instead of having to devote resources to finding issues, Dell EMC Poweredge will do it for you and free up resources to solve the problems before they become worse.
Lenovo Thinksystem rack servers lack the kind of AI augmented security and notifications that Dell EMC Poweredge offers. There is no option for the server to scan for issues or create notifications if they arise. It is a very traditional sort of server that is not on the cutting edge as far as cyber security is concerned. If you choose to use it, you will have to have dedicated teams to keep an eye out for security issues.
Dell EMC Poweredge provides organizations that employ it with excellent documentation that makes the product easy to use. Every system option comes with an explanation as to what it is and how to employ it. This shows that Dell EMC Poweredge considered users’ ease of use when creating this product.
Lenovo Thinksystem rack servers do offer a certain ease of use. While certain processes such as upgrading the system may be relatively easy to do, there is no documentation offering a breakdown of the system options. This lack of explanation means that time and resources will have to be devoted to learning the ins and outs of the system.
Both Dell EMC Poweredge and Lenovo Thinksystem rack servers offer products that can do the jobs that they are needed for. However, Dell’s AI security analytics and thorough documentation make it by far the more effective product.
Technical Sales Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
06 March 18
For rack servers you have two paths - Large Vendor support and White box. In the White Box market you can save a few dollars and build your own - but then self insure, as all subsequent issues with software and driver incompatibilities and problems are on you. This is a small ball play and is worth considering if you have extra time to diddle the bits and bytes yourself, do the testing and don't have to interact with a lot of users, developers and management.
If you are responsible for managing a larger shop you need to go with a major vendor and have four choices - in alphabetical order - Cisco, Dell, HPE and Lenovo. As we look forward in the rack and blade server evolution, the hardware is a commodity dictated by Intel and all vendors release cadence is tied to Intel releases. But you have rapidly come to realize the hardware is the least of your concerns, you are much more focused on software and how these vendors are evolving their solutions to increase automation efficiency, reduce setup time and increase time to repair in the event of a complex software failure.
Of the 4 I like the direction Cisco is taking with its SW acquisitions in this space. It has deployed Stealthwatch for security, Tetration for Analytics, Turbonomics for workload optimization and App Dynamics for adaptive automation. This and its investment in cloud services and focus on the hybrid cloud environment, keeps them looking beyond the hardware - which is less than 30% of the IT cost of a system - and squarely focused on reducing the OpEx costs that account for 70%.
Moving forward into the great Utility computing model - with some pieces offsite at a colo, some onsite in local wiring closets or a mini data center or some compute and storage in a major cloud provider - Amazon, Azure, Rackspace, etc - you are rapidly moving to a hybrid environment where the latency of network connections, middleware that provides connectors to far flung operations that respond back to end-users creates a complex scenario where monitoring. measurement and protection will determine how efficiently I can deliver services and provide the end-user experience my customers demand.
That said let me be clear this is not a full-on rah-rah section for Cisco. They have a superior vision, a unique architecture that facilitates automation in their blade environment, the cash and focus on acquisitions. I just wish they were faster at providing the integrations that will deliver on the seamless solution space they imagine. But they have many great pieces - and if I were a person seeking to understand this market and where things are headed I would pay close attention to their concept of the "Intent-based Data Center". This vision is similar to IBM's Utility Computing from more than a decade ago - but Cisco has more critical pieces - all around commodity hardware.
Network Admin at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
06 March 18
You know, it really depends. How many people are you supporting? What's your budget? Is it replacing something that may need data migrated? What kind of support will you need afterwards? What applications do you need to run and how long can you afford for the application to be offline in the case of system going down?