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2019-02-12T10:09:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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AB
Programmer Sysadmin at a university with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-12T11:12:00Z
12 July 22

Unfortunately, PowerEdge Rack Servers do not support NVMe storage. OpenManage Console is slightly confusing, especially after upgrade releases. There isn't a manual for what to do with lifecycle management and in what sequence. I have to rely on user forums instead of Dell in these cases.

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Moshe Tzarfati - PeerSpot reviewer
Global Backup Admin Lead at Motorola Solutions
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-11T13:36:00Z
11 July 22

I would like them to add more NVMe slots. That would be good. That way, it would have better performance, e.g., enough storage for better performance than a spinning disk. There is some improvement needed in the site (with its arrangement) when trying to find some configuration or troubleshooting matches.

RW
Analytics at Israel InterUniversity Computation Center
Real User
2022-07-11T13:34:00Z
11 July 22

The specs for the benchmarks are very good, but the firmware and software are lacking. There are some issues with the Linux kernel and the long-term support (LTS) for some of the firmware's dependencies. It is causing the kernel to dump. The support for the Linux brands isn't optimal. We would like them to optimize the kernel drivers for benchmarks. There are some issues that need to be solved with our model in regards to UEFI and firmware.

OG
Product Manager - Cyber app Security at Amdocs
Reseller
Top 20
2022-07-07T13:10:00Z
07 July 22

It is not good in terms of its energy consumption for a large-scale deployment. I probably would go for something more dense, like blades or any type of small scale hardware service solutions, to lower the heat and power consumption. However, for small environments, this solution is okay and easy to maintain.

IM
Professional Services Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Reseller
Top 20
2022-07-07T12:30:00Z
07 July 22

Some customers took the machine to the extreme, which makes it a bit slower and delays the system. Since the customer can put a lot of VMs with a lot of data, it can use up the CPU memory to 20% to 25%, which slows down the system. However, if we reduce the CPU memory or split it to another, then it works very well. I would like to change the physical rails to be more like how HPE rails are formatted and organized.

RC
Senior System Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-07T12:26:00Z
07 July 22

I don't know much about the new Intel CPUs, but they need to put more than two CPUs in the servers. It may be an Intel limitation, but I'm not sure.

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HC
IT Infrastructure Manager
Reseller
2022-07-07T12:24:00Z
07 July 22

The time it takes the machine to boot up, when I turn it off and on, could be quicker.

Raanan - PeerSpot reviewer
Lab Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-07T12:14:00Z
07 July 22

I would like to see more information about server health and the server's state, on the front. HP has a little screen that shows server utilization, how many disks there are inside, and the power consumption. HP also shows an alert if there is a malfunction of any device inside. Those kinds of features would be useful for Dell customers.

Yaroslav Shehtman - PeerSpot reviewer
Integration Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Reseller
2022-07-07T12:10:00Z
07 July 22

I don't really know where PowerEdge could be improved. I really like these servers. Even VxRail works great with them. Maybe they could change the logo to something more beautiful.

Tim Villa - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Jones-Hamilton Co.
Real User
Top 20
2022-05-03T19:41:00Z
03 May 22

Dell needs to focus more on SMB's, 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 SMB's.

Dragan Lazic - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Manager at a engineering company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-05-03T18:52:17Z
03 May 22

The data analytics for this solution could be improved.

RM
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-05-03T18:08:26Z
03 May 22

The flexibility of using the cards could be improved.

JD
Network Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-05-03T17:54:10Z
03 May 22

We are leaning away from this particular product because Dell's VxRail solution makes you buy four nodes at a time which is not scalable. Other solutions such as Cisco offer more innovation on this front. The switching for this solution is lagging behind other products. Cisco has built the best iOS that other solutions need to match. Dell has recently done an overhaul to allow networking switches but it still cant scale the way we need it to.

TS
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-05-03T15:58:00Z
03 May 22

One of the things that I've noticed is that over time, the system degrades, meaning that little things don't work. For example, the hard drive would need to be replaced or iDRAC would not be functioning properly. We may have to flash the firmware. It is not like some other hardware where it just runs without issues for four or five years. With Dell, generally, there are little hiccups here and there.

Mostofa Kamal - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy Manager of IT Security Infrastructure at leads
Real User
Top 10
2021-10-08T21:27:32Z
08 October 21

The solution could improve by making the warranty policy better, which is a little bit complex because our local service partner Smart Technologies has long delays. Whenever we open any case for any customer, it takes more than five days. If we could handle it by ourselves, we could have the issue solved in one day. They should work on a way to fix these delays.

KK
Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-22T12:42:27Z
22 July 21

I would like to see the pricing improved.

SR
Pre-sale and Post-sale Engineer at a reseller with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-05-12T12:24:56Z
12 May 21

The shipment or delivery times could be improved. Sometimes we have to wait six Weeks before we get the server. It could even be longer. Sometimes it is many days for my customers

PV
Director at CMC CSI saigon
Real User
2021-01-26T21:00:53Z
26 January 21

They could improve on the processor and security for the next release of the solution.

Jitesh Rathod - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Team Lead - IT at InfoStretch
Real User
Top 20
2021-01-23T18:33:37Z
23 January 21

All of the servers are in cluster mode and when PowerEdge Server is down, others are affected. It doesn't automatically upgrade the firmware. We have to manually process it because we have forgotten about the firmware and virus updates. We would like to see the upgrades done automatically. In future releases, automation would be required.

Frisal Argha Kusumah - PeerSpot reviewer
Automation Service Engineer (DCS) at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2020-12-16T07:23:10Z
16 December 20

The performance could be a bit better. If they want to coordinate between the different fast CPUs with the memory or maybe if they put some polling systems that are a bit better it could possibly increase the performance of the servers. It would be great if the product had some wireless capabilities.

TP
Vice President Product Management & Strategy at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Reseller
2020-11-24T07:37:39Z
24 November 20

After purchasing the product, customers have not been getting the support that they need in the early stages of getting set up. They can provide customers a little bit more education as to what they get with certain warranty levels. The data is there if the customers dig, but a lot of times, the customers don't dig. Some of the other server models come out a little bit quicker than Dell. It would be good if Dell is quicker to market on new, larger drives when they become available. Sometimes, we do get hit on that against a couple of competitors. Dell vets them a little bit longer than like the super micros to keep their stability and quality level up, but they lose a little bit of ground to a super micro. It would be good if they can release features and models as soon and as fast as they can. It would help them to stay more competitive.

Imad Awwad - PeerSpot reviewer
Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-11-23T18:37:07Z
23 November 20

The company needs to invest in more marketing exposure. Users need to know that Dell servers compete with HP Servers. in the region, the Middle East, many more companies work with HP. They could change this. The solution could still use some more analytics. It would be helpful if we had the power of an open managed application. It should be more hands-on in terms of how are you going to manage your server. In order to do that, you need more visibility into the health of the server itself.

Eslam Mamdouh - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at ITVision
Reseller
Top 5
2020-11-18T07:01:00Z
18 November 20

System security can be improved. They can add more power and security for ESXi version 7.

Radwa Fouad - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Presales Engineer at MST
Real User
Top 20
2020-11-06T15:09:00Z
06 November 20

I would like to see a virtual view of the solution after creating and configuring it.

YS
Field Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-11-04T21:04:15Z
04 November 20

The only way you could improve it is, for the purpose of HPC installations, is IOPS and the only way to improve it is to get a more powerful machine to deliver more IOPS. Basically, you need more CPUs and you need more RAM and you need a faster backbone. We were running on 100 gigabits Infiniband. Until they get new technology and density, it would be nice to see four nodes in a one-year package instead of a three-year package.

TH
Business Continuity and Data Center Manager at a outsourcing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-10-22T14:34:13Z
22 October 20

The only thing that could be improved is documentation. The product is highly customizable with a lot of options for each component. These options are not easily understood. It would be great to offer more user-friendly interface/Documentation to build up the system.

RamaswamyK - PeerSpot reviewer
M. I. S. Manager at Ruby Mills Ltd
Real User
Top 5
2020-10-22T12:46:46Z
22 October 20

There are certain aspects, features, and functionality on the motherboard that need improvement. If they had some software components that would have helped because I don't like creating electronic waste. We don't like upgrading for the sake of upgrading. With that process, we tend to lose the newer features which would have come in during that time. If they could have done something during that time where the new features could have been included, or improved upon the existing ones then it would have been brilliant. In the next release, I would like to see some means by which they could improve the functionality on the motherboard. It would be a very large help and increase the life of these products.

Klodian Maloku - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of IT at Sigal
Real User
Top 10
2020-10-06T06:57:50Z
06 October 20

It would be easier if the remote connection to the server could be done through the USB port. From the server, we should be able to connect to a laptop or a management workstation through a USB port.

Anil Kale - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Technology Consultant at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
2020-08-23T08:17:19Z
23 August 20

I can't think of any features that are lacking on the solution. It works well for our clients for the most part. It would be nice if the rack servers had an HCI solution as an option.

Md. Lyas Uddin Bhuiyan - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager at Express Systems Limited (ESL)
Real User
2020-07-28T06:50:18Z
28 July 20

The design, in terms of power efficiency, can be improved. Improvements should be made in terms of field expandability. Scalability, in general, has room for improvement. Support for virtualization support can be better.

SG
CEO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
2019-03-10T16:43:00Z
10 March 19

I would like to see better IOPS, i.e. the disc speed. That is the main limitation for scaling up the number of users. Nowadays, there are web servers that have greater endurance in the lifecycle than the Dell EMC PowerEdge, so that's what I would like to see improved most. If Dell EMC can provide us with more IOPS, a higher disc size using the SSDs, and better battery endurance in terms of the lifecycle, i.e. three to seven years, I would be satisfied. With the Dell EMC PowerEdge Server, there is a limitation on the hardware life cycles. Another place Dell EMC could improve is with GPUs. If we can get more benchmarking done, some optimization, and more scalability for certain apps, it would be better. Dell EMC could improve the sizing and scaling performance that we can get with the server, including some better optimization that we can scale up. Another need for improvement is to consider the implementation of other forms of desktop virtualization.

Daniel Lopes - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Sales Engineer at Carbon
Real User
2019-02-12T10:09:00Z
12 February 19

They should improve the centralized management interface. When you are going to deploy something, for example, VMware or RedHat, it should be easier to deploy a lot of servers. Now you have to do one at a time. The way that they condense the information on the Dell EMC website is not so good. They should improve the website. When you need to find a download or documentation it's very hard. The information on the website is very distributed. It's hard to find the information we need.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 21, 2021
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Dovid Gelber - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech blogger
21 November 21
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. Conclusion 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.
LS
Owner at Euritex
Jan 16, 2022
Hi peers,  Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers vs IBM Power Systems: which one should I choose and why? I can't make up my mind about it. Please share your pprofessional advice. I appreciate your help.
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Md. Shohel Rawshan Sarker - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at Mutural Trust Bank
16 August 21
IBM Power Systems vs Dell PowerEdge Rack Server IBM Power Systems is a RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) system that contains 8 threads or over per core. This processor performs super-fast due to the RISC algorithm technology than any other Intel-based hardware (e.g., Dell, HPE, Cisco).  In Intel, there are only 2 or 4 threads per core and it performs according to CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer). IBM Power system is a sustainable, reliable and obviously costly solution compared to any other Intel-based solution.  Generally, IBM Power system is used in mission-critical systems. 
NC
System and Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
03 January 22
IBM Power comes with virtualization integrated (PowerVM), highly optimized (practically with no performance impact) - no need for VMWare, HyperV etc.  For database it is the recomended platform - even is Hana, Oracle (best combination with AIX) or DB2 (DB2 for me is the most autonomous database that you can have).  The downside of IBM Power could be the lack of support for Windows and the initial cost. 
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