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    Post IBM V3700 or Dell MD3620 = VMware

    IBM or Dell?

    I have a project coming up for a VMware implementation which will have 3 hosts direct attached to a SAN via 8GB fibre.

    Question is: I have been given pricing for a like for like comparison between IBM and Dell.
    The pricing includes:
    • 3 hosts (IBM x3650 M4 or Dell R720) each with: 192GB RAM, 2 six core processors, 2 HBA etc.
    • IBM V3700 with expansion shelf with 48 x 600GB 10k SAS OR Dell MD3620 with same capacity of disks


    Putting price completely aside for now, which of the two solutions would people suggest I invest in? Anybody with experience of both SAN's?
    If not anyone got any experience with one or the other - good or bad?

    My thought is with them being like for like there probably isn't anything between them.
    There is no direct comparison online - storage reviews seem to be few and far between.

    The kit will house the usual school infrastructure from: SIMS, exchange, SQL, file, SCCM, share point, app-v etc. For a school that has 1400 on roll and 1100 devices.

    Thoughts are greatly appreciated!
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    Hello,

    We have a Dell MD3220i plus MD1220 Shelf with 48 x 600GB 10K SAS - I think the only difference between the 3620 is the inclusion of 10Gbits/s Ethernet or 8GB Fibre connectors instead of 1Gbits/s Ethernet on ours. I think everything else is the same - management console is nice and intuitive. Performance seems to hold well, I haven't had any issues with it really.

    I've never touched IBM kit so I can't comment. We have are similar size school to yourselves.

    Likewise we have Dell Servers, again no issues with these.

    Thanks,

    Rob

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    Has anyone purchased the V3700 yet from IBM? If so i'd be interested to know what your thoughts on it are and how it compares to what you had previously.

    I am currently at the point of having to decide between the IBM V3700 and the Dell MD3620. Neither will be a bad decision I am sure but am having trouble justifying one over another.

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    Morning,

    I know I might be a little biased but putting that aside, I've found IBM support to be awesome (I'm not saying that Dell's isn't, we're a Dell Premier Parnter, but IBM have gone above and beyond for us on more than one occasion). Also, when it comes to spares etc a few years down the line, the IBM kit will be easier to get hold of because there is more than one supplier where as if you want Dell, you have to go to Dell.

    Not the technical response I think you were after but I hope it helps

    Luke

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    Decision time - any V3700 users care to comment before I buy the Dell?

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    Personally, I would highly recommend the V3700 rather than the MD3620. It is at the beginning of its product life cycle (expect long support), it was designed for fully virtualized storage from the ground up, and I have never been disappointed by IBM.

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