@robjduk the DELL PowerEdge VRTX is great for hardware refresh as it converges servers, networking and software into a single optimised chassis and can have virtualisation embedded. It takes up little space and so frees up server room space as well as cutting energy costs.
Credit to Dell - the file servers which host our student and staff home areas, and our old email system, are 2650s. Just about to hit ten years old this month! Still working nicely on 2k8 with fresh HDDs, more RAM etc. Well built machines.
With regards to servers I have just been putting in a stack of HP DL380's and DL360's and they are solid robost and cost effective machines plus the support is excellent.
For Servers I wouldn't look away from HP unless i got prodded largely.
The Cisco UCS is actually supermicro and along with most of the other cisco kit.
Taking everything into account - Cost, ease of use, support, spare parts....my three quotes would go to;
Get a quote for all of them, get bid pricing from all of them.
Dell can jump off a cliff as far as I am concerned. Terrible service, unreliable products and just a general all round crud attitude.
VeryPC_Tom_B (23rd July 2013)
Most of the smaller server builders either rebadge Intel server systems - Intel® Server Systems or Supermicro server systems - Super Micro Computer, Inc. Home Page - Blades, Servers, Motherboards, Chassis and more
If they are doing that, then they are good servers, especially the Intel server solution ones, if they are building their own out of random bits of hardware I would avoid, so you need to ask some in depth questions. We are Dell by preference, IBM are good if you can get a good price on them and Oracle Sun kit is good but I personally wouldn't buy them as I'm not convinced they'll be doing them much longer as it's not their core market. HP are on my naughty list.
We also notice that you have to open the front door of the machine to check for drive failuers as the system status LED does not report drive failures (unlike the dels that flash the LCD and tell you what's up.)
HP servers from OCSL ave been very good for us, we have had problems OOTB (MS related) but OCSL have been great at sorting them and very proactive. I am also a big fan of Stones desktop services but not had much dealings with the servers
Stone_Liz (16th July 2013)
All IBM here for everything, except our "Lab"servers. We have an IBM Flex System Blade Server, and 2 x3650 M3's. We actually got quite a good deal with IBM and Spares / Upgrades arnt that badly priced actually, I've just priced up 2 2TB drives to add to the main server and its come out at less than a grand, fr both drives and delivery.
In the Lab we have Dell 2950, can't fault it. Brilliant server! Just need the rack rails for it!
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