Reviews (1-2 of 2)
Score 9 out of 10
We currently have two Dell PowerEdge R devices running as EXHost servers for our VMware network. We have our load of virtual servers split between the two host devices, with a NetApp FAS2200 device on the backend housing all of the virtual files. We're running 128GB RAM on each device with 200GB local storage for additional failover and OS management. This has been our backbone for the last 7 years.
- Let me say -- stability, that's the key. Foundation is everything, and these servers are bedrock.
- Uptime -- I reboot twice per year, and I probably don't need to do that.
- Firmware updates -- Dell has done a good job over the years keeping these devices up to date.
- Easy maintenance + easy configuration -- mostly set it and forget it.
- The web interface is definitely lacking. I'm sure in the newer models this has been improved.
- I'd like VMWare to have greater controls over these servers -- that would simplify management.
Read Vin Campbell's full review
At this point, we are using an older version of this series, but I have to say that these servers can run for many more years to come. Well suited for small to medium size businesses for sure, as the price tag (on these - and especially the newer versions) is quite steep. These servers were perfect for setting up a load balanced virtual host scenario (VMware in our case), but could easily be used as Microsoft Hyper-V hosts as well. These servers are not appropriate in their current configuration for an atmosphere requiring quiet -- or one with limited space (we have rack mount 1U cases - loud fans + need mounting depth).
August 30, 2016
Score 9 out of 10
We exclusively run these servers in all our supported environments. We used to use them as physical servers and now they are all set up as ESXi hosts. They are usually set up with 8 locally attached hard drives that serve as the data stores for ESXi.
- Price vs. Performance. We run these servers for our customers with lower budgets. $6500 will get you a work horse capable of running at least 6 more VM guests.
- Highly configurable to suit your enviroment.
- Efficient on power. When replacing older servers, we typically see power consumption drop dramatically.
- Costs can be prohibitive for very small companies.
- Must purchase ProSupport to get enterprise level support.
Read Hyler C Cooper's full review
As mentioned before, we run these servers as an ESXi server for all companies that we support. They are great, if you are looking to run VMWare essentials these would make perfect hosts. They also would work very well as physical servers if that is what your clients require.