Dell PowerEdge Server Review
September 15, 2020

Dell PowerEdge Server Review

Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Dell PowerEdge R

We use Dell PowerEdge R servers at our client sites as physical hosts for running VMware ESX or Hyper-V Hypervisors. The organization's business critical applications within virtual machines (VMs) on the PowerEdge rack-mount servers. They are very powerful servers and can handle the most demanding business applications i.e. Databases, ERP, Business Intelligence, MS Exchange etc.
  • Flexible CPU socket options i.e. 1 socket, 2 socket and 4 socket servers.
  • The PowerEdge R portfolio includes servers for the branch (entry) to mid and enterprise servers for the datacentre to run most demanding workloads including HCI.
  • Supports NVME drives for minimum latency.
  • Sizing tools should updated and easily accessible.
  • Offer higher scalability where you can scale up like with IBM Power Servers.
  • Rock solid hardware.
  • Responsive technical support.
  • Various options, i.e. single, dual or quad socket machines.
  • Very nice design and complements the data centre.
Dell PowerEdge servers are very solid and come with all the required management software and features, i.e. iDRAC provides a web interface and a command line interface that enables the server admins manage the server by performing a wide variety of tasks. Also, it should be noted that iDRAC is a piece of hardware that sits on the server motherboard that allows the server to be updated and manage Dell systems, even when the server is turned off. There are tons of information and forums discussing these servers online which makes troubleshooting easy.
Very solid and powerful server with several models to choose from, it has many innovative features, easily to manage and a very good technical support offering which extends the lifecyle of the machine. Since these are rackmounted servers they fit into standards racks and can be power using dual power supplies for high-availability requirements.
Since these servers use Intel processors they can be used very extensively i.e. as Physical Hosts for VMs running Hyper-V, VMware, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Nutanix HCI etc. They are also certified by many software vendors and can thus be used in many environments from the branch office requiring entry to mid-level performance to enterprise workloads. Once it has been sized correctly, you can't go wrong with this server.

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Dell PowerEdge servers are well suited for most enterprise workloads running on Intel Processors i.e. ERP, CRM, HCI, Microsoft Exchange, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and much more. These servers are rock solid and therefore can run most workloads if sized correctly. I would also advise that you get a Dell Partner to assist you in sizing the server to ensure that you have catered for sufficient capacity to grow your environment.