Opinions Wanted: Dell PowerEdge Servers ... ?

Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC chad at shire.net
Sun Jun 25 04:50:02 UTC 2006

On Jun 24, 2006, at 10:21 PM, Nick Withers wrote:

> I tend to think of Dell as a low-end provider that will cobble
> together systems based on whatever bits happen to be lying
> around (don't think that one PE 2650 is the same as the next!),
> which in turn are invariably the cheapest bits available for a
> particular job. I've made this sound bad - somewhat
> intentionally - but there's certainly a market for cheap over
> quality.

Just remember that Dell's business model is "lower costs" at all  
"costs."  They have made it a science of driving costs down, mostly  
by buying subgrade parts and moving their (at least) consumer tech  
support to areas of the world that have lower costs , and people you  
cannot understand very well (I have heard better of their enterprise  
tech support).  I personally would never buy a Dell (both personal  
friends and acquaintances who have had problems as well as the more  
than average reports you "hear" about them) now, though 8 years ago I  
had a friend who swore by them -- he was an IT Director for a small  
company.  There is a reason that Apple's Market Cap is equal to or  
greater than Dells with a 1/4 of the revenue...

Not a technical answer.


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