Opinions Wanted: Dell PowerEdge Servers ... ?

Mike Galvez galvez at virginia.edu
Mon Jun 26 13:36:50 UTC 2006

On Sat, Jun 24, 2006 at 10:03:42PM -0300, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> I'm currently weighing options ... my last two servers were HP Proliant, 
> and I *really* like them, but I might have a line on a supplier in Panama 
> that deals in Dell Servers and not HP ...
> Looking at Dell's web site, the PowerEdge has an optional "Remote Access 
> Controller" that will it *sounds* like will give me similar functionality 
> as HPs iLO ...
> But, I've heard bad things about their 'desktop offerings', and am not 
> sure if that follows through to their "Servers" ...
> So, I'm kinda looking for both good, and bad, experiences with the 
> PowerEdge stuff ... anyone with opinions?
> Thx ...
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> Marc G. Fournier           Hub.Org Networking Services (http://www.hub.org)
> Email . scrappy at hub.org                              MSN . scrappy at hub.org
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No small thing you need to consider when choosing Dell is that they DO NOT support
FreeBSD. They support Windows and Red Hat Linux. If the machine is not lights-out
and the OS is not one of the above, they will not send parts or a technician.

I found this out the hard way and had to load Linux on a spare drive just to prove
a piece of hardware was failing. They wasted a lot of my time. The cheaper cost of
their hardware was easily outweighed by the wasted hours of my time.


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