What server hardware do you use?

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What server vendor(s) do you use?

  1. Whitebox

    38 vote(s)
    13.7%
  2. HP

    119 vote(s)
    42.8%
  3. IBM

    65 vote(s)
    23.4%
  4. Dell

    119 vote(s)
    42.8%
  5. Sun

    28 vote(s)
    10.1%
  6. Fujitsu

    3 vote(s)
    1.1%
  7. Other

    26 vote(s)
    9.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. scrantic

    scrantic Member

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    We are in the market for some new servers, we are currently a HP shop but been looking around at the other offerings for due diligence and curiosity . This made curious to see what others are using on the forums?
     
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  2. Kodaz

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    Use Dell for our production servers and SAN and a whitebox as our backup storage server. Used HP before and found Interactive offered better warranty coverage at lower costs.
     
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  3. Oppressa

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    HP servers, combination of HP & Hitachi for SANs
     
  4. GiantGuineaPig

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    IBM here, but about to try Dell (I've used Dell elsewhere without any issues) - most places I go usually have a very old HP server or two.
     
  5. bsbozzy

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    HP, although we currently have around 5 IBM servers running AIX (Cant wait to get rid of these POS's!!!).

    HP > Dell > Whitebox > IBM.
     
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    scrantic

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    Woops :rolleyes:
     
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    I voted whitebox, normally we buy bare bones Supermicro systems and spec them as we need.
     
  8. grs1961

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    And Fujitsu, Siemens, Unisys...

    I suspect the OP is an x86 environment.
     
  9. Iceman

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    Dell, I used to buy HP but repeatedly failed to come within 20% of dell for the same hardware, even with less support.
     
  10. NSanity

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    Currently Dell.
    Our new overlords are an Acer Shop (although I don't know if Acer can continue to service their needs, server hardware wise).
    Past IBM.

    Have used HP.

    Dell is all about your Account Manager. If you're not speaking to people in Sydney, forget them. Even if you are, you can have a shitty AM.

    Haven't experienced Acer yet.

    IBM we dropped because Dell killed them on price way back (also because we were moved from IBM direct to a reseller) when ($5k vs 2.5k for a laptop, equal specs), servers moved across - IBM server maintenance is MUCH cheaper however.

    HP is all resellers, and well I hate them. Just another layer of bullshit.

    I'm still of the opinion that IBM gear is probably the best, followed by HP then Dell. But the gap isn't all that big anymore.

    I'm quite comfortable with Dell Rack Server support from Sydney, although have heard Dell Blade stuff and their SAN stuff (particularly Dell|EMC as opposed to EMC direct) is not so great. Another Vote for Interactive (we use them for HPUX, SunFire and IBM p5 stuff)
     
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    scrantic

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    Correct x86/x64

    Fujitsu I should have included but wouldn't have considered siemens/unisys
     
  12. GiantGuineaPig

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    I don't agree with that, used to have an Adelaide based AM and she was great, she looked after all the really big contracts here though.
     
  13. Ma Baker

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    I've merged the two HP options at your request. What other option/s would you like added to the poll?
     
  14. NSanity

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    Thats an Account Exec. Not Manager.

    Manager is who you deal with day to day for quotes and stuff, they are all based in Frenches Forest Sydney (or India/somewhere far). Execs is about major projects, implementations and making sure your CIO has plenty of free lunches.

    Ours is of course based in Melbourne :)
     
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    scrantic

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    Thanks Ma, Could you add Fujitsu and Maybe Other(Please Post)?
     
  16. GiantGuineaPig

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    Hmm she did the quotes too - or maybe she just acted as the middle man on them. But then again it was only things like multiple servers, or arranging a standard desktop price. Never had to arrange a smaller item quote - just did it online.
     
  17. NSanity

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    Dell premier page was always about 10-20% more expensive than what I'd get direct quotes for.

    Yes we renegotiated premier page rates every 6 months. I just used it as a "worst case scenario" guide - any quotes we did for customers, used that price - then negotiated down on individuals.
     
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    sparc all the way baby. No matter what I do to these boxes they never fall over.
     
  19. NSanity

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    Fujitsu or Sun Sparc?
     
  20. Jobe

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    sun. we are an authorized sun reseller and push our wares into all banks and brokers.

    oh and you cannot complain about 24/7 sun on site technical support (except when they show up to the Melb office instead of the Syd office by mistake).
     

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