SQL Server Performance

hp vs. dell

Discussion in 'Performance Tuning for Hardware Configurations' started by beauars, May 30, 2007.

  1. beauars New Member

    My experience with Dell servers has been fine. We've had no major trouble with any of the 5 servers (2 for SQL, 3 for IIS) we've purchased since 2003. We're buying more servers this year and I'd like to give HP a try. But looking at quotes for similarly configured HP and Dell Storage Arrays and 1U dual processor servers, I don't understand why HP is so much more expensive. My quotes show HP servers costing 40% more than Dell. HP says their servers are built better but they don't give specifics and I haven't seen any data that would justify spending the extra money. What do you think, is HP worth the extra money?

    Thanks,
    John
  2. joechang New Member

    I would pay 10-15% more for certain HP models over Dell

    for example, the ML370G5 over the PowerEdge 2900
    and the ML570G4 over then PowerEdge 6800

    both HP systems have 6 x4 PCI-e ports instead of the Dell 2 x8 + 2 x4
    I want the extra x4 ports, knowing that no server adapter can really use the full x8 bandwidth

    the ML370G5 also goes to 64GB vs 48GB for the Dell 2900

    all of the above is worth 10-15% to me

    HP list price 40% more than Dell so HP can give discounts to their big customers, while Dell is trying to getting high volume with less sales effort

    so if you are not a big customer, it is hard to justify HP

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