In the past I’ve always said that I pick manufacturers based on:
- Support for System Center (Operations Manager management packs, Configuration Manager/SCE plug-ins, PRO management packs, etc)
- Price/quality/met requirements/etc
HP and Dell always top the chart there, and I’ve tended to prefer HP because:
- I know their stuff
- The build quality and SupportPack support are excellent
IBM is always bottom of my hardware charts
Ask me last week what servers and storage I’d recommend and I’d have said HP ProLiant rack/blade servers and either P4000 or EVA storage. Now that has changed.
The announcements of last week leave me thinking that HP is a headless chicken. They are the number 1 PC maker and they’re getting out of the market. The morons on the board spent over $1 billion on Palm so they could spend billions more on a tablet that they pulled after 1.5 months of sales, and a phone that was “on sale” (or in warehouses) in Europe for less than a week. I’d hate to invest in server and/or storage system from HP to find that suddenly they decided to focus on the manufacturing on ice cream – I wouldn’t put it past the former CEO of SAP to do this:
- SAP effectively fired him by not renewing his contract according to the BBC
- When you say SAP to me I think of over priced, overrun, and failed projects – funnily enough, HP went through this in 2003 when it was taking up to 6 months just to get a monitor from them, allegedly thanks to a new SAP installation
So now I look to Dell. I’m not a fan of their build quality compared to HP desktops/laptops. Storage-wise, the Compellent has been getting great reviews. The R-series servers are mature – and in the end they use the same NICs, CPUs, and memory as everyone else. And Dell are “all in” on System Center.