ASUS vs other vendors in server market

Am looking at upgrading a couple of servers. I have previously worked with Dell and IBM branded servers and have been especially happy the IBM reliability. However i have been having a look at the asus branded servers. When i compare apples to apples (2 identical builds by different vendors) i find the asus ones are consistently cheaper. sometimes by order of over $1000 (AUS). My question is has anyone worked with ASUS servers before and what are their opinions on these machines. Are they as good as their other line of products, do the match up to the big boys like IBM and Dell etc etc.
the models im looking at are the ASUS TS500-E4 tower server.
any advice is greatly appreciated
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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Big differance could be support.

IBM & HP are usually, in most parts of Australia quite good.  I usually advise customers to take out a warrantee for the life of a server, typically this is 3-5 years.  You may find that with ASUS a motherboard failure 2 years down the track will leave you with a server that is dead for a week.  They may offer a replacement that is "a newer version", but unable to recognise you drive arrays, for example.

I would try to get a written warrantee policy, if you can get a 4 year, 2 day max turnaround with original parts, then you can compare to IBM & HP.

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bordertownAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info. Yes i usually look at how good the service is should something go wrong. So you would say that as far as general reliability goes, they should be as good as each other? i mean providing i can get the same *written* warranty agreements between the vendors, they should be about the same.
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