What are the differences between Dell PowerEdge M600 and 1950 III?

Posted on 2009-02-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-06

This is sort of a n00b question, but I'm hoping someone can help steer me in the right direction. I need a new virtualization iSCSI server to run ESXi. I also need it to not break the bank.  Right now I have the PowerEdge 1950 III and the 2950 III spec'd out comparably and they cost about the same ~$5k. I'm familiar with the traditional 1U/2U server.  But the PowerEdge M600, when spec'd out identically to the 1950/2950 is about $1,000 less.  I've never used a blade server so I'm a little confused. It "seems" to be a bigger/faster/stronger machine but costs less which makes me think I'm missing something.  Can anyone speak to the differences between the traditional and blade servers? If I order the M600 I get the chasis too, right? Dell's documentation seems to lump the M600 and the M1000 into the same category and use it interchangeably at places. Not exactly crystal clear to me.
Question by:robertvt
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    with blade, you need a chassis.  you will need poweredge m1000e to go with it as well.  I would look at the future expansion. r u looking to expand a lot. or just 2-3 servers.  if the number is low, it's cheaper to go with 1U or 2U.

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    Thanks. Yes, there was a problem with our dell premiere website where it wasn't showing the M1000e as available for purchase leading to some confusion.  
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    I think M1000e price is avail only via sale rep.

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