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I am looking to add to my network infrastructure by adding a new server box with Server 2008 R2. But, I am unsure which manufacturer to use.

Without considering price, what manufacturer/model would be recommended over others? This is for a small/medium sized business that is growing.

I currently have an HP Proliant server running Server 2008 Enterprise, with 2 virtual servers running on top of it.

Advice/comments?
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If you are happy with HP, stay with them. IBM make excellent servers. If you wish to try another manufacturer, try IBM. That is what I recommend and use for my small business clients (and have done for years). ... Thinkpads_User
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Since you're already familiar with HP, I'd say stay with that.  But if you want to mix it up and learn how other server manufacturers do it, Dell is a very good choice.  I've had nothing but great experience with servers from both HP and Dell.
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If you have HP stay with HP

a mix of hardware manufacturers will only increase your TCO in the long run

HP users the smartstart management, Dell uses OpenManage

The last thing you want is to have too many suppliers, support contracts, management tools etc

HP supply great servers as do Dell, but my advice is to keep your hardware infrastructure as simple as possible
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If you have the budget for it, consider getting the new server as a large (disk capacity) ESX server. With that you can move the other virtual servers onto it and provide an easy path for additional servers as needed. ..... Thinkpads_User
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