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Dell PowerEdge R740 Server

Any considerations on Dell Servers vs HP for internal infrastructure for remote office?
Particular looking into PowerEdge R740XD Server to be a VM host for multiple internal stuff.  AD,DNS,Print,Radius,mgmt,File,etc,etc.
How would you compare to HP DL or similar servers?
Any commentary on components below?

Components:
PowerEdge R740 Server 1 64,000.00 64,000.00
CS SW-VMware VS6-STD-C VMware vSphere 6 Standard for 1
processor
2 5,643.53 11,287.06
CS SW-VMware VS6-STD-G-SSS-C Basic Support/Subscription
VMware vSphere 6 Standard for 1 processor for 1 year

PowerEdge R740/R740XD Motherboard
1 Intel Xeon Silver 4114 2.2G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s , 14M Cache, Turbo, HT (85W) DDR4-2400
1 Chassis with up to 16 x 2.5" SAS/SATA Hard Drives for 2CPU Configuration
1 PowerEdge 2U Standard Bezel
1 Riser Config 2, 3 x8, 1 x16 slots
1 PowerEdge R740 Shipping Material
1 No Quick Sync
1 2666MT/s RDIMMs
1 Performance Optimized
8 16GB RDIMM, 2666MT/s, Dual Rank
1 Intel Xeon Silver 4114 2.2G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s , 14M Cache, Turbo, HT (85W) DDR4-2400
1 iDRAC9,Enterprise
8 480GB SSD SATA Mix Use 6Gbps 512e 2.5in Hot-plug Drive, S4600, 3 DWPD,2628 TBW
1 PERC H730P+ RAID Controller, 2GB NV Cache, Adapter, Low Profile
2 Standard 1U Heatsink
1 No Internal Optical Drive
1 Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant Power Supply (1+1), 750W
1 No Trusted Platform Module
2 Medium Jumper Cord (2M), C13-C14, 10A (China/Korea)
1 Broadcom 5719 QP 1Gb Network Interface Card
1 QLogic 57800 2x10Gb BT + 2x1Gb BT Network Daughter Card
1 No Operating System
1 Power Saving Dell Active Power Controller
1 ReadyRails Sliding Rails With Cable Management Arm
1 Unconfigured RAID
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
HP and DELL are both reputed brands and can provide after sales service as you have your enterprise agreements

The config I seen above have only 16GB RAM

If your intention is to run multiple VMs (2012 R2 / 2016 servers) on this box, 16 GB is not enough
U need to find out hardware requirement for all virtual servers and accordingly increase physical server memory

Also do you have arrangement for cluster (additional physical server)
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
further hardware wise you won't face any issues / shortfalls with either HP and DELL and both are maintaining specifications and features appropriate

you need to alter config based on your requriements
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We use Dell the majority of the time these days.

Only a single processor  in the server ?

Why are you also purchasing vSphere Standard ?

Do you have any other Hosts ?

Are you going to purchase vCenter Server ?

Do you have a SAN ?

You may be well advised to purchase vSphere Essentials at $600!
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Tiras25Author Commented:
Thanks Mahesh and Andrew.  Let me look into that and get back at you.  Great suggestions.
No storage SAN for stage 1.
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andyalderCommented:
Dell's easier to get BIOS updates for, but who knows whether they'll still be free in 3 years time when the warranty runs out. HPE make you buy a contract before they'll give you BIOS for an out of warranty server,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Dell are giving us BIOS updates for FREE for Spectre and Meltdown! on R710 which are very old and out of support!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you have no SAN storage, I would look at WHY you are just purchasing a costly vSphere Standard license ?
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Tiras25Author Commented:
I think there will be an implementation stages and SAN storage will be in the future stage.  Not stage 1.
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