How does the Dell Poweredge R6415 VS HPE Proliant DL325 Gen10 measure up for Virtual Host

Donna Johnson
Donna Johnson used Ask the Experts™
Purchasing new server. We have to options, Dell Poweredge R6415 and HPE Proliant DL325 Gen10.  I am familiar with HPE Proliant servers. We have used them for many years. The Dell Poweredge R6415 looks good and it's a good bit cheaper. I'm wondering if any of you have used these. Have you used them as VM host?  Limitations?
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yo_beeDirector of Information Technology

Depending on the type of guest you are going to run on the Hypervisor will dictate your decision.  Not some much brand, but form factor.
I use HPE DL360 Gen 10 for my ESX and Citrix Hypervisors (aka XenServer), but found out that I have a limitation on the form factor when it comes to GPU's.  The GPU's were an after thought for my VDI environment and being that they are 1U rack units I am limited to a GPU that can only handle x number of guest per host.  

So if you are planning to implement GPU's down the round for power user VM's or VDI in general I would look at a 2U form factor.  

I do not know anything about Dell's Power Edge, but they are probably right up there with the HPE servers.  I love mine, but they are really all I know. Also I have never run a VM environment on an AMD chip to recommend the HPE or not.   I comment is more to bring to light the form factor.
Technical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
They are both the new single socket AMD EPYC platforms. So, expect them to be similar in performance depending on the setup.

I suggest the following depending on the configuration:
 + Dell platform
 ++ Dell iDRAC Enterprise
 ++ Intel Quad-Port Gigabit NIC on board (if possible)
 ++ Dell PERC with 1GB minimum non-volatile cache memory
 ++ TPMv2
 + HPE Platform
 ++ iLO Advanced (check with provider as there are SKUs that discount this option significantly)
 ++ Intel Quad-Port Gigabit NIC on board (if possible)
 ++ HPE RAID with 1GB minimum non-volatile cache memory
 ++ TPMv2

If there is a need for 10GbE then specify Intel. We have had a lot of bad experiences with the Broadcom Gigabit NICs and prefer to avoid their 10GbE products as a rule for our Windows Hyper-V platforms. I'm not sure if VMware experiences the same issues. If not, then if price is a factor then Broadcom is okay though we still prefer Intel. Their networking products are vastly superior IMO.

EDIT: Also, the 4-hour response warranty for 3 to 5 years is a must. The default warranty is "phone based support". I highly suggest avoiding that.
Donna JohnsonAsst. Systems Manager


Thanks guys!
kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer

What type of VMs? Windows or other? Why looking at AMD?

Microsoft charges more for hosts with physical core count above 16. A 32 core host will cost twice as much for Microsoft licensing as a 16 core host will.

I use Dell 1 RU and 2RU servers for VM hosts, with Intel processors. There may be issues regarding using all PCIe slots with only a single processor for R630. R530 has fewer DIMM slots than R630/640/R730/R740. I guess the real question is what do you want the VM host to have in terms of CPU, RAM, storage, and PCIe connectivity?

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