Sorry, this is off topic but out of interest - do you use Single or Dual processors in the SuperMicros and would you say the power draw is low compared to other vendors such as Dell and HP?
We do use Dual CPU, unless a customer wants to use Intel Xeon E3 powered box. We buy redundant PSU chassis for all VPS, Cloud and cPanel Shared servers and for all other configurations when this is possible. It is a little bit expensive, but it worths. It is not like we have had many incidents with faulty PSU on Supermicro servers, but you never know. We have never compared power consumption of Supermicro, Dell and HP servers. I'd not help with this, I'm sorry. The main reason for us to buy Supermicro is that anyone involved in the hardware maintenance knows their hardware much better than the products of other brands. It is easy for us to plan hardware purchases, to calculate each and every details. On top of this we get good support from our Supermicro vendors, one in Chicago and the other one we use in Europe.
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as now a days I can see dell is offering very good prices
Try searching the forum. Many threads describe the difference between them and how they compare. Contact the companies and see which gives you the better deal for what you're looking for. Also take into consideration marketing, just because you see/hear it a lot doesn't mean it's good.
Supermicro - Quality, flexible, reliable and has good pricing.
HP - Enterprise, quality (Proliant line) costly (Stay away from Integrity line). A bit hard to deal with with orders.
Dell - power hungry bastards, cheap along with cheapest pricing. Performance matches pricing with dell, you get what you pay for.
Are you looking to buy a few servers or bulk? It really comes down to what you will be doing. My opinion go with Supermicro.
We are an HP shop. 90% of the servers we deploy are HP. Great pricing, build quality and support. We have been using the Proliant series since the Compaq days so we tend to stick with what we know works.