Cloud Service Providers Need Performance and Value to Meet Customer Demands

Dell PowerEdge R650xs servers balance performance and value for medium-duty
virtualization workloads.

Tier-2 and tier-3 cloud service providers (CSPs) and other small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) need servers that can strike a balance between meeting medium-duty virtualization and transactional workload demands and costs.

Customers come to tier-2 and tier-3 CSPs for lower costs and more individualized customer service. Smaller-size and specialty cloud players make up a crucial part of the cloud ecosystem by being closer to their customers and better knowing and accommodating their needs. However, hardware selection is intimately tied up with CSPs’ strategies for controlling costs while meeting their customers’ needs. Not only must server hardware be efficient in terms of both virtual machine (VM) density and power draw, but it must also be available at a price point at which CSPs can viably refresh their hardware as necessary.

Testing by Prowess Consulting of Dell PowerEdge R650xs and HPE® ProLiant® DL360 Gen10 Plus servers—servers from the top hardware vendors aimed at virtualization—revealed significant price and peformance advantages for the Dell Technologies offering. In addition, our analysis uncovered additional qualitative benefits provided by Dell’s direct-sales business model: faster, easier purchasing and fulfillment coupled with more straightforward support and returns.