The server and storage solution you choose for your SharePoint workloads can greatly affect the collaborative experience in the workplace. Not only should the servers be powerful enough to deliver a solid experience for the large number of end-users that need to collaborate on documents, the hardware solution should minimize the cost per user to help keep data center costs low. In our tests, we found that we could virtualize SharePoint on two Dell PowerEdge M620 servers and a Dell EqualLogic PS6110XV array and support the same 3,000 users as on the HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8, but at a significantly lower cost. The Dell PowerEdge M620 solution cost only $28.40 per user; 26.0 percent less than the $38.35 per user that the HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 solution would cost to purchase.
Choosing a server and storage solution that delivers the strong performance your data center requires while providing a lower cost per user can have a positive impact on your IT budget.