Most. Confusing. Product. Description. Evarrr.

“The PowerEdge 1950 is a high performance, highly available and scalable, ultra-dense 1U rack general-purpose server ideally suited for edge-of-network, infrastructure, thin client/server-based computing and high performance computing cluster environments. The PowerEdge 1950 is designed to reduce complexity in the workplace by increasing commonality among Dell’s next generation of servers while delivering the greatest value possible.”

Couldn’t that be said with fewer buzzwords? Like:

“The PowerEdge 1950 is a high performance 1U general purpose server, configurable for just about any workload you might have, large or small. It is perfect standalone or in a cluster, with as many or as few high-availability features as desired. It is designed to reduce complexity and costs by increasing the number of features and components shared with other PowerEdge models.”

That took me two minutes.

7 thoughts on “Most. Confusing. Product. Description. Evarrr.”

  1. Thats “scrollwheel” text. Whenever you see a block of text longer than three lines on an large vendor’s website your scroll wheel finger should twitch sub-consciously.

  2. Well Jon, if you don’t know what a server does then you’re pretty much screwed. 🙂 I think there’s a basic assumption you know what you’re looking at on that web page.

  3. So how are your 1950’s holding up ? (I assume you’ve got some under your wings) Mine are all blinking orange because they (think they) need a Perc firmware upgrade 😉

    Do you have any experience in updating the firmare using the Dell updater packages (for RHEL) ?

  4. The 1950s are pretty decent. Very fast, but we’ve had some hardware issues that make us wonder if Dell isn’t slipping a little in terms
    of quality.

    The Dell updater packages work pretty well, actually. If you’re updating the RAID controllers it helps to have shut down anything doing
    any I/O (apps, etc.).

  5. I agree with Bob about the 1950’s. They are pretty decent machines, but Dell does appear to be slipping in terms of quality. We ran into a problem with the chassis requiring a firmware update to accept the 1950’s (I guess technically it isn’t a 1950 problem then). If we popped one in (we were/are also using 1850’s) the other servers would lock up / throw errors / shoot fireballs). I’d say if you don’t already have an infrastructure made up of primarily Dell machines, then consider going with another vendor.

    On the other hand, we have ESX on four of these puppies in a farm and it is rock solid.

  6. Nice post. Dell’s copy writers must be getting paid by the word. I’m not sure why marketing people prefer jargon to plain language, but I usually see an inverse relationship between the amount of jargon a person uses and the amount of knowledge the person writing has on the subject.

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