Dell makes a
good machine. Both desktop workstations
and servers have been stable and reliable.
With the economy in its present state we are finding our choice provider
of hardware somewhat lacking. They are
reducing parts inventory and drawing out their lead times. They have reduced personnel and thus made
their response time slower... even for new purchases. We have seen similar trends with other
vendors as well. In order to keep lead
times shorter and quality of machines higher, we have taken to building more
custom workstations and servers recently.
Custom pricing is slightly higher than Dell (which is still the best pre-built
machine for the money), but we have found the components and specifications are
significantly better than from the large