@Pete-S They dropped the price to 1061.24 since I posted. lol Interesting. Yes, but that is a max of 12 nvme. I may have misunderstood that option with 8 SAS/SATA. I am guessing that the max of 12 would allow for more SAS/SATA, although it doesn't mention it. My issue was also with the available drive capacities and cost per TB for spinning disks in the 2.5" spec.
Yeah, especially direct from the OEM. Have you thought about buying the storage from xByte instead?
Are their drives brand new? I did price out a server with specs as similar to Dell's as possible and it was only off by a couple grand.
IMHO, I consider their drives are 99.9% brand new as its possible an OEM install was done on the drive or something like that. Plus testing of the drive by the OEM and xByte.
Their hardware is manufacturer refurbished, not used. Big difference.
If you can get a Dell ProSupport (w/w-out) Plus 7 year warranty on the server with the drives from xByte, it doesn't really matter if they are new or not. They are under warranty for 7 years and you have no worries.
@Emad-R IOPS varies wildly by how it is tested. The question for your Windows tests would be... how was it tested? We know how the Linux was tested, it tells us. Knowing how the Windows was tested is the real need at this point.
I'm new to VDIs so not entirely sure if I'm asking the right questions. The server is hosted externally by our MSP and they're trying to determine what the cause is.
That it is external alone is almost certainly the problem. VDI can work remotely, but is often relatively painful. Also, be aware, while there is some extreme edge cases where you can do hosted VDI, this has traditionally not been allowed and unless your MSP has figured out some extremely new and rare licensing with Microsoft, those VDIs aren't legal.
There’s a common opinion that the performance in general and IOPS-intensive performance like NVMf [NVMe over Fabrics] is usually lower in virtualized environments due to the hypervisor overhead.