Decision details

OD/18/80 Dell Server Purchase

Decision Maker: Officer Decision

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


We need to purchase a new physical server to host several of the council’s virtual servers. The decision is time limited in order to include the purchase within the 2018 budget.


We have designed the specification to meet our requirements and we have received three quotes from a Dell reseller, Dell online and with Dell themselves via our account manager. Dell maintain strict controls over who can sell their products and they have discounted our preferred reseller over our other options. We had considered purchasing alternative manufacturer’s equipment, but this would complicate the integration with our existing servers and would require us to use different methods in order to update component drivers.

Publication date: 27/03/2019

Date of decision: 18/03/2019

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