Cisco UCS B-Series Review

Easy to maintain, supports a lot of RAM, and the service profile feature is helpful


What is our primary use case?

We use this product for SAP HANA in a QA development environment. It is at the core of our business.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the service profile.

The amount of RAM that it supports for HANA is good.

The maintenance is very easy.

What needs improvement?

The configuration is a little bit complicated and could be made simpler.

The administration is somewhat complex.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the UCS B-Series for more than six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The UCS B-Series is easy to scale. We have approximately 1,000 people using this solution, and it is used on a daily basis.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been in contact with technical support a couple of times and I would say that they are efficient.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to working with this product, we used the HPE c7000 enclosure. Once we started using SAP HANA, we implemented Cisco. Our main environment still uses the HPE.

The HPE is more difficult to maintain because all of the addresses are hardcoded inside the enclosure. With Cisco, it is much easier.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup took us approximately one week. If you are connecting to a SAN then you need to bring up all of the virtual VLANs and set up the storage. It takes a lot of time.

What about the implementation team?

We had assistance from the vendor for our deployment, and our in-house administrators are taking care of the maintenance.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cisco products are at the high end in terms of cost, but everything is included with the licensing fees. The only thing that we pay for separately is VMware.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

M4
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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