Cisco UCS B-Series Review

A user-friendly server that's easy to configure and manage

What is our primary use case?

We use it in our data center. In our infrastructure, we virtualize our servers.

What is most valuable?

I like that it's very manageable very easy to use and configure. I am not an expert, but the graphic user interface is quite simple very easy to use. It's a complete solution.

What needs improvement?

We have to have Java to manage the infrastructure. It would be great if we can manage the infrastructure through a web browser. 

We have Dell EMC, and I would like to connect my product directly to the chassis. I would like to have an interface to integrate the storage directly chassis and not through the network. If that could be possible, that would be great for me. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco UCS B200 since 2015.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any problem or any outage, and it's always running. Every process and everything you run, memory and cache memory, is always running. It's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think it's very scalable. I have an opportunity to provide for more Blade Servers, and if I need more power or resources, I just have to provide the Blade Servers. Right now, we have two administrators.

How are customer service and technical support?

When we had a problem once with a virtual server, our Cisco partner came to us within three hours and provided support. It was very good.

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

We have stand-alone servers, and we used Dell Servers. For example, we installed VMware on top of the server. When we needed more power or infrastructure that's a little bit easier to buy, we bought this Cisco UCS platform.

How was the initial setup?

I don't know if it was straightforward because our partner set up and deployed this solution. It took about 20 days to implement this solution.

What about the implementation team?

We received the infrastructure entirely configured by our partner. It was a very good experience.

What other advice do I have?

Before you buy infrastructure like this, I would recommend some training. It'll help to get really good training in infrastructure management. For example, in my case, a quick overview when I started to manage the infrastructure definitely helped. It's very hard because at the beginning you are a little lost. The infrastructure is easy to manage, but it would be better if you take time before you install the infrastructure to learn more.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Cisco UCS B-Series a nine.

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