Cisco UCS B-Series Review

It's given us faster deployments of new and replacement hardware and, with its compact footprint, we've saved valuable rack space.

Valuable Features:

  • Deployment of new blade/host is quick via using hardware profiles
  • No ethernet or fiber cabling required for new blades/hosts
  • No zoning required to SAN storage for new blades/hosts
  • New chassis can be quickly attached to fabric interconnect for deployment

Improvements to My Organization:

  • Faster deployments of new and replacement hardware
  • Compact footprint saves valuable space on the rack.

Use of Solution:

We have used it for over four years.

Deployment Issues:

Deployment was smooth.

Stability Issues:

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues:

No issues encountered.

Customer Service:


Previous Solutions:

We used standalone servers which were configured in clustered configuration, and switched because we wanted to improve efficiency.

Initial Setup:

The initial setup was straightforward. For the hardware setup, you do the following

  • Non-blocking 10gig fiber lines going to core network switches from fabric interconnect
  • Fiber lines for SAN storage to fiber switches from fabric interconnect 
  • Converged data (Network & Storage) on 10gig lines from chassis to fabric interconnect
  • Blades/hosts use Converged Network Adapters (CNA)

For the configuration using Cisco UCS manager

  • Hardware profiles
  • Boot from SAN
  • Initial storage and network setup

Implementation Team:

We implemented through a vendor. If you are new to Cisco UCS platform, I would recommend implementing through a vendor.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

Plan carefully and purchase adequate licenses with the initial purchase for better pricing.

Other Solutions Considered:

  • Dell
  • HP

Other Advice:

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