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.


What is most valuable?

  • 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

How has it helped my organization?

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

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used it for over four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deployment was smooth.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

9/10.

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

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

How was the 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


What about the implementation team?

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

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

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

  • Dell
  • HP

What other advice do I have?







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