Cisco UCS B-Series Review

It has integration with vSphere, but UCS Manager should be rewritten in HTML5.


What is most valuable?

The VM-FEX, hardware integration with VMware vSphere.

How has it helped my organization?

It's faster to provision virtual servers than physical. Also, it has very good orchestration with UCS Director 5.2.

What needs improvement?

The UCS Manager is written in Java and has many problems after the new Java releases. It should be rewritten in HTML5.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for one and a half years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

It was not a problem.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

4/5

Technical Support:

4/5

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

IBM Blade Servers,was in place previously.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward to do it. You need to have expert-level knowledge in LAN, SAN, and servers to be able to do it properly

What about the implementation team?

I did by myself.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, Cisco UCS was the stuff we wanted.


Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're the biggest Cisco Gold Partner in Poland.

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