Cisco UCS B-Series Review
It's helped us to develop a new platform for virtualization, with a small footprint, and improved our computing power efficiency.


Valuable Features

  • Flexibility,
  • Management
  • VMware interoperability

Improvements to My Organization

It's helped us to develop a new platform for virtualization, with a small footprint, and improved our computing power efficiency.

Room for Improvement

It could be helpful to have a wizard to make the setup routine better, and a wizard to help with the managerial processes to avoid misconfiguration issues.

Use of Solution

We've been using a Cisco 6296, 5100 Chassis, B-Series server B200M3, VIC1280 for two years.

Deployment Issues

We have had no issues with the deployment.

Stability Issues

There have been no performance issues.

Scalability Issues

It's been able to scale for our needs.

Customer Service and Technical Support

They are very professional.

Previous Solutions

Our system used to be based on the usual rack servers, with Dell M1000 based blades.

Initial Setup

The hardware setup was easy. The initial setup through the manager requires a deep understanding of the platform.

Implementation Team

We implemented it with the assistance of an integrator who were a Cisco partner. I definitely recommended you get professional assistance to help with the initial run phase. It's critically important to provide formal learning to the internal team that will be in charge of the day-to-day operating activities.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

I'd recommend that you create a "turn Key" solution pack, including both hardware and platform licensing, and guest licensing. You could also get this by implementing it through re-sellers.

Other Solutions Considered

We also looked into HP servers, but decided that Cisco was better in most areas. Combined with Nexus switches, it provides us with a versatile solution for a virtual platform including SAN fabric capability build in, networking flexibility and SDN, and is better to management.

Other Advice

You need to have at least a basic understanding of the product concept and architecture variations in order to better understand use cases and ROI estimation in order to get the initial sizing right, and create the right scaling plan.

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

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