- VMware interoperability
It's helped us to develop a new platform for virtualization, with a small footprint, and improved our computing power efficiency.
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.
We've been using a Cisco 6296, 5100 Chassis, B-Series server B200M3, VIC1280 for two years.
We have had no issues with the deployment.
There have been no performance issues.
It's been able to scale for our needs.
They are very professional.
Our system used to be based on the usual rack servers, with Dell M1000 based blades.
The hardware setup was easy. The initial setup through the manager requires a deep understanding of the platform.
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.
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.
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.
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.