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.

What is most valuable?

  • Flexibility,
  • Management
  • VMware interoperability

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs 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.

For how long have I used the solution?

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

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We have had no issues with the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There have been no performance issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's been able to scale for our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

They are very professional.

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

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

How was the initial setup?

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

What about the 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.

What's my experience with 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.

What other advice do I have?

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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