Cisco UCS B-Series Review

With the virtual NICs/HBA, we can redesign the IO schema without upgrading hardware. Configuring the hardware platform could be better.

What is most valuable?

  • Virtual NICs/HBA
  • Nexus FC/Ethernet convergence

How has it helped my organization?

VirtualNICs/HBA allow us to redesign completely the IO schema (network and storage) without needing to upgrade or acquire additional hardware and controllers.

What needs improvement?

  • Hardware platform configuration

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for three years. We are currently using Cisco UCS, Chassis Model UCS5108, I/O Modules UCS-IOM-2208XP, Fabric Interconnect Model UCS-FI-6248UP, and Cisco Nexus 5548.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had some issues with certain NX-OSs in the Fabric Interconnect.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is 7/10.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I did not previously use a different solution. I’ve previous experience with HPE BladeSystem. UCS looks to me more flexible and powerful.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was complex. UCS deployment & management requires deep knowledge of the platform.

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

It is expensive (like all converged platforms). From a cost perspective, UCS must be evaluated seriously in order to determine if the company requirements justify the acquisition. It is important to take into account that UCS is an end-to-end solution. Integration with Cisco Nexus is a must.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options, but in the convergence market, UCS should be evaluated as a clear option to evaluate.

What other advice do I have?

Training, training, training and planning, planning, planning!

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