Cisco UCS B-Series Review

The Dual Fabric design allows for online/in-service upgrades during production with no impact.

What is most valuable?

The Dual Fabric design allows for online/in-service upgrades during production with no impact. Also, single point of management for all server profile and firmware management allows for guaranteed uniformity in the datacenter.

How has it helped my organization?

I have deployed 2-3 dozen UCS systems and managed many more for customers. Customers always love the unified management, speed of setup, and the improved performance after migration of workloads to UCS servers.

What needs improvement?

HTML5 interface is a much needed improvement over the old Java interface, but still needs a little work.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have deployed and managed Cisco UCS solutions for approximately 5 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

As with any system, there are very occasional bugs. But Cisco is quick to remedy any issue. Firmware is often already out to fix issues that we run into.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I did not encounter any issues with scalability.

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support is excellent.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have experience with HP, IBM and Dell rack servers. I switched to UCS when I joined a Cisco partner and learned to deploy UCS.

How was the initial setup?

when customers are first introduced to UCS, the setup is somewhat complex. Yet the learning curve is reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco UCS is a fantastic product that is widely deployed with excellent support. Additionally, Cisco has developed CVD’s (Cisco Validated Designs) that assist partners and customers to properly deploy Cisco UCS with most major storage vendors. CVD’s are highly detailed deployment guides which are comprehensively tested by Cisco to ensure quick, highly reliable and predictable deployments.

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