Cisco UCS B-Series Competitors and Alternatives

Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE Synergy and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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Lyle May
Real User
System Architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

You don't have to have networking in every single frame, just have the interconnects. You don't have the traditional A and B side in the sort of multiple LAG groups, and so you really can sustain a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We can get more density in the same physical footprint out of it, which has to do more with the density of the blades that go into the Synergy frames, because you can get less blades than you could… more»

What needs improvement?

The speed in OneView and how it updates the entire configuration needs improvement. If they can do that, and it could be a little more clear on what impact different actions will have for certain… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had the c7000, and there wasn't anything new. We needed to move forward, so we could have a platform that we could rely on for the next ten or so years. Something that we could go and deploy… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that it will work for you, your environment, what you have in mind, and what you want to accomplish. If you have a lot of small points of presents which are located around the world, this… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at Cisco UCS only because we thought it might be a good time to change things up, but we are really an HPE shop.
Ola Zaher
Real User
Infrastructure Section Head at citystars Properties
May 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The stability and speed are always good. The processor is good and it's still working with our loads.

How has it helped my organization?

This system has improved our organization but it was also because of VMware and the visualization itself. The performance is better now than what we had before, which was very old. We can now create… more»

What needs improvement?

The user interface needs improvement because they have an application from which we have to manage the whole system and all of the infrastructure. This application is not working at our premises… more»

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

We have the whole maintenance for three years, starting the deployment. We also have the VMware license for three years and I think we have another license to buy. There are no additional costs… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used the Blade system stackable server from Sun, which is now Oracle. We also used HP but it was an old system. It worked well also but we switched to newer technology. It's good to have… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to get the three years maintenance and to follow up with Lenovo International, in addition to Lenovo Cairo. We call our partner in Egypt and they have complete support from Lenovo. I… more»
Ehab Nafea
Real User
Infrastructure Architecture & Planning Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The virtual connect and network management port is a valuable feature. When assigning the bandwidth to servers and segregation between data storage and data connections, it is valuable. An additional benefit is the virtualization… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before this, we were using rack mount servers. We utilized almost 30% of capacity on those servers. But, with HPE BladeSystem, because of it's small capacity, in comparison to rack mounted servers, it gave us the flexibility to utilize all… more»

What needs improvement?

HPE has a new solution it's called Synergy. I believe it's the new generation of solutions. It has capability of sharing the storage. It has open blade servers within the same enclosure.

What other advice do I have?

HPE BladeSystems is an old technology that cannot fit all of the dynamic organizational needs of our company.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are constantly evaluating HPE BladeSystem vs Cisco UCS and HPE Synergy vs HPE BladeSystem .
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