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Cisco UCS B-Series Competitors and Alternatives

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RA
Storage & Backup Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Best frame server technology, best support, robust, and easy to deploy

Pros and Cons

  • "For me, this is the best frame server technology available in the market. We can compare it to Cisco UCS. It is robust and stable, and it is also easy to deploy and scale. Their support is the best."
  • "ICMs could be better in this model. When you look at its competitors, the most critical point is the throughput. HPE is the best with the ICM module, which is an interconnect module that connects the servers of the frames to the LAN and SAN. HPE Synergy should also support the latest processors provided by Intel."

What is our primary use case?

We have built our on-premises private cloud on top of HPE Synergy connected to 3PAR SAN storage. Our cloud was built above Hyper-V hypervisor, and that's the computing node of it.

What is most valuable?

For me, this is the best frame server technology available in the market. We can compare it to Cisco UCS. 

It is robust and stable, and it is also easy to deploy and scale. Their support is the best.

What needs improvement?

ICMs could be better in this model. When you look at its competitors, the most critical point is the throughput. HPE is the best with the ICM module, which is an interconnect module that connects the servers of the frames to the LAN and SAN. 

HPE Synergy should also support the latest processors provided by Intel.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three to four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We didn't run it on a massive scale. We have 60 computing nodes on an eight-blades enclosure. We didn't face any issue so far.

I am not sure about the number of users, but in terms of frames, it is 200K or 200,000. We are happy with this solution. When we need more computing nodes, we will add them as HPE Synergy.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support is one of the best ones currently available.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is very easy.

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

We are satisfied with its price. 

What other advice do I have?

My experience with them is on-premises, and it has been an outstanding experience. We are happy with HPE Synergy, and we will keep on using it. 

I would rate HPE Synergy an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MK
CEO at DUKSCO SARL
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Very stable, we use it for private cloud services.

Pros and Cons

  • "The Lenovo Flex System is very stable."
  • "It does not have the same module flexibility that was present in IBM Blade. On the Blade System, I was able to choose between the Cisco module, or BMC module. Since the switch to Lenovo, I have not had the same choice of modules, only the BMC modules."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for private cloud services.

What needs improvement?

It does not have the same module flexibility that was present in IBM Blade. On the Blade System, I was able to choose between the Cisco module, or BMC module. Since the switch to Lenovo, I have not had the same choice of modules, only the BMC modules.

In terms of new features, I would like to see the Flex System manager integrate into the acquisition. It is necessary to have something like a Flex System manager to allow for the management of single or multiple items in one place.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the Lenovo Flex System since 2012 when it was still part of IBM.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The Lenovo Flex System is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The system is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is easy to use and takes two or three days to set up the storage, network, and virtualization.

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

The price is interesting. I am able to quote a client based on their needs and offer them either Lenovo or Dell.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Lenovo.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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