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Bob Whitcombe
Real User
Technical Sales Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Previously, the physical trappings of Cisco UCS, Intel chip-sets and UCS Manager were the most useful part of this... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have a client who is currently managing 1500 servers with two people for a mission-critical retail operation.... more»

What needs improvement?

This product comes from Cisco, who is fourth in the worldwide supply chain. That means options take a bit longer to get... more»

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

Obviously, the worst-kept secret with all vendors is to negotiate as close to fiscal year-end as possible. For Cisco,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

HP was the incumbent, displaced by UCS, which has proven easier to manage scale and use. The HP system just had too... more»

What other advice do I have??

The biggest issue is automation. How to move the mundane tasks from people to machines; alert filters to improve... more»
reviewer429375
Real User
Technical Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Why pick a UCS blade over a Dell, HPE or Lenovo system? The answer depends on what application I need to run. If I want a small-scale, 3-4... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we focused on CPUs and servers, relying on the Intel cadence for change. With Cisco UCS, we became network-centric and changed our... more»

What needs improvement?

Cisco is behind as far as SSD qualifications and options allowed, relative to other vendors, but that is in keeping with their philosophy of a... more»

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

SSD evolution is coming hard and fast with higher density, lower cost options popping up each quarter. New form factors like M.2, U.2, Multi-TB,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used HPE. They had a good blade system and good racks, but their iLO is expensive and gets very complex at scale.
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SrSysSpecialist534
Real User
Senior System Specialist at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Mar 27 2017

What is most valuable?

We are using it in the converged infrastructure with the common UCS Manager to push out: * Profiles * Firmware *... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Running in the VCE Vblock gives us the flexibility to deploy a large virtual workload of servers. We use a mix of... more»

What needs improvement?

Smaller locations are held up where they use a pair of converged infrastructure interfaces for redundancy. To deploy a... more»

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

Although I was not completely involved in the pricing or licensing costs, I do have to monitor licensing allocation of... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We had standalone 2U servers from HPE that were tied to a SAN for shared storage. Limited memory expansion was what we... more»

What other advice do I have??

Look closely at your needs. * Do you need more computing power and memory or storage expansion possibility? * Do you... more»
Matthew Morgan
Real User
Data Center Practice Manager at The Plow Group
Jun 28 2017

What is most valuable?

The UCS environment as a whole. The hardware is easily swappable and, utilizing the boot from SAN option, you can... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We can be scalable to a greater degree using Cisco UCS. The options available and the connectivity to a Nexus switch... more»

What needs improvement?

The UCS manager interface needs to be cleaned up a bit and can be streamlined, but no major complaints. Get off Java... more»

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

Nothing shocking. Very straightforward. Make sure you work with a vendor partner than can get you a substantial... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

In the past, I have used rack mount and blade solutions from Dell, HPE, and IBM. None of them have come close to the... more»

What other advice do I have??

Do it and don’t look back. Just make sure you get strong in-house knowledge of UCS early on, unless you are willing to... more»
Romano Maria Ruberti
Consultant
Consultant at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Aug 01 2018

What is most valuable?

The way the hardware is separated from the software definition of the components.

How has it helped my organization?

The versatility of the solution is the most helpful to us.

What needs improvement?

Better UI. Cisco makes a great product but doesn't know how to make a UI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We had a bad experience with IBM servers, which is why we decided to change solutions. Also, as a bank, the switch was a money-driven process.... more»

What other advice do I have??

My advice to a colleague looking at this or a similar solution would be to test it. When we started, Cisco UCS was the first solution on the... more»
Brad Fluit
Consultant
Data Center Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 29 2017

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... more»

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... more»

What needs improvement?

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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.

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... more»
José Luis Medina
Consultant
Infrastructure Consultant at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 17 2017

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... more»

What needs improvement?

* Hardware platform configuration

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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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

What other advice do I have??

Training, training, training and planning, planning, planning!
Adnan Ahmad
Real User
Sr. Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

For UCS B series, its integration with devices like FI, N5K. I also like UCSM where we can configure Service Profile... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I am working with a Gold Partner company and we deploy this product to our customers, and so far we have deployed it in... more»

What needs improvement?

GUI had some trouble before with Java updates, but that is fixed now.

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

Pricing and licensing depend upon the requirements of the clients, but the recommended ones are to go with some... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We use Dell, HP, UCS, all of them, but personally I like this product more.

What other advice do I have??

This is a complete solution with FI.
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What is Cisco UCS B-Series?

Based on Intel Xeon processor E7 and E5 product families, Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers work with virtualized and non-virtualized applications to increase: Performance, Energy efficiency, Flexibility and Administrator productivity.
Also known as
UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
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Aegean Motorway, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Anonymous Banking Group, Artoni Transporti, Bellevue, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Hertz, Houston Methodist, Kuwait Petroleum Italia, Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co.KG, Outscale, Sony Corporation, Talbots
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