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Real User
Sr. Network Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Sep 14 2020

What is most valuable?

We jumped from old HP servers to this UCS and, of course, we very much like it in terms of its security, its interface, its functionality, the CPU, and the memory. The computing power that it's given us has greatly improved the processing of our system. Overall, it's good.

What needs improvement?

Integration with the storage to get a heatmap of what's going on in the storage site could be improved -- the dashboard, that kind of thing. We have a virtualized environment and it's the same dashboard that links together the front end, the VMware and the backend storage. We have to use multiple views, multiple solutions for that. We log in to multiple places to see what's going on in the… more »

What other advice do I have?

I haven't had experience with others series, like the C-Series. I hope they are good but so far, after three, four years, this has been good and we haven't had any issues. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.
Ricky Santos
Real User
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
Sep 12 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are profiling, ease of administration, and monitoring. Profiling provides easier deployment and configuration, especially if… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It provides high availability with flexibility and a single point of administration using the Flexpod solutions. With all of the hardware on a single dashboard, it is easy… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the availability increased during upgrades and patching. There are patches that cannot be implemented without any downtime or reboot required. If the… more »

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

The price of this solution is a little bit higher, but given that this system is Cisco, it feels more secure and dependable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we used an HP Blade C3000 System. Based on the reviews and corporate standard we went to Cisco Flexpod solutions.

What other advice do I have?

Right now we haven't encountered any issues on our system that could result in our KPI being impacted.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing this solution.
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ARAVIND RANGA
Real User
VMware Administrator at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 12 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the service profile. The amount of RAM that it supports for HANA is good. The maintenance is very easy.

What needs improvement?

The configuration is a little bit complicated and could be made simpler. The administration is somewhat complex.

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

Cisco products are at the high end in terms of cost, but everything is included with the licensing fees. The only thing that we pay for separately is VMware.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to working with this product, we used the HPE c7000 enclosure. Once we started using SAP HANA, we implemented Cisco. Our main environment still uses the HPE. The HPE is more difficult to maintain because all of the addresses are… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Neeraj Mehra
Real User
Manager of Solutions and Support at Esconet Technologies Pvt Ltd
Apr 07 2019

What is most valuable?

* Manageability * Performance I can connect Cisco UCS B-Series to multiple chassis and rack servers using a unified platform, then manage them on a single console.

How has it helped my organization?

The overall consolidation of hardware is helping us.

What other advice do I have?

Our customers are very happy people.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We still have multiple vendors that we work with. It depends on the customer requirements whom we select to work with. We work with this solution because we find that the technology is superior to others. We have also evaluated Dell EMC blade and rack servers, along with Cisco rack servers.

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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
Cisco UCS B-Series customers
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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