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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 server system. As we embrace new Intel CPU's, Chip-sets and memory, we are gaining added value from the original UCS design -... 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. Previous operations teams using HP and IBM servers required 4x more people to manage the same number of servers.

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 to their platform, as they insist on doing their own quality validations. Right now, the market is rapidly transitioning... more»
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 server application space in a localized area, I want a rack mount, for a price advantage. If I need a... 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 mindset to abstract the server, making it a stateless object for workloads. Managing blade servers... 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 stateless working environment. If I add a unique storage attribute to my blades, I encumber it with... more»
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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 * Console access * VLAN configurations * Troubleshooting

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 mainly Windows servers and a few Linux appliances. I had one blade server fail. The replacement was up and operating quickly... more»

What needs improvement?

Smaller locations are held up where they use a pair of converged infrastructure interfaces for redundancy. To deploy a standard Cisco Blade system with redundancy for maintenance and reliability you have to purchase two converged... more»
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 always keep your server intact due to the service profiles. So if your blade has failures and you have a hot spare, 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 with universal ports have been a game changer.

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 once and for all and release 3.2 so it can be all HTML 5.
Consultant
Consultant at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Aug 01 2018

What do you think of Cisco UCS B-Series?

Primary Use Case Mostly VMs, for hosting virtual infrastructure. It represents 99 percent of our computing workforce. • Improvements to My Organization The versatility of the solution is the most helpful to us. • Valuable Features The way the hardware is separated from the software definition of the components. • Room for Improvement Better UI. Cisco makes a great product but doesn't know how to make a UI. • Use of Solution More than five years. • Stability Issues Very stable and very reliable. • Scalability Issues It is a blade system so it's fairly scalable. • Customer Service and Technical Support I've used technical support and it's above average. • Previous Solutions We had a bad experience with IBM servers, which is why we decided to change...
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 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.
Consultant
Infrastructure Consultant at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 17 2017

What do you think of Cisco UCS B-Series?

Valuable Features Virtual NICs/HBA Nexus FC/Ethernet convergence • Improvements to My Organization VirtualNICs/HBA allow us to redesign completely the IO schema (network and storage) without needing to upgrade or acquire additional hardware and controllers. • Room for Improvement Hardware platform configuration • Use of Solution I have used this solution for three years. We are currently using Cisco UCS, Chassis Model UCS5108, I/O Modules UCS-IOM-2208XP, Fabric Interconnect Model UCS-FI-6248UP, and Cisco Nexus 5548. • Stability Issues We had some issues with certain NX-OSs in the Fabric Interconnect. • Scalability Issues I have not encountered any scalability issues. • Customer Service and Technical Support Technical support is 7/10. • Previous...
Real User
Sr. Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 29 2017

What do you think of Cisco UCS B-Series?

Valuable Features For UCS B series, its integration with devices like FI, N5K. I also like UCSM where we can configure Service Profile and the way it combines LAN, SAN, and the server on the blade. I love it. • Improvements to 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 many clients and we have not received any complaints. • Room for Improvement GUI had some trouble before with Java updates, but that is fixed now. • Use of Solution One to two years. • Stability Issues No. • Scalability Issues No. • Customer Service and Technical Support 10/10. • Previous Solutions We use Dell, HP, UCS, all of them, but personally I like this product more. • Initial Setup ...
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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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