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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 server… 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… 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 to… 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, the… more»

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

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

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

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»
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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.

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

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. They… 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 market… more»
Neeraj Mehra
Real User
Manager of Solutions and Support at Esconet Technologies Pvt Ltd
Apr 07 2019

What do you think of Cisco UCS B-Series?

What is our primary use case?

We use it for computing and virtualization. All the blade servers are used for database uploads. We are a system integrator. So, we sell multiple type of software and hardware solutions. We implement solutions and provide support.  We have multiple versions of the solution currently running. It depends on our customer.

How has it helped my organization?

The overall consolidation of hardware is helping us.

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. We haven't…
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.

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

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 Designs)… more»
Anonymous User
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 and… 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 Ethernet… more»

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

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
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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