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AR
VMware Administrator at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Easy to maintain, supports a lot of RAM, and the service profile feature is helpful

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the service profile."
  • "The configuration is a little bit complicated and could be made simpler."

What is our primary use case?

We use this product for SAP HANA in a QA development environment. It is at the core of our business.

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the UCS B-Series for more than six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The UCS B-Series is easy to scale. We have approximately 1,000 people using this solution, and it is used on a daily basis.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been in contact with technical support a couple of times and I would say that they are efficient.

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 hardcoded inside the enclosure. With Cisco, it is much easier.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup took us approximately one week. If you are connecting to a SAN then you need to bring up all of the virtual VLANs and set up the storage. It takes a lot of time.

What about the implementation team?

We had assistance from the vendor for our deployment, and our in-house administrators are taking care of the maintenance.

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.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine 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.
DF
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Extremely stable, easy to set up and very reliable

Pros and Cons

  • "The scalability is very good."
  • "The GUI is not the greatest."

What is most valuable?

The stability is very, very good. I haven't had any issues with it whatsoever over the past few years.

The scalability is very good. 

The initial setup is straightforward. 

The solution basically offers us everything we need. It's very complete. 

What needs improvement?

The pricing could be improved, as it is a bit expensive solution.

The GUI is not the greatest. They could work on improving the interface.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for a few years now. It's been a while. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability, in general, has been amazing. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. Cisco is extremely reliable and offers good performance. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability has been great. We started with a small amount, and we started to test the solution. After that, we grew with it as we needed. It's been great and has fit our needs perfectly.

There are thousands of users on the solution. It's used extensively.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't had cause to sue technical support too much. We have Cisco partners we can call if we have issues, however, we haven't had many problems to speak of. 

How was the initial setup?

We have found the initial setup to be very simple and straightforward. It's not a complex process. A company shouldn't struggle with a deployment. 

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

The solution can be quite expensive and is a bit of a higher cost when compared to others on the market.

What other advice do I have?

We're a customer and an end-user.

Our current version is an older version. Right now, we are considering replacing it with the newest one.

I'd recommend the solution to other users and companies. We've been pretty happy with it overall.

I would rate it at a nine 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.
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SS
Network Security Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Stable, easy to set up, and there are many experts available in the market

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is simple, and not very complex."
  • "The monitoring features and integration with other products can be improved."

What needs improvement?

The monitoring features and integration with other products can be improved.

In particular, integration with other products is difficult, especially for logging purposes. In this regard, it is not very good and improvement is required.

Technical support should be more timely.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been working with the Cisco UCS B-Series for more than a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good although they respond very late to open cases.

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

One of the other products that we currently work with is Huawei, and they give us much cheaper prices. They also have a good product, which is sometimes even better than Cisco. Nonetheless, my team has a lot of experience and expertise with Cisco.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is simple, and not very complex.

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

The pricing for Cisco products is always high.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering Cisco UCS is that if it's within your budget, I recommend it because they are popular in the market and it is easy to find experts.

Overall, this is a good product.

I would rate this solution 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.
WK
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use GUI, with good scalability and support but the pricing could be reduced

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution to connect to a rack system.

What is most valuable?

The GUI makes is simple to use and deploy.

What needs improvement?

Managing could be improved. It's too hard. The pricing could be less.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cisco UCS B Series for six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable, we had not had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.  The scalability is very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good. We had two or three issues, but they were able to solve them.

How was the initial setup?

The initials setup is…

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution to connect to a rack system.

What is most valuable?

The GUI makes is simple to use and deploy.

What needs improvement?

Managing could be improved. It's too hard.

The pricing could be less.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cisco UCS B Series for six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable, we had not had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. 

The scalability is very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good. We had two or three issues, but they were able to solve them.

How was the initial setup?

The initials setup is straightforward.

It requires some preparation. It's not as easy as Microsoft, but for Cisco, it's still good.

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

Pricing with Cisco is very high.

The price is very inefficient.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution 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.