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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 system. As we embrace new Intel CPU's, Chip-sets… 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… 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 their platform, as they insist on doing their… 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 year-end is July 31st, so they are well… more»

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

HP was the incumbent, displaced by UCS, which has proven easier to manage scale and use. The HP system just had too many pieces and the iLO lockin was a major cost that… 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 management productivity and reduce overhead. Cisco is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As stated earlier, we had HP. As a marquis client they fought hard on equipment price to maintain their position. However, the decision was based on OpEx, which greatly… more»
TechHead126632
Real User
Technical Head at CARD MRI Information Technology Inc.
Dec 01 2016

What do you think of Cisco UCS B-Series?

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the UCS Manager which integrates everything. Java and HTML 5 base admin console is now available

How has it helped my organization?

Its provisioning and ease of management have improved our functioning.

What needs improvement?

Power Options for setting up Grid needs to have further customization. N+1 for power supply is not applicable in some data centers

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for 3 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We've had no issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had no issues with stability. N+1 for powersupply is not applicable on grid type data centers

What do I think about the scalability of the

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Consultant
Sr. Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 27 2016

What do you think of Cisco UCS B-Series?

What is most valuable?

Remote Access to the device Ability to scale to different servers Centralized management

How has it helped my organization?

Customers and organizations are benefited by its scalability, flexibility, and the fact it takes less time to deploy.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for almost one year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

In most of our deployments, no issues were encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is stable (with new versions of the firmware), although previous versions were having some issue with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In most of our deployments, no issues were encountered.

How are customer service and

Real User
User at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 23 2014

What is most valuable?

Centralized Management using UCS Manager, and State less Servers.

How has it helped my organization?

Scalability, Flexibility to reuse the same Server with different projects multiple OS (VMware ESXi / Centos, Microsoft Windows) just in minutes by creating new service profiles.

What needs improvement?

Stability of some of the old versions has afew bugs. Although I have to mention that Cisco has been releasing revised versions of Firmware very quickly to fix the bugs.

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

Dell and HP Rack servers, issues with scalability. Space consuming.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) provides unified, embedded management of all software and hardware components in the Cisco UCS. It is scalable and it controls multiple chassis and manages… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

HP and IBM

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