Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Real User
Director of Technology at a K-12 educational company or school with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 22 2018

What is most valuable?

Boot from SAN allows us to standardize all of our servers to boot up drives to the storage area network.

How has it helped my organization?

It has centralized our server management and allows us to treat servers like a pool of resources instead of discrete devices.

What needs improvement?

Not sure about the newest UCS Manager. In the version we need to use, the manager is still reliant on a full Java install on a Windows OS. This is inconvenient and problematic if you have multiple management tools on different versions of Java or if you move to a machine without the appropriate Java… more »

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

Best to buy all the blades configured for the same purposes of load balancing and failover or load shifting.
Vendor
Network and Infrastructure Operations Manager at a individual & family service with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

It is very nice and stable with an easy administration GUI. It has reliable and compliant hardware components which are not "Cisco rebranded."

How has it helped my organization?

The Cisco solution has improved the new infrastructure development giving us the ability to create a compute-storage in-a-box solution.

What needs improvement?

Definitely the support area needs improving. Especially the time response in case of hardware failure.

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

I would advise to be very careful regarding the pricing especially if they don't buy complete or all included bundles. If they plan to expand their infrastructure in… more »

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

It was a difficult decision but we switched for two reasons - better value-for-money approach and more compatible hardware.

What other advice do I have?

Update the system with the latest firmware set. There are plenty of fixes.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated HPE DL380 and Dell R730

What is Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers?

UCS C-Series Rack Servers deliver unified computing in an industry-standard form factor to reduce TCO and increase agility. Each server addresses varying workload challenges through a balance of processing, memory, I/O, and internal storage resources.

Also known as
Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series
Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers customers

Advanced Medical Transport, Aegean Motorway, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Artoni Transporti, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, City of Mississauga, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Kind en Gezin, Kuwait Petroleum Italia, Nationwide, Quest, Talbots, University of St. Gallen