Cisco UCS Director Reviews

Cisco UCS Director is the #6 ranked solution of our top Cloud Management tools. It's rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) - Cisco UCS Director vs VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)

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Smart Emereonye
Real User
Senior Manager Infrastructure Engineer at Open Text
Jul 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are its ease of use and the deployment process. To get started, you have to understand your use case. Once you do, and you have the talent… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This solution provides us with what we need for scalability. When it comes to managing devices, if we had to log into each and every device, one by one to do whatever we… more »

What needs improvement?

The user interface could use improvement. UCS director tries to do just about everything, which means the user interface can get a bit cumbersome if you don't know what… more »

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

The cost of this solution is significant.

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

Prior to this solution, we had a more manual process. We manage a lot of systems so the goal is always to simplify what we do. Moving to this solution gave us a more… more »

What other advice do I have?

I am very happy with the product, and we will be pushing it to its limits as we go forward. My management team likes the fact that we are now more agile. When we have new… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

USC Director was the only product that we looked at because it was a Cisco environment that we were trying to manage. Our thinking was that a Cisco product would work… more »
SunnyNair
Real User
System Architect at COMPASS IT Solutions & Services Pvt.Ltd.
Feb 16 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the features that I would like to highlight is the multi-cloud management capabilities on the USC Director. I can manage multiple workloads whether it's on AWS, Azure, or on-premises. They can be managed by using the UCS Director. That is one of the most important features that I find to be the most relevant.

What needs improvement?

Normally, UCS Director is used primarily for orchestration, but when we look at a non-Cisco data infrastructure components, the UCS Director needs a bit more improvement in terms of integration with third-party systems and with existing older systems. I feel that more development or a more integrated road map should be set up so that it becomes a common platform for any infrastructure. In the next… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to look at the features that you are looking for. If you are looking for central management and a self-service catalog, and are predominantly in a mix of the cloud as well as on-premises architecture, then you should look at UCS Director as a solution. There are some advantages offered, such as: * Adaptive provisioning, which ensures real-time availability, capacity planning, and… more »
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Ronny Hise
Real User
Network Engineer at Big5
Jul 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me as a user is that you can make API calls to it. That's a cool feature.

How has it helped my organization?

The improvement for our organization has really been ease of use. We'd be a mess without the solution.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be improved is including a feature where I could do things programmatically versus having to create workarounds to get what I want to get done. Any more features would be welcome. They should keep developing API.

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

We are so committed to this technology that I don't even know if there's another UCS Manager out there.

What other advice do I have?

I think this solution should be considered an eight out of ten. To get a ten from me and for what I do, there has to be more flexibility in the API. I'm tired of being the tip of the sword. Enhance programming and programmability. As I… more »
Muhmmad Aldaasiyyan
Real User
System Manager at Imam University
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

This is a user-friendly solution that is very good and easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved the performance of our network.

What needs improvement?

The scalability of this solution needs to be improved because as it is now, you cannot scale the storage alone. Rather, you have to scale the storage and the compute together. I would like to be able… more »

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

This was a replacement for our HP Blade Server. We switched because Cisco gives us better performance and security for our files and servers. The Cisco technology, itself, is better.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I recommend for others. The biggest lesson that I have learned from this solution is that you have to have patience at the beginning. You cannot rush it. This is a good product… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated IBM, but ultimately found that Cisco was a better move for us. Financially it is a good deal, and it has good support.
Real User
Associate Director, Technology Architecture at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the fabric sharing. The security features are good.

What needs improvement?

HyperFlex is not the best of the hyper-converged solutions. We cannot depend on this solution to manage all of the data center's infrastructure. We can count on it to replace the traditional Blades or rack-mounted servers, but not a hyper-converged system. Adding integration, or an API to manage another vendor's hardware, would really add value to this solution.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody considering this solution is to first have the vision to convert all of your x86 data center hardware to UCS. Do not add it for a specific use case, such as a cloud manager. Cisco recommends this solution for cloud management, but it should not be done unless you plan to replace all of your hardware with Cisco. This is a good solution, but I would like to see integration with… more »
Hicham Azarou
Consultant
Virtualization Consultant at SFR
Apr 19 2020

What is most valuable?

The documentation is very good.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more flexibility when it comes to managing other stacks, like VMware virtualization.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to first consider and understand the use case. Think about your high-level design, the business requirements, how scalable and how flexible it has to be, and what your own availability is. Overall, I think that this is a very good product, although nothing is perfect. There are still some small improvements that can be made to make it… more »

What is Cisco UCS Director?

Cisco UCS Director enables automated delivery of physical and virtual data center resources, empowering data centers to move at the speed of business.

Cisco UCS Director customers

Entel, Data#3, Cegal, NESIC, LightEdge

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