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Cisco UCS E-Series Servers Competitors and Alternatives

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TK
Sr, Storage Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Initial set up complicated, but after, easy to configure and use, many packages available

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution integrated well."
  • "The set up is complex"

What is most valuable?

The initial set up was fairly easy. It wasn't difficult compared to other packages. We did the initial set up for Synergy's fibre channel switches before we started but afterwards, we did not have to worry about using the virtualized fibre or anything with them, the storage automatically came with it.

What needs improvement?

Their features and product overall are comparable to others on the market, nothing stands out. The company should have either been more clear with the packaging, or a little bit more forthcoming with what you needed, what is in the package, and what came with it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution integrated well. We were able to still use Synergy, which is our main platform, and usually, as long as you can still use your main platform for upgrades then it is easy to scale. However, if you were to start changing the main hardware out it then becomes more difficult to be able to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

The customer service was pretty good.

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

My career started with using HP servers. The problem aroused when the HP servers became very hot and resource-intensive. We then started using Cisco products, and they were about the same as HP with the issues we were having. Once we moved to Dell products, it all came together, we could use all three. All three had their own separate purpose.

How was the initial setup?

The set up is complex. However, once everything is up and running, it was pretty straightforward. We had a vendor assisting with the initial set up but once we were through those initial problems, finding out the order of how it is supposed to be set up, and finding out the packages needed, you are good to go to use them.

What about the implementation team?

We had to contact a vendor to give us some help with some of the areas of the install.

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

There are many packages available, it was a benefit using a vendor to help us get a package we needed. If we would not have gone with the vendor we might have been charged unnecessarily for packages we did not need. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend using engineers to help make the design for the setup of the solution. This will allow for a clear view of what is needed for your environment, they can identify issues and know exactly what packages are needed before purchasing. 

I rate Dell PowerEdge M a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MK
CEO at DUKSCO SARL
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Very stable, we use it for private cloud services.

Pros and Cons

  • "The Lenovo Flex System is very stable."
  • "It does not have the same module flexibility that was present in IBM Blade. On the Blade System, I was able to choose between the Cisco module, or BMC module. Since the switch to Lenovo, I have not had the same choice of modules, only the BMC modules."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for private cloud services.

What needs improvement?

It does not have the same module flexibility that was present in IBM Blade. On the Blade System, I was able to choose between the Cisco module, or BMC module. Since the switch to Lenovo, I have not had the same choice of modules, only the BMC modules.

In terms of new features, I would like to see the Flex System manager integrate into the acquisition. It is necessary to have something like a Flex System manager to allow for the management of single or multiple items in one place.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the Lenovo Flex System since 2012 when it was still part of IBM.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The Lenovo Flex System is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The system is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is easy to use and takes two or three days to set up the storage, network, and virtualization.

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

The price is interesting. I am able to quote a client based on their needs and offer them either Lenovo or Dell.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Lenovo.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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