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Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 19 2020

What is most valuable?

The ease of management is certainly the most valuable feature in this product.

What needs improvement?

So far the only challenge we face with Cisco UCS is during firmware upgrades. If it happens that there is a failover, and we need to change something in the system, this is where we can run into problems. We can't upgrade the firmware for each component one-at-a-time. It is not a method that will work in a practical way in a larger or global network. Nowadays it is some sort of a status symbol or… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this solution as an eight out of ten. I use the UCS Manager and I think it is a good solution.
Ahmed-Omar
Real User
Senior System Administrator at Royalcement
Oct 10 2019

What is most valuable?

What would be the most valuable features for us are things we can't even work with yet. We work with an older version of the product that cannot do some things that we need. We can't install the next… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Right now it has improved only some things as we need to upgrade for additional functionality.

What needs improvement?

If there were a way to make the upgrade process better, it would be great. Our most important issue right now is to resolve the installation barrier so we can use the product features fully. We needed… more»

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

If someone working with SAP (System Analysis and Program Development) or some other system, I recommend HyperFlex for that infrastructure as a better hardware solution but not the application. If you… more»

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

We did work with previous products to set up a traditional server solution. We switched to Cisco UCS Manager because it is more powerful. We knew about our limitations because we were not familiar… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing Cisco, we did not evaluate other options because we were familiar with the company through other products and their reputation.
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Real User
IT Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Feb 04 2020

What is most valuable?

It's difficult to pinpoint the exact features which are the most valuable to our organization.

What needs improvement?

The interface and the way it is constructed is very complex. They should work to simplify it. It's quite difficult for somebody who doesn't know the product very well. Users should be able to get… more»

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

Currently, we're mostly paying for maintenance. As for the cost of the solution itself, I'm not sure what it is.

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

We previously used different products. We had an IBM blade server but integrated the management, so it was a very different scenario to what we have now. The previous solution no longer exists, so we… more»

What other advice do I have?

We're not partners with Cisco. I'm a user of the solution and also a consultant. We're currently using the latest version of the solution. I'm not sure of the exact version number, but it was updated… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were evaluating both Cisco and HP and eventually ended up choosing Cisco.
Real User
Manager - Reporting and Analysis (BI) at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 06 2020

What is most valuable?

Cisco UCS Manager is a simple solution. Their technical support is good because whenever we need to generate a technical log, we can generate it from the console itself. It gives ease of management. Cisco UCS Manager is overall a good package because it offers a GUI interface and a CLI. We use Cisco UCS PowerTool to manage through.

What needs improvement?

In terms of what can be improved, the help dashboard could. Usually, we use vCenter. If I go to an option called Performance Monitoring, it gives us metrics in real-time. The performance dashboard should be out in front of the UCS Manager - as soon as you log in you should see the dashboard. That should be improved. Another thing is the inventory management dashboard. Inventory is like a… more»

What other advice do I have?

Now people have many more options. If you're talking about HCI, Cisco has it. They have their own product called Cisco HyperFlex. Though if you are looking for a single short solution then you probably will not find it here. On a scale from one to 10, I would rate Cisco UCS Manager a seven.
Real User
Network and Security Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the conferencing in the video and audio, it's a promising solution. Cisco has the edge on the data portion. The compatibility between the Cisco infrastructure along with the UCS manager or any collaboration… more»

What needs improvement?

Firepower has weaknesses. I had to load several partitions to improve it. A smart office solution provided us with a demo showing us the camera qualities. I believe that Cisco is moving forward with this. In the next release, I would like… more»

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

Cisco is moving forward with its licensing.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco Infrastructure is one of the top vendors and no one can beat them in terms of switching and routing. They have a new solution called Cisco DNA where they have improved the security, OT environment, and IoT. It is a good solution for… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

VMware is one of the leading solutions in terms of the voice domain, but they have good competition with Microsoft 2019 that also has the CI solution that Microsoft introduced. VMware has a good solution in terms of SDDC (Software-Defined… more»
Erhan-Demirhan
Real User
Senior System Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 31 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are flexibility and management. If you want a non-standard network or SAN configuration then Cisco UCS is very flexible. You can manipulate the ESX server network connection or SAN connections with Cisco UCS. We are comfortable using Cisco UCS in our virtualization environment. We can control anything in the network or SAN site.

What needs improvement?

Integration can always be improved, but that is not an issue for me because I work in a bank in Turkey. In Turkey, there are some regulations regarding Co//ab in the banking industry. Authorities are not permitted to use Co//ab for banking, so integration is not a use case for us. The stability could use some improvements. We have three data centers and if we could manage all three data centers… more»

What other advice do I have?

I am very happy with Cisco UCS. If I had to choose between other submissions, I would choose the Cisco UCS every time. It's a wonderful product. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
Elvis Maunye
Real User
System Specialist at MTN
Sep 19 2019

What is most valuable?

If I'm playing with a new host, the most valuable aspect is that those servers can get a host up and running in quickly.

How has it helped my organization?

There are occasions when we have or have had one of the VM licenses expiring and that required us to quickly create a new implementation of some issues. The solution makes the process easy.

What needs improvement?

I found it a bit of a challenge to get training on UCSM. I've been trying to get that for some time now. I feel like I have to figure out a lot of things myself. For years I've to log calls with support whenever I've got challenges that I cannot resolve. If I had some training or more manuals, I'd… more»

What other advice do I have?

We're using the on-premises deployment model. It's a good solution, as long as you can maneuver admin paths and are competent in running the day to day support tasks. The solution is a bit complicated and complex, but the trade-off is you have a lot of functionality. I would rate the solution eight… more»
Real User
IT Infrastructure Engineer with 51-200 employees
Feb 13 2020

What is most valuable?

The flexibility and the ease in which the features can be expanded are the solution's most valuable aspects.

What needs improvement?

The automation within the solution needs to be simplified. In the next release, the solution should have a central view center or offer administration capabilities for different environments.

What other advice do I have?

In terms of advice of how other users can implement the solution, I'd caution that it depends on what they like to use. If you need to have server usage, for example, for Oracle, for Microsoft Hyper V, VMware, or different solutions, then it's not the best. For us, the complexity was too high especially when it comes to expanding it for other purposes. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
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Cisco UCS Manager helps significantly reduce management and administration expenses by automating routine tasks to increase operational agility. Customers can extend the benefits of Cisco UCS Manager globally across an enterprise to thousands of servers in multiple domains with Cisco UCS Central Software.
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