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"I can connect Cisco UCS B-Series to multiple chassis and rack servers using a unified platform, then manage them on a single console.""The Dashboard is quite impressive and is, so far, the best based on my experience.""The most valuable feature is the service profile.""Great security and functionality.""The ratio in terms of the number of units and the number of servers that we can get each chassis is quite good.""The stability provided by the product is its most valuable feature for our organization.""The initial setup is simple, and not very complex.""The GUI makes is simple to use and deploy."

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"With just one cable, for redundancy let's say two, you can feed sixteen servers in a single c7000 chassis.""It is a stable, dependable solution.""It is not expensive.""The technical support is good.""It is very stable.""It is easy to scale if you have the licensing.""The solution uses a smaller space in our data centers. It uses less feeder and network cable, which reduces costs.""The solution has good scalability."

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"The configuration is a bit complex, as it requires very high technical expertise to apply it.""There are patches that cannot be implemented without any downtime or reboot required.""The configuration is a little bit complicated and could be made simpler.""Integration with storage could be improved.""Cisco could improve the user-friendliness for less experienced users.""The management interface needs a lot of improvement. As it is right now, it's a pain to use. It's not user-friendly.""The monitoring features and integration with other products can be improved.""The pricing could be less."

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"The only side that must be improved is the active-passive interconnect module architecture.""There could be more management capability to work with integrations.""Some part of virtual connections needs improvement.""It is lacking in the ability to replicate virtual machines more easily.""The response time in terms of getting technical support assistance could be improved.""They are not selling BladeSystem anymore. The end of the sale of this platform was this year, 2020."

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"The type of service level purchase will determine the level of support response that you receive from Cisco.""The price of this solution is a little bit higher, but given that this system is Cisco, it feels more secure and dependable.""Cisco products are at the high end in terms of cost, but everything is included with the licensing fees.""The pricing for Cisco is less than for the HP Proliant series.""The pricing for Cisco products is always high.""Pricing with Cisco is very high.""The price of this solution compared to others is fair."

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"It is not expensive, really, in this class of server products."

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Also Known As
UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
HP ProLiant BL Series Servers, HP ProLiant BladeSystem, HP BladeSystem
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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.
HP ProLiant BladeSystem share power, cooling, network, and storage infrastructure via the blade enclosure. Since equipment is not needed for each server, you get a dramatic reduction in power distribution units, power cables, LAN and SAN switches, connectors, adapters, and cables. And you can add the newest-generation technologies by simply changing individual components.
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Sample 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
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Top Industries
Financial Services Firm31%
Manufacturing Company19%
Marketing Services Firm6%
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm8%
Financial Services Firm21%
Insurance Company7%
Comms Service Provider6%
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise57%
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise69%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE BladeSystem and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 9 reviews while HPE BladeSystem is ranked 2nd in Blade Servers with 5 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.2, while HPE BladeSystem is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS B-Series writes "Does what it is supposed to in the way the company represents with little room for improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE BladeSystem writes "Easy to set up and offers good scalability with a small footprint". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade, Lenovo Flex System and HPE Superdome X, whereas HPE BladeSystem is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE Superdome X, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade and Lenovo Flex System. See our Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE BladeSystem report.

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