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I can connect it to multiple chassis and rack servers using a unified platform, then manage them on a single console
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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.
I like that the hardware is separated from the software definition of the components.
The Online firmware update for the virtual connects has minimized our downtime windows.
The most valuable features of this solution are the ease of management and the integration with OneView.
Where it used to take one week to re-image or upgrade our hosts, it can now take one day.
We have more control over the firmware and how we are managing our physical servers.
It has had a positive effect on the efficiency of our IT infrastructure team. The manageability of it is so easy, we're able to install it quickly, and replacement parts are easy to get in and out quickly.
Cable management is a big feature, in addition to time to deployment. We can buy a new server and have it up and running very quickly.
Valuable features include its dependability, reliability, and the ease of managing the system.
With OneView, we can take care of all our servers in one dashboard.
The configuration is a bit complex, as it requires very high technical expertise to apply it.
It needs a better UI. Cisco makes a great product, but doesn't know how to make a UI.
Technical support for this solution has a very good initial response; however, escalation takes time, and most of the time the first level of support cannot solve your case.
A faster Composer module would be a good inclusion for the next release of this solution.
The installation and initial setup process is complex and needs to be improved.
I would be more comfortable if Ansible actually rolled back the data used for automating platforms. If it could be communicated to the upstream Ansible, I wouldn't need to go back and forth and validate the libraries as we upgrade the Ansible version.
I would like to see more nodes in a single chassis so we wouldn't have to purchase additional chassis.
I would really like a way to validate the firmware in my specific environment before trying to deploy it. Those were the issues we had early on with firmware upgrades, particularly around certificates. All in all, having some level of confidence aside from it just having been tested generically would help. Something more specific to my environment would be very helpful.
One of the features I want to see, which I will see with OneView 5.0, is to have all the OneView consoles in a single pane of glass. That will make it easy to see everything in one place and not have to log in to multiple consoles.
We haven't seen any ROI, and it hasn't reduced our cost of operations.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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We pay for licensing on the fibre channel uplinks, on the Virtual Connect, which is an add-on.
The solution has reduced our IT infrastructure costs by 50 percent.
It costs us around $60,000 a year.
The licensing is more around the software for RGS, because we are deploying bare metal installs. It is mainly the operating system and any lights-out management. So, licensing is minimum. We are licensing it annually.
When we made the purchase of the hardware, we added Professional Services to it.
Nutanix was really hard to implement, and it was very pricey compared to what we get from Synergy.
We do CAPEX.
For temporal use, when you throw on the fact that you're essentially doubling your capacity, right there you could claim a 50 percent TCO reduction.
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Also Known As
|UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series|
|Cisco||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
|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.|
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