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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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"The scalability is very good. The ability to link chassis or frames together makes it simplistic, especially with the use of OneView.""The initial setup is straightforward. The infrastructures as code enables you to fill out the configuration before you even deploy it, then it is just a one-touch deployment.""It makes life easier for us when we are deploying new technology, as we have the building blocks already in place.""We have been able to give the deployment team what they request more quickly. We are able to quickly deploy what is being asked of us. If the development team needs a platform of 20 servers to run a particular platform, we can give that to them within a day or two.""The solution help us to implement new business requirements quickly, since it is easy and quick to upgrade our capacity.""As we purchase and install more Synergy chassis, then we will be able to manage them together as one entity, as opposed to multiple separate cabinets.""The single pane of glass management is huge, because in all our previous systems, depending on what we were managing, we would go to a different management point. Being able to go to one spot to get everything is helpful. I find that server profile creation is a lot easier in OneView than it was previously. We are able to stay compliant with firmware and updates, because we are assigning server profiles and reapplying them when there are changes. This makes everything a lot simpler.""The most valuable features are the evolution of our existing HPE portfolio, the integration with our existing tool sets, and the enhanced capabilities that OneView bring."

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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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"Synergy could probably do some code enhancements to simplify the deployment a bit more.""The stability is not good right now. We have had a couple of outages where we have receive very good support from HPE. However, we have not been able to come up with cut and dried reasons for why the outages have occurred. They have not been able to be reproduced, so it has been difficult getting our trust back.""You can always improve some things.""I would like the ability to take the storage tray that is in a chassis and share it out to multiple chassis, not just the servers within the same chassis. This would be more efficient with resources.""We had some challenges during the implementation and a few issues afterward, but they were all sort of related to how Synergy interacts with Nexus. Our Nexus on the network side is managed by another group, and they had just gotten Nexus, so they weren't really familiar with how Nexus even worked. Getting these two to interact well was the majority of our issues. It really didn't have anything to do with Synergy. It points to know the environment that you are putting it in and making sure you are dotting all your i's and crossing all your t's when you are figuring out what their requirements are to communicate.""The post-sales activity needs improvement. There is some sort of convoluted spreadsheet that you have to fill in prior to the platform being delivered. It seems a little bit out-of-date and inefficient. Surely, there is some sort of web page configuration tool online that a customer could use. Then, it could be validated by somebody else, like a partner or HPE technical resource, then that would be a lot more efficient.""It has been in the external integrations to other platforms that we have, which aren't HPE, where some of our challenges have been. I would like to see some integrations with non-HPE platforms.""Having a seamless DR implementation would help significantly."

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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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"The Nutanix platform came in a little more expensive than the Synergy.""The solution has reduced our IT infrastructure costs because we have had to buy less services than we used to.""In our whole environment, the cost is in the millions. On this particular chassis, the annual cost is 12 blades times approximately $40,000.""The biggest cost is the VMware licensing.""We do a biannual renewal. I know how much that renewal is, but I don't know how much it breaks down to be just Synergy, since we have our VMware, all of our physical equipment, etc. all rolled up into one renewal, which is a little over $300,000 every two years. However, only a subset of that is the Synergy product.""There was at least about a 20 percent savings in cost over our purchase based on the purchase price of the compute modules themselves versus what we've had to pay before. It was significantly less.""Synergy has lowered our total cost of ownership significantly. I would say ballpark around 25 percent, maybe more.""We bought everything outright to start with. We don't do much consumption-based stuff."

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UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
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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.

HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, offers an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value instantly and continuously. It is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application. As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. With HPE Synergy, IT can become not just the internal service provider but the business partner to rapidly launch new applications that become the business.

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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%
Comms Service Provider6%
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider25%
Financial Services Firm8%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise57%
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise57%
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise72%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE Synergy 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 Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 40 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.2, while HPE Synergy is rated 8.2. 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 Synergy writes "We have gained some efficiencies on the provisioning front-end side, but there have been challenges with external integrations to other platforms". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade, Lenovo Flex System and HPE Superdome X, whereas HPE Synergy is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, HPE Apollo, Lenovo Flex System and HPE Superdome X. See our Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE Synergy report.

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