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"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.""Some of the features I like from this solution are it has a fast configuration, it is not complex, and has high availability."

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"The most valuable features include the ease of implementation, ease of use and the speed that you can do backup and recovery on.""Using this solution has made our backups more reliable.""The most valuable feature of this solution is performance.""It uses the same platform for connectivity so integration is seamless.""The initial setup is pretty quick.""It's very easy-to-use.""The most valuable features are the Metro clustering, and disaster recovery.""The main feature I have found to be product replication."

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Cons
"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.""For future improvements, it would be a benefit if the solution could integrate better with products such as Oracle."

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"In terms of scalability, it doesn't expand out quite as robustly as some of the others, but it covers 90% of the market in what it does.""I would like to see more monitoring capability included in the next release of this solution.""I would like to see more VM-Aware features in the next release of this solution.""It's on the expensive side, as expected for a niche product.""Compared to, for example, Hitachi NAS, the solution is not mature at all. It's just in its infancy as far as technology goes.""The feature that we're waiting on is better integration with the cell services.""It would be nice if you could store file-based in the same box with the same technology.""There could be improvements in public cloud integration."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""Pricing will be based on your requirements so it is important to plan, engage, and negotiate directly with the Cisco Account Manager."

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"Support is a separate line item. Support is a different cost, but whatever your support is now, that's what you're going to pay forever. If your support's $100 today, six years from now it's $100. It doesn't fluctuate unless you upgrade it, or change it, etc.""The price is a little high.""In my opinion, we have paid the right price for the product. I don't think that it is too much or too little.""The price of this solution could be made more affordable.""Licensing fees are paid yearly."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I like that it's very manageable very easy to use and configure. I am not an expert, but the graphic user interface is quite simple very easy to use. It's a complete solution.
Top Answer: I was not involved with the specific pricing agreement, so I don't know. However, I am familiar with some of the aspects. Generally, the cheaper, the better. I believe that this is part of the… more »
Top Answer: We have to have Java to manage the infrastructure. It would be great if we can manage the infrastructure through a web browser. We have Dell EMC, and I would like to connect my product directly to the… more »
Top Answer: The main feature I have found to be product replication.
Top Answer: The price of this solution could be made more affordable.
Top Answer: There could be improvements in public cloud integration. In the future, one innovation could be for them to make an embedded backup system.
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Also Known As
UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
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Overview
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.

FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.

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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
ServiceNow, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dominos, Man AHL
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm29%
Manufacturing Company18%
University12%
Government12%
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Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Government10%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Financial Services Firm21%
University14%
Retailer7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider15%
Manufacturing Company9%
Government6%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise54%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise48%
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Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 2nd in Blade Servers with 12 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 1st in File and Object Storage with 9 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.4, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is rated 9.0. 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 Pure Storage FlashBlade writes "An easy to use solution with a straightforward setup and good speed". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M and Lenovo Flex System, whereas Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Primera, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Dell EMC PowerStore and MinIO.

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