Compare Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is ranked 5th in Rack Servers with 1 review while Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is ranked 3rd in Rack Servers with 6 reviews. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is rated 10.0, while Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers writes "Excellent server solution with incredible network throughput". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers writes "Enables us to virtualize applications and user desktops ". Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers and HPE Synergy, whereas Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and Lenovo Rack Servers.
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Pros
Excellent server solution with incredible network throughput.It has centralized our server management and allows us to treat servers like a pool of resources instead of discrete devices.

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It is quite stable. We didn't have a single downtime of failure. Nor have we ever experienced any downtime in electrical components or the hardware. In this way, the server is reliable.I like the Dell EMC management and we have a great management interface. They are very reliable and we can trust the server. It's very reliable and easy to manage.This product has really saved us a lot of headaches when it comes to hardware replacements. It's something it seems that Dell has improved. You quickly log your support case and get support. The turnaround time is really fast.Compared to the other vendors and generations, this one tends to be more user-friendly, so you spend less time trying to get where you want to go.The server itself has the most stable updates. The patches and the updates will take you a long way before they release another one, so you aren't constantly doing more updates and upgrades.The GUI is accessible and everything is pretty much upfront. You don't get lost in navigating between the tabs.I like a feature they call iDRAC. It's a feature that allows you remotely power on and off the server.Internal dual SD module (IDSDM) for embedded hypervisors, such as VMware ESXi.

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In the version we need to use, the manager is still reliant on a full Java install on a Windows OS. This is inconvenient and problematic if you have multiple management tools on different versions of Java or if you move to a machine without the appropriate Java environment.

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I would like to see better IOPS, i.e. the disc speed. That is the main limitation for scaling up the number of users.They should improve the centralized management interface. When you are going to deploy something, for example, VMware or RedHat, it should be easier to deploy a lot of servers. Now you have to do one at a time.The versions that I work with, they used to max out on memory, on RAM, quickly, so I'd want to think in the newer versions, they actually allocate more processing power and more RAM to them.The physical location of the module is not easily accessible in some Dell PowerEdge servers.It needs improvements in the thermal design and the management of servers.It's not the perfect solution but it is reasonable.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
​Best to buy all the blades configured for the same purposes of load balancing and failover or load shifting.​

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It would be definitely a plus to purchase servers with iDRAC Enterprise and Server Configuration for OpenManage Essentials licenses, especially for large-scale deployments.

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Also Known As
Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-SeriesPowerEdge R
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Overview

UCS C-Series Rack Servers deliver unified computing in an industry-standard form factor to reduce TCO and increase agility. Each server addresses varying workload challenges through a balance of processing, memory, I/O, and internal storage resources.

PowerEdge R is available in three models and with the following advantages: Entry level is simple, entry level server ideal for businesses just migrating to server usage, advanced is offering more cache and speed, these servers offer more options for processors, expansion and virtualization, Premium create a dynamic infrastructure with flexible workloads from a complete virtualization platform.

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Sample Customers
Advanced Medical Transport, Aegean Motorway, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Artoni Transporti, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, City of Mississauga, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Kind en Gezin, Kuwait Petroleum Italia, Nationwide, Quest, Talbots, University of St. GallenNxtGen Datacenter, Medien-Service Untermain (MSU), Exasol, IndigoVision, Dayco
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Software R&D Company25%
Comms Service Provider14%
Retailer11%
Media Company9%
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