Compare Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. HPE Synergy

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is ranked 5th in Rack Servers with 1 review while HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 36 reviews. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is rated 10.0, while HPE Synergy is rated 8.2. 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 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 C-Series Rack Servers is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers and HPE Synergy, whereas HPE Synergy is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M and Cisco UCS B-Series.
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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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In terms of the productivity of our deployment team, the amount of time has been decreased a lot. In the past, to deploy one c7000 chassis with 15 or 16 blades, we literally used to spend two to three weeks. But with a Synergy, it's very quick. Within three days we can do the deployment.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.

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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 definitely like to see them fix the firmware updates on all the blades. No matter what operating system it is running on, make sure I can do the firmware as well as the software for those firmware components at the same time. I don't want to have to rely on an external product. Let's bring that product inside the menu so that I have a better experience with updates.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.

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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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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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5th
out of 14 in Rack Servers
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Reviews
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Average Words per Review
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Avg. Rating
10.0
1st
out of 25 in Blade Servers
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12,646
Comparisons
8,103
Reviews
36
Average Words per Review
787
Avg. Rating
8.2
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Also Known As
Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series
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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.

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
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. GallenHudsonAlpha, Virgin Media, EMIS, United
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider26%
Financial Services Firm10%
Software R&D Company9%
University8%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Manufacturing Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
Retailer12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider12%
Financial Services Firm9%
Retailer7%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise61%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise77%
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