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"Its hardware is really reliable. We also like Cisco for its support.""In terms of the features that I have found most valuable, that is basically the hardware, which is more dynamic.""The initial setup is straightforward and easy to do.""It is very stable and easy to use. It integrates easily with Cisco's cloud-based UC solutions. There are tools for management that make the management a bit easier, but we don't use them. We don't use what you would term as power users."

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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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"Its accessibility and manageability can be improved. Currently, we have to visit the office to manage it. It should be manageable outside our network. I would like it to be on the cloud.""I think the pricing is high. Cisco has to look for bundling this solutions with other applications.""The warranty and support periods should be extended.""On the contact center and video conferencing, I would definitely like to see more AI features. The AI features are key for us. You will find a lot of them in the cloud-based solution, but in the on-premises solution, they're hardly there. I would like to see the same AI features that are there in the cloud-based Cisco UC."

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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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"Cisco is expensive, but we didn't look at the cost of the product. We were looking at reliability and support.""This product is slightly more expensive when compared to others."

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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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Also Known As
Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series
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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 thatĀ becomeĀ 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
Comms Service Provider37%
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm5%
Financial Services Firm17%
Manufacturing Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider20%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise60%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise72%
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Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is ranked 5th in Rack Servers with 4 reviews while HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 36 reviews. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is rated 8.6, while HPE Synergy is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers writes "Offers dynamic hardware and saves a lot of space, power, and management". 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, HPE Apollo, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers and IBM Power Systems, whereas HPE Synergy is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, Cisco UCS B-Series, HPE Apollo and HPE Integrity.

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