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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.""What I really like about the Cisco USC Server is its service profile.""The hardware customization capabilities are great.""The product doesn't take up too much space on the rack and I like that."

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"The performance is the solution's most valuable asset. It has one of the highest levels of performance I have ever seen. It's quite remarkable, in that sense.""The initial setup is simple and straightforward.""Active Memory Expansion allows you to compress your memory on the run time to allow you to have less physical memory available, but provision more memory to your partitions, as everything will be compressed on the fly.""The availability of a solution depends on the requirement of the customer. The most valuable feature is the virtualization. You can have this one system or you can use it for many. They were using almost 120 servers within that specific service.""I use the hypervisor of IBM Power Systems a lot.""The technical support that clients get from IBM is excellent.""Power Systems is like a dream solution for every IT person because it has redundancy, and it doesn't stop. It doesn't get affected easily. I don't see any weaknesses in this solution. At the moment, we have Power8. It is stable and runs smoothly. We have a big load, and it is working very well. It can be customized based on our needs. Flash copy is helping us amazingly. We have virtualization for vDisks, which is again very helpful. We are working on this virtualization technology, and we have a team that is working on redundancy and architecture.""What we like the most is the ability to upgrade the scaling of the system itself. Whenever we need extra storage, we can do that. Whenever we need extra memory, we can do that as well. It's fast and it's available."

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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.""I would like to see a little more integration with VMware.""Technical support could be more responsive."

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"It would be ideal if the solution was more simple to work with.""Technical support and documentation need to be improved.""It does not offer the ability to run any X86 or X64 Intel architecture-based application on Power Systems. There are a lot of applications, lots of business use cases that do not support this architecture as of now. If somehow application tasks can be ported on to IBM Power Systems, that would be a big improvement.""The scalability process should be simplified.""Its price can be improved. It is too high.""IBM should be more flexible with marketing or offer marketing events themselves and invite the partners to attend. That might be far more productive.""In Power6, latency was an issue, but nowadays, we are on Power8, which doesn't have any such problems. Sometimes, we have issues when we are moving to a new version, which is the case with almost every company. Some new issues or problems show up suddenly, and you do not have the time to research and find the solution. That's when we contact IBM technical support.""The pricing of the product could always be lowered."

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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.""This product is quite expensive and it would be better if it were cheaper.""This solution is a little expensive."

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"The pricing is reasonable.""Its price is too high.""Its price depends on the sizing."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The product doesn't take up too much space on the rack and I like that.
Top Answer: The pricing is fair. It is an enterprise solution, however. The price might be a bit less if the organization is a bit smaller.
Top Answer: Something about the storage is somewhat lacking. They should work to improve and expand it. I almost prefer EMC's setup more. Technical support could be more responsive.
Top Answer: We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level… more »
Top Answer: Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very… more »
Top Answer: IBM Power Systems is used for the core banking applications. We have accounts with financial enterprises in Egypt. We propose this solution if you are a bank, you are upgrading or migrating bank… more »
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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.

IBM Power Systems are built to crush the most advanced data applications - from the mission-critical workloads you run today to the next generation of AI.
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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. Gallen
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company25%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm32%
Manufacturing Company9%
Engineering Company5%
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider26%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise38%
Large Enterprise13%
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise68%
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Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is ranked 5th in Rack Servers with 7 reviews while IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 9 reviews. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is rated 8.6, while IBM Power Systems 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 IBM Power Systems writes "Saves the cost of having one person at the data center solely looking at data systems". Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, HPE Apollo and HPE Synergy, whereas IBM Power Systems is most compared with Oracle SPARC Servers, Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Intel Server System and Huawei KunLun Mission Critical Server. See our Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. IBM Power Systems report.

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