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"UCS director enables us to be more productive and more agile, and also more self-sufficient because we don't have to depend on anybody else.""A product that really aids in systems management without complexity.""This is a user-friendly solution that is very good and easy to use.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the fabric sharing.""I can manage multiple workloads whether it's on AWS, Azure, or on-premises. They can be managed by using the UCS Director."

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"The solution's support for scripts... has reduced the man-hours it takes to deploy and support applications because we don't have to rewrite all the scripts.""The fact that these are non-technical people — they're experts in their fields but they're definitely not technical — and they can just log in to the portal and select the resource that they believe they need, and manage it themselves, speaks to the ease of use. It shows them their live costs, etc., as they're spending. The fact that they can do that without any problems, or having to engage the IT teams, is a true testament to it. There's no need for any user training at all.""The scripting, where you can use libraries, is a valuable feature. We don't really make the blueprints, as we have a third-party company that makes them for us. But it enables calling APIs in the blueprints. When we create a machine, we use IPAM from Infoblox and we can get an IP address. It's one platform to script and we can then use all the APIs to complete the scripts. It gives us a central management tool from which we can do a lot of things automatically.""Previous inquiries took us almost a full day to prepare the VM to the liking of our users. Now the deployment time is below 15 minutes and users can do it on their own! That leaves us to only update the blueprints if new requirements come in or new Windows Versions are published. As we have now predefined setups the testing team can rely on common ground for their product tests. Development teams can experiment with alpha versions in a secured environment (separate VLANs) without harming production machines."

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"Simplifying the user interface would go a long way to making it more usable.""The product could allow more programmatic opportunities through better development of the API.""I would like to see more integration with other solutions.""We cannot depend on this solution to manage all of the data center's infrastructure.""Normally, UCS Director is used primarily for orchestration, but when we look at a non-Cisco data infrastructure components, the UCS Director needs a bit more improvement in terms of integration with third-party systems and with existing older systems."

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"There is room for improvement in making the solution easier still. If you don't know Calm, it's not so easy to use... It is a really good solution for doing simple tasks, but it's not a good solution for complex tasks.""Even though it's a lot easier, it could be a bit slicker for the end-users. The ability to create their own blueprints could be without their having to understand the details of what they're trying to do. If they could just tick this, this, this, and this — whatever they need — and it would go spinning those up, that would be better. Now, we still guide them quite a bit.""I cannot say Calm is providing centralized control of all our applications because we have some legacy systems. We have IBM iSeries, which is another technology. But with Calm we can centralize all our x86 machines.""The list of blueprints and applications could be more configurable so you see all the fields you need and not just some predefined fields which are not customizable now."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I can manage multiple workloads whether it's on AWS, Azure, or on-premises. They can be managed by using the UCS Director.
Top Answer: I would like to see more flexibility when it comes to managing other stacks, like VMware virtualization.
Top Answer: The typical use case is for web services. It is integrated with our database.
Top Answer: The easy way to provide users with full-fledged VMs the way IT wants it to be while still being flexible.
Top Answer: There is room for improvement in making the solution easier still. If you don't know Calm, it's not so easy to use. Blueprint repositories are not all in the same place. Sometimes they are in the… more »
Top Answer: We create Windows Testmachines for our Test Department from Win7 up to Server 2019
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Overview

Cisco UCS Director enables automated delivery of physical and virtual data center resources, empowering data centers to move at the speed of business.

Nutanix Calm allows you to seamlessly select, provision, and manage your business applications across your infrastructure for both the private and public clouds. Nutanix Calm provides App lifecycle, monitoring and remediation to manage your heterogeneous infrastructure, for example, VMs or bare-metal servers. Nutanix Calm supports multiple platforms so that you can use the single self-service and automation interface to manage all your infrastructure. Nutanix Calm provides an interactive and user friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) to manage your infrastructure.

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Entel, Data#3, Cegal, NESIC, LightEdgeJetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, Volkswagen SAIC, Brighton and Hove City Council, Foresters Financial, Janus International Group, Cloud Comrade, Serco
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Comms Service Provider52%
Computer Software Company18%
Media Company4%
Wholesaler/Distributor3%
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Computer Software Company55%
Comms Service Provider14%
Government4%
Real Estate/Law Firm4%
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Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise71%
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Cisco UCS Director is ranked 6th in Cloud Management with 6 reviews while Nutanix Calm is ranked 7th in Cloud Management with 4 reviews. Cisco UCS Director is rated 7.6, while Nutanix Calm is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS Director writes "Brings agility to our organization, allowing for better manageability and faster deployment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Calm writes "We are aiming for "infrastructure-as-code" so that we can always recreate an environment, without manual work". Cisco UCS Director is most compared with Cisco Intersight, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), Cisco CloudCenter, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) and vCloud Director, whereas Nutanix Calm is most compared with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), OpenNebula, vCloud Director and Morpheus. See our Cisco UCS Director vs. Nutanix Calm report.

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