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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco UCS Series is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Cisco UCS Series

91%
39 Ratings
8.5

IBM LinuxONE

85%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco UCS Series

91%
1 Rating

IBM LinuxONE

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

7.8

Cisco UCS Series

78%
8 Ratings

IBM LinuxONE

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.5

Cisco UCS Series

85%
15 Ratings

IBM LinuxONE

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

For a long time, we experimented with Supermicro and relied on Citrix. There is no alternative to UCS because it is the only one that offers such a comprehensive set of features. Ability to control all aspects of operation, including hardware, software, and firmware, from a single location. In our perspective, Cisco was among the first to completely overhaul the standard server architecture. Even though there are several attractive new hyper-converged options on the market, we continue to upgrade our infrastructure using just UCS.
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IBM

IBM LinuxONE dashboard is clean and friendly to welcome new users and the capabilities of the feature are excellent and easy to pull multiple data from other third parties platforms through the IBM LinuxONE integration functions and the data merging tools are very excellent. Multiple data processing operations are easily managed and monitored through this software and the reports are effective.
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Pros

Cisco

  • With simple OS updates and entire firmware bundles that cover all sub-components, firmware upgrades are quick.
  • When compared to Cisco's other systems, the UCS has had less hardware failures throughout the years.
  • The centralized infrastructure management console (CIMC) is a powerful tool for keeping tabs on and adjusting settings on a server from afar.
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IBM

  • Valuable insights from the reports
  • Scalable
  • Easy to manage different data centers
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Cons

Cisco

  • Some issues with the operating system were present in Memory's memory for some time. A few DIMMS had to be replaced before the current firmware stabilized the problem
  • Although some of the templating is a little difficult to understand, this is typical of most Cisco products
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IBM

  • We had some milestones we did not meet due to technical issues, we had to get those escalated and finally got them resolved.
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Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Series

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco UCS Series editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    IBM LinuxONE

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    IBM LinuxONE editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Individual pricing on request

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      We are All satisfied with the value and Performance of the UCS servers
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      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Cisco

      Cisco UCS's usability is where they really shine compared to other server and compute platforms. Cisco has a very simple network configuration, so only a few cables to connect to the network core and you are up and running. Overall, the management interface for Cisco UCS is pretty straightforward as well. We have onboarded engineers onto our team and they can pick up basic UCS administration pretty quickly. We also like the ability to leverage APIs, etc. to automate blade and server builds.
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      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      Cisco support is generally very good. Licensing issues will creep up at times when contact support but if you keep good documentation or plan to use smart licensing you can avoid those problems. Cisco responds quickly in an outage and has fast hardware turn around time when you need a part.
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      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      Easier to integrate and to use after that. It gives a better feeling as a server and it is better in performance also it is more durable. Offers a variety of use cases and also it is a very scalable server. Offers a great redundancy (has already [been] integrated) and also [gives] you easy access from terminal or GUI.
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      IBM

      LinuxONE has better scalability and price/performance metrics.
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • Cisco UCS servers have been relatively reliable when it comes to uptime. We do not have regular outages caused by these servers, which saves us a lot of $ in missed calls and meetings.
      • We had an enormous cascade failure of a RAID array on a Cisco UCS server (the CUCM phone system's publisher cluster host) a couple of years ago. Thankfully, we had a fully-synced CUCM subscriber cluster on another UCS server that took over phone system duties for the duration of the outage. I can't estimate how much money that failover configuration saved us. But that was the CUCM configuration that achieved the failover, not the UCS server itself. Plus it was the primary publisher UCS server having a hardware failure that CAUSED the cascade failure to begin with. We had to hire a VAR to help with the recovery of the entire publisher cluster, which was not backed up (because of the presence of the subscriber cluster ... we still don't back most of them up), which ended up taking almost 2 months and several tens of thousands in VAR labor (and on-staff engineer labor) to get it re-constituted after the UCS server was repaired. That one failure probably cost us $60,000. By the way, the failed server had to have a new motherboard installed, a very serious hardware error indeed. That is the only bad experience we have had with any UCS server, but it was a very, VERY bad experience.
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      IBM

      • Pulling of multiple and big data from different channels.
      • Project workflow management is effective via the tool.
      • Project data processing and data management.
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