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Cisco UCS Series

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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco UCS Series

Cisco UCS is a great foundation on which to build your enterprise-class server infrastructure. It is not a good fit for small companies because the networking components would be too costly to implement. Cisco UCS blades and rack-mount servers are relatively easy to manage through the UCS console, where you can apply blade profiles and create automation to help provision new servers, etc.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Power System LC922

The campus benefits from the distributed workload capability. Much of our data is structured by varied class/department needs, so we kept to a standard setup of these systems. This was mainly in our ETL systems where we focused our use of Power compute. The servers themselves worked great and we had no difficulty. They handled large datasets with ease and we have been satisifed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco UCS Series

  • Cisco UCS servers are really excellent hypervisor hosts. They were built for it and one can tell that they were. They also have nice add-on features that you can buy when you first get them, but you can also add a lot of features later on.
  • Cisco USC servers, exactly like their HP analogues, HP ProLiant servers, are very robust, extremely reliable and have really excellent management tools. You don't have to pay or an iLo subscription on UCS servers like you do on HP ProLiants, however. A USC server comes with the "CIMC" or "Cisco Integrated Management Controller" which is obviously pretty much exactly the same thing as an iLo.
  • You can get parts for Cisco UCS server super fast (depending on your SmartNet plan type) and the support (through TAC) is unbeatable.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Power System LC922

  • IBM systems are reliable.
  • Speed is important and LC922 is fast
  • LC922 has great integration
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco UCS Series

  • Price - typically a little higher priced compared to similar hardware.
  • This product could be improved if it allowed other memory choices besides Cisco memory. You cannot simply add more memory that is not from Cisco. You have to purchase their memory which is more expensive than other memory choices.
  • Setup is a little complicated at first. Once set up and running there isn't much to configure later.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Power System LC922

  • Wasn't cheap
  • Administration has a big learning curve and can be difficult
  • Scalability can be hard
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco UCS Series

Cisco UCS Series 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We are All satisfied with the value and Performance of the UCS servers
Benjamin Bubbers | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Power System LC922

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Usability

Cisco UCS Series

Cisco UCS Series 7.9
Based on 9 answers
While Cisco's hardware is solid and long running, their software is usually the weak point. I will say that they are getting better with each release but if I had to find a problem with usability that would be it. Overall usability is good when you can work around software issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Power System LC922

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Support Rating

Cisco UCS Series

Cisco UCS Series 8.2
Based on 16 answers
Cisco support for the UCS is the same experience you will have with most of their other product lines. And what you've come to experience is short wait times for tier 1 issues and quick callbacks for others. The same goes for their UCS line and also hardware turnaround is very fast. When we have a high priority ticket we can literally call and be on the phone with someone within minutes, and as you know when you're under the gun each minute is crucial.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Power System LC922

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco UCS Series

We also considered some of the Dell options, none of those produced what we needed. UCS met our business needs in ways that other companies and solutions could not compete. I do think other solutions have caught up but Cisco was ahead of its time when they brought this to market. I would 100% use this again.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Power System LC922

I did not chose to use it but was simple asked to help with administration of it. As stated previously as it did not align with our company software goals we eventually moved off of it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco UCS Series

  • We recommend Cisco UCS only to all the customers and the are happy so far with it.
  • Less performance issues due to in built storage makes it a better choice.
  • CIMC and hot swappable drives makes it the first choice.
  • RAID support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Power System LC922

  • Good return on usage due to it's handling of increased data loads
  • Dependence upon Power tied us too directly to IBM which was not something we wanted to do as a learning institution focused more on other products and systems like Google/Google Cloud.
  • If you are using compute or not you are paying for it so the price can be high.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Series

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM Power System LC922

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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