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Cisco UCS Series

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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 S914

Even in the closed IBM Power ecosystem, the use cases for the S914 are somewhat limited. The trade off in resource requirements to properly support PowerVM and VIOS makes it difficult to reach any sane level of virtualization density on the platform. Even without VIOS, we were venturing into expansion chassis territory to support two LPARs with external storage and tape backup on each. It became a question of how much we thought we'd expand the platform vs. how much we wanted to invest up front. If I had to do it over, I would have gone with the S924 or S922 in our setup.
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 S914

  • Very good cost / benefit ratio compared to other options on the market and for the intended purpose.
  • Scalability in terms of processing. The equipment is truly ideal to support containerized applications with high processing load.
  • Availability and fault tolerance. We have been working with these teams for more than three years and to date we have not been presented with a serious incident that puts our clients' data at risk.
Miguel Angel Merino Vega | 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 S914

  • Power9 systems, like their predecessors are rare, thus the skills to manage them at companies are rare. This in turn means a reluctance of companies to take the hardware on as it's unlike anything else in their estate.
  • Some people find them pricey compared to just buying a pile of commodity x86 hardware.
James Freeman | 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 S914

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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 S914

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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 S914

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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 S914

We have a strong relationship with IBM so our opinion may be slightly tilted in their favor given they are the enterprise standard. Nonetheless, we compared to Dell and ORACLE and went through a comprehensive evaluation process. IBM S914 ran SAP HANA and produced faster results for us. All 3 platforms were strong contenders and performed well but ultimately our strong relationship with IBM kept the competition from taking the sale. Our IBM pricing was inline with the others.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco UCS Series

  • I dont know the actual ROI vs running our environments in the Cloud, it really depends on each environment but we are saving at least 50% cost over moving the same environments to the cloud.
  • A negative that might bring the ROI down as compared to the cloud would be development moving to lightweight services that the UCS wouldn't be natively able to deliver and would require expertise in container tech to reproduce what is easily available AWS, Azure, GCP, OCI.
  • The positive impact is the flexibility, redundancy, and fail-over features in the UCS that ensure 99.999%+ uptime which really helps compare cost-wise directly to Cloud environments that boast high uptime.
William Guertin | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Power System S914

  • End of day processing time window reduces, in one example from 20 to 1 minute for the same processing load.
  • Backup times are reduced leaving more time for operation.
  • The system runs 24x7 giving the business the computing functionality it needs.
Graham Street | 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 S914

General

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

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