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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.
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IBM Power System S924

Expensive PVU-licensed SW consolidation: With the MSPP (Multiply Shared Processor Pools) it's possible to efficiently host dozens of LPARs with a 'price' of only 70 PVUs per core. If you plan the upgrade from older POWER-based server, the rPerf performance metrics really works, especially with CPU-intensive workloads. POWER vs x86? Look at the industrial benchmarks, like SPEC CPU, SPEC jbb. Don't forget to take in the consideration S924 virtualization capabilities.
Dedicated database server: If there is a need for a dedicated DB server, then my choice is S924. From experience I can say that both the option with internal disks and storage systems are worthy of consideration. In the case of SAN-attached storage, be sure to consider connecting an additional IO Expansion Drawer. I would like to draw your attention to this. Adapters in the drawer are easier to replace than in the server itself, in addition, in fact, one drawer consists of two independent modules, which makes it possible to build a fault-tolerant solution.
Mixed AIX, Linux, IBM i environmnet for test and development: Unlike the E950, IBM i is supported on the S924. In such configuration I may recommend to use the dual-VIOS configuratrion with fully virtualized IO.
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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 S924

  • It has robust performance.
  • It's secure and stays available.
  • Can migrate easily.
  • Live partition mobility.
Srikanth Doddapaneni | 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 S924

  • I would love to see a better graphical interface for managing the http servers and services hosted on an IBMi system
  • I would like to see much more hardware documentation on the IBM Power system with real world examples of how companies use it
  • Better GUI's for ACS, the client connection software. It is seriously lacking compared to other GUI's for other systems
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 S924

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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.
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IBM Power System S924

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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.
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IBM Power System S924

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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.
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IBM Power System S924

Surely there are some alternatives. I always take a look at the whole product line when making a choice.
So they are:
They are very similar, but smaller. 8 and 20 cores max respectively. Even literally: S922 is 2U, while S922 is 4U in the 19'' rack. Their main benefit is the list price. So if you are absolutely sure that 24 core are too much in 5 years forecast, take a look on them. My opinion that the only considerable S924 configurations are 22 (but very fast) and 24 cores based.Don't look at the number of cores only: check the core's rPerf too.
Capacity on Demand: CPU and memory activations are the main benefits. Pay as your business growth. The max capacity also counts: 40 cores and 8Tb RAM. Think that you may not fit in the S924? Consider this option. Keep in mind that IBM i is not supported on E950.
It's another world. With POWER Enterprise Pools you may move cores and memory activations between such servers. The scalability is the best. If your business is big enough.
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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 S924

  • Positive impact in terms of user experience
  • Positive experience by IT server maintenance team
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Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Series

General

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

IBM Power System S924

General

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

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