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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 POWER9 Servers

This platform is very easily configurable and is found in the majority of businesses on each continent. They are used heavily by both the Fortune 500 companies as well as the smaller "mom and pop" shops. The O/S (operating system) is very flexible and may be configured to meet or exceed any security standards which are enforced today. There are a multitude of audit reports which may be generated to provide any information required for either audit purposes or to research a problem. There is not one business type more suited than another. They are found in retail, transportation, medical, education, manufacturing, research to name a few.
Mike Harrison | 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 POWER9 Servers

  • Our Power 9 servers provide a rock-solid platform to run our services on that we can maintain without application downtime or incidents.
  • Power 9 scaled up nicely from our Power 7 and Power 8 servers to provide better performance per core and more memory capacity for the cost.
  • We are able to condense our servers when migrating from Power 7 to Power 9 from a 4 CEC 770 to a single E950 to improve floor space and power consumption within the data center.
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 POWER9 Servers

  • I believe that IBM should continue to look for ways to find additional work loads to run on the Power platform for larger adoption.
  • IBM should invest heavily in making Power Servers easier to learn/use for new adoption.
  • IBM should make the servers easier to license/manage for the MSP model
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 POWER9 Servers

IBM POWER9 Servers 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Because Virtualization and features: The ability to micro-partition and use features like LPM are crucial for us to maximize uptime for our applications.
Nitish Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 POWER9 Servers

IBM POWER9 Servers 9.0
Based on 1 answer
They are very secure and do not have many of the security issues as other platforms
Nitish Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco UCS Series

Cisco UCS Series 8.1
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 POWER9 Servers

IBM POWER9 Servers 10.0
Based on 1 answer
IBM is always ready to help whenever I am opening any case with IBM.
Nitish Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco UCS Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM POWER9 Servers

IBM POWER9 Servers 9.0
Based on 1 answer
With built-in virtualization and an ecosystem of open cloud solutions, you can cloud-enable your applications without migration and build a cloud that handles the most data-intensive workloads on earth.
Nitish Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco UCS Series

We do have a Cisco C service server but that was never configured in a production environment as it was solely used for R&D purposes. Cisco UCS is very compact with easy to install. 8 Full and 16 half fits in 1 chassis and is very easy to upgrade both vertically and horizontally. we were also able to expand the number of virtual machines growing vertically by adding additional RAM on all the blades without even investing in additional chassis or blades.
Jeeva Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM POWER9 Servers

IBM POWER9 servers have demonstrated better performance per core and faster memory bandwidth over the x86 servers in our environment. Our benchmark testing of a handful of applications have shown POWER9 as the clear leader across all the tests.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco UCS Series

  • We were able to maintain the performance and speed while scaling the business
  • We had to invest less in terms of money and effort as we already had Cisco technologies in place
  • It is fast and delivers the required output accurately
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM POWER9 Servers

  • IBM POWER Systems allow a better CAPex and lower OPex on SAP HANA deployment.
  • IBM allows migration of certain software licenses between older machines leveraging a company's investment on software.
  • The simplicity of management allows for less IT personnel to monitor daily operations.
Roberto Etcheverry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Series

General

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

IBM POWER9 Servers

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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