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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

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

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Cisco UCS Series

92%
33 Ratings
9.0

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

90%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco UCS Series

91%
1 Rating

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

7.8

Cisco UCS Series

78%
8 Ratings

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.5

Cisco UCS Series

85%
15 Ratings

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco UCS Series

Cisco was a pioneer in redefining the traditional server paradigm, and it's the only one we've seen so far. When it comes to infrastructure upgrades, we're not tempted by the latest hyper-converged offerings. The HP Poliant and HP blades were our go-to weapons for years. However, nothing has come close to matching UCS's comprehensive offering. Network, computing, and storage management capabilities have not yet been beaten.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

Smaller environments may not get the benefit of a BladeCenter. If you only have a few servers, it would be cost effective to just purchase individual servers. If you need to share a SANS, need high-level uptime and redundancy, or just have a need for lots of servers, then a BladeCenter would be beneficial.
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

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

  • Physical disks management
  • Integration with VM
  • Ethernet scalability without any lost compression.
Leonardo de Andrade | 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

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

  • We purchased the BladeCenter with the expectation of using it for many years, and only replacing the servers when they got older. IBM/Lenovo technology has changed and we can no longer purchase servers that are compatible with our BladeCenter. We got a lot of good use from it, and are still using it. However, our future purchases will not be blade center servers because we will either have to buy another BladeCenter or regular rack mounted servers. I wish we could have gotten more use out of this BladeCenter because it makes IT live much simpler.
  • Sometimes the BladeCenter's web interface for the management module has trouble switching between areas. I use IE and it could just be a browser issue. I just have to click and wait sometimes before the screen updates and changes so I can perform certain tasks.
  • It would be nice to have a text option for alerts. You can configure email and "IBM Director" alerts, and tell it which types of alerts you want and if you just want information, warnings, or critical alerts. We don't use IBM Director so I'm not familiar with the features. That may have more options. With just purchasing the management modules I can only receive emails. If there is a critical alert at night, email is not going to get my attention; a text would.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Series

General

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

Starting Price

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

General

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

Starting Price

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

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco UCS Series

Cisco UCS Series 7.8
Based on 8 answers
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.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco UCS Series

Cisco UCS Series 8.5
Based on 15 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco UCS Series

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.
Pjeter Gjergjaj | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

Data Domain is one of the most impressive things in the world. The possibility to reduce our backup size, and deliver without any losses back it's just impressive. I understand and it's easy for everyone to understand how it works, but looking in front of you, following the process, and seeing an entire VM return after a disaster recovery in 10 minutes is a dream come true.
Leonardo de Andrade | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco UCS Series

  • Our facilities have thanked us, as the HVAC associated with Cisco Blade Chassis cut our power footprint almost in half. Of course, we still had some standard servers with the HP Blades when we moved to UCS.
  • On the server team one person now does what we had 3 doing for upgrades.
Tim Lillis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

  • BladeCenter servers are about half the cost of standard servers. To get true cost savings you must calculate the cost of the actual BladeCenter which may appear to be cost prohibitive, but it does have other benefits. We received ROI after purchasing 7 servers in a BladeCenter that could hold 14.
  • Our budget allowed us to purchase twice as many servers as planned because the cost of each server went down after investing in a BladeCenter. It was easer to get approval for purchases and do what we needed as an IT department.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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