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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

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

  • The Lenovo BladeCenter has a management feature that notifies the IT staff when there are any hardware problems. It is extremely convenient to receive notifications for potential problems that we can address before they become problems. It also allows us to log into one place and see the status of all BladeCenter servers. That is very helpful.
  • It is very easy to configure servers for purchase. You only need to choose the processor and memory, and maybe an additional card if you have special requirements. If you want the server to boot using it's own hard drives, then you would need to add that. If it will boot from a SANS, then that is not even needed. The rest is handled by the BladeCenter.
  • The physical BladeCenter is designed to see if there are any issues at a glance. There are a led's on the front of the unit that allow you to see the status of much of the hardware.
  • There is a remote management feature that allows you to see the servers from one application without having to open several remote sessions from Windows of some other VNC service. You can just open a web browser and easily click a drop down to switch back and forth to see your server screens. This is very convenient if you are doing mass server maintenance and restarting several servers at once.
  • Hardware maintenance is very easy. Instead of dismounting a heavy server from a rack, or lifting a large server tower, these are light-weight blades that slide out of the BladeCenter. They are very easy to take out, add memory or change processors, or do whatever maintenance is needed, and then just slide back into the BladeCenter.
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

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.
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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
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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

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

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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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Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

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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

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

In my opinion IBM/Lenovo servers are built better and have more detailed, on-line technical specifications that helps with trouble-shooting or even planning purchases. Their hardware is sturdy, stable, and reliable. We hardly ever have any hardware issues. IBM/Lenovo support is excellent; always friendly and helpful. Support doesn't ask a ton of questions before actually assisting. They understand that you are a server administrator and have a clue, and talk to you on that level. I've worked with several other companies that start by explaining simple computer tasks like clicking. That wastes time when obviously you are calling about a system that is down. They respond quickly, and will even drive to pickup and deliver parts if you need new hardware parts.
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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.
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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

Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Series

General

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

Lenovo Flex System Blade Servers

General

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

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