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Score 9 out of 100
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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco UCS Series is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Cisco UCS Series

92%
33 Ratings
7.0

Supermicro SuperBlade

70%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco UCS Series

91%
1 Rating

Supermicro SuperBlade

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

7.8

Cisco UCS Series

78%
8 Ratings

Supermicro SuperBlade

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.5

Cisco UCS Series

85%
15 Ratings
6.0

Supermicro SuperBlade

60%
2 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

Supermicro SuperBlade

Supermicro may be well suited if what you will be deploying on the servers is supported, because if you don't, you may have no support at all. In our case, we have had some hardware problems where the support is not efficient compared to other experiences we had (HP, DELL). On the other hand, their servers price is quite good, so it's a win win if you are looking for better prices than other vendors.
Agustin Larrarte | 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

Supermicro SuperBlade

  • Good IPMI management, detailed information
  • Their Redfish API is also a good tool to configure/retrieve information from the servers, good for scalability
  • Documentation Online for new updates is up to date (BIOS/FW)
Agustin Larrarte | 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

Supermicro SuperBlade

  • Their support could be better, it is not the fastest we've got in touch with
  • We have seen strange behaviour on some of their servers, it's better to check if the OS you will be running is supported on their support matrix first
Agustin Larrarte | 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

Supermicro SuperBlade

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

Supermicro SuperBlade

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

Supermicro SuperBlade

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

Supermicro SuperBlade

Supermicro SuperBlade 6.0
Based on 2 answers
My experience with the support was not that good, it always takes a lot of time to get somewhere when raising a support case. I gave it a 6 because I think they have room for improvement here, It could be good if they would act quicker and send in replacements for faulty hardware.
Agustin Larrarte | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Supermicro SuperBlade

The supermicro superblade servers are performing really well on our infrastructure, we are running a broad set of applications: voip, JAVA, linux, windows, hypervisors, etc. They are easy to install and configure and the price is a winning situation.On the other hand, The support is not so good, HP and DELL are stronger in this point. If you get any failures on your systems, they will replace them immediately, but supermicro will ask for a lot of information on the case before handing out replacement hardware, which makes it slow.
Agustin Larrarte | 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

Supermicro SuperBlade

  • Their price has allowed us to save money when buying servers on bulk
Agustin Larrarte | TrustRadius Reviewer

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