Cisco UCS Series vs. Supermicro SuperBlade

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco UCS Series
Score 8.4 out of 10
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The Cisco UCS Series is a modular, high-density, high-availability, dual-node storage- optimized server suited for service providers, enterprises, and industry-specific environments. It provides dense, cost-effective storage to address your ever-growing data needs. Designed for a new class of data-intensive workloads, it is simple to deploy and excellent for applications for big data, data protection, software-defined storage environments, scale-out unstructured data repositories, media…N/A
Supermicro SuperBlade
Score 7.0 out of 10
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SuperBlade is a high density x86 Multi-Node Server for Enterprise Cloud, HPC Applications, from Supermicro. They are available in 8U, 6U and 4U enclosures with hot-swap NVMe support, with air or direct liquid cooling.N/A
Pricing
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Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro SuperBlade
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro SuperBlade
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Best Alternatives
Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro SuperBlade
Small Businesses
Dell PowerEdge R
Dell PowerEdge R
Score 8.6 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
HPE ProLiant DL
HPE ProLiant DL
Score 7.2 out of 10
Cisco UCS Series
Cisco UCS Series
Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM Z
IBM Z
Score 9.3 out of 10
Cisco UCS Series
Cisco UCS Series
Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro SuperBlade
Likelihood to Recommend
7.6
(46 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.8
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(10 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro SuperBlade
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
Cisco UCS blades are very well suited if you want to have dense and easily managed environment that is flexible (server profiles). its perfect if you have a need for business critical applications that requires whole blade to run. in case of any hardware failure you can simply swap its profile with standby node and power your application server back up very quickly, not something you could do with a standard rackmount
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Supermicro
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.
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Pros
Cisco
  • When used with VMWare, firmware changes cause minimal disruption.
  • Simple system software updates using all-inclusive firmware bundles covering the individual parts.
  • UCS, in contrast to other Cisco products, is stable and reliable, with relatively few hardware failures during its lengthy lifespan.
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Supermicro
  • 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)
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Cons
Cisco
  • Some issues with the operating system were present in Memory's memory for some time. A few DIMMS had to be replaced before the current firmware stabilized the problem
  • Although some of the templating is a little difficult to understand, this is typical of most Cisco products
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Supermicro
  • 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
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
We are All satisfied with the value and Performance of the UCS servers
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Supermicro
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Usability
Cisco
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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Supermicro
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Support Rating
Cisco
Cisco TAC is simply unbeatable and that goes for Cisco UCS server support just as well as it does for Cisco CUCM software. TAC has a well-deserved, excellent reputation and I do not hesitate to call them or open a ticket online, because I always know that I will get the help that I need and get it quickly
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Supermicro
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.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
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.
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Supermicro
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.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Life cycle of new hardware. We were able to refresh 40 existing servers with new ones in under a day
  • When having to move chassis around, having to only move 4 cables instead of the 16 that would have been required for rack-mount servers
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Supermicro
  • Their price has allowed us to save money when buying servers on bulk
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