Cisco UCS Series vs. Supermicro Ultra

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco UCS Series
Score 8.5 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 Ultra
Score 10.0 out of 10
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Supermicro Ultra is the company's line of higher end rack servers.N/A
Pricing
Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro Ultra
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro Ultra
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro Ultra
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Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro Ultra
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Medium-sized Companies
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Enterprises
IBM Z
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User Ratings
Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro Ultra
Likelihood to Recommend
7.6
(48 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
7.8
(7 ratings)
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Support Rating
8.8
(10 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Cisco UCS SeriesSupermicro Ultra
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
If you need a central located server or server setup, less resources, it takes up maybe a third of a rack, maybe a fourth of a rack. Not too bad for one chassis, less suited if you don't have quarter of a rack to put it in. Some smaller setups won't need it if you don't need multiple servers as well.
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Supermicro
We have quite a bit of data that needs to be backed up - so we opted for a larger device than most small businesses/companies would likely ever need. That said, we are happy with our decision to do so. The interface within the IPMI device is easy to navigate through and get things setup. Hardware reliability is fantastic as well - as we have had no issues at all. I believe they have some smaller/lower-end devices for sale as well - but I'm not familiar with them. We're very happy with their product
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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
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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
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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
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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 Ultra product line was brought to my attention from a reseller. I had never heard of them prior to the introduction. The reassurance I was given before we moved forward with the purchase is what made me feel a bit more sound with our decision. Unboxing and putting together took all of 10 minutes - getting it racked and booted maybe another 15 minutes. The device was fully online and operational (to be used as a backup location) in about an hour in total. Very clean design - fans are fairly quiet as well. The reliability we've had for the past three years has been fantastic. We're glad we selected this device as our primary backup location for our district
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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
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