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Attribute Ratings

  • Supermicro Ultra is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Cisco UCS Series

91%
39 Ratings
9.5

Supermicro Ultra

95%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cisco UCS Series

91%
1 Rating

Supermicro Ultra

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

7.8

Cisco UCS Series

78%
8 Ratings

Supermicro Ultra

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.5

Cisco UCS Series

85%
15 Ratings

Supermicro Ultra

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

For a long time, we experimented with Supermicro and relied on Citrix. There is no alternative to UCS because it is the only one that offers such a comprehensive set of features. Ability to control all aspects of operation, including hardware, software, and firmware, from a single location. In our perspective, Cisco was among the first to completely overhaul the standard server architecture. Even though there are several attractive new hyper-converged options on the market, we continue to upgrade our infrastructure using just UCS.
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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

  • With simple OS updates and entire firmware bundles that cover all sub-components, firmware upgrades are quick.
  • When compared to Cisco's other systems, the UCS has had less hardware failures throughout the years.
  • The centralized infrastructure management console (CIMC) is a powerful tool for keeping tabs on and adjusting settings on a server from afar.
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Supermicro

  • Security
  • Innovation
  • Price
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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

  • Client communication-problem solving
  • Reaction
  • Complexity
  • Rebooting the server
  • Memory compatibility
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Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Series

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco UCS Series editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

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    Pricing Info

    Supermicro Ultra

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Supermicro Ultra editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      We are All satisfied with the value and Performance of the UCS servers
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      Supermicro

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Cisco

      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.
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      Supermicro

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      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.
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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

      • Cisco UCS servers have been relatively reliable when it comes to uptime. We do not have regular outages caused by these servers, which saves us a lot of $ in missed calls and meetings.
      • We had an enormous cascade failure of a RAID array on a Cisco UCS server (the CUCM phone system's publisher cluster host) a couple of years ago. Thankfully, we had a fully-synced CUCM subscriber cluster on another UCS server that took over phone system duties for the duration of the outage. I can't estimate how much money that failover configuration saved us. But that was the CUCM configuration that achieved the failover, not the UCS server itself. Plus it was the primary publisher UCS server having a hardware failure that CAUSED the cascade failure to begin with. We had to hire a VAR to help with the recovery of the entire publisher cluster, which was not backed up (because of the presence of the subscriber cluster ... we still don't back most of them up), which ended up taking almost 2 months and several tens of thousands in VAR labor (and on-staff engineer labor) to get it re-constituted after the UCS server was repaired. That one failure probably cost us $60,000. By the way, the failed server had to have a new motherboard installed, a very serious hardware error indeed. That is the only bad experience we have had with any UCS server, but it was a very, VERY bad experience.
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      Supermicro

      • Business expansion
      • Revenue increase
      • Digitalization
      • Security
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