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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco UCS Manager

If you have a data center and use the Cisco UCS Blade platform with SAN storage, then UCS manager is the right tool for you. Managing one or a few host servers with UCS manager is pretty easy. You can see pretty quick what is going on with your servers. If you need to configure the fabric interconnects, you pretty much need to use UCS manager to do it. I find that it meets the needs for almost everything we do with the UCS C and B servers. If you have hyper flex servers from Cisco, then you would not want to use UCS manger. If you are not using Cisco servers you may not be able to use UCS manager.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC VPLEX

This works in two fold. First it creates a copy of the data in two locations, protecting the data from a SAN or a NAS failure. Second, it provides a data point in a second location that can be used as storage for a stretched virtual cluster, giving a virtual stack a means to continue operation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco UCS Manager

  • Service Templates: Provision new hardware using templates in the matter of minutes.
  • Firmware updates: Modifying the FW level on a template will kick off an FW upgrade on all attached equipment.
  • Consolidated Views: See all equipment in a single view.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC VPLEX

  • High Availability
  • Fail Over
  • Business continuity
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco UCS Manager

  • UCSM is known for its bugs, especially during code upgrades.
  • Similar options can be set in a variety of places with varying effects.
Tom Erdman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC VPLEX

  • Requires high bandwidth low latency connectivity between sites.
  • Cost wise it is expensive because you have to purchase with a mirror in mind.
  • Configuration can be difficult.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco UCS Manager

Cisco UCS Manager 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Cisco UCSM Support has been very quick to reply and address our concerns, issues, and questions. We have found that Cisco's documentation is clear and concise and fairly easy to find. With Cisco support's help, we are able to quickly and safely meet the demands of our end-users, consistently.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC VPLEX

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco UCS Manager

We were a IBM Blade Center shop. IBM was easier to manage. However, it was not as all inclusive. The IBM served us well, but when we started pricing out options Cisco came in a little less expensive on the current promotion they were running. The Cisco UCS has proven to be more stable and reliable, as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC VPLEX

When this was purchased there was no other product that could achieve what we were looking for, now this feature is pretty standard with storage platforms. It is a costly solution not just the hardware but the infrastructure to support it. It requires a connection between sites with at least 3 gigabytes per second and sub 5 millisecond latency and a network infrastructure capable of handling that
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco UCS Manager

  • We were able to achieve a positive ROI on the system within 18 months. This might be unique to our situation. Priced against buying traditional servers and fabrics it would stack up favorably.
  • The ability to easily expand our infrastructure with blades is a strength. The profiles allow us to add a new server which is configured and deployed in a much shorter amount of time than traditional server infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC VPLEX

  • Reduced down time.
  • Provides business continuity.
  • Reduces single point of failure on the SAN.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Manager

General

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

Dell EMC VPLEX

General

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

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