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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco UCS Manager

It is extremely well suited to large virtual infrastructure environments with resource dense blades. This solution is also great if you want to consolidate a large number of servers (if they are servers that need to stay physical, but can fit in the profile of a blade) - this would reduce data center space utilization as well as power and cooling. Cisco UCS Manager is also great if you're looking for centralized management of a larger number of servers. This would not be a great solution if you have a very small shop - it's not cheap and probably wouldn't give you a ROI if you only have a couple dozen servers total. I'd say it would be overkill for small shops, but if you have the money and don't care, you'll still like it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Foglight

Strengths [Foglight]
  • Monitoring, Alerting and Management of on-prem virtualization and physical servers
  • Historical trending and baselining are excellent and being able to compare a problem period against the same sets of data for a period when there was no issue is especially helpful as part of troubleshooting.
  • Ease of use for end users is appreciated
Weaknesses [of Foglight]
  • Creation and management of custom monitors is a developer level activity requiring Groovy skillset
  • Less useful for management of an environment where there is a large amount of custom implementations
  • Commitment to longevity of cartridges/packs for specific subsystems
  • Ability to create custom schedules/alerts/escalations is only available via a 3rd party product (from a former Quest developer) and is not particularly easy to manage/manipulate
  • Lack of API accessibility for external integrations to other analytics (splunk, etc.)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco UCS Manager

  • Management of every part our our Cisco blade center
  • Centralized management of a complicated system
  • Hardware control
  • Central storage
  • Smaller power requirements compared to legacy equipment
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Foglight

  • Database monitoring
  • Database management suite
  • Customization (both monitors and dashboards)
Aletha Diaz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco UCS Manager

  • Automation: There is a simple power-shell CMD lets, but it leaves more to be desired.
  • Navigation: Navigating the interface can be confusing.
  • Integration: Integration with ESXi hosts while doing FW upgrades would be hugely beneficial without the need for additional tools.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Foglight

  • While the Linux agents mostly work out of the box with the remote node receiving the push, some newer Linux distributions may require some tweaking of the agent install script due to upstream software package changes.
  • The canned reports are adequate for high-level overviews but I would like to be able to further customize them to include specific information from the monitored nodes.
  • I wish there was an application to migrate the Foglight NMS application and database (which reside on the same server) to a new server or VM. They make you open a support case to accomplish that for which you need an active maintenance contract.
Roger Mialkowski | 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

Foglight

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Cisco UCS Manager

I think UCS Manager would be able very comparable to other vendors offerings when it comes to server configuration. I think Cisco did a good job in giving you full access to many options that you might not see with Dell or HPE. Every manufacturer would need a similar tool to control their server environment, but I think what Cisco has built into their Manager is a little better than others I've used. You can just see and change so many settings. I would say that is also a bit of a negative by a little bit because sometimes it is hard to dig in and find what you need to change and often might need to reach out to TAC or take a training course to understand all of the interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Foglight

We were previously using Oracle to monitor resources across servers and networks. In general, that product was alright but the Foglight alerts are far superior to Oracle. The business goal of using Foglight is really to minimize business interruption costs so the faster and more noticeable the alerts, the better the product is at solving our problems.
Jaime L. Regan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco UCS Manager

  • It has been a good investment for us. We saw a ROI quickly as we moved most of our VMware infrastructure to it.
  • The support offered by 3rd party partners is readily available when they are needed.
  • It has been quite reliable for us thus far.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Foglight

  • Great value for vmWare monitoring.
  • Helps our eCommerce team to troubleshoot issues and make end user experience better.
Anderson Costa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Manager

General

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

Foglight

General

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

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