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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco UCS Manager is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

Cisco UCS Manager

86%
12 Ratings
8.0

Icinga

80%
6 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco UCS Manager

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Icinga

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

9.0

Cisco UCS Manager

90%
4 Ratings

Icinga

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco UCS Manager

It [Cisco UCS Manager] 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

Icinga

Icinga is a world-class monitoring system. It can be used for most general monitoring situations. It is not a silver bullet, however, and there are instances where domain-specific monitoring systems are necessary. However, the output from those monitoring systems can be funneled into Icinga as a central monitoring and alerting system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco UCS Manager

  • It is very all inclusive for management of every part our our Cisco blade center.
  • It allows us to directly connect to a hardware-based server in the blade center as though we were physically at the console.
  • It allows us to monitor the entire system for faults.
  • It lets us manage connectivity.
  • It is set to alert us via email if a fault occurs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Icinga

  • Wealth of community-developed plugins.
  • Stable codebase.
  • Icinga 2 supports distributed monitoring.
  • Very performant, can support tens of thousands of checks per server.
Gabriel Ortiz | 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

Icinga

  • High learning curve, setting up Icinga from scratch can be a bit of a challenge starting out.
  • If the io2db process fails you UI stops updating, which can be very frustrating.
  • There is no simple mechanism for adding new hosts and services through the web UI, it's all very config-file based.
Jamin Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Manager

General

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

Starting Price

Icinga

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco UCS Manager

No score
No answers yet
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Icinga

Icinga 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Icinga is a solid solution which does everything it promises. It is backwards compatible with most Nagios instances, making the transition very easy. Once you get the hang of installing new plugins and editing configuration files expanding its monitoring capabilities are easy.
Jamin Becker | 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

Icinga

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Icinga

Icinga is better than Nagios because of its nicer user interface. New Relic can monitor CPU/memory and disk usage, but it's more of a performance and application troubleshooting tool rather than monitoring
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco UCS Manager

  • The positive is I was able to consolidate my small server infrastructure from 3 racks to one rack giving me space back and much power savings
  • The negative would be it could feel a little daunting to manage as there are many tabs and pieces to the interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Icinga

  • Proactive responses to issues before they happen
  • Reporting of all systems and being able to check against SLAs
  • Manageability of incidents
Matthew Goodhall | TrustRadius Reviewer

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