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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Unified Computing System Adapters (UCS VICs)

Ideal for datacenters that requires to transmit real time transfer, easily scalable and supports extreme virtualization but it depends what kind of serve node is required it works optimal for all solutions, with inbuilt network, power supply and cooling management it saves numerous resources like human intervention and power consumption.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

Network upgrades - this is a solid, tested, well-supported NIC that does the job. If you need connectivity in a Cat5e or Cat6 building, this is your go-to. We have used it in self-built storage and servers for some time, added it to increase capacity in vendor-built storage and servers, and have upgraded higher-end PCs with this NIC in order to gain redundancy and increased performance.
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Unified Computing System Adapters (UCS VICs)

  • Ports 10/40 / 100Gbps or FCoE.
  • Support up to 256 Virtual Express devices.
  • Highly scalable and easy to control.
  • Centralized and unified management.
  • Virtualization of VIC adapters
Onessimo Azevedo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

  • Uses RJ45 ports, allowing you to use existing Cat6/7 infrastructure.
  • Widely supported by OSs, as to be expected with Intel adapters.
  • Relatively low cost upgrade for a massive speed boost.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Unified Computing System Adapters (UCS VICs)

  • somewhat pricey
  • not as intuitive as some UCS
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

  • Missing RDMA support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Unified Computing System Adapters (UCS VICs)

When using UCS B-Series, there is no real other choice. For implementations leveraging UCS C-Series, we evaluated based on what connectivity is available, the power of the VIC's really comes when connecting to a UCS Fabric Interconnect, though they can be used standalone. When using standalone, unless implementing to increase the number of physical ports, there are more cost effective options such as the Intel X540.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

We've used a number of different brands and keep coming back to Intel. We've had a number of stability issues with various Broadcom NICs usually starting after installing a firmware update. Intel provides a more stable platform, which is key for our business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Unified Computing System Adapters (UCS VICs)

  • Kind Of Pricy But Features Somehow Outscores It
  • Easily Manageable
  • Reduced Man Hour And Human Intervention
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

  • It has enabled us to affordably moved to 10gig for those who need it
  • it will enable us to affordably move the HQ network to 10gig in the near future
  • It has simplified and helped us standardize on a NIC across all device types except laptops
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Unified Computing System Adapters (UCS VICs)

General

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

Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540

General

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

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