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Cisco's UCS B-Series is a product line of blade servers.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/40/Lo/DLPRLBOCAI3O.jpegA real centralized management and deploymentAt first we deployed UCS B-series into our Datacenter to host our production virtual machines. All is managed throw UCS Central. After some training and initial configuration, adding new blade take a couple of minutes. It has deeply decrease human action issues and administration time. This year we have deployed a new UCS Mini at a remote production site. Configuration was prepared before devices purchasing and so deployment was very fast and secured.,Centralized configuration Blade interchangeability with service profiles Secured and centralized hardware drivers upgrades Secured changes like adding VLAN,Need learning and training to create proper profiles Support is not automated: need to manually create cases,9,First investment is heavy and need time for a return Blade and chassis add-on is cheaper than concurrency Flexibility allows to reassign resources depending of changing loads,HPE BladeSystem and Dell PowerEdge R,6,VMware ESXi, Oracle VM Server, Pure Storage FlashArrayBrief Overview of Cisco UCSWe use Cisco UCS B Series as the primary computer platform for our organization. We are essentially 100% virtualized, and it complements our VMWare environment very well.,Reliable platform. Efficient use of data center floor space due to the blade architecture. Scalability. Manageability.,Cost: can be expensive to implement. Management interface/GUI still uses java. KVM can be sluggish.,8,Positive: reduced TCO in relation to power consumption and cabling. Positive: reduced headcount to manage the environment.,Dell PowerVault and Dell PowerEdge RUCS B-servers: An excellent workhorse for your datacenter.We have moved our entire virtual environment (~1000 virtual servers) to Cisco UCS B servers. We have 40 physicals blades which provide all the computing power. For our customers, we host a virtual desktop environment complete with application servers, E-mail server, and file/print servers. We have stopped using all other vendors' servers because of the great scalability and ease of maintenance of our UCS environment.,Easy to manage, all operations from provisioning servers to firmware maintenance can be done from the UCS manager. Easy to scale, since all intelligence resides at the Fabric Interconnect level, adding more servers is just a case of sliding in more blades, and deploy existing service profiles to provision the hardware with all the right config and firmware. Great documentation and technical support available.,Initial setup is more involved than traditional servers. Slightly larger financial investment when starting your UCS environment because of the need to add the Fabric Interconnects.,9,We can now scale up/out much easier because of UCS. Firmware maintenance is a matter of setting up the upgrade and letting the UCS manager perform all the work.,HPE BladeSystem,PRTG Network Monitor, Cisco ASA, Cisco Nexus, VMware ESXiWorks Well for Virtualization!We needed a system that would save us rack space and provide us the power we needed for our virtual environment. We chose the Cisco UCS platform due to the space it would save us by using a blade system. For about 14Us of space we could have 8 blade servers to handle our 150 virtual servers.,Space savings - saving space means less cabinets. That saves money especially in a colocation. Powerful - fast processors and can hold up to 768GB of memory all in small blade. Quiet and efficient operation. Compared to other vendors' blade servers there is a noticeable difference in noise.,Price - typically a little higher priced compared to similar hardware. This product could be improved if it allowed other memory choices besides Cisco memory. You cannot simply add more memory that is not from Cisco. You have to purchase their memory which is more expensive than other memory choices. Setup is a little complicated at first. Once set up and running there isn't much to configure later.,7,Space savings - more hardware for less space - saves the reoccurring cost of colocation space and power. Less power consumption which saves cost of power. Less management hassle. Set it and forget it for the most part. Saves time on installing new servers. Managing multiple servers/networks easily. Upgrading firmware on multiple servers is simple.,HP ProLiant BladeSystem and Dell PowerEdge VRTX,AirWatch, Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Photoshop
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At first we deployed UCS B-series into our Datacenter to host our production virtual machines. All is managed throw UCS Central. After some training and initial configuration, adding new blade take a couple of minutes. It has deeply decrease human action issues and administration time. This year we have deployed a new UCS Mini at a remote production site. Configuration was prepared before devices purchasing and so deployment was very fast and secured.
  • Centralized configuration
  • Blade interchangeability with service profiles
  • Secured and centralized hardware drivers upgrades
  • Secured changes like adding VLAN
We used UCS-B on central Datacenter and on main production sites for the more sensible workloads (ERP, Databases, VDI)
It is not suitable for Remote Office and Branch Office for costs reason.
It has been preferred to Hyperconverged systems to allow more flexibility.
It replace HPE Blades which are less easy to use and to monitor.
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We use Cisco UCS B Series as the primary computer platform for our organization. We are essentially 100% virtualized, and it complements our VMWare environment very well.
  • Reliable platform.
  • Efficient use of data center floor space due to the blade architecture.
  • Scalability.
  • Manageability.
Great for environments that have considerable compute needs and an efficient way to manage. Due to the costs to implement, it may not be optimal for small environments.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We have moved our entire virtual environment (~1000 virtual servers) to Cisco UCS B servers. We have 40 physicals blades which provide all the computing power. For our customers, we host a virtual desktop environment complete with application servers, E-mail server, and file/print servers. We have stopped using all other vendors' servers because of the great scalability and ease of maintenance of our UCS environment.
  • Easy to manage, all operations from provisioning servers to firmware maintenance can be done from the UCS manager.
  • Easy to scale, since all intelligence resides at the Fabric Interconnect level, adding more servers is just a case of sliding in more blades, and deploy existing service profiles to provision the hardware with all the right config and firmware.
  • Great documentation and technical support available.
Good:
If you need to scale on a regular basis and need a flexible enviroment.
If you need a high density and high performance enviroment.

Less good:
If you need a very small static set of servers then most features of UCS will be not be as valuable for you.
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We needed a system that would save us rack space and provide us the power we needed for our virtual environment. We chose the Cisco UCS platform due to the space it would save us by using a blade system. For about 14Us of space we could have 8 blade servers to handle our 150 virtual servers.
  • Space savings - saving space means less cabinets. That saves money especially in a colocation.
  • Powerful - fast processors and can hold up to 768GB of memory all in small blade.
  • Quiet and efficient operation. Compared to other vendors' blade servers there is a noticeable difference in noise.
The Cisco UCS blade system is great for environments where you need speed, but do not have the room for full size servers. You can get 8 blade servers in less than 14U of space. This setup is great for virtualized applications and servers. You can squeeze a lot of virtual servers on a blade. The CPU and memory perform very well. If you need a dedicated server for an application, like graphics processing, you may want to look at other solutions. The blades do not have a PCI slot, or a way to add a graphics processor, there may be other ways around that, but that is worth noting. The blade series was made for those who are constantly needing to add a server. If your company adds a new server every week, or month I think it is beneficial. You save time configuring the server. If you add a server or two once a year you will have to relearn how to set it up, or go through your documented steps. Yes it saves time in bulk, but one offs here and there I do not see much of a time savings. Managing firmware is a breeze.
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