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Cisco's UCS C-Series is a line of rack servers.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/40/Lo/OVANGKWF530D.jpegDependable rack server with intergrates completely in your UCS environment.We have moved our entire virtual environment (~1000 virtual servers) to Cisco UCS B servers. We have 40 physicals blades which provide all the compute power. For our customers we host a virtual desktop environment complete with application servers, E-mail server en file/print servers. We have stopped using all other vendors servers because of the great scalability and ease of maintenance of our UCS environment. For the non-virtualised servers which require local storage we use the UCS-C servers which can accommodate 8-60 local HDDs.,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.,,Cisco Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark), ASG-Remote Desktop, Dell EMC UnityUCS - Automated and dependable. What more do you need?UCS C-Series is being used by our organization as a multi-tenanted cloud platform. It allows us to deliver cloud solutions to our various customers at scale and with the dependability that comes with all Cisco solutions. The advanced management capabilities allow us to build and maintain a reference design with minimal effort.,Dependability - the UCS C-Series servers have never failed or faltered since installation. Ease of maintenance due to packaged updates. Ability to manage the environment with standards, allowing reference architectures to be deployed.,Integration between Prime and UCS C-Series has caused several problems.,9,Ease of management definitely lowers the overall cost of ownership and helps to justify the relatively high initial outlay.,Fujitsu PRIMERGY BX900Servers for the digital transformationIt is being used across the whole organization. it address the following business problems: Port Reduction: The unification of the system provided a platform to reduce the number of network and storage ports I needed to consume. Fewer ports meant fewer devices, which translated into CapEx and OpEx savings.Scalability: The ability to scale horizontally was greatly increased by the architecture of the UCS. I could easily add servers without running cables to network and storage switches.Management: The UCS Manager provided a single pane of glass to manage the entire domain of UCS servers. Additionally, I could use the XML API to manage the domain as well. Flexibility wins.,Cisco UCS is ENERGY STAR certified. In fact, Cisco UCS has the best power-to-performance ratio in the market Cisco UCS Manager is the only server management system that allows you to manage both blade and rack servers from a single interface. Cisco virtual interface cards (VICs) are converged network cards (CNAs) that extend the network fabric directly to both servers and virtual machines so that a single connectivity mechanism can be used to connect both physical and virtual servers with the same level of visibility and control.,They are more expensive than competitors. Correctly applying the concept of service profiles requires significant instruction, practice, and in-the-field fine tuning. Requires extensive planning for green-field installations. Differences in “East-West” traffic and “Nort-West” traffic performance.,9,Reduction in ongoing administrative effort. Network port and switch cost reduction. Power and cooling cost savings.,HPE and DellUCS-C 1TB RAM ReviewWe implemented the UCS-C series as a replacement for our aging VM hosts. We went from running the entire environment on 12 hosts at roughly 70-90% capacity to more than doubling our VMs on 4 hosts at 30-50% capacity. We went from an n-0 to a n-2 environment. The UCS-C series brought our environment to a steady state.,Adapts well to an existing infrastructure. Deploys fast. Scales up and scales out really well.,Cost can be prohibitive. Initial deployment of the UCS fabric can be difficult. We had a server arrive DOA.,9,We were able to go from 3 racks of servers running about 50/50 virtual and physical servers to 1 rack 100% virtualized. With the cost saving on Data Center we were able to invest in failover infrastructure at a second location. Cisco UCS is the ground work for doing a hyper converged infrastructure.,,McAfee, Microsoft Azure, VMware Fusion
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January 29, 2019

Cisco UCS C-Series: "Dependable rack server with intergrates completely in your UCS environment."

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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 compute power. For our customers we host a virtual desktop environment complete with application servers, E-mail server en file/print servers.

We have stopped using all other vendors servers because of the great scalability and ease of maintenance of our UCS environment. For the non-virtualised servers which require local storage we use the UCS-C servers which can accommodate 8-60 local HDDs.
  • 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.
Great combination with either the UCS-B and a traditional SAN or with Cisco Hyperflex.
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March 07, 2019

Cisco UCS C-Series Review: "UCS - Automated and dependable. What more do you need?"

Score 9 out of 10
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UCS C-Series is being used by our organization as a multi-tenanted cloud platform. It allows us to deliver cloud solutions to our various customers at scale and with the dependability that comes with all Cisco solutions. The advanced management capabilities allow us to build and maintain a reference design with minimal effort.
  • Dependability - the UCS C-Series servers have never failed or faltered since installation.
  • Ease of maintenance due to packaged updates.
  • Ability to manage the environment with standards, allowing reference architectures to be deployed.
  • Integration between Prime and UCS C-Series has caused several problems.
Cisco offers some advanced purchasing and leasing options for UCS which can give service providers flexibility in their management of costs for a cloud environment. This really helps with on-demand systems.
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June 06, 2017

Cisco UCS C-Series Review: "Servers for the digital transformation"

Score 9 out of 10
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It is being used across the whole organization. it address the following business problems:

  • Port Reduction: The unification of the system provided a platform to reduce the number of network and storage ports I needed to consume. Fewer ports meant fewer devices, which translated into CapEx and OpEx savings.
  • Scalability: The ability to scale horizontally was greatly increased by the architecture of the UCS. I could easily add servers without running cables to network and storage switches.
  • Management: The UCS Manager provided a single pane of glass to manage the entire domain of UCS servers. Additionally, I could use the XML API to manage the domain as well. Flexibility wins.
  • Cisco UCS is ENERGY STAR certified. In fact, Cisco UCS has the best power-to-performance ratio in the market
  • Cisco UCS Manager is the only server management system that allows you to manage both blade and rack servers from a single interface.
  • Cisco virtual interface cards (VICs) are converged network cards (CNAs) that extend the network fabric directly to both servers and virtual machines so that a single connectivity mechanism can be used to connect both physical and virtual servers with the same level of visibility and control.
  • They are more expensive than competitors.
  • Correctly applying the concept of service profiles requires significant instruction, practice, and in-the-field fine tuning. Requires extensive planning for green-field installations.
  • Differences in “East-West” traffic and “Nort-West” traffic performance.
The use case for UCS boils down to two advantages: agility, and shrinking provisioning and maintenance time.

If you're worried about single vendor lock-in for hardware and networking, if you run the same application on 10,000 servers, or if capital costs for servers are a major concern, Cisco UCS won't be very attractive to you.
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March 24, 2017

Cisco UCS C-Series: "UCS-C 1TB RAM Review"

Score 9 out of 10
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We implemented the UCS-C series as a replacement for our aging VM hosts. We went from running the entire environment on 12 hosts at roughly 70-90% capacity to more than doubling our VMs on 4 hosts at 30-50% capacity. We went from an n-0 to a n-2 environment. The UCS-C series brought our environment to a steady state.
  • Adapts well to an existing infrastructure.
  • Deploys fast.
  • Scales up and scales out really well.
  • Cost can be prohibitive.
  • Initial deployment of the UCS fabric can be difficult.
  • We had a server arrive DOA.
I would recommend UCS for new deployments, as a capacity add where it would rely on smartnet for maintenance. If you want to fully utilize the capabilities of the UCS it will require deploying the Cisco UCS fabric, this will be an added cost and there is difficulty in setting up the fabric and profiles but it is an amazingly robust and capable hardware system and will allow any company to create a solid on prem cloud environment.
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