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Cisco's UCS C-Series is a line of rack servers.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/40/Lo/OVANGKWF530D.jpegServers 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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June 06, 2017

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

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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"

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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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