Cisco UCS Manager

Cisco UCS Manager

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Cisco UCS Manager

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CIsco UCS Manager at a glance

6 out of 10
February 22, 2022
We use Cisco UCS Manager to manage our blade server/storage systems. With UCS Manager we have been able to have a quick all in one view of …
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Server management made simple

10 out of 10
September 14, 2021
We utilize a Cisco UCS Manager environment for the vast majority of our server infrastructure. We have multiple environments hosting …
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What is Cisco UCS Manager?

Cisco UCS Manager supports the entire Cisco UCS server and Cisco HyperFlex Series hyperconverged infrastructure portfolios. It enables server, fabric, and storage provisioning as well as, device discovery, inventory, configuration, diagnostics, monitoring, fault detection, auditing, and statistics…

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What is Cisco UCS Manager?

Cisco UCS Manager supports the entire Cisco UCS server and Cisco HyperFlex Series hyperconverged infrastructure portfolios. It enables server, fabric, and storage provisioning as well as, device discovery, inventory, configuration, diagnostics, monitoring, fault detection, auditing, and statistics collection.

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Cisco UCS Manager supports the entire Cisco UCS server and Cisco HyperFlex Series hyperconverged infrastructure portfolios. It enables server, fabric, and storage provisioning as well as, device discovery, inventory, configuration, diagnostics, monitoring, fault detection, auditing, and statistics collection.

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor, Icinga, and Nagios Core are common alternatives for Cisco UCS Manager.

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The most common users of Cisco UCS Manager are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Randy Groesbeck II | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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These Cisco UCS machines are being used primarily as our VMware Host servers. I am amazed at how much hardware they're able to fit inside of the blades. They have been rock solid for many years. We haven't had much in the way of hardware failures. Some memory modules and a power supply. Cisco has been easy to deal with for replacing any parts that have gone bad. Even with bad memory modules, the machine kept functioning by shutting down those defective modules. Deploying new servers from a template is really easy. If you make your template an 'Updating Template' then any changes you make automatically get made on the profiles derived from the template. I'd suggest making sure you set your maintenance policy to make changes to 'On Next Boot' and the Reboot Policy to 'User Ack'. That way you don't have machines rebooting immediately after a change.
  • Deploying machines from templates
  • Changing settings quickly on multiple machines
  • Creating policies for different workload or application requirements.
  • Updating hardware could be easier to manage
  • Default settings for BIOS policies for common applications like VMware or SQL
  • Better documentation for the BIOS settings
These have been the best VMware hosts we've ever used. Both in terms of reliability and configuration. You will need to wrap your head around how policies, pools, and templates all function together. Knowing that we can easily migrate our profile from one blade to another if needed makes DR planning much easier.
Score 9 out of 10
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At my company, Cisco UCS Manager is used to manage over two dozen Cisco servers from blades to rack-mount to storage chassis. It allows for a single-pane of administration for all tasks such as KVM, upgrades, provisioning, etc. Because Cisco UCS Manager is accessible in all modern web browsers, it allows for flexible administration.
  • Convenient access in all modern web browsers using HTML5
  • Simple UI layout
  • Detailed information on all aspects of hardware and software
  • Sometimes too much information is generated by default, such as excessive alerts and email notifications
Cisco UCS Manager is very well-suited for larger environments where managing many servers and other components benefit from streamlined and automated rollouts, such as firmware upgrades or provisioning of new servers. This allows for a single pane of glass view for numerous servers in multiple chassis or dispersed rack-mount servers. Smaller environments would most likely not benefit as much from this approach.
Nishanth Anbalagan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Cisco UCS Manager helps us to manage our physical server and virtual servers.
  • It is helping to manage the hardware like chassis, fans, interface cards, and ports.
  • We can create and manage the domain servers, MAC address and will be able to manage the bandwidth of the servers.
  • We can use Cisco UCS Manager to manipulate the tasks on the server like creating and managing the server pools
  • Manages the server administration, network administration, and storage.
  • It is very helpful for managing the high availability environment.
  • Cisco UCS Manager is a robust platform to access, manage the servers.
  • It does not support cross platform management.
  • Only will be able to manage/administer the servers present within UCS domain.
  • Will not be able to deploy on windows, linux based operating systems.
  • Organizations looking to access, manage, monitor, and administer on a single package can definitely go for Cisco UCS Manager.
  • Organizations who are looking to deploy the server in a high availability environment can use this solution.
  • It is used to manage the storage, server, network, hardware, and resource on a single capsule called Cisco UCS Manager
Score 6 out of 10
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We use Cisco UCS Manager to manage our blade server/storage systems. With UCS Manager we have been able to have a quick all in one view of all of our server and storage systems. We can provision and decommission systems through the UCS Manager as well as increase the capacity of our systems.
  • Server management
  • Storage management
  • out of band management
  • capacity planning
  • It has a lot of pieces to it that can easily overwhelm someone who is not in there all the time using it.
  • adding extra vlans is not exactly a walk in the park
Cisco UCS Manager is well suited for data centers that are tight on space. You can fit your blade systems in a cabinet with plenty of room to spare for other servers or networking gear. It allows for less cabling which can give you an overall cleaner better-organized cabling environment and of course savings on cabling.
Score 10 out of 10
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We utilize a Cisco UCS Manager environment for the vast majority of our server infrastructure. We have multiple environments hosting several dozen VMware hosts, and we also utilize Cisco UCS Manager as a host environment for multiple Nutanix environments. Our environment contains a mix of blade servers and rack mount servers and hosts virtual machines for our entire campus community.
  • Centralized management and reporting on your hardware environment.
  • Stateless hardware making replacement of failed components extremely easy.
  • Reliable environment that rarely has problems.
  • Sometimes the web interface doesn't display the best in certain browsers.
  • Do not like a few aspects of the GUI - mainly cosmetic - that were done better in the java version.
  • A few things could be more intuitive - finding certain things that you don't use frequently for example.
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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Across the whole org[anization].
  • Phone management.
  • Integration with other vendors.
  • Ease of use.
  • Software to update background
We used it [Cisco UCS Manager] across areas with different vendors and kept it to those specific areas and also manage our IPTV for channel changing.
Score 9 out of 10
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UCS Manager is used exclusively by the Systems Engineering team to manage several hundred UCS blades we have across multiple datacenters. Using UCS Manager, we are able to efficiently provision, manage, and upgrade hundreds of blades without using tons of employee resources.
  • Service Templates: Provision new hardware using templates in the matter of minutes.
  • Firmware updates: Modifying the FW level on a template will kick off an FW upgrade on all attached equipment.
  • Consolidated Views: See all equipment in a single view.
  • 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.
If you are going to use Cisco UCS hardware, it is a no-brainer to use Cisco UCS Manager. It consolidates the entire equipment stack into a single pane for easy management. We use UCS Manager in our VMware vSphere deployment, it helps us to keep track of the several hundred hosts.
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco UCS Manager is the core utility used to control our data center. UCS manager has just about every knob and button you could imagine a host server might need. You can control all of the hardware and integration points from UCS manager. We use it at all of our sites that have local UCS servers on them. Gaining access through Cisco UCS manager is critical to ensure our large and small data centers stay running. We use these servers for production environment for our admin networks, as well as in a manufacturing automation environments. UCS manager is a powerful tool that we rely on.
  • Server Management
  • Hardware control
  • Controlling Fabric Interconnects
  • Connecting storage
  • Older interface design
  • Sometimes finding detailed settings can difficult
  • Slower at times
If you have a data center and use the Cisco UCS Blade platform with SAN storage, then UCS manager is the right tool for you. Managing one or a few host servers with UCS manager is pretty easy. You can see pretty quick what is going on with your servers. If you need to configure the fabric interconnects, you pretty much need to use UCS manager to do it. I find that it meets the needs for almost everything we do with the UCS C and B servers. If you have hyper flex servers from Cisco, then you would not want to use UCS manger. If you are not using Cisco servers you may not be able to use UCS manager.
Tom Erdman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We use the Cisco Unified Computing System Manager to manage a dual UCS Chassis setup. This setup runs our VMware environment.
  • Centralized management of a complicated system.
  • Central pane of glass for managing logs, support features.
  • UCSM is known for its bugs, especially during code upgrades.
  • Similar options can be set in a variety of places with varying effects.
The entire trick of the UCS and UCS Manager is that it just. Plain. Works. So if you're a giant shop that can justify the cost and the host profiles, hot swapping of servers and other powerful features will help you, then it's a great solution, if not the solution.

For a small medium business, however, I don't know that the cost and complexity are justifiable.
Cisco support is almost always worth the money.
Score 9 out of 10
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We host multiple VMware environments from our Cisco UCS. Every department within the company relies on the Cisco UCS on a daily basis. We have enjoyed the Cisco Unified Computing System Manager platform due to its fairly small footprint and ease of management. We have also found that adding and replacing gear within the Cisco chassis is extremely simple as long as you ensure firmware compatibility.
  • It shows detailed pictures of the equipment.
  • It quickly allows you to view errors/alerts.
  • Simplify each dashboard/view within UCSM.
  • Integrate other products within UCSM.
I have found Cisco Unified Computing System Manager to be greatly suited for managing and deploying VMware environments, Hyper-V, SQL Server farms, and other proprietary applications with ease. It provides very flexible means to scale up and down within your environment as well as re-purpose your hardware on the fly.
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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UCS is used to run production VMware ESXi clusters across the entire organization. It has allowed integration with Pure Storage and VMware as a validated design (FlashStack).
  • Small physical dense blades in 6u of rack space
  • Smaller power requirements compared to legacy equipment
  • Long term support with VMware
  • Still using slightly dated technology for 'phone home'
Well suited from my experience with connecting into Pure Storage, VMware and Cisco switching.
Score 8 out of 10
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We are using Cisco's Unified Computing System Manager to manage almost all aspects of our hardware that our VMware virtual environment sits on. We manage everything from the chassis, connectivity, fiber channels, remote console access to servers, and connectivity to our VMware virtual server solutions, as well as, our backup solutions.
  • 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.
  • It is so all inclusive that it can be difficult to navigate the system with ease.
  • Setup required an outside consulting firm.
  • They need free online fully inclusive training on UCS.
It is very all-inclusive into management of the entire infrastructure if you always use all Cisco equipment with it. It has proven to be very stable. After a recent firmware update, it does not require Java like others still do and UCS used to do in the past. We do like the monitoring. It will email us an alert if a fault occurs and also notifies either Cisco or our third-party support partner, as well.
Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager is being utilized to manage the converged infrastructure of our organization. It is useful in seeing all hardware in a single pane of glass and be able to configure, manage and update our Cisco blade infrastructure in this manner. It is used by the data center services team. Cisco UCS addresses management problems from using multiple hardware vendors. It allows us to use a single management interface instead of many.
  • Once properly configured it is very easy to use. The ability to configure profiles for your blade infrastructure and assign them to specific chassis is beneficial.
  • The error reporting is robust. We are easily able to isolate and remediate issues as they arise.
  • HTML5 support. The interface is redesigned and does not require a fat client or outdated flash support.
  • Initial configuration often requires outside assistance. Without the help from someone who is an expert in the field it would be a high barrier to entry for this product.
Cisco UCS manager is designed to manage your Cisco converged infrastructure and it does this extremely well. Integrating your fabrics and blade infrastructure and interfacing with your networks as well. Configuration and management of the blades is it's biggest strength.