Cisco UCS Manager Reviews

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Tom Erdman | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 17, 2020

UCS Manager is robust and useful but more than most SMBs will ever need

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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 12, 2020

Cisco Unified Computing System Manager: It's great!

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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 26, 2019

Cisco UCS harmony with Pure and VMware

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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 22, 2018

Cisco UCS in Vitualized Higher Education Environment

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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 15, 2018

Cisco Unified Computing Systems Manager Review

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.
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