UCS B-servers: An excellent workhorse for your datacenter.
Updated September 04, 2020

UCS B-servers: An excellent workhorse for your datacenter.

Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco UCS Series

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.
  • 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.
With HP Blade we had a management island for every enclosure. With the UCS manager, we have a single management pane for our entire UCS infrastructure. Which consists of both blade and rack servers.
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.

Using Cisco UCS Series

Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Use of UCS manager saves a lot of manual work when deploying your servers
  • APIs enable integration with your other products
  • It does take some reading to understand the UCS system.
  • The scalability of the systems makes small deployments somewhat more work.
Yes - Using intersight you can access your UCS system from anywhere in the world without having to poke holes in your firewall. It gives you good at a glance health checks and will inform you of any issues on your environment.