Cisco UCS has been great for our organization
June 20, 2022

Cisco UCS has been great for our organization

Randy Groesbeck II | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • UCS X-Series Servers

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco UCS Manager

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
  • Hardware density
  • Reliability
  • Flexibility of the profiles
  • Our uptime has been fantastic using Cisco UCS
It has been a night and day difference. The HP Blade System was unreliable. We worked with HP to try to get things fixed but never could. Their highest levels of HP support were engaged to fix the issues but nothing was able to be fixed. When we were at the tail end of setting up Cisco UCS to replace HP, the HP BladeSystem died. We had been waiting for our change control to be approved. We got emergency approval to swap to Cisco UCS immediately. It was a very long day but at the end of it, everyone noticed how much faster our infrastructure was. Everyone at the company that interacts with Cisco UCS is happy with it.

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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.