Cisco UCS in Vitualized Higher Education Environment
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 22, 2018

Cisco UCS in Vitualized Higher Education Environment

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Unified Computing System Manager

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 has been a good investment for us. We saw a ROI quickly as we moved most of our VMware infrastructure to it.
  • The support offered by 3rd party partners is readily available when they are needed.
  • It has been quite reliable for us thus far.
We were a IBM Blade Center shop. IBM was easier to manage. However, it was not as all inclusive. The IBM served us well, but when we started pricing out options Cisco came in a little less expensive on the current promotion they were running. The Cisco UCS has proven to be more stable and reliable, as well.
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.