UCS Manager is robust and useful but more than most SMBs will ever need
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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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Unified Computing System Manager

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 centralized managing is useful.
  • The complicated upgrade path with its problems can cause code upgrades to lag behind.
The only other similar tool I've used briefly is vRealize, and it seemed more intuitive. I selected UCS Manager because it was already embedded when I started my current job.
Cisco support is almost always worth the money.

Do you think Cisco Unified Computing System Manager delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Unified Computing System Manager's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Unified Computing System Manager live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Cisco Unified Computing System Manager go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Unified Computing System Manager again?

Yes

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.