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Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is #1 ranked solution in top Density Optimized Servers and #5 ranked solution in top Rack Servers. IT Central Station users give Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers an average rating of 8 out of 10. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is most commonly compared to Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers:Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 32% of all views.
What is Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers?

UCS C-Series Rack Servers deliver unified computing in an industry-standard form factor to reduce TCO and increase agility. Each server addresses varying workload challenges through a balance of processing, memory, I/O, and internal storage resources.

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is also known as Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series.

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What users are saying about Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers pricing:
  • "This product is slightly more expensive when compared to others."
  • "The solution could be more cost-effective."
  • "Cisco is expensive, but we didn't look at the cost of the product. We were looking at reliability and support."
  • "This product is quite expensive and it would be better if it were cheaper."
  • "This solution is a little expensive."

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AM
Freelance Consultant at Freelancer
Consultant
Top 20
Offers dynamic hardware and saves a lot of space, power, and management

Pros and Cons

  • "In terms of the features that I have found most valuable, that is basically the hardware, which is more dynamic."
  • "I think the pricing is high. Cisco has to look for bundling this solutions with other applications."

What is our primary use case?

Our customers' primary use case is for hosting virtual machines. It could be a white solution. It could be service, and it could be their applications.

How has it helped my organization?

The first advantage of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is that you don't need to buy physical hardware like I used to have to do for each application. It is just software or operating systems. Now you have to buy one physical server which will host multiple virtual machines. It saves a lot on space, power, and management. If you're installing a VMware ESXi server on the UCS servers, the central servers are not there. So if you're using a V-Center ESXi server with multiple servers, you can manage the VMs plus you can have stand by storage in case one of them goes down.

It depends on your mission. We've started working on the other UC servers so there is no hardware dependency. If something goes, you can retrieve it from other servers so downtimes are minimized and the failure gets fixed fast, within minutes. Then you have a backup option. You can take a backup virtual machine. In case you install some patches or something that causes a server to go down, you can install it from the backups.

What is most valuable?

In terms of the features that I have found most valuable, that is the hardware, which is more dynamic. Cisco has the channels for the people to buy it. It has the red configurations, you can have more RAM and their CPUs have more code, depending on what kind of server you have, because there are three or four variations. So those options are available. Most of the customers we deal with have a smaller setting, like a voice solution. So they want the Cisco Call Manager. They go for the C 220 version, where they can employ two or three servers and two or three virtual machines, not the physical server. And they can get their voice setup working. If the customer is looking for more servers and more options, they go for more hardware, and a higher version of that server, such as 220, 240, and the like.

What needs improvement?

In terms of what could be improved, they could add their SSD drives instead of the normal, disc drives. That's the one thing.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have worked on both UC C-Series and E-Series servers. I used  E-Series servers when I was employed in Cisco. I worked on UC Series servers while I was managing the data center NetOne, which is located in Zambia, Africa.

In total I have worked on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In terms of stability, I think it's mostly stable. The only thing I found as I started this phase is that you just need to wait for the replacement from Cisco, if you have the support for that server. Apart from that, I don't see any problems with the hardware on the E-Series and C-Series. Most of the cases with hardware or some software issues, the customer doesn't have the Smart Net account to get it fixed. That's why it gets delayed.

I remember one issue with the UC C-Series which I was troubleshooting last year when the software upgrade on one module in the E-Series for the phone had some problem. It was looping and kept on booting and the customer didn't have any support. It was difficult to resolve that issue.

Otherwise, I don't find many problems. I don't think we need many people managing it. There are no day-to-day issues with the physical hardware. The physical hardware barely has any problems throughout the year. Maybe once or twice. You may need to update the firmware for any bugs or any segregation of phones. Apart from that, I don't find any issues. Even if the power goes off it doesn't create any errors or any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The E-Series' scalability is limited. In E-Series, it can be scaled up by adding additional blades, or you can buy another UC server. But with the C-Series, apart from available hardware space, you don't have many options to scale it.

I think the C-Series is 64GB or 120GB RAM and maybe two or three terabytes for processors. That's what I remember right now. The one server can support that. If you have more, you have capacity issues, and then you have to buy another server.

How are customer service and technical support?

Yes, I have used Smart Net. But I have rarely reported an issue with them.

I think nowadays Cisco tech support is not that good.

Sometimes you receive different solutions from different people. If they are not on the same page, if you're working with one tech engineer and they have gone off shift and you get another tech engineer, he may give you different answers or different solutions than what the previous engineer was talking about. But this is not specific to the UCS, but a general issue with Cisco retail work and open stack cases. I found them inconsistent.

How was the initial setup?

The first time you're doing the setup it is a little complex. But the second time is much easier. So I don't find any issues.

In terms of the physical server, it doesn't need much because it comes packed with everything, including RAM and processors. In some cases it may come separately so you have to open the server and put the processor, Ram and hard disk into the server. That's the only thing. After this is done, you have to install the hypervisor. Then there is the application, the virtual machines and things that they take over.

One server should not take more than one or two hours if your rack has big enough space and you have the railings. It should not take much time for mounting and powering on.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think the pricing is high. Cisco has to look for bundling this solutions with other applications. They could sell basic options of the UC server along with other Cisco products and software. That would work. But as a standalone product, the customer looks at the price and it means they may not buy it when they see other products with the same construction at a lower price.

What other advice do I have?

I don't have any problems with the Cisco UC series. It serves its purpose.

I think their products are good. The only thing Cisco needs to work on is the cost part.

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers an eight.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
LM
IT Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
User-friendly, reasonably priced for enterprise, and offers great stability

Pros and Cons

  • "The product doesn't take up too much space on the rack and I like that."
  • "Technical support could be more responsive."

What is our primary use case?

The solution is primarily used for storage. When I came into the company, I found it already in use. The company contacted the provider to renew its infrastructure. The providers offered this solution, and the company approved it. When I arrived, they were already using that.

What is most valuable?

It's very easy to operate the solution. It's quite user-friendly. 

The product doesn't take up too much space on the rack and I like that.

The scalability is very good.

The solution is quite stable.

The pricing is reasonable if you are an enterprise organization.

What needs improvement?

Something about the storage is somewhat lacking. They should work to improve and expand it. I almost prefer EMC's setup more.

Technical support could be more responsive. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about five years at this point. It's been a while.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product's performance is good. The stability is there. We haven't dealt with it crashing or freezing. We haven't had bugs or glitches.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is capable of scaling.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've found that it is hard to get a hold of technical support. I'd like them to be more helpful and responsive. I'm not completely satisfied with the level of service we receive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We currently also use EMC storage.

How was the initial setup?

I can't speak to the implementation process as the product was already installed prior to my arrival at the company. I didn't participate in the process and therefore cannot comment on how easy or difficult it might have been. I can't speak to how long it takes to deploy either.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is fair. It is an enterprise solution, however. The price might be a bit less if the organization is a bit smaller.  

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I used Dell servers in past and comparing them with UCS, I would definitely recommend UCS over Dell.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers and end-users. We don't have a business relationship with Cisco.

I'd recommend the solution. We've been quite happy with its capabilities so far. 

I'd rate the solution, on a scale from one to ten, at a nine. It's been pretty seamless in terms of usage. I have no real complaints.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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DurgaPrasad Malyala
Director at Datasoft Comnet
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Easy to set up and the support is good

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is straightforward and easy to do."
  • "The warranty and support periods should be extended."

What is our primary use case?

We are a system integrator and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients.

They are for general, mixed usage that includes use cases such as virtualization and hosting VMware.

What needs improvement?

The warranty and support periods should be extended. One of the things that we like about Dell and HPE is the longer duration of support.

What we would really like to see is more years of extended support. If somebody wants to extend it to five years or seven years, this should be possible because some of our customers really want it.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been working with this product for between five and six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product and we plan to continue working with it in the future.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This product is scalable and is typically installed on-premises for customers who are small to medium-sized businesses. We have dozens of clients who use it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good and we don't have a problem with it, although they have a shorter support cycle for their products.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We work with several vendors including Dell and HPE. When it comes to Dell, the warranty period is generally longer compared to Cisco.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and easy to do. It is not complex at all.

It does not take much time to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team deploys this solution to our customers. Not many people are required for deployment. Two people might be used for racking and stacking, and one person for the configuration.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This product is slightly more expensive when compared to others.

What other advice do I have?

We do not deal with the latest version because we find that for rack servers, the previous version is a little better. Manageability is not a big option for this type of server.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
Effort Moyo
Technical Services Manager at ProComm technologies
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Very stable, easy to use, and highly scalable

Pros and Cons

  • "It is very stable and easy to use. It integrates easily with Cisco's cloud-based UC solutions. There are tools for management that make the management a bit easier, but we don't use them. We don't use what you would term as power users."
  • "On the contact center and video conferencing, I would definitely like to see more AI features. The AI features are key for us. You will find a lot of them in the cloud-based solution, but in the on-premises solution, they're hardly there. I would like to see the same AI features that are there in the cloud-based Cisco UC."

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for our IP telephony. We use it for internal communication in terms of making calls, instant messaging, and one-on-one video calling. We also use it when we're working from home remotely. We also use Cisco Jabber as well as Expressway for Firewall Traversal.

In terms of the software, we're using the latest version. In terms of the hardware, we are two generations behind. We simply did a software upgrade on the old hardware.

What is most valuable?

It is very stable and easy to use. It integrates easily with Cisco's cloud-based UC solutions. There are tools for management that make the management a bit easier, but we don't use them. We don't use what you would term as power users.

What needs improvement?

On the contact center and video conferencing, I would definitely like to see more AI features. The AI features are key for us. You will find a lot of them in the cloud-based solution, but in the on-premises solution, they're hardly there. I would like to see the same AI features that are there in the cloud-based Cisco UC.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using it for ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is highly scalable. We have ten people in our office, and we have deployed it for our use. Our biggest customer has about 4,000 users, but you can scale it to 40,000 users. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We provide technical support ourselves. There are a few instances where we have to refer to a Cisco technical support person.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward. Normally, the installation takes four to six hours.

What about the implementation team?

We are an integrator. We implement it for ourselves and for customers. It is easy for us.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution. We plan to keep using this solution. 

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
AP
Post-sales manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
A stable solution which is easily scalable, easy to set up and provides good tech support

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is easily scalable."
  • "The price of the solution is problematic, not the solution itself. It could be less expensive."

What is our primary use case?

I do not yet use the latest update, instead using the full solution which the client has. I use all versions of the solution. 

We make IT use of the solution, employing several types of servers, for management, virtualization or whatever may be the needs of the client. The solution comprises a server. I use a standalone server.

What is most valuable?

There is no one feature that I have found to be most useful. I utilize all the features of the solution which I require. 

What needs improvement?

The price of the solution is problematic, not the solution itself. It could be less expensive. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers for around ten years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is easily scalable. 

How are customer service and support?

I feel the technical support to be fine. I cannot think of anything needing improvement in this regard. I rate the support as an eight out of ten. 

How was the initial setup?

The solution is easy to set up.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution could be more cost-effective. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had plans to use VMware and then Cisco Prime. 

What other advice do I have?

I still use the solution, installing it and providing support for clients. 

The solution is not deployed in my organization, but in those of my clients. 

I can't think of any features which need to be added to the solution. All of them are good. 

I rate Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers as a nine out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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BA
IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reliable hardware and good support

Pros and Cons

  • "Its hardware is really reliable. We also like Cisco for its support."
  • "Its accessibility and manageability can be improved. Currently, we have to visit the office to manage it. It should be manageable outside our network. I would like it to be on the cloud."

What is most valuable?

Its hardware is really reliable. We also like Cisco for its support.

What needs improvement?

Its accessibility and manageability can be improved. Currently, we have to visit the office to manage it. It should be manageable outside our network. I would like it to be on the cloud.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for almost three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We have around 200 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good. Their response time is also good. I don't have any problem with their support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using HP ProLiant. After migrating to the Cisco network, we are using Cisco products. For our server also, we preferred Cisco.

What about the implementation team?

The vendor installed the product. The vendor and our system administrator worked together. It took us three days to deploy. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cisco is expensive, but we didn't look at the cost of the product. We were looking at reliability and support.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution. When you hear the brand Cisco, you don't really need to recommend it. For me, it is the number one brand for network devices and servers. Cisco is always there in Gartner Magic Quadrant.

I would rate Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers a nine out of ten. They just need the ability to be managed on the cloud.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
HG
System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to set up, good hardware abstraction, but it is expensive

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we provide to our clients.

What is most valuable?

What I really like about the Cisco USC Server is its service profile. They're using software abstraction, which means that the hardware is abstracted as a layer of software and managed by the UCS manager.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been selling Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The USC C-Series is a scalable solution.

How was the initial setup?

I find the initial setup straightforward and easy. I don't know if I'm biased because I am quite…

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we provide to our clients.

What is most valuable?

What I really like about the Cisco USC Server is its service profile. They're using software abstraction, which means that the hardware is abstracted as a layer of software and managed by the UCS manager.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been selling Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The USC C-Series is a scalable solution.

How was the initial setup?

I find the initial setup straightforward and easy. I don't know if I'm biased because I am quite familiar with Cisco products. It takes between two and three hours to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

Two people are enough for deployment and maintenance.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This product is quite expensive and it would be better if it were cheaper.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
Daniel Aramayo
Implementation and Support Engineer at PRACSO S.R.L.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Highly scalable and fully customizable

What is our primary use case?

Virtual machines

What is most valuable?

The hardware customization capabilities are great. 

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a little more integration with VMware. They used to have a plugin, but it was recently removed.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is both very stable and scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is quite good. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was very simple. 

What was our ROI?

Yes, we have seen a return on investment with this solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and

What is our primary use case?

Virtual machines

What is most valuable?

The hardware customization capabilities are great. 

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a little more integration with VMware. They used to have a plugin, but it was recently removed.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is both very stable and scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is quite good. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was very simple. 

What was our ROI?

Yes, we have seen a return on investment with this solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This solution is a little expensive. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others because it saves a lot of space and it's very scalable.

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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