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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Lenovo Flex System and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"I like that it's very manageable very easy to use and configure. I am not an expert, but the graphic user interface is quite simple very easy to use. It's a complete solution.""The initial setup is simple, and not very complex.""The scalability is very good.""The stability provided by the product is its most valuable feature for our organization.""The initial setup is pretty simple and straightforward.""The GUI makes is simple to use and deploy.""Great security and functionality.""The solution is stable."

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"The initial setup is straightforward.""The Lenovo Flex System is very stable.""One of the most valuable features of this solution is its ease of use."

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Cons
"The monitoring features and integration with other products can be improved.""The configuration is a little bit complicated and could be made simpler.""Integration with storage could be improved.""The pricing could be less.""USC Central seems a bit confusing for technicians.""We have to have Java to manage the infrastructure. It would be great if we can manage the infrastructure through a web browser.""The GUI is not the greatest.""The price of this product is too high. They should work to make it more affordable."

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"The product could improve its integration capabilities.""It does not have the same module flexibility that was present in IBM Blade. On the Blade System, I was able to choose between the Cisco module, or BMC module. Since the switch to Lenovo, I have not had the same choice of modules, only the BMC modules.""The solution could improve by providing more integration with other platforms."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco products are at the high end in terms of cost, but everything is included with the licensing fees."
  • "The pricing for Cisco is less than for the HP Proliant series."
  • "The pricing for Cisco products is always high."
  • "Pricing with Cisco is very high."
  • "The price of this solution compared to others is fair."
  • "Pricing will be based on your requirements so it is important to plan, engage, and negotiate directly with the Cisco Account Manager."
  • "UCS is expensive, and we will be migrating to the cheaper HP servers."
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  • "The price is interesting. I am able to quote a client based on their needs and offer them either Lenovo or Dell."
  • "There is a one-off payment to buy the equipment and the support is purchased annually."
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    I like that it's very manageable very easy to use and configure. I am not an expert, but the graphic user interface is quite simple very easy to use. It's a complete solution.
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    I was not involved with the specific pricing agreement, so I don't know. However, I am familiar with some of the aspects. Generally, the cheaper, the better. I believe that this is part of the… more »
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    We have to have Java to manage the infrastructure. It would be great if we can manage the infrastructure through a web browser. We have Dell EMC, and I would like to connect my product directly to the… more »
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    The initial setup is straightforward.
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    I wasn't involved in the licensing and I don't have any information about the costs involved with the solution. The global team handles these details and I am not in any way involved.
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    The product could improve its integration capabilities. For example, it's not optimized as Cisco UCS servers are.
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    Also Known As
    UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
    Flex System Blade Servers, Flex System SN Series
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    Overview
    Based on Intel Xeon processor E7 and E5 product families, Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers work with virtualized and non-virtualized applications to increase: Performance, Energy efficiency, Flexibility and Administrator productivity.

    Flex System is Lenovo’s proven, 2nd generation blade, that efficiently runs your infrastructure applications with up to 80% better density than standard rack server deployments.

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    Sample Customers
    Aegean Motorway, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Anonymous Banking Group, Artoni Transporti, Bellevue, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Hertz, Houston Methodist, Kuwait Petroleum Italia, Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co.KG, Outscale, Sony Corporation, Talbots
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    Financial Services Firm28%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    University11%
    Government11%
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    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Government12%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Lenovo Flex System and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 13 reviews while Lenovo Flex System is ranked 6th in Blade Servers with 3 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.6, while Lenovo Flex System is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS B-Series writes "Does what it is supposed to in the way the company represents with little room for improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo Flex System writes "Stable with good performance and a simple setup". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade and Pure Storage FlashBlade, whereas Lenovo Flex System is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE Superdome X, HPE BladeSystem and Dell PowerEdge M. See our Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Lenovo Flex System report.

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