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Pros
"The solution is stable.""The feature that I found the most value is the abstract and stateless capacities.""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 pretty simple and straightforward.""The scalability is very good.""The stability provided by the product is its most valuable feature for our organization.""The most valuable feature is the service profile.""The initial setup is simple, and not very complex."

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"It's very easy-to-use.""It performs well and it is also very fast.""It uses the same platform for connectivity so integration is seamless.""The onboarding and integrated monitoring tools are pretty good.""The initial setup is pretty quick.""The main feature I have found to be product replication.""The most valuable features are the Metro clustering, and disaster recovery."

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Cons
"We have to have Java to manage the infrastructure. It would be great if we can manage the infrastructure through a web browser.""The management interface needs a lot of improvement. As it is right now, it's a pain to use. It's not user-friendly.""The pricing could be less.""The monitoring features and integration with other products can be improved.""The price of this product is too high. They should work to make it more affordable.""The GUI is not the greatest.""For future improvements, it would be a benefit if the solution could integrate better with products such as Oracle.""USC Central seems a bit confusing for technicians."

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"It's on the expensive side, as expected for a niche product.""The feature that we're waiting on is better integration with the cell services.""It would be nice if you could store file-based in the same box with the same technology.""The solution is expensive.""There could be improvements in public cloud integration.""Compared to, for example, Hitachi NAS, the solution is not mature at all. It's just in its infancy as far as technology goes.""I would like to see the licensing fees improved as well as the price per terabytes."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing will be based on your requirements so it is important to plan, engage, and negotiate directly with the Cisco Account Manager.""The price of this solution compared to others is fair.""The pricing for Cisco products is always high.""Cisco products are at the high end in terms of cost, but everything is included with the licensing fees.""Pricing with Cisco is very high.""The pricing for Cisco is less than for the HP Proliant series."

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"Licensing fees are paid yearly.""In my opinion, we have paid the right price for the product. I don't think that it is too much or too little.""The price is a little high.""The price of this solution could be made more affordable."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: 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.
Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: The main feature I have found to be product replication.
Top Answer: The price of this solution could be made more affordable.
Top Answer: There could be improvements in public cloud integration. In the future, one innovation could be for them to make an embedded backup system.
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3rd
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Average Words per Review
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Rating
8.5
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9.0
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Also Known As
UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-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.

FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.

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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
ServiceNow, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dominos, Man AHL
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm29%
Manufacturing Company18%
University12%
Government12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company23%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm21%
University14%
Retailer7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Government7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise55%
REVIEWERS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise50%
Find out what your peers are saying about Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Cisco, Dell EMC and others in Blade Servers. Updated: November 2021.
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Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 12 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 3rd in File and Object Storage with 7 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.6, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is rated 9.0. 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 Pure Storage FlashBlade writes "Stable with good technical support and easy to manage". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade and Fujitsu Primergy BX900 Series, whereas Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Primera, Red Hat Ceph Storage and MinIO.

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