4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 2, 2016
A few issues with bugs and part failures. But in the 99.9% uptime still. Manageability is good. Upgrade are pretty smooth.
Upgrade soon and dont rely on Cisco to provide bug reports. Search it out yourself.
Integration and overall performance.
Had some doowntimes just to find out it was a know bug....
Better communication on upgrade bugs.
There were times when the division between the network team and the systems team could of been better. Because this integrates the two so close there needs to be a lot of discussion up front.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 29, 2016
Cisco UCS is much simpler and easily managed compared to other systems and causing us to move Nutanix out of our environment....
Make sure you look "under the hood". What hardware is being used by the vendors? what are the benchmarks?
Stability of the product
creating your beginning template
easier support access
Hold a bake-off between competitors instead of relying on marketing from the vendors.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 21, 2016
2 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 17, 2016
The promised redundancy never worked whenever it was really needed.
Do not buy enterprise server hardware from Cisco.
UCS redundancy failed all 3 times in the past 2 years when there were situations arise in the datacenter. The redundancy supposed to keep the system up in all occasions. But instead we had site crashes.
Make their technology work as they promised.
Use vendors other than Cisco for enterprise server needs.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 17, 2016
Technology works as advertized. I have not had a chance to use the support yet.
Give yourself enough time to configure the hardware, dont plan to aggressive if you plan to do on your own.
Flexibility, ease of provisioning. I was new to this technology but I was able to start using it in no time. We had an in-house expert who shared a lot of his knowledge, which helped learn the technology.
Complexity, but that is expected. No really a dislike.
Nothing to add here.
I ws not involved in the initial phase and HW installation. Based on what I know it went pretty smooth, no major issues.
I have not used support yet.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 18, 2016
Hyperflex technology was effective and beneficial. The problem we had was keep trained NETOP personnel on staff. System is too complicated to manage. We are looking to move into the HCI environment.
Do your homework. Understand the capabilities of the technology
It functioned as advertised
Complicated to manage
Nothing, it was what we needed at the time.
I'm new to the organization, so i dont have all the historical knowledge of support
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 16, 2016
UCS has been a champion for my Enterprise Operations environment since 2010. With the rapidly evolving tech I'm very much looking forward to the refresh of my UCS environment and taking advantage of all the improvements made over the last 6yrs. Also refreshing my NetApp environment and looking forward to coupling the new chassis with CDOT.
If you have to go through a 3rd party provider, I highly encourage you to coordinate with your CISCO rep for requirements gathering/validation. System integrators are just that... Highly encourage partnering with CISCO from start to finish.
Implementation via a professional services contract. Allowed for little-to-no interuption of my O&M staff's daily duties.
Nothing. Other than refresh sooner, but the federal procurement process and resource availability gets in the way of that.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jul 24, 2016
Overall been a positive experience, no major outages. If they could improve the design of server housing.Dell by far has the best servers.
Study up on it, play with the simulator, it's a learning curve, being a small shop, changes come few, so it's constantly remembering..
Make sure you get something like a "FlexPod".It helps when dealing with support.
Playing 20 questions with support.Not having basic monitoring for free at the start.
Deploy fewer with more RAM and beefier CPU's.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jul 22, 2016
Performed as expected.
Do your due deligence. Look at all available technologies in this space.
Service profiles and fiber interconnects.
Offer better solution for rackmount form factor.
Evaluate other blade technology, Dell. etc.
Again, service profiles are life saver and some of the out of the box APIs are very valuable.
Sev1 are addressed within SLAs.
Service profiles are great.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jul 21, 2016
Be aware the FI is limited to 24 chassis.
Central admistration and ease of replacement.
Better documentation of service profiles.
Devise a better cabling strategy for continued growth of the UCS product.