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Cisco UCS Director is #14 ranked solution in top Cloud Management tools. IT Central Station users give Cisco UCS Director an average rating of 8 out of 10. Cisco UCS Director is most commonly compared to Cisco Intersight:Cisco UCS Director vs Cisco Intersight. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 47% of all views.
What is Cisco UCS Director?

Cisco UCS Director enables automated delivery of physical and virtual data center resources, empowering data centers to move at the speed of business.

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SunnyNair
System Architect at COMPASS IT Solutions & Services Pvt.Ltd.
Real User
Top 5
Good multi-cloud management capability, but third-party and legacy integration needs improvement

Pros and Cons

  • "I can manage multiple workloads whether it's on AWS, Azure, or on-premises. They can be managed by using the UCS Director."
  • "Normally, UCS Director is used primarily for orchestration, but when we look at a non-Cisco data infrastructure components, the UCS Director needs a bit more improvement in terms of integration with third-party systems and with existing older systems."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is the interconnection between two applications. One that resides on the data center and the other that resides in the architecture. 

It's a scale-out architecture and a hybrid setup. In case there are any workloads, it works on either public or private cloud architecture.

What is most valuable?

One of the features that I would like to highlight is the multi-cloud management capabilities on the USC Director. I can manage multiple workloads whether it's on AWS, Azure, or on-premises. They can be managed by using the UCS Director. That is one of the most important features that I find to be the most relevant.

What needs improvement?

Normally, UCS Director is used primarily for orchestration, but when we look at a non-Cisco data infrastructure components, the UCS Director needs a bit more improvement in terms of integration with third-party systems and with existing older systems.

I feel that more development or a more integrated road map should be set up so that it becomes a common platform for any infrastructure. 

In the next release of this solution, I would like to see changes in the navigation controls of UCS Director. That would be helpful. Modifying the icons that are available for use, as well as virtualization aspects.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with this solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In terms of stability, it is very good.

There is a significant amount of development happening in the background and constant releases for bug fixes, which is one of the features that is offered. Cisco provides very thorough release cycles. 

When you are looking at upgrades and bug fixes, we have a more stable solution compared to any other vendor.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is amazing. As of now, it supports the open virtualization format, which is the format for VMware and vSphere. We have the virtual hard disk as a concept, which is the VHD. It works with Microsoft Hyper-V.

If you look at the ecosystem, you have better compatibility metrics. The only problem is that if I have an HP infrastructure already in place, I have to set it with external APIs to manage third-party solutions.

How are customer service and technical support?

As usual, the technical support from Cisco is amazing. The process is clearly defined, and if you have the right service contract it is easy to approach them. It is very easy to get support from them.

The support is offered during the pre-sale activity when you are doing the sizing of the requirements, as well as post-sale. If you run into a problem then there is consultative support available.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy.

We were able to deploy UCS Director and get it up and running within four to six hours.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to look at the features that you are looking for. 

If you are looking for central management and a self-service catalog, and are predominantly in a mix of the cloud as well as on-premises architecture, then you should look at UCS Director as a solution.

There are some advantages offered, such as:

  • Adaptive provisioning, which ensures real-time availability, capacity planning, and internal policy. 
  • Dynamic capacity management, which provides continuous monitoring of the infrastructure and resources. 
  • Multiple hypervisor support, which is very important.
  • Computing management, which allows you faster provisioning, providing you with monitoring and management on a physical and bare-metal server.

Before you do the sizing and the requirement, ensure that you go through with the compatibility metrics of UCS Director before you invest.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: reseller
Hicham Azarou
Virtualization Consultant at SFR
Consultant
Top 20
Flexible and the documentation is good, but better integration with other stacks is needed

What is our primary use case?

The typical use case is for web services. It is integrated with our database.

What is most valuable?

The documentation is very good.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more flexibility when it comes to managing other stacks, like VMware virtualization.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco UCS Director for about one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The system runs smoothly. We have not had any big problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good and it is flexible.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good overall. They have specialized engineers and they are very proficient.

How was the initial setup?

We had a small problem with incompatibility but it was resolved by Cisco support. It was not a big issue. In total, it took about six months for the deployment.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team handled the deployment.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to first consider and understand the use case. Think about your high-level design, the business requirements, how scalable and how flexible it has to be, and what your own availability is.

Overall, I think that this is a very good product, although nothing is perfect. There are still some small improvements that can be made to make it better.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

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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Daniel Aramayo
Implementation and Support Engineer at PRACSO S.R.L.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Integrates well, stable, and responsive technical support

What is our primary use case?

The main use for this solution is for orchestration.

What is most valuable?

The main feature of this solution is the integration with all the Cisco solutions and other vendors.

What needs improvement?

There could be an improvement with the integration with the newest solutions from other vendors' technologies.

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?

The stability has been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been very good and responsive.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was straightforward.

What

What is our primary use case?

The main use for this solution is for orchestration.

What is most valuable?

The main feature of this solution is the integration with all the Cisco solutions and other vendors.

What needs improvement?

There could be an improvement with the integration with the newest solutions from other vendors' technologies.

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?

The stability has been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been very good and responsive.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was straightforward.

What was our ROI?

I believe this solution provides a good return on investment.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others because it simplifies a lot of tasks via orchestration.

I rate Cisco UCS Director a nine out of ten.

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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