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Cisco UCS Manager Competitors and Alternatives

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JS
Network Engineer at a government with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
An easy initial setup with good documentation and a good interface on the older model

Pros and Cons

  • "The documentation is very good."
  • "The licensing model could be improved. Right now, the levels are too far apart. This causes the solution to be more expensive than it needs to be."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to check the state of the network. We have thousands of devices to manage and control. We monitor all of the internal network with the solution. It is the first tool we use to see the state of the network for real-time monitoring.

What is most valuable?

The topology of the solution is the most valuable feature. We can not only have a list of the devices, but we can also build the topology of some nodes. It's an action that is very easy to perform. 

The documentation is very good.

The interface of the solution is quite good.

What needs improvement?

The licensing model could be improved. Right now, the levels are too far apart. This causes the solution to be more expensive than it needs to be.

For us, the change of interface in the newer versions was too much and a lot of our users didn't like it. It was a deciding factor for us in not upgrading.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is good. If you respect the hardware requirements, it runs pretty well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is good. On our network team, we have about eight people using the solution. We use it quite extensively every day.

How are customer service and technical support?

We don't use technical support very often, but when we have, we've had good experiences.

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

We previously used HP OpenView and also work with CiscoWorks. We switched from HP because OpenView was too hard to manage and use.

We have a lot of monitoring experience with other tools (PRTG, Solarwinds, Cisco). It means that we don't perform low level or low-cost monitoring with WUG, but it's a part of a large vision and activity for the network monitoring of state public services (health and care, education, administration, police).

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is simple. It's very easy to install. Deployment took a few hours. It takes two people to install the solution.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the implementation with the help of a database manager. We needed help with the SQL server, but that's it.

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

For us, the tool is free to use as it is at the end of life and we don't pay for technical support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at other HP options. We liked the ease of use and the interface as well as the price of WhatsUp, however.

What other advice do I have?

We use an older version of WhatsUp Gold. The change of the interface of the tool was too hard for some people of our team and they didn't want the new interface.

We have all of the infrastructure on our data centers.

I'd rate the solution ten out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
SK
Technology Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
A highly stable and reliable solution for centralized management and monitoring

Pros and Cons

  • "The best part is that you can integrate a two-way network. Earlier we could not manage the storage and ToR switch. Now we can create a LAN with our storage without any interface. In terms of switch management, it is now easy to understand the current configuration. It provides centralized management. It provides a single pane, and you can easily do all updates in one shot. It is a great product."
  • "They can improve reporting and provide more customized reports. Currently, reporting is a bit limited. It can be complex to learn and manage for beginners. Because of my experience, I find it comfortable to manage, which might not be the case with beginners. It would be good if they can make it a little bit easier to understand. They can provide a more graphical view of connectivity and other things. Their technical support can also be improved."

What is our primary use case?

OneView is a monitoring as well as a centralized management solution. We are using it for the virtual data center. We are using it for VMware hypervisors on top of the blades and HPE Synergy.

What is most valuable?

The best part is that you can integrate a two-way network. Earlier we could not manage the storage and ToR switch. Now we can create a LAN with our storage without any interface. 

In terms of switch management, it is now easy to understand the current configuration. It provides centralized management. It provides a single pane, and you can easily do all updates in one shot. It is a great product.

What needs improvement?

They can improve reporting and provide more customized reports. Currently, reporting is a bit limited. 

It can be complex to learn and manage for beginners. Because of my experience, I find it comfortable to manage, which might not be the case with beginners. It would be good if they can make it a little bit easier to understand. They can provide a more graphical view of connectivity and other things.

Their technical support can also be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for almost two years. We started working with OneView in 2019.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is certainly a reliable solution. We switched to this solution almost two years ago, and I have not faced any kind of issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not tried to expand it. We are a big organization, and in my team, there are almost 200 to 300 people.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support can be improved. Dell's technical support is better than HPE.

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

We are also using Dell and Cisco UCS. Dell's technical support is better than HPE. In terms of hardware, stability, and other things, there are no issues.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup was not much difficult. I was not much familiar with it at that time, so their technical team guided us. Its documentation is available on the HPE portal.

What about the implementation team?

We took help from HPE.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was a management decision. They prefer only HPE Synergy. We didn't evaluate any other solution. We are using it in a lot of data centers. We are using something else only in a couple of data centers.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others. It is very stable. There are very few hardware faults with HPE solutions.

I would rate HPE OneView a ten 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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