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Pros
"The GUI makes is simple to use and deploy.""The stability provided by the product is its most valuable feature for our organization.""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.""Some of the features I like from this solution are it has a fast configuration, it is not complex, and has high availability.""The most valuable features are monitoring and processing, which can handle a lot of throughput and are more powerful than the HPE series.""The initial setup is simple, and not very complex.""Great security and functionality.""The scalability is very good."

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

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Cons
"USC Central seems a bit confusing for technicians.""The solution is difficult to set up.""The management interface needs a lot of improvement. As it is right now, it's a pain to use. It's not user-friendly.""Cisco could improve the user-friendliness for less experienced users.""The GUI is not the greatest.""The configuration is a little bit complicated and could be made simpler.""The graphic code that UCS can support is limited and less accessible than other systems.""For future improvements, it would be a benefit if the solution could integrate better with products such as Oracle."

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"There could be improvements in public cloud integration.""I want efficiency. FlashBlade doesn't have efficiency now.""The feature that we're waiting on is better integration with the cell services.""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.""It would be nice if you could store file-based in the same box with the same technology.""It's on the expensive side, as expected for a niche product.""The solution is expensive."

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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 a little high."
  • "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 of this solution could be made more affordable."
  • "Licensing fees are paid yearly."
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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 main feature I have found to be product replication.
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    The price of this solution could be made more affordable.
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    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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    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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    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
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    Financial Services Firm28%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    University11%
    Government11%
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    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government10%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
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    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 13 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 4th in File and Object Storage with 9 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 "Performs well with very little maintenance and an easy initial setup". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade and HPE Superdome X, whereas Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Qumulo, HPE Primera and Red Hat Ceph Storage.

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