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"What I really like about the Cisco USC Server is its service profile.""It is very stable and easy to use. It integrates easily with Cisco's cloud-based UC solutions. There are tools for management that make the management a bit easier, but we don't use them. We don't use what you would term as power users.""The initial setup is straightforward and easy to do.""In terms of the features that I have found most valuable, that is basically the hardware, which is more dynamic.""In most cases, computes compute, and there isn't much differentiation, but one point of differentiation is Intersight cloud management.""The hardware customization capabilities are great.""The solution is easily scalable.""Its hardware is really reliable. We also like Cisco for its support."

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"I would say the stability of the system itself would be the biggest advantage.""They have taken a lot of technology from IBM, and IBM always delivered very powerful hardware to the IT industry compared to Dell EMC or anyone else.""The initial setup is easy.""I like everything about this solution. It is a very good server, with excellent availability. The size of the power is adequate and the low heating is beneficial.""It has good integration. You have VMware for connecting many machines, and you can support microservices. You can also easily connect the networks. It is also very easy to use and implement, and it comes with good support.""The solution is very simple to install.""Its performance and the local support of Lenovo in my city are the most valuable features. Its performance is the best, and its user interface is also very easy.""We appreciate the stability and easy mountings of all the machines. We have some direct connections with IBM, Lenovo, and other companies, and we get close support from them."

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"Its accessibility and manageability can be improved. Currently, we have to visit the office to manage it. It should be manageable outside our network. I would like it to be on the cloud.""The warranty and support periods should be extended.""Technical support could be more responsive.""I would like to see a little more integration with VMware.""The only thing I would change is to provide more proactive support.""On the contact center and video conferencing, I would definitely like to see more AI features. The AI features are key for us. You will find a lot of them in the cloud-based solution, but in the on-premises solution, they're hardly there. I would like to see the same AI features that are there in the cloud-based Cisco UC.""The price of the solution is problematic, not the solution itself. It could be less expensive.""I think the pricing is high. Cisco has to look for bundling this solutions with other applications."

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"I would like the solution to be improved by having more advanced utilities.""It is quite an expensive product. Its price can be improved.""The power consumption needs to be optimized in Lenovo.""From our side, our budgets are really not there. The availability of cash is a little bit limited. We buy as much as we can, If it was less expensive, we could buy more.""The RAID Management and the RAID Configuration tools need to be improved.""HP has a riser inside, but Lenovo does not have a riser. It would be good to have a riser with Lenovo. The GUI of the system is really bad. HP has a very good UI for smart memories and everything inside, but in Lenovo, we have a black-and-white UI. HP right now manufactures a server with scalable SP1 and SP2 on a single machine, which is not the case with Lenovo. They are changing the machine. For SP 1, there is one server, and for SP2, there is another server, which is really bad. In HP, we can use two models of processors in a single case. Lenovo should also be improved to have SP1 and SP2 scalable processors simultaneously on a single machine. They should not release another machine. This issue is also there in H3650 severs. They are all inside, but only V3 CPU or only v4 CPU can work, whereas, in HBG9, we can deploy V3 and V4 simultaneously. Lenovo also needs to advertise more because I can't see advertisements anywhere.""Its price could be better. Its price is sometimes an issue for our clients. XClarity Controller is a very good feature, and Lenovo should include the XClarity Controller license without any additional cost. It should be integrated within the product.""It should have tools for integration with the cloud. We should be able to transmit data from our on-premises server to the servers in the cloud."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco is expensive, but we didn't look at the cost of the product. We were looking at reliability and support."
  • "This product is slightly more expensive when compared to others."
  • "This product is quite expensive and it would be better if it were cheaper."
  • "This solution is a little expensive."
  • "The solution could be more cost-effective."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis, which is only $2,000 or $3,000."
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  • "Your budget determines the scalability."
  • "The licensing cost is the same as HP. It doesn't have any additional cost. However, the price, for example, for the memory option, does not match other vendors such as HP or Dell. They should work on the pricing of Lenovo. It is a great competitor, and it should compete with the price."
  • "It is too expensive. Because we are a university and we have to look for our money, many times we buy some refurbished machines or equipment at reasonable prices from IBM or Lenovo. We are a little bit limited in terms of money, and we buy as much as we can. If they were cheaper, we would buy more."
  • "It costs around $8,000. There is an additional cost for the support for a year."
  • "Its pricing is very competitive."
  • "The price of the solution is very expensive when compared to other solution like HP or Dell."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    In most cases, computes compute, and there isn't much differentiation, but one point of differentiation is Intersight cloud management.
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    Only Intersight licensing is required. Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis, which is only $2,000 or $3,000. It's not too expensive. The Intersight licensing adds value, which the customer takes… more »
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    The only thing I would change is to provide more proactive support. I would like to try to shift away from reactive support and toward a more proactive support model. The alerting and the system… more »
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    Lenovo ThinkSystem rack servers offer flexibility and efficiency in order to meet mission-critical demands. I like that Lenovo blends outstanding performance, reliability, and manageability. The… more »
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    Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether the Dell EMC Poweredge or Lenovo Thinksystem rack servers were the better fit for us. We ultimately decided to go with Dell EMC Poweredge… more »
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    Its performance and the local support of Lenovo in my city are the most valuable features. Its performance is the best, and its user interface is also very easy.
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    Also Known As
    Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series
    SR Series, Lenovo SR Series, ThinkSystem Rack Servers, IBM Rack Servers, ThinkSystem SR Series, Lenovo Rack Servers,
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    Overview

    UCS C-Series Rack Servers deliver unified computing in an industry-standard form factor to reduce TCO and increase agility. Each server addresses varying workload challenges through a balance of processing, memory, I/O, and internal storage resources.

    From growing small businesses to enterprise workloads, Lenovo rack servers offer the unmatched value, flexibility and industry-leading efficiency to meet mission-critical demands with legendary quality and reliability.

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    Sample Customers
    Advanced Medical Transport, Aegean Motorway, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Artoni Transporti, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, City of Mississauga, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Kind en Gezin, Kuwait Petroleum Italia, Nationwide, Quest, Talbots, University of St. Gallen
    immixGroup, Komsomolskaya Pravda, SRG Global, Seekr, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, jKool, Tennis Australia, VEKA, Netpoints, Gamma Powersports
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Government5%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Educational Organization30%
    Integrator10%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise20%
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is ranked 5th in Rack Servers with 9 reviews while Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is ranked 3rd in Rack Servers with 9 reviews. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is rated 8.8, while Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers writes "Offers dynamic hardware and saves a lot of space, power, and management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers writes "Provides the power and versatility needed to tackle demanding workloads". Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is most compared with Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, HPE Apollo, IBM Power Systems and HPE Synergy, whereas Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers, IBM Power Systems, HPE Apollo and Dell EMC PowerEdge XE Servers. See our Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers report.

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