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Sr. Lead Consultant - Infrastructure | Virtualization & Cloud Computing | SDN |NFV at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Top 5
Easy to use and manage with a good dashboard and portal for core configuration
Pros and Cons
  • "The reporting functionality will give you any report you want."
  • "I would like to see Cisco UCS optionally work as a hyper-converged system because right now, it only operates as a converged system."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use Cisco UCS Manager for VDI and for connecting to a private cloud.

What is most valuable?

Cisco UCS has a fantastic portal to do the core configuration.

The connection between the Cisco UCS server and the network is easy to use and easy to manage.

This solution has all of the requirements for the network using public extenders.

The dashboard is awesome and you can easily get all of the information that you want.

The reporting functionality will give you any report you want.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see Cisco UCS optionally work as a hyper-converged system because right now, it only operates as a converged system.

Adding another layer of embedded virtualization would allow us to sell this as one unit, like Nutanix or VxRail.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco UCS Manager for three years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Cisco UCS is easy to scale.

How was the initial setup?

The first time implementing this solution is a little bit complex. However, after you have the required hands-on experience, the second implementation will be easy. There are a certain number of steps and you follow the documentation.

What other advice do I have?

I have recommended Cisco USC for multiple customers and in particular, one of them was a financial institution.

The biggest lesson that I have learned from using Cisco UCS Manager is that sizing is very important. Once you start thinking about it, you have to understand the requirements, and sizing is important in this regard. Once you understand the requirements, you have to select the right model.

I would rate this solution 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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