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Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Dell PowerEdge M
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Dell PowerEdge M and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"Some of the features I like from this solution are it has a fast configuration, it is not complex, and has high availability.""The ratio in terms of the number of units and the number of servers that we can get each chassis is quite good.""The GUI makes is simple to use and deploy.""The initial setup is pretty simple and straightforward.""The most valuable feature is the ability to replace a server with another one, simply by applying the profile""The most valuable features are monitoring and processing, which can handle a lot of throughput and are more powerful than the HPE series.""The most valuable features of the Cisco UCS B-Series are reports for virtualization and the large memory it has.""The feature that I found the most value is the abstract and stateless capacities."

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"I have compared Dell EMC to other solutions and have found it to be good. The SAN and LAN traffic, manageability, and upgradability are all good.""The solution is made with high-quality hardware.""The solution integrated well."

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"The management interface needs a lot of improvement. As it is right now, it's a pain to use. It's not user-friendly.""The price of this product is too high. They should work to make it more affordable.""Cisco UCS B-Series competitors have similar features as they do, Cisco needs to make some changes to make their offering better.""The pricing could be less.""USC Central seems a bit confusing for technicians.""The license is expensive. Cisco should decrease the delay in the delivery of their products.""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."

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"The set up is complex""We have had some issues with the vendor's support that we have received. When you open up a support case with Dell they send a partner to assist you and in our experience, they are lacking knowledge about the solution. There are times when you need professional support from the vendor that knows the solution well.""In terms of improvement, it should also offer a hyper-converged option."

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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."
  • "Cisco UCS B-Series is an expensive solution."
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  • "If we would not have gone with the vendor we might have been charged unnecessarily for packages we did not need."
  • "Dell PowerEdge M price is comparable to other solutions but cheaper than IBM. However, the IBM solution is a higher grade solution whereas Dell PowerEdge M is a medium-level solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer:There are many packages available, it was a benefit using a vendor to help us get a package we needed. If we would not have gone with the vendor we might have been charged unnecessarily for packages… more »
    Top Answer:Their features and product overall are comparable to others on the market, nothing stands out. The company should have either been more clear with the packaging, or a little bit more forthcoming with… more »
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    Also Known As
    UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
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    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.

    The Dell PowerEdge M-Series blade servers address the challenges of an evolving IT environment by delivering leading enterprise classfeatures and functionality. The M-Series delivers a unique array of options configured to meet the needs of your IT environment both now and in the future.

    • Multiple blade form-factor choices.
    • Long life cycle providing better life cycle management and improved TCO.
    • Modular I/O switches for future scalability.
    • Breakthrough fan technologies for reduction in power consumption.
    • Configuration management via chassis management controller.
    • Persistent MAC/WWN/iSCSI addresses in a switch-agnostic environment.
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    Sample Customers
    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
    Newport City Homes, Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium (NMTRC), Georgian College, AgreeYa Solutions, IIHT Cloud Solutions, Arizona State University, AudienceScience, University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Holy Cross School
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business43%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Dell PowerEdge M
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Dell PowerEdge M and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 17 reviews while Dell PowerEdge M is ranked 4th in Blade Servers with 3 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.6, while Dell PowerEdge M is rated 8.0. 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 Dell PowerEdge M writes "Initial set up complicated, but after, easy to configure and use, many packages available". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE BladeSystem, Super Micro SuperBlade, Pure Storage FlashBlade and Lenovo Flex System, whereas Dell PowerEdge M is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE Superdome X, Super Micro SuperBlade, HPE BladeSystem and Fujitsu Primergy BX900 Series. See our Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Dell PowerEdge M report.

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