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Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE BladeSystem
July 2022
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Pros
"The stability provided by the product is its most valuable feature for our organization.""Some of the features I like from this solution are it has a fast configuration, it is not complex, and has high availability.""The Boot from SAN function is good because using OTV, we can boot the device from any remote location.""The GUI makes is simple to use and deploy.""The most valuable feature that the B-Series has is related to the structure and architecture of the solution because in these solutions, you are using fabric interconnect as an interconnect device. The beauty of fabric interconnect is that it can work as in-house mode.""The solution is stable.""The initial setup is simple, and not very complex.""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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"It is a stable, dependable solution.""The most valuable feature of the HPE BladeSystem is the ease of management.""The scalability has been good.""They are very fast and very reliable. They are working under very tough conditions.""The product is quite stable. Its performance is reliable.""The solution has good scalability.""For me, the most valuable features are integration and simple defining.""I like the stability."

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Cons
"Integration with storage could be improved.""This product uses a converged network adapter because it is the only way to provide flexibility with both fiber and ethernet connections.""The solution is difficult to set up.""The graphic code that UCS can support is limited and less accessible than other systems.""We have to have Java to manage the infrastructure. It would be great if we can manage the infrastructure through a web browser.""The management interface needs a lot of improvement. As it is right now, it's a pain to use. It's not user-friendly.""For future improvements, it would be a benefit if the solution could integrate better with products such as Oracle.""Cisco could improve the user-friendliness for less experienced users."

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"The solution could improve by having more automation, such as the automatic mapping feature that is available in the Synergy Blade series.""The interface in terms of management could be much more intuitive.""The other similar solutions used different CLI commands than HPE BladeSystem. The HPE BladeSystem CLI commands should be the same as the other companies which would make it easier to manage. It would be better for the system administrators to manage HPE BladeSystem and other systems together. I wanted to configure this service with the CLI but the commands are different than the other solutions making it a bit more difficult.""I'd like to see an all-in-one packet in the future.""The management side of this solution could be improved.""Some part of virtual connections needs improvement.""There could be more management capability to work with integrations.""They are not selling BladeSystem anymore. The end of the sale of this platform was this year, 2020."

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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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  • "It is not expensive, really, in this class of server products."
  • "It is expensive. There are no additional costs. We are able to get good discounts anyway from HPE, but if the price can come down, we'll be happy."
  • "Its pricing was good. We selected this solution because it was within our budget. We paid just once when we bought it. We never bought any license."
  • "it would make everyone happy if the solution were less expensive."
  • "We have been satisfied with the price. However, there are additional costs for support."
  • "The HPE BladeSystem is an expensive solution."
  • "BladeSystem is a little bit cheaper."
  • "I would recommend this solution for large enterprises. Medium-sized companies would find it difficult to afford the HPE BladeSystem's overall capital expenses."
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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:For me, choosing between HPE’s Bladesystem and Synergy came down to which solution was more powerful, reliable, and stable. It turns out Bladesystem was the winner. Bladesystem is excellent because it… more »
    Top Answer:Its pricing was good. We selected this solution because it was within our budget. We paid just once when we bought it. We never bought any license.
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    Also Known As
    UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
    HP ProLiant BL Series Servers, HP ProLiant BladeSystem, HP BladeSystem
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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.
    HP ProLiant BladeSystem share power, cooling, network, and storage infrastructure via the blade enclosure. Since equipment is not needed for each server, you get a dramatic reduction in power distribution units, power cables, LAN and SAN switches, connectors, adapters, and cables. And you can add the newest-generation technologies by simply changing individual components.
    Offer
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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
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Government13%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government12%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Insurance Company9%
    Government8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise65%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE BladeSystem
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE BladeSystem and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,336 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 16 reviews while HPE BladeSystem is ranked 2nd in Blade Servers with 21 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.6, while HPE BladeSystem is rated 8.4. 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 HPE BladeSystem writes "Easy to set up and offers good scalability with a small footprint". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade, Pure Storage FlashBlade and Lenovo Flex System, whereas HPE BladeSystem is most compared with HPE Synergy, Dell PowerEdge M, Super Micro SuperBlade, HPE Superdome X and Lenovo Flex System. See our Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE BladeSystem report.

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