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"The feature that I found the most value is the abstract and stateless capacities.""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 pretty simple and straightforward.""The architecture of this solution is very valuable; it has five traffic interconnects, and uses a network highway so bandwidth is never an issue.""The solution is stable.""The most valuable features of the Cisco UCS B-Series are reports for virtualization and the large memory it has.""The scalability is very good.""Great security and functionality."

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"We don't have any issues with the stability of HPE NonStop."

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"The price of this product is too high. They should work to make it more affordable.""The license is expensive. Cisco should decrease the delay in the delivery of their products.""The GUI is not the greatest.""Compared to the deployment of servers such as Dell XCDs, the deployment of UCS servers is more complex. They take longer to deploy.""The pricing could be less.""We have to have Java to manage the infrastructure. It would be great if we can manage the infrastructure through a web browser.""This model does not support virtualization of the switch.""Integration with storage could be improved."

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"It would be helpful if they brought the price down."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "This is a premium device and our clients are not as concerned about the reasonableness of the price compared to satisfaction with their productivity."
  • "The licensing cost is a little bit expensive because by default, it depends on your fabric interconnect model. Most of the time, however, Cisco provides a lot of promotions to the customers, so the cost can be waived for many projects. The price of the chassis itself is fair."
  • "The cost of the blade servers is okay, but the cost of Fabric Interconnects ends up increasing the overall costs. For example, suppose it costs 3,500 USD per blade server. When you include the Fabric Interconnects, you could pay up to 30,000 USD. Therefore, compared to the cost of servers from Lenovo, Huawei, Dell, or HP, the cost of Cisco servers can be high. However, Cisco gives good discounts (about 90% to 94%) to partners and to customers who are already using Cisco servers. New Cisco customers do not get the level of discount that an existing customer does. Because you can get discounts with Cisco, I would give pricing a rating of four out of five."
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  • "HPE NonStop is definitely on the higher end."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 use it in our data center. In our infrastructure, we virtualize our servers.
    Top Answer:Before you buy infrastructure like this, I would recommend some training. It'll help to get really good training in infrastructure management. For example, in my case, a quick overview when I started… more »
    Top Answer:We don't have any issues with the stability of HPE NonStop.
    Top Answer:It would be helpful if they brought the price down. The pricing depends on individual companies. We like to buy five years upfront and then we deal with annual maintenance afterward. We don't budget… more »
    Top Answer:If the initial setup could be more simplified it would be an improvement. They were not as nice as BladSystems. The architecture is the same, but just the way that they have done some of the things is… more »
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    Also Known As
    UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
    HP NonStop
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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.
    When availability matters, the new HPE Integrity NonStop X enables you to stay ahead of your competition by mitigating the risk of downtime and effortlessly meeting your business processing, OLTP, and database requirements all with an industry-standard x86 architecture. HPE brings you an unparalleled portfolio of HPE Integrity NonStop systems the NonStop i family and the NonStop X family. These systems deliver the highest level of availability for the most-demanding, high-value workloads and customer-facing applications.
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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
    Bankart, Capital Securities Corporation
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 15 reviews while HPE NonStop is ranked 11th in Blade Servers with 1 review. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.6, while HPE NonStop is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS B-Series writes "Processing of our system has greatly improved due to the CPU, functionality and security features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE NonStop writes "Reliable, easy to scale, and the support is good, but the price could be improved". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, Dell PowerEdge M, HPE BladeSystem, Super Micro SuperBlade and Pure Storage FlashBlade, whereas HPE NonStop is most compared with HPE Superdome X and Dell PowerEdge M.

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