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Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE Synergy
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE Synergy and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"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.""The solution is stable.""The scalability is very good.""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 most valuable features are monitoring and processing, which can handle a lot of throughput and are more powerful than the HPE series.""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."

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"The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks.""The stability of the solution is very reliable.""The solution is built very well. It's very robust and durable.""We've found the scalability to be reasonable if you are ready to invest in it.""In terms of the productivity of our deployment team, the amount of time has been decreased a lot. In the past, to deploy one c7000 chassis with 15 or 16 blades, we literally used to spend two to three weeks. But with a Synergy, it's very quick. Within three days we can do the deployment.""Its versatility, performance, and size are most valuable. It is very decent for its size. It has very good performance and very good specifications.""Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful.""For me, this is the best frame server technology available in the market. We can compare it to Cisco UCS. It is robust and stable, and it is also easy to deploy and scale. Their support is the best."

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Cons
"The monitoring features and integration with other products can be improved.""The configuration is a little bit complicated and could be made simpler.""Cisco UCS B-Series competitors have similar features as they do, Cisco needs to make some changes to make their offering better.""This product uses a converged network adapter because it is the only way to provide flexibility with both fiber and ethernet connections.""The price of this product is too high. They should work to make it more affordable.""The solution is difficult to set up.""For future improvements, it would be a benefit if the solution could integrate better with products such as Oracle.""We have to have Java to manage the infrastructure. It would be great if we can manage the infrastructure through a web browser."

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"It would be nice if the updates were not accompanied by downtime.""The only good thing is that they have some powerful machines that you can use, such as the latest generations of HPE Compute that you can use.""Changes to the solution are quite complex.""The setup was a bit complex.""ICMs could be better in this model. When you look at its competitors, the most critical point is the throughput. HPE is the best with the ICM module, which is an interconnect module that connects the servers of the frames to the LAN and SAN. HPE Synergy should also support the latest processors provided by Intel.""Technical support was time consuming and unsatisfactory. The initial product setup was complex, lasing around three weeks to a month.""The profiles aren't so easy to work with.""I would definitely like to see them fix the firmware updates on all the blades. No matter what operating system it is running on, make sure I can do the firmware as well as the software for those firmware components at the same time. I don't want to have to rely on an external product. Let's bring that product inside the menu so that I have a better experience with updates."

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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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  • "We are satisfied with its price."
  • "We have already paid once. It is just the price for the permit and its use. It seems you don't have to keep paying for it, but I am not sure."
  • "We don't have to pay for Synergy because it's part of our plan."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:The license is expensive. Cisco should decrease the delay in the delivery of their products.
    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:There is no problem with the scalability.
    Top Answer:We don't have to pay for Synergy because it's part of our plan.
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    Also Known As
    UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
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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.

    HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, offers an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value instantly and continuously. It is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application. As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. With HPE Synergy, IT can become not just the internal service provider but the business partner to rapidly launch new applications that become the business.

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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
    HudsonAlpha, Virgin Media, EMIS, United
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    Financial Services Firm31%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Government13%
    Construction Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government12%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Retailer10%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Large Enterprise59%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE Synergy
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE Synergy and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 16 reviews while HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 12 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.6, while HPE Synergy is rated 8.6. 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 Synergy writes "Significantly decreases deployment time and the number of support issues". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with Dell PowerEdge M, HPE BladeSystem, Super Micro SuperBlade, Pure Storage FlashBlade and Lenovo Flex System, whereas HPE Synergy is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, HPE Apollo, Lenovo Flex System and HPE Superdome X. See our Cisco UCS B-Series vs. HPE Synergy report.

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