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Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Lenovo Flex System
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Pros
"The GUI makes is simple to use and deploy.""Great security and functionality.""The initial setup is simple, and not very complex.""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 ratio in terms of the number of units and the number of servers that we can get each chassis is quite good.""Some of the features I like from this solution are it has a fast configuration, it is not complex, and has high availability.""The feature that I found the most value is the abstract and stateless capacities."

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"One of the most valuable features of this solution is its ease of use.""The Lenovo Flex System is very stable.""The most valuable feature of the Lenovo Flex System is the storage system.""The initial setup is straightforward.""The product is very user-friendly and has many resources at the enterprise level."

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Cons
"The graphic code that UCS can support is limited and less accessible than other systems.""For future improvements, it would be a benefit if the solution could integrate better with products such as Oracle.""The license is expensive. Cisco should decrease the delay in the delivery of their products.""The pricing could be less.""The management interface needs a lot of improvement. As it is right now, it's a pain to use. It's not user-friendly.""Integration with storage could be improved.""The configuration is a little bit complicated and could be made simpler.""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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"The product could improve its integration capabilities.""The most valuable feature of the Lenovo Flex System is the storage system.""Forced restarts due to free upgrades is an issue that needs to be resolved. We can manage this as we have high availability and redundancy, but without that it could be a real problem.""The solution could improve by providing more integration with other platforms.""It does not have the same module flexibility that was present in IBM Blade. On the Blade System, I was able to choose between the Cisco module, or BMC module. Since the switch to Lenovo, I have not had the same choice of modules, only the BMC modules."

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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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  • "The price is interesting. I am able to quote a client based on their needs and offer them either Lenovo or Dell."
  • "There is a one-off payment to buy the equipment and the support is purchased annually."
  • "The is an annual license cost to use the Lenovo Flex System. If the price was less expensive and flexible overall and for additional features, our customers would be happier."
  • "The 14 blade server allows significant room for upscaling before having to invest in another chassis. You would have to purchase another chassis much sooner in the case of an eight or nine blade server."
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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:The initial setup is straightforward.
    Top Answer:I wasn't involved in the licensing and I don't have any information about the costs involved with the solution. The global team handles these details and I am not in any way involved.
    Top Answer:The product could improve its integration capabilities. For example, it's not optimized as Cisco UCS servers are.
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    Also Known As
    UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
    Flex System Blade Servers, Flex System SN 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.

    Flex System is Lenovo’s proven, 2nd generation blade, that efficiently runs your infrastructure applications with up to 80% better density than standard rack server deployments.

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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
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    Financial Services Firm31%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Government13%
    Comms Service Provider6%
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government12%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government13%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Lenovo Flex System
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Lenovo Flex System and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 16 reviews while Lenovo Flex System is ranked 7th in Blade Servers with 5 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.6, while Lenovo Flex System is rated 8.2. 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 Lenovo Flex System writes "Provides a high initial ceiling before upscaling is required, user-friendly and rich in resources, but has occasional stability issues". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, Dell PowerEdge M, HPE BladeSystem, Super Micro SuperBlade and HPE Superdome X, whereas Lenovo Flex System is most compared with HPE Synergy, HPE Superdome X, Dell PowerEdge M and HPE BladeSystem. See our Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Lenovo Flex System report.

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