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We performed a comparison between Cisco UCS B-Series and PowerEdge C based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Blade Servers solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"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.""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.""The initial setup is pretty simple and straightforward.""Great security and functionality.""The most valuable feature is the ability to replace a server with another one, simply by applying the profile""The most valuable features of the Cisco UCS B-Series are reports for virtualization and the large memory it has.""The GUI makes is simple to use and deploy."

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"Technical support has been helpful.""I like the feature that allows for a backup and that is suitable for me.""PowerEdge C is the best server I have worked with. I like that it's user-friendly. PowerEdge C performs very well.""The scalability of the solution met our needs.""The security of the product is very good.""I have found the compression capability the most valuable feature."

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Cons
"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.""The price of this product is too high. They should work to make it more affordable.""USC Central seems a bit confusing for technicians.""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.""Integration with storage could be improved.""This model does not support virtualization of the switch."

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"The reliability needs improvement.""A feature that needs to be added is the ability for full container storage.""It would be better if it worked with SMTP servers on the cloud. Right now, it only allows notifications via the SMTP server. In the next release, I would like to have a better processor.""We had a few minor issues with compatibility on the latest version during the installation process.""The current memory could be improved.""There could be some more ports added in the future."

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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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  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "When we talk about pricing it is the cheapest on the market that I have found."
  • "The cost depends on the configuration."
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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:The scalability of the solution met our needs.
    Top Answer:There could be some more ports added in the future.
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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.

    PowerEdge C help you to maximize hyperscale performance with up to 4 independent server nodes, flexible storage and shared infrastructure in a compact 2U chassis.

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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
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise51%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business78%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco UCS B-Series vs. PowerEdge C
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. PowerEdge C and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    656,862 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 15 reviews while PowerEdge C is ranked 6th in Blade Servers with 6 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.6, while PowerEdge C is rated 8.6. 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 PowerEdge C writes "Compact with an easy initial setup and good preformance". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, Dell PowerEdge M, HPE BladeSystem and Super Micro SuperBlade, whereas PowerEdge C is most compared with HPE Apollo, HPE Superdome X and HPE Moonshot. See our Cisco UCS B-Series vs. PowerEdge C report.

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