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We performed a comparison between Cisco UCS B-Series and Pure Storage FlashBlade based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"Great security and functionality.""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 most valuable feature is the ability to replace a server with another one, simply by applying the profile""The feature that I found the most value is the abstract and stateless capacities.""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."

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"The main feature I have found to be product replication.""The snapshots, replication, and the ability to have immutable blades are the most valuable features. You're putting data snapshots out in those blades, and they cannot be touched. Its performance is great.""It performs well and it is also very fast.""The product is scalable and easy to expand.""What I like best about Pure Storage FlashBlade is its object storage functionality, plus it has fast underlying hardware. Pure Storage FlashBlade is also very stable. I find its stability one of its valuable features.""The most valuable features of this solution are the rewrite speed and the nonstop services.""The onboarding and integrated monitoring tools are pretty good.""It is very easy to use, and it is very fast."

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Cons
"USC Central seems a bit confusing for technicians.""The solution is difficult to set up.""Integration with storage could be improved.""For future improvements, it would be a benefit if the solution could integrate better with products such as Oracle.""The main issue with this solution is that it is quite vendor-restricted, meaning that when we use third party software, we cannot use all of the available configuration tools or pre-validated design features.""This model does not support virtualization of the switch.""This product uses a converged network adapter because it is the only way to provide flexibility with both fiber and ethernet connections.""The graphic code that UCS can support is limited and less accessible than other systems."

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"There is some room for new features related to authentication and integration with Kubernetes, and other solution using S3 Bucket.""I would like to see the licensing fees improved as well as the price per terabytes.""An area for improvement in Pure Storage FlashBlade is its price. It could be reduced. The technical support for Pure Storage FlashBlade also needs improvement. It used to be good, with more experienced engineers. Nowadays, it isn't, and it takes longer for support to solve problems.""I want efficiency. FlashBlade doesn't have efficiency now.""It would be beneficial if the layer could support the S3 protocol and be container ready in the next release.""It would be nice if you could store file-based in the same box with the same technology.""It usually comes down to just what you hit and the value you're getting when you spend the money and license the products. I would always go, "If you want to make things better, lower your price and make your licensing simpler." There's always an opportunity around that.""The solution is expensive."

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  • "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."
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  • "In my opinion, we have paid the right price for the product. I don't think that it is too much or too little."
  • "The price of this solution could be made more affordable."
  • "Licensing fees are paid yearly."
  • "I feel that the price could always be lowered."
  • "Pure Storage FlashBlade is a hardware appliance, and it's very expensive if you compare its price with other solutions. You can get the same features and benefits from its competitor, VAST Data, but for half the price of Pure Storage FlashBlade."
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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:The main feature I have found to be product replication.
    Top Answer:The price of this solution could be made more affordable.
    Top Answer:There could be improvements in public cloud integration. In the future, one innovation could be for them to make an embedded backup system.
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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.

    FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.

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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
    ServiceNow, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dominos, Man AHL
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm31%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Government13%
    Construction Company6%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    University13%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Company Size
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 14 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 4th in File and Object Storage with 9 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.8, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is rated 8.8. 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 Pure Storage FlashBlade writes "Immutable snapshots, great performance, and simple and easy replication". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, Dell PowerEdge M, HPE BladeSystem, Super Micro SuperBlade and Lenovo Flex System, whereas Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, MinIO, Qumulo, Red Hat Ceph Storage and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS).

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