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We performed a comparison between Cisco UCS B-Series and Super Micro SuperBlade 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.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Super Micro SuperBlade report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"The scalability is very good.""The solution is stable.""The feature that I found the most value is the abstract and stateless capacities.""The stability provided by the product is its most valuable feature for our organization.""The most valuable feature is the ability to replace a server with another one, simply by applying the profile""Some of the features I like from this solution are it has a fast configuration, it is not complex, and has high availability.""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 simple, and not very complex."

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"I think the IPMI is a really good feature.""The initial setup was straightforward.""The ability to save resource is a key feature."

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Cons
"The monitoring features and integration with other products can be improved.""The license is expensive. Cisco should decrease the delay in the delivery of their products.""For future improvements, it would be a benefit if the solution could integrate better with products such as Oracle.""The management interface needs a lot of improvement. As it is right now, it's a pain to use. It's not user-friendly.""The pricing could be less.""Cisco UCS B-Series competitors have similar features as they do, Cisco needs to make some changes to make their offering better.""The GUI is not the greatest.""The graphic code that UCS can support is limited and less accessible than other systems."

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"There is a lack of support for fiber channels currently that needs to be added.""The solution does not scale well.""Supermicro blade servers are not the best. They could improve in scalability but are not really scalable right now."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "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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    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 ability to save resource is a key feature.
    Top Answer:There is a lack of support for fiber channels currently that needs to be added.
    Ranking
    3rd
    out of 23 in Blade Servers
    Views
    2,291
    Comparisons
    1,714
    Reviews
    13
    Average Words per Review
    445
    Rating
    8.5
    8th
    out of 23 in Blade Servers
    Views
    1,133
    Comparisons
    991
    Reviews
    3
    Average Words per Review
    368
    Rating
    7.3
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    UCS B-Series, Unified Computing System B-Series
    SuperBlade
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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.
    Super Micro's SuperBlade blade servers offer many unique advantages that differentiate it from competitors' blade products and traditional rack-mount solutions. Customer benefits include maximum density, affordability, reduced management costs, lower power consumption, optimal ROI, and high scalability - and in most applications, blade servers would reduce system acquisition costs. While other blade suppliers only offer general-purpose blade servers, the SuperBlade family enables full optimization for a wide array of mission-critical and compute-intensive applications. With in-house design engineering agility to accommodate customer needs rapidly, SuperBlade revolutionizes modular computing architecture by offering several advanced application-optimized models such as Enterprise Blade Server, Data Center Optimized Blade, Workstation Blade and Office Blade.
    Offer
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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
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise65%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Super Micro SuperBlade
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Super Micro SuperBlade and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco UCS B-Series is ranked 3rd in Blade Servers with 15 reviews while Super Micro SuperBlade is ranked 8th in Blade Servers with 3 reviews. Cisco UCS B-Series is rated 8.6, while Super Micro SuperBlade is rated 7.4. 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 Super Micro SuperBlade writes "Easy to set up with good technical support but does not scale well". Cisco UCS B-Series is most compared with HPE Synergy, Dell PowerEdge M, HPE BladeSystem, Pure Storage FlashBlade and Lenovo Flex System, whereas Super Micro SuperBlade is most compared with Dell PowerEdge M, HPE BladeSystem, Pure Storage FlashBlade, HPE Synergy and HPE Integrity. See our Cisco UCS B-Series vs. Super Micro SuperBlade report.

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