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Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers
May 2022
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"It is very stable and easy to use. It integrates easily with Cisco's cloud-based UC solutions. There are tools for management that make the management a bit easier, but we don't use them. We don't use what you would term as power users.""We have many people in my organization using Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers in the administration.""The product doesn't take up too much space on the rack and I like that.""The hardware customization capabilities are great.""In most cases, computes compute, and there isn't much differentiation, but one point of differentiation is Intersight cloud management.""What I really like about the Cisco USC Server is its service profile.""Its hardware is really reliable. We also like Cisco for its support.""The solution is easily scalable."

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"The solution is easy to use and has good performance.""Technical support is very good.""It is user friendly and easy to configure.""iDRAC is the most valuable feature because of the ease of use and management and everything that it provides is super useful. The security features that PowerEdge provides, including firmware threat detection is good.""PowerEdge helped to reduce our customer’s data processing time.""PowerEdge is one of the top solutions when it comes to the security features that it provides including firmware, drift protection, and systems management.""You are provided with excellent instructions.""Their management tools are the most valuable. Our customers like the flexibility of being able to scale up and out. It is very easy for them to scale and add additional nodes and servers to their storage solutions, such as the ATI solution. It has very good quality and a great deployment model. Its warranty is also very good, and it is very stable. Their fixes have been quick if they have those."

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Cons
"The C-Series is not designed to be as scalable. They are designed to have enough RAM and enough CPU on their own side. If you want scalability, it's better to choose the B-Series— the Blade Servers — because those are much more scalable with Fabric Interconnect.""The hard drive of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is not very good. I have already replaced three of them.""Technical support could be more responsive.""The warranty and support periods should be extended.""On the contact center and video conferencing, I would definitely like to see more AI features. The AI features are key for us. You will find a lot of them in the cloud-based solution, but in the on-premises solution, they're hardly there. I would like to see the same AI features that are there in the cloud-based Cisco UC.""I think the pricing is high. Cisco has to look for bundling this solutions with other applications.""I would like to see a little more integration with VMware.""Its accessibility and manageability can be improved. Currently, we have to visit the office to manage it. It should be manageable outside our network. I would like it to be on the cloud."

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"In terms of the iDRAC software, when selecting systems, especially multiple systems to upgrade, there's really no way to confirm that specific systems are selected.""This solution helped us reduce our rack footprint. It reduced our power consumption including size and weight.""I would like to see a virtual view of the solution after creating and configuring it.""They could improve the time between new versions of the product.""We are leaning away from this particular product because Dell's VxRail solution makes us buy four nodes at a time which is not scalable. Other solutions such as Cisco offer more innovation on this front.""The solution could improve by making the warranty policy better, which is a little bit complex because our local service partner Smart Technologies has long delays. Whenever we open any case for any customer, it takes more than five days. If we could handle it by ourselves, we could have the issue solved in one day. They should work on a way to fix these delays.""PowerEdge is able to run the latest high-demand applications for our use case. They host our clusters and facilitate the building of environments.""The servers get slower at the end of their life cycle. The technology needs to evolve."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco is expensive, but we didn't look at the cost of the product. We were looking at reliability and support."
  • "This product is slightly more expensive when compared to others."
  • "This product is quite expensive and it would be better if it were cheaper."
  • "This solution is a little expensive."
  • "The solution could be more cost-effective."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis, which is only $2,000 or $3,000."
  • "The price of the solution could be better when compared to other solutions. However, when we purchased the solution we received Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers in a bundle with other hardware, such as IP phones and networking switches."
  • "The server itself isn't costly at all, but the CPU and the RAM can be pretty expensive. You can buy a UCS for $2,000, but the RAM and CPU can cost up to $80,000. The most expensive asset is the intel processor, but it depends on how many cores you want and the technology you want to use on your CPU, like Hyper-V, etc."
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  • "Dell's solution was cheaper than HP's solution."
  • "It's not a very expensive solution."
  • "It is expensive. The price needs to be more competitive. Additional licenses are required to enable some of the features for scalability."
  • "The price of this solution is reasonable. It's very comparable to similar solutions."
  • "The server is a one-time purchase, but the support is on a subscription basis."
  • "It's a one-time licensing fee for the device and we pay a quota per year for the support."
  • "The licensing comes with a warranty."
  • "Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers are very expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The server itself isn't costly at all, but the CPU and the RAM can be pretty expensive. You can buy a UCS for $2,000, but the RAM and CPU can cost up to $80,000. The most expensive asset is the intel… more »
    Top Answer:The hard drive of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is not very good. I have already replaced three of them.
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether the Dell EMC Poweredge or Lenovo Thinksystem rack servers were the better fit for us. We ultimately decided to go with Dell EMC Poweredge… more »
    Top Answer:There are several differences between Dell EMC PowerEdge Rack Servers and HPE ProLiant DL Servers. For starters, HPE Proliant has about 2.5x less reliability than Dell PowerEdge. Moreover, while HPE… more »
    Top Answer:iDRAC is the most valuable feature because of the ease of use and management and everything that it provides is super useful. The security features that PowerEdge provides, including firmware threat… more »
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    Also Known As
    Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series
    PowerEdge R
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    Overview

    UCS C-Series Rack Servers deliver unified computing in an industry-standard form factor to reduce TCO and increase agility. Each server addresses varying workload challenges through a balance of processing, memory, I/O, and internal storage resources.

    PowerEdge R is available in three models and with the following advantages: Entry level is simple, entry level server ideal for businesses just migrating to server usage, advanced is offering more cache and speed, these servers offer more options for processors, expansion and virtualization, Premium create a dynamic infrastructure with flexible workloads from a complete virtualization platform.

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    Sample Customers
    Advanced Medical Transport, Aegean Motorway, Anilana Hotels and Resorts, Artoni Transporti, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, City of Mississauga, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Kind en Gezin, Kuwait Petroleum Italia, Nationwide, Quest, Talbots, University of St. Gallen
    NxtGen Datacenter, Medien-Service Untermain (MSU), Exasol, IndigoVision, Dayco
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise17%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is ranked 5th in Rack Servers with 11 reviews while Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers is ranked 1st in Rack Servers with 45 reviews. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is rated 8.4, while Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers writes "Offers dynamic hardware and saves a lot of space, power, and management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers writes "Reliable with great support and good analytics". Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, HPE Apollo, IBM Power Systems and HPE Synergy, whereas Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, IBM Power Systems, HPE Apollo and Oracle SPARC Servers. See our Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers report.

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