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We performed a comparison between Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and HPE Apollo based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Rack Servers solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. HPE Apollo Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The solution is easily scalable.""We have many people in my organization using Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers in the administration.""The most valuable feature of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack is the use of databases, such as MySQL.""The solution is stable.""The most valuable feature of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is server management.""In most cases, computes compute, and there isn't much differentiation, but one point of differentiation is Intersight cloud management.""The product doesn't take up too much space on the rack and I like that.""The most valuable features of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers are agileness, ease of operation, and manageability."

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"The technical support from HPE has always been good in my experience.""HPE Apollo's most valuable feature is the ability to expand our storage capacity.""The cost benefit of this solution is most valuable. It is quite effective for the work for which we are using it. We are mainly running video servers on these, and we are quite happy with the resilience, density storage, and streaming capacity of the system.""The solution is well documented in a data sheet."

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Cons
"The solution needs more capacity and more scalability.""Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers could improve integration with third-party solutions.""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.""Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers could improve by adding a wider portfolio because they only have two main categories, the C-220 and 240. There is no wide range of options as other solutions have, such as Dell. Additionally, if it was more flexible with the configuration it would be good.""The solution can be improved by adjusting the cost.""The price of the solution is problematic, not the solution itself. It could be less expensive."

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"The predictive analysis feature could be improved.""The technical support from HPE has always been good in my experience.""We are quite happy with it, but its price and storage density can be better.""The support from HPE Apollo could be better, they are making knowledgeable."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The prices of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers are higher compared to the competition. When we try and sell against the competition, then it becomes quite difficult to sell"
  • "The price of the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack could improve. It's a little more expensive in comparison with Dell or HPE solutions."
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  • "The price of the solution is more expensive than Dell which is their main competitor. However, there are times we have managed to receive a comparable price."
  • "There is an annual license required to use HPE Apollo."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is server management.
    Top Answer:The price of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is approximately 20 percent more than other solutions.
    Top Answer:Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers could improve by adding a wider portfolio because they only have two main categories, the C-220 and 240. There is no wide range of options as other solutions have, such… more »
    Top Answer:I didn't work with Apollo but as far as I read about it and as others said, it depends on your purpose.  Apollo's approach is node computing for high-performance computing and graphic purposes and… more »
    Top Answer:The cost benefit of this solution is most valuable. It is quite effective for the work for which we are using it. We are mainly running video servers on these, and we are quite happy with the… more »
    Top Answer:We are quite happy with it, but its price and storage density can be better.
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    Also Known As
    Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series
    HP Apollo Systems, HP ProLiant SL, HP Apollo
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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.

    The HPE Apollo high-density server family is built for the highest levels of performance and efficiency. They are rack-scale compute, storage, networking, power and cooling – massively scale-up and scale-out – solutions for your big data analytics, object storage and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. From water-cooling that’s 1,000X more efficient than air, to “right-sized scaling” with 2X the compute density for workgroup and private cloud workloads, the HPE Apollo line is a dense, high-performance, tiered approach for organisations of all sizes.

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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
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    Financial Services Firm23%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Educational Organization8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Educational Organization6%
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    University17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise37%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. HPE Apollo
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. HPE Apollo and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is ranked 5th in Rack Servers with 14 reviews while HPE Apollo is ranked 6th in Rack Servers with 4 reviews. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is rated 8.4, while HPE Apollo is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers writes "The VIC card is the most important feature". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Apollo writes "Easy to maintain, cost-effective, scalable, and resilient". Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is most compared with Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, HPE Synergy and IBM Power Systems, whereas HPE Apollo is most compared with HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE Synergy, Dell PowerEdge FX and PowerEdge C. See our Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. HPE Apollo report.

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