Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs HPE ProLiant DL Servers comparison


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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Rack Servers category, the mindshare of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is 4.6%, up from 4.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of HPE ProLiant DL Servers is 20.8%, down from 23.0% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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it_user729372 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 26, 2017

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Ehsan Emad - PeerSpot reviewer
May 26, 2022
The VIC card is the most important feature.
I rate Cisco USC C-Series Rack Servers 10 out 10. If you plan to buy a C-Series, you should be clear about why you want to use it because the uses vary. different. Whether you're using Cisco, HPE, Dell or any other brand, it's essential to define your use case. For example, are you using it for a simulation graphics, calculations, etc.? Depending on the use case, you might want to go with a small server with more CPU. Sometimes you need a light CPU with a powerful GPU. For example, if we have a C-Series with four CPUs at the same time, or we have a server that's handled two CPUs at the same time—the purpose is crucial. C-Series is good enough compared to other competitors like HPE and the other ones. The HPE C20 is one unit and has a lot of RAM support, but the C-series is number one, in my opinion.
Jan 12, 2021
Strong, easy to manage and monitor, and have very few failures
We have installed VMware on DL Server, and the operating system sits on this DL Server host This is all I've ever used. These servers are strong, and they have very few failures on them. They are also easy to manage and monitor. They are pretty solid servers, but, just like all servers, they…

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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The product's stability is good. Stability-wise, I rate the solution a nine to ten out of ten."
"The C-series is the most valuable."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the expansion and replacement of parts."
"The product doesn't take up too much space on the rack and I like that."
"The technical support from Cisco is fine."
"We have many people in my organization using Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers in the administration."
"What I really like about the Cisco USC Server is its service profile."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is performance."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO)...Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten."
"Where there is a need to actually expand on the capacity, it's easily done, especially when more memory is needed."
"It's flexible."
"The solution is highly scalable."
"It is very stable. This is the feedback that I'm getting from my customers for the hardware. It is also 100% scalable. HPE is also very specialized when it comes up to the server industry. It is not only about the rack servers; it is also about the blade servers. They were the first ones to bring these to the market more than ten years ago."
"The solution has always been very stable and reliable."
"ProLiant DL servers are the best on the market. The models support an extensive list of Intel processors."
"HPE ProLiant DL Servers are a great product. We don't have many complaints."


"The initial setup could be easier."
"The solution can be improved by adjusting the cost."
"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."
"The warranty and support periods should be extended."
"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."
"Definitely the support area needs improving. Especially the time response in case of hardware failure."
"Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers can improve by providing customization features to allow us to deploy them on the cloud. For example, we need VMware to allow us to accomplish a cloud deployment."
"Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers could improve integration with third-party solutions."
"The licensing fees are expensive and have room for improvement."
"There are concerns about the HPE team in the Southeast Asia region, suggesting a need for improvements in terms of responsiveness. There have been instances where the response time was slow, causing challenges during urgent situations. Its stability also needs to improve."
"The cost of the solution is high and has room for improvement."
"In terms of what could be improved, if I could have faster processors with less cores, that would be good."
"I would like the solution to improve its storage and performance. Also, I would like to replicate data between on-premises and cloud in future versions."
"The price of HPE ProLiant DL Servers could improve."
"The technical support has room for improvement."
"The speed of the solution could be increased."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The solution could be more cost-effective."
"This product is slightly more expensive when compared to others."
"​Best to buy all the blades configured for the same purposes of load balancing and failover or load shifting.​"
"The price for Cisco is a bit higher than its competitors. We paid 40k for one server."
"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."
"This solution is a little expensive."
"Cisco is expensive, but we didn't look at the cost of the product. We were looking at reliability and support."
"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."
"This is an expensive product and there is licensing required for iLO, which is the HPE monitoring system."
"​An investment in DL380 is worth it."
"They need to work with Microsoft to make the licensing costs better and more efficient."
"There are less expensive solutions than HPE ProLiant DL Servers. However, there is a lot of value in this solution."
"The pricing is reasonable."
"I give the price a five out of ten."
"I like the price of this product and the add-on components. It is cheaper than Dell and is a one-time hardware purchase with minimal ongoing costs."
"We did not need to pay for a license for the use of HP DL servers, just for normal hardcore support."
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Answers from the Community

it_user729372 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 26, 2017
Sep 26, 2017
Another good question to consider is, how deeply are security and anti-tampering features built in? With the advent of Gen 10 servers HPE is implementing this right down in silicon whereas the rest of the marketplace is still using firmware features to try to accomplish this. This is arguably too late in the process to be able to guarantee what BIOS code you are actually running, what back do...
2 out of 8 answers
Sep 24, 2017
I suggest checking the key benchmark sites directly – TPC-C, SAP etc. Each benchmark is designed to test a specific system capability. I have attached the URL’s. The SAP testing is most revealing for overall systems performance and scalability. The most recent certifications show Cisco UCS servers eclipsing their HPE counterparts by notable margins. Standard Proliant systems are lower in total lines processed than Cisco units, and you have to move up to the HPE Synergy line to beat lower end Cisco C240 servers. However, the higher end 4-way Cisco C480 handily beats Synergy.
it_user204816 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 25, 2017
As per my experience, CISCO UCS C-series is having scalability issue but for HPE ProLiant DL RACk server is good in terms of scalability. HPE tech support is much better than CISCO UCS.

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What do you like most about HPE ProLiant DL Servers?
The most valuable feature of the solution is HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO)...Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for HPE ProLiant DL Servers?
The product is expensive. I rate the product price an eight on a scale of one to ten, where one is low price and ten is high price. On the needs of the customers, the product offers a lot of suppor...

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Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series
HP ProLiant DL series, HP ProLiant DL

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