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"In terms of the features that I have found most valuable, that is basically the hardware, which is more dynamic.""The solution is easily scalable.""The hardware customization capabilities are great.""The initial setup is straightforward and easy to do.""The VIC card is the most important feature.""What I really like about the Cisco USC Server is its service profile.""The product doesn't take up too much space on the rack and I like that.""In most cases, computes compute, and there isn't much differentiation, but one point of differentiation is Intersight cloud management."

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"The solution is built very well. It's very robust and durable.""We like that the solution can be arranged for an all-in-one single pane of glass, something our customers find important.""Technical support is excellent. They are very helpful.""I like that it's suitable for virtualization. It's also stable and scalable. The newer version has a lot of memory, and you don't have to worry about updates.""Great data storage and very good for software defined solutions.""For me, this is the best frame server technology available in the market. We can compare it to Cisco UCS. It is robust and stable, and it is also easy to deploy and scale. Their support is the best.""The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks.""We've found the scalability to be reasonable if you are ready to invest in it."

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Cons
"The only thing I would change is to provide more proactive support.""I would like to see a little more integration with VMware.""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 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.""The price of the solution is problematic, not the solution itself. It could be less expensive.""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.""The warranty and support periods should be extended."

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"It would be nice if the updates were not accompanied by downtime.""In the past, I have had issues with configurations.""The only good thing is that they have some powerful machines that you can use, such as the latest generations of HPE Compute that you can use.""The Synergy platform is HPE-specific and more for on-premises. You're kind of locked in with VMware and the HPE with the VMs. The Nutanix offering is a bit more flexible.""The profiles aren't so easy to work with.""I would definitely like to see them fix the firmware updates on all the blades. No matter what operating system it is running on, make sure I can do the firmware as well as the software for those firmware components at the same time. I don't want to have to rely on an external product. Let's bring that product inside the menu so that I have a better experience with updates.""The performance could be better. The converged network cards initially didn't work. However, later on in the newer version, they came up with 50 GB network cards to replace the 20 GB ones, and it's perfectly fine now. At times, it could also be more stable.""Changes to the solution are quite complex."

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  • "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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  • "We are satisfied with its price."
  • "We have already paid once. It is just the price for the permit and its use. It seems you don't have to keep paying for it, but I am not sure."
  • "We don't have to pay for Synergy because it's part of our plan."
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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:For me, choosing between HPE’s Bladesystem and Synergy came down to which solution was more powerful, reliable, and stable. It turns out Bladesystem was the winner. Bladesystem is excellent because it… more »
    Top Answer:The product enables the centralization of all administrative tasks.
    Top Answer:I cannot properly advise on setup, pricing or licensing costs.
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    8.4
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    Also Known As
    Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series
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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.

    HPE Synergy, the first platform built from the ground up for Composable Infrastructure, offers an experience that empowers IT to create and deliver new value instantly and continuously. It is a single infrastructure that reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. Through a single interface, HPE Synergy composes physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric pools into any configuration for any application. As an extensible platform, it easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud, and DevOps. With HPE Synergy, IT can become not just the internal service provider but the business partner to rapidly launch new applications that become the business.

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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
    HudsonAlpha, Virgin Media, EMIS, United
    Top Industries
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    Educational Organization14%
    Pharma/Biotech Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Construction Company14%
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    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Retailer10%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is ranked 5th in Rack Servers with 11 reviews while HPE Synergy is ranked 1st in Blade Servers with 12 reviews. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is rated 8.4, while HPE Synergy is rated 8.6. 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 HPE Synergy writes "Significantly decreases deployment time and the number of support issues". Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is most compared with Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers, Lenovo ThinkSystem Rack Servers, HPE Apollo and IBM Power Systems, whereas HPE Synergy is most compared with HPE BladeSystem, Dell PowerEdge M, Cisco UCS B-Series, HPE Apollo and Pure Storage FlashBlade.

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