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We performed a comparison between Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and IBM Power Systems 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. IBM Power Systems Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The solution is stable.""The most valuable feature of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack is the use of databases, such as MySQL.""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.""The solution is easily scalable.""The most valuable feature of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is server management.""The hardware customization capabilities are great.""The solution is reliable and easy to use."

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"IBM Power Systems are secure and have fast processing.""The most valuable feature of IBM Power Systems is its performance.""We found working with IBM Power Systems that LPM is the most valuable feature.""Some of the most valuable features are the processing power, stability, and security.""The installation is easy.""IBM Power Systems' best features are its reliability, resilience, and performance per rack unit.""What we like the most is the ability to upgrade the scaling of the system itself. Whenever we need extra storage, we can do that. Whenever we need extra memory, we can do that as well. It's fast and it's available.""We've been using it for a long time, and it's stable."

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Cons
"The solution needs more capacity and more scalability.""The pricing is too high and no discounts are available for our country.""Cisco UCS C-Series Rack could improve by selling storage. Cisco doesn't sell storage, which is a problem because some customers ask for storage. There are several brands in the market, such as HPE, and Dell EMC. However, Cisco doesn't have any storage. This is where the tension comes from buying this solution.""The solution can be improved by adjusting the cost.""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 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.""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."

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"If you asked me what I'd like added, I'd say that it'd be nice if they ran GPUs, however, I know that's not the direction they're going. That said, I would appreciate it if they offered GPU support.""IBM Power Systems could improve by having a cloud feature.""I would like to see IBM Power Systems integrate with all cloud types.""The solution is quite expensive.""Software testing and the compatibility of software products that are available in the market should be addressed.""In the next release, I would like to see additional graphical dashboards to help the administrators access information more easily.""There are improvements that can be made on the technical side.""One of the main challenges with IBM Power Systems is the functionality of live partnership mobility."

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  • "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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  • "Its price depends on the sizing."
  • "The pricing of the solution is very good because we can beat any other competitor with the pricing. Lately, they have offered good pricing for their customer."
  • "The price of the solution could be somewhat better and this is what lowers my rating of it to a seven or eight out of ten."
  • "The licensing costs are okay. With IBM Power Systems, it's inclusive, so you can differentiate the price of the hardware from the software itself."
  • "The price of IBM Power Systems is expensive and could improve."
  • "Power Systems is a bit more costly than other products in the market, but in terms of ROI and the longevity, performance, and reliability that Power Systems provides, it's worth it in the long run."
  • "IBM Power Systems is very expensive."
  • "IBM Power is more expensive than other rack-mount servers, and you have to have a license for everything, including cores and memory."
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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:We value the stability and technology capability of this solution the most. It is very stable, and the processor technology of IBM is very good. When you have a CIO and you are dealing with C-level… more »
    Top Answer:Its management can be made easier because it is not easy to manage. They should also find a new way for migrating from an old Power Systems to a new one. The migration process is currently very… more »
    Top Answer:IBM Power Systems is used for the core banking applications. We have accounts with financial enterprises in Egypt. We propose this solution if you are a bank, you are upgrading or migrating bank… more »
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    Also Known As
    Unified Computing System C-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series
    IBM OpenPOWER LC
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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.

    IBM Power Systems are built to crush the most advanced data applications - from the mission-critical workloads you run today to the next generation of AI.
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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%
    Individual & Family Service8%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Financial Services Firm30%
    Retailer17%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Educational Organization7%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise37%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. IBM Power Systems
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. IBM Power Systems 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 IBM Power Systems is ranked 4th in Rack Servers with 16 reviews. Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers is rated 8.4, while IBM Power Systems is rated 8.4. 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 IBM Power Systems writes "Scales very well and is pretty easy to set up but is a bit expensive". 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 Oracle SPARC Servers, whereas IBM Power Systems is most compared with Intel Server System, Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers, Oracle SPARC Servers, HPE ProLiant DL Servers and Huawei KunLun Mission Critical Server. See our Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers vs. IBM Power Systems report.

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