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Hoang Quan Nguyen
Infrastructure Integration Analyst at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Supports abstract and stateless computing, helpful and proactive support, reliable, and expandable
Pros and Cons
  • "The feature that I found the most value is the abstract and stateless capacities."
  • "USC Central seems a bit confusing for technicians."

What is our primary use case?

The UCS Manager, UCS Blades including chassis, and Main Data Centre Virtualization Physical Infrastructure on VMware between sites act as our critical and secure data center environment.

This solution is reliable, expandable, agile, manageable, and scales easily, allowing us to focus on using UCS Manager. We are now expanding the Cisco Hyperconverged solution embedded with the UCS manager.

This is the plus to expand the reliability, expandability, redundancy, and availability of our data center infrastructure environment.

How has it helped my organization?

This host-provisioning solution gives us peace of mind, SLA level, and ease of management from the operation team. It is reliable and gives me confidence when I upgrade firmware and expand the capacities of the data center.

Think about adding compute in 30 minutes instead of hours of technical effort. It reduced the amount of time that tech spent on support and operations instead of maintaining the whole infrastructure level.

ROI for the UCS manager solution is high and has lifted pressures and stressful burdens upon SWE.

What is most valuable?

Overall, all functionalities are excellent.

The feature that I found the most value is the abstract and stateless capacities. 

What needs improvement?

USC Central seems a bit confusing for technicians.

Many functionalities that are not used for a small environment should be enforced at the enterprise level.

I would like to see USC Central offered free for use, as well as made simpler to use for technicians. This will improve its adoption rate, especially for environments that are not exposed to the internet.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using UCS Managers and UCS Blade for more than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, it is excellent.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is excellent.

With the help of Cisco tech support, I just finished an upgrade of firmware and felt that the support team is helpful and proactive in helping customers.

I feel that Cisco tech has value. They provided me assistance and guided me through difficulties. Overall, I felt that they were excellent and I appreciated it very much, especially the consistency in following up on what is happening, including progress.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I had used HP enclosures in a different environment.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is always straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We initiated the engagement with Cisco Tech Team, and eventually, we can take ourselves.

What was our ROI?

The ROI is huge and I was surprised after seeing it when the environment was set up and stable.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I was not involved with the specific pricing agreement, so I don't know. However, I am familiar with some of the aspects.

Generally, the cheaper, the better. I believe that this is part of the procurement management that must be involved with requirements. Pricing will be based on your requirements so it is important to plan, engage, and negotiate directly with the Cisco Account Manager.

I have an excellent relationship and experience with them. They are accommodating in all areas such as reaching out, checking and engaging in setup and configuration of equipment that has arrived, training, help in designing, consulting, pricing, and licensing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As part of our evaluation phase, we researched three vendors. Each was assessed using a scorecard to rate each in terms of functionality as it related to our environment. The scale was from one to five.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is an excellent product.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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Sr, Storage Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Initial set up complicated, but after, easy to configure and use, many packages available
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution integrated well."
  • "The set up is complex"

What is most valuable?

The initial set up was fairly easy. It wasn't difficult compared to other packages. We did the initial set up for Synergy's fibre channel switches before we started but afterwards, we did not have to worry about using the virtualized fibre or anything with them, the storage automatically came with it.

What needs improvement?

Their features and product overall are comparable to others on the market, nothing stands out. The company should have either been more clear with the packaging, or a little bit more forthcoming with what you needed, what is in the package, and what came with it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution integrated well. We were able to still use Synergy, which is our main platform, and usually, as long as you can still use your main platform for upgrades then it is easy to scale. However, if you were to start changing the main hardware out it then becomes more difficult to be able to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

The customer service was pretty good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

My career started with using HP servers. The problem aroused when the HP servers became very hot and resource-intensive. We then started using Cisco products, and they were about the same as HP with the issues we were having. Once we moved to Dell products, it all came together, we could use all three. All three had their own separate purpose.

How was the initial setup?

The set up is complex. However, once everything is up and running, it was pretty straightforward. We had a vendor assisting with the initial set up but once we were through those initial problems, finding out the order of how it is supposed to be set up, and finding out the packages needed, you are good to go to use them.

What about the implementation team?

We had to contact a vendor to give us some help with some of the areas of the install.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are many packages available, it was a benefit using a vendor to help us get a package we needed. If we would not have gone with the vendor we might have been charged unnecessarily for packages we did not need. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend using engineers to help make the design for the setup of the solution. This will allow for a clear view of what is needed for your environment, they can identify issues and know exactly what packages are needed before purchasing. 

I rate Dell PowerEdge M a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Director of Technology Services at a educational organization with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Reliable, easy to scale, and the support is good, but the price could be improved
Pros and Cons
  • "We don't have any issues with the stability of HPE NonStop."
  • "It would be helpful if they brought the price down."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to power the rest of the servers that we have.

What is most valuable?

There are no specific features that stand out, it was just a migration path.

What needs improvement?

If the initial setup could be more simplified it would be an improvement.

They were not as nice as BladSystems. The architecture is the same, but just the way that they have done some of the things is a bit different.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been an HP shop for approximately 10 years. Everything we have is HPEfrom PCs to servers, it's all HPE.

We are using the most recent version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We don't have any issues with the stability of HPE NonStop.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

HPE NonStop is a scalable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have no issues with the technical support. My experience has been good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is complex. You need the help of a consultant for it to go smoothly.

What about the implementation team?

I always make sure that we have a consultant, whether it's HP or an independent consultant to help us.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It would be helpful if they brought the price down.

The pricing depends on individual companies. We like to buy five years upfront and then we deal with annual maintenance afterward. We don't budget it per year.

HPE NonStop is definitely on the higher end.

I would strongly suggest that when they buy it, they should always attempt to buy multi-year support on it. HP tends to give more discounts when you buy multi-years versus just buying it for one year and then renewing it the next year.

The support is definitely worth it for these types of solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate HPE NonStop a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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General Manager at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Priced well, scalable, stable, easy to use and install
Pros and Cons
  • "It is very fast and easy to use."
  • "The monitoring is an area that needs some improvement."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution with Blade servers and another application.

What is most valuable?

It is very fast and easy to use.

What needs improvement?

We have only just used this solution for a small period of time, it is difficult to fully assess it. We need more time to learn and know all of its components.

The monitoring is an area that needs some improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable. To date, we don't have any issues with the stability of this solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has the ability to scale up, but we have not scaled it as we are using it for a small project.

We have plans to increase our usage in a few months.

How are customer service and technical support?

We don't contact HPE directly. We deal with our reseller.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we were using IBM Power Servers.

The support for Power Servers is too expensive.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy.

What about the implementation team?

We had the help of a retailer to implement this solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price is not very expensive. 

When you compare with the other vendors, it's in the middle in terms of pricing.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good product to use for medium-sized companies.

I would rate HPE Integrity a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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