I recently read a claim that Cisco UCS cost two times as much as the next vendor which made me laugh. I work routinely with account teams on competitive deals and this isn’t my experience. And I doubt anybody would buy UCS if this were truly the case. As one of my coworkers put it, “customers aren’t stupid when they purchase Cisco servers.”

What if were true? Would customers still be better off with UCS from a TCO/ROI perspective instead of just looking at acquisition cost? After all, acquisition cost is around 20% of the lifetime cost of a server.

I’ve been blogging about the economic benefits of UCS since 2012. And in these five plus years, the savings customers realize has been remarkably consistent. Based on our published customer case studies, customers see:

  • 83% reduction in provisioning times
  • 62% reduction of ongoing administrative/management costs
  • 78% reduction in cabling
  • 52% reduction in power and cooling costs

The how and the why around these figures are in my Changing the Economics of the Data Center presentation which can be found here.

I’ve also done some TCO work on UCS vs. the public cloud (here and here). While there are very real reasons you may want to use the public cloud, cost really isn’t one of them.

I would also quickly point out all of these benefits apply to Cisco HyperFlex which is based on UCS.

How much could you save by switching to Cisco UCS? Our Public TCO Tool can give you guidance. I would highly encourage you to get a detailed analysis specific to your exact environment and needs by contacting your Cisco account team or partner.



Bill Shields

Senior Marketing Manager

Product and Solutions Marketing Team