I’ve written a number of blogs on the economic value of Cisco UCS and how it is changing the economics of the datacenter. Now, for the first time we performed a TCO comparison of our new VersaStack solution and how it stacks up versus the competition. The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure which includes: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), ACI-ready Cisco 9000 Nexus switches, Cisco MDS switches, and Cisco UCS Director— with the efficiency of the IBM Storwize storage system.

Referencing the VersaStack for Data Center Design Guide, each vendor analyzed their parts of the solution and then combined the results into an overall TCO study. What were the results?

When compared against an all HP solution, VersaStack has 59% lower acquisition cost and a 62% lower TCO over five years.


TCO Bar Chart

The complete TCO document is on SlideShare and shown below.

For more information on the VersaStack solution:


Bill Shields

Senior Marketing Manager

Product and Solutions Marketing Team