Jeff Drury, director of systems engineering for Mountain States Networking, a Salt Lake City-based Cisco exclusive partner that has installed 2,500 UCS servers, questioned the validity of the HP test, claiming it takes 420 steps and about two hours to decommission a VLAN with Cisco UCS.
"These are spurious test results to me," said Drury. "It's a two- or three-click operation to retire a VLAN in Cisco UCS. This seems like HP FUD [fear, uncertainty and doubt] to me. I question the HP numbers on Cisco UCS Management. I am baffled. This is not a hard process in UCS."
Drury said Cisco UCS has been a rock-solid platform for managing converged infrastructure. "We have over 100 UCS customers, and with all of those customers, I can't think of any that have had issues after a system has gone in. It is truly one of the only products in my career that is rock solid. You just don't have to go back in and do major operations once you have configured and installed it. As someone who supports UCS, I look at the results: In the four years I have been working with the product, I haven't had anyone unhappy, saying the management is harder with UCS than other platforms that they have used in the past."
John Monahan, co-owner, executive vice president sales and CFO of Convergent Technologies Group, an HP partner based in Midlothian, Va., said he sees OneView as a vendor agnostic platform that he can use to manage a complete multivendor IT infrastructure in the future.
"The way I see the HP strategy with OneView is you can manage everything under the single OneView pane of glass," he said. "That means you are no longer tied to a single vendor platform like Cisco UCS."
Monahan said HP OneView represents a major part of HP CEO Meg Whitman's drive to leverage HP's legacy as a research and development leader and technology innovator.
Convergent is aiming to bring all kinds of IT administrators, including Cisco network administrators, into its "no sales" courses to demonstrate the power of innovative emerging technology like OneView from HP, said Monahan.
PUBLISHED SEPT. 25, 2013