Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Review

Allows us to create high availability between two private data centers

What is our primary use case?

We use it on our customer-facing network management and customer portals. It is run between two resilient data centers and runs very well.

How has it helped my organization?

We used to have a single customer-facing data center, which was vulnerable to failure. This product has allowed us to create high availability between two private data centers.

What is most valuable?

  • High availability
  • Replication

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been really good. We haven't had any issues since it's been in production for the last six to nine months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability was one of the big selling points. Because we are using HyperFlex, we can add additional compute or storage resources without breaking the model that we have built.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't think we have had any issues, but the technical support that we have had has been good

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

We were using HPE SimpliVity. We knew we needed a high availability, resilient data center architecture. SimpliVity simply did not meet these requirements. This forced us to look around. Cisco had improved massively around HyperFlex. As a Cisco partner, it was a natural choice for us. 

How was the initial setup?

It was fairly straightforward to bring online. We had a bit of complexity to think about how to migrate our legacy infrastructure into Cisco HyperFlex, but this was more of a risk management process for us as a business, as opposed to anything relating to the technology.

What about the implementation team?

We are a Cisco partner. We used ourselves and our professional services for our deployment. I have to say, "They worked great."

What was our ROI?

We would not have invested if we didn't feel the return was there for our customers.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were mostly looking between Cisco and HPE.

We are a Cisco partner, so Cisco is a more natural choice for us. Feature-wise, Cisco was a superior product, so it was a simple choice.

What other advice do I have?

Work with Cisco and the Cisco partner. It is all about understanding your requirements. The product works well and supports your business. We recommend it.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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