Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Review

Easy to deploy and easy management for compute resources in collaboration with VMWare.


What is our primary use case?

  • Customer POC
  • Client VMware environment testing.

How has it helped my organization?

Easy to deploy and easy management for compute resources in collaboration with VMWare.

What is most valuable?

They have multiple storages connected with their environment, but the HX storage deduplication and compression feature is the best for the environment.

What needs improvement?

Single console management (like Hyperflex and FIs management).

I mean to say that, we need to log in 2 console one for vcenter and another for Hyperflex manager, this should be on same console page either hyperfex manager settings and monitoring in vcenter or vcenter can be managed by hyperflex console too.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

100 / 100

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Best from other competitor. (i believe )

How are customer service and technical support?

i have face some issue during configuration and have support from Ciso TAC and thay have provide the best support with in time period.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

i have configured Dell VXrail and i feel its little bit difficult yo configure then Cisco hyperflex. but the main advantage of VXrail is we dont need existing vcenter, it has its own vcenter cluster by default.

How was the initial setup?

its inital setup is straightforward and easy, just need to understand the Ciso FIs configuration, one who understand that its easy for him.

What about the implementation team?

i am working as a System Engineer for a vendor (IBL-Unisys Pvt Ltd) so i can surely say that we have experts in our organisation. :-) 

What was our ROI?

initial it cost much but it will pay back with its scalability feature and performance.

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

in my opinion, i recommend Cisco hyperflex.  

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell VXRail, its good too but i like Cisco hyperflex because of its dedup and compression feature.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco-HX-Data-Platform-Installer should contain its own ESXi and VCenter installation during setup, so it can be fit in any organization where no virtual environment is available.

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