Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Review

Helps put everything in centrally so it can be managed from one place

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for the product is for the data center. We are hosting all of the servers and building infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco HyperFlex is helping us to put everything in centrally so that we can manage in one place. 

That's the whole reason why we got the solution, so that we can have better integration with all of our product applications.

What is most valuable?

We are still exploring Cisco HyperFlex. We have just deployed it. It's all automation. We want to automate everything. That's the reason why we bought it. 

What needs improvement?

One problem is that whenever we want to do something on VMware, you are dependent on HyperFlex. With everything now, you have to look into HyperFlex. 

You cannot just apply the VSXi updates. You are dependent on Cisco HyperFlex for metric services, analytics, and everything else. I don't like that dependency.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is good so far, but there is a lot of learning. A lot of things are dependent on VMs. There are controlled VMs and you have to always make sure to keep those VMs up and running.

There is a lot of learning involved with ACI. That's huge. The technology which goes around HyperFlex, you have to learn, i.e. ACI, HyperFlex, VMware, etc.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

One thing I like about this product is it is more scalable and fast, i.e. the disks and everything. We can extend our data center to some other places.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is fairly good. I have been able to get through to the right person. It took me a while, but it was not something very urgent. I didn't think it was much trouble.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller called DIG. It was good. I was not part of that.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate the product an eight. It's a great data center tool. I look at the weight of the costs too.

None of the products is 100% correct. We just deployed the Cisco HyperFlex. We have to see how it goes. We are also in the cloud. You have to keep looking for that option as it saves a lot on hardware and power consumption

We are still migrating all our old infrastructure, which is on C7000. We are doing that right now. Once that is done, I'll be able to get some metrics. Every company is different.

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