Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Review

Gives us better computing power, better uptime, and easier management of the infrastructure due to it being a single unit

What is our primary use case?

Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is storage that is integrated with the stack as a standalone mobile unit. There is less infrastructure required. 

How has it helped my organization?

We have better computing power, better uptime, and easier management of the infrastructure due to it being a single unit.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more flexibility in the storage.

If you have experience with Cisco, or you have experience with the HyperFlex HX itself, then it's a lot easier. If you do deployment on your own, there's a pretty steep learning curve.

How are customer service and technical support?

Cisco technical support is very skilled. From what I've had to access, there were quick responses and the necessary escalation.

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

We were approached by Cisco originally to try out the HyperFlex HX. They installed a very small deployment of it and we grew from that.

The age of our equipment dictated that we have to upgrade. It was becoming end-of-life. That's what precipitated the move originally.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was neutral since I was just learning. It was a little complex, but once I understood the purpose of the profiles and the templates, it became a lot clearer and easier. I would suggest getting contract services involved to help with the initial setup of the product. The setup time to figure it out yourself, especially if you are brand new to it, is extensive.

What about the implementation team?

We used a professional integrator.

What was our ROI?

I can't quantify, but it seems to have a very good return on investment. We kept the equipment for a long time and it's worked flawlessly for us.

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

Our licensing is hybrid. We have all of our applications for billing and outage management through this.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Something else that we used before was the IBM BladeCenter. It was fine, but it was not as flexible. We couldn't deploy it and expand as easily as the Cisco HyperFlex HX.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco HyperFlex HX with an eight out of ten at this point. Only because I'm not as versed to it as I could be.

The initial setup of profiles and templates could be improved. Maybe some end profiles that you can use based on your type of deployment would be good, i.e. instead of having to go through and configure every portion of the template.

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