Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Competitors and Alternatives

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Ketan-Patel
Pre-sales Solution Architect at SHI international corp
Real User
Top 20
Nov 22, 2019
Separates control of storage from compute and enables the ability to individually choose the minimum and maximum burst on IOPS

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use for the product is doing demo presentations of it for customers. We show them the function of the appliance, the features, how easy it is to operate, and things like that. That is what our main purpose for it is as resellers.

Pros and Cons

  • It is a unique product with simplified setup and independent control over storage and compute.
  • It is easy to install now, but could potentially be even simpler.

What other advice do I have?

Because our organization functions as resellers, we use the product features in demonstrations. We do not actually apply them to our own business. For example, the solution's ability to scale on-demand and affect provisioning in an organization is something we demonstrate to those who are interested in the product. We do not use it personally. We explain that feature in our presentation and the customers want to see it. When they do they are wowed and want the capability. This solution's ability to scale compute and storage independently affects capacity, performance, and operational planning…
Vasanth_Kumar
Director Of Information Technology at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Nov 10, 2020
Stable with good technical support and good integration capabilities

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to run the loudmouth to host our virtual server's core courses.

Pros and Cons

  • You don't have to worry too much about the hardware and you don't have to work on integrating a storage device. We instead have this as an all-in-one solution and everything is available as a box.
  • Right now, it's difficult for a non-technical person to participate in using the product. It could be made more consumer-friendly.

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have a relationship with Dell. We just procured the latest version of the solution. When we decided on our requirements, we had multiple calls with Dell and the attorneys to ensure that we received what we needed. Apart from choosing various generations or various models on VxRail boxes, we also took to deep dive into the actual configuration on each processor to understand how much memory to use. It's easier if you have a technical professional on your side when you're dealing with Dell. I'm a technical person, so I could get into the weeds with them. If you…
reviewer1376286
Consulting Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
MSP
Jul 8, 2020
Everything is core centralized; it's a significant cost saver for those not leveraging a hypervisor

What is our primary use case?

We deliver a lot of different solutions on various platforms, including different HCI solutions and solutions like Nutanix and Cisco HyperFlex and NetApps, later HCI mile. Most of them have been on Nutanix and on Cisco HyperFlex and as well as VxRack. Our primary use case has of Nutanix has been for virtualization consolidation. We are partners and resellers of Nutanix and I'm a consulting solutions architect.

Pros and Cons

  • Everything is core centralized on the UI.
  • Could have better visibility with the main OEM backup integrators.

What other advice do I have?

The biggest thing that I've seen has been the backup and recovery which has been challenging for them over the past couple of years. They partnered with Beam and with Rubrik and Cohesity. They had their OEM go-to's, but didn't initially deliver a very good story for application integration for backup and recovery where they had good copy data management. Most of the OEMs are very good at backing up single clusters for local backup and recovery. That said, whenever true disaster recovery was needed and you're leveraging multiple Nutanix missions site to site, there wasn't the visibility of…
Md.Shahadat Hossain Shipon
Sr. Manager-Data Center and Virtualization at Omgea Exim Ltd
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
Nov 3, 2020
Flexible, reliable, and has easy to scale-out architecture with good security

What is our primary use case?

We are service providers. We offer pre-billed services anywhere from three-year or five-year contracts for our customers. We provide the maintenance of the solution during that time, and on the backend, we provide L1 and L2 support. The primary use case of this solution is for third party storage, and to leverage the local hard disk. This avoids the cost of expensive storage, sandboxes, and SAN switches.

Pros and Cons

  • The most valuable features are secure IOPs and LAN security.
  • The price can be reduced. Small businesses cannot afford this solution.

Cost and Licensing Advice

  • The price is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

VMware vSAN is a very good product and I would recommend it for other customers. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
MoamenMorad
Hardware Team Leader at Giza Systems
Real User
Top 5
Dec 23, 2019
Good stability and scalability with excellent reliability

What is our primary use case?

The solution is very simple, and not critical. We use it primarily for the Ministry of Electricity for implementing new smart meters in Egypt. It made it easier to handle the billing system.

Pros and Cons

  • The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability.
  • The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. We're partners with the solution. It's a good product but the big issue is it must support different layers on hyper-visors because if a customer has something like Oracle databases that do not support VMware, there's an issue with the product. For a customer looking for VMware, VxRack is the best solution. If I need something better or different, Red Hat HyperV is an option, but there's no support. That's a big issue. If I was just looking at it as a VMware solution, I'd give it ten out of ten, but without the hypervisor support, I'd rate the solution…
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