Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Competitors and Alternatives

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Sean Henry
Real User
Senior MIS Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features that the HCI brought was power, simplicity, and flexibility. I don't have a staff of hundreds, I have a staff of seven. We're providing support for three companies across… more»

How has it helped my organization?

If my people are chasing issues on old hardware, and in the weeds, we're not doing anything that management sees as value. They don't see any value in email being up, they expect email to be up. This… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see higher level graphics support because we are going to be doing some virtual desktop for our CAD software, and I want to be able to support AutoCAD and Cantillo on remote desktop… more»

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

We had a project that was overdue by about two years, that couldn't get the performance that it needed. The vendor couldn't spec what we needed. The most valuable feature would be the performance. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight. We've only had it since March so I don't have much experience with it but I have no doubt that moving forward it will move up to a nine or ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked into Nutanix, Cisco, and NetApp. We chose this NetApp because one, we already had a relationship with NetApp and I know the quality of their work. Two, the unit was built from the… more»
Dan Abamonte
Real User
Project Director for IT at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us was the time to delivery. We had a short window of about three months to implement because we had in incoming residence group of about a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the big benefits of using this solution is security. It allows us to authorize our residents to come in using their own personal devices to access any of our… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the challenges we have with Cisco, in general, is the multiple management platforms for the UCS, and I would like to see it all under one umbrella. If we could have… more»

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

One of the challenges we have with HyperFlex is that they have a subscription fee for the operating system that runs on it, and if I remember correctly, it costs… more»

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

Prior to this, we were using Cisco B200 Blade Servers for our normal VMR infrastructure, and we when we wanted to implement VDI we wanted to go hyper-convergence.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is researching this solution is to have an understanding of the ROI. It is easy to jump in and see great technology, but you need to know what the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at everybody including Dell, HP, Cisco, and Nutanix. As we ferried through them we were much more comfortable with the Cisco product line, and that's why we… more»
Real User
Director Of IT Infrastructure at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* Scalability * Standardization - one size fits all It's also intuitive and easy to use because one size fits all. Obviously, it scales out, but it's the same solution at every physical location I manage.

What needs improvement?

After hearing more today, here at VMworld 2018, about what's coming, it seems that what's coming covers us: It's the Snapshotting and the DR and the replication. Historically, we've had to leverage third-parties. They were third-party… more»

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

We were using traditional converged infrastructure with storage, network, and compute tiers. We had a mandate from a U.S. government entity that required physical separation of a lot of our infrastructure. Thus, we had we had an urgent need… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would tell a colleague to highly consider it. Do your research and test it. If it fits, it fits. We've been live about nine months so I would rate it at eight out of ten right now, just because I haven't used it long enough to be… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Nutanix, we looked at Cisco, and we looked at Dell in the hyperconverged space. On the flip side, we were looking at the traditional SAN vendors and the traditional compute and networking vendors. We selected vSAN because it… more»
Ravindran Seeni
Real User
Head of IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 12 2018

How has it helped my organization?

With VxRail, there is a single vendor with the hardware, software, and maintenance. Thus, there is a single vendor with whom we can contact. With other products of HPE, you have to procure different vendors and pay the hardware to HPE, the… more»

What needs improvement?

* They should add automation and activation going forward. * VxRail is missing some of the features that Nutanix has in its product. * Next release, we would like to see online applications.

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

Compare the VxRail product to Nutanix. Nutanix has more features, but its pricing is higher.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Stability * Scalability * Technical background of the company * Price.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went with Dell VxRail because we have a good relationship with Dell EMC. The second reason was the price. We procured a very limited edition of VxRail. We are currently looking at buying a full featured edition of a hyper-converged… more»
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