Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Competitors and Alternatives

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Ketan-Patel
Real User
Pre-sales Solution Architect at SHI international corp
Nov 22 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features of the solution is that they have taken something like 400 steps and compiled it into like 30 steps to install it. That level of simplification is one of the best things I've ever seen in any appliance in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The product has improved our organization by making it very easy to explain the product to a customer to show what kind of environment that they can use this appliance in.

What needs improvement?

An improvement I would like to see is if they could make it even more simple to set up. They were able to figure out a way to get 400 steps down to about 30 steps. Trying to reduce that down more would be an even greater benefit.

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The products that clients are usually evaluating are other hyper-convergent tools because NetApp HCI is a hyper-converged infrastructure. There are other parts of the market like Nutanics, VxRail, and Cisco (HyperFlex). When we help clients… more»
Dan Abamonte
Real User
Manager, Open Systems Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
MoamenMorad
Real User
Hardware Team Leader at Giza Systems
Dec 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability. The security and the cybersecurity provided are very good.

What needs improvement?

The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem. The solution needs to adjust its pricing to make it more reasonable.

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

The solution is very expensive.

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… 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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