Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Initial Setup

Ole Johan
Network Engineer at a tech services company
The first time I did set it up, I deployed it with an existing UCS Cluster on the same Fabric Interconnect. This was not yet validated by Cisco. We had no information from Cisco how to do this. While it was coming, but we had a customer who didn't have spare FIs, so we had some problems. However, this was due to a configuration error from the team who had put up the SAN which was connected on the same FIs. So, the HyperFlex was okay. It was just configuration errors on the other one. In the other deployments that I've done. It has been mostly just racking and stacking the servers, putting in some IP addresses on the Fabric Interconnects, going down to the office, sitting remotely on the good couch, and typing in everything, then pressing "Deploy". Afterwards, everything just runs smoothly. View full review »
MatsHagberg Olsson
Enterprise System Architect at SAAB Group
I found the setup to be relatively straightforward, but I have some 20 years in the business, so that could be a factor. The deployment took two days. The company is a VMware house, so all things come to VMware. So maybe that eased things too. But you have to have Cisco-Certified engineers mounting the stuff. The implementation of HyperFlex required six people, including the server manager, me, and two guys from Tech Mahindra taking care of the VMware parts. And there were two Cisco-Certified engineers from a big partner in this region, named Atea. They missed some tables in the delivery and that took us an extra day. But I don't think that's mandatory procedure. Overall, the implementation went very smoothly. For maintenance it takes four people on a day-to-day basis with specified, divided roles. including some taking care of the VMware parts while I take care of the VDI-specific features. I would consider it a high-maintenance solution. It's not that it takes full-time support, not from that perspective, but you have to be pretty well skilled in software, setting up profiles, etc. That's not Cisco-specific. View full review »
Dan Abamonte
Manager, Open Systems Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The simplicity of the initial setup is one of the reasons why we picked this product. It is almost plug-and-play. It allowed us to install our first cluster of ten HyperFlex units, in each of our data centers, and within a couple of days, it was up and running. It was pretty straightforward. View full review »
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Karuna Madhu Devandla
General Manager of IT at Magma Fincorp Ltd.
The initial setup was very straightforward. After deploying the hardware, the engineer configured the HyperFlex software. On top of that, they gave us dashboard access where I could start deploying Hyper-V on those hosts and start provisioning VMs. The deployment took a week. One person came from our Cisco partner. He understood our setup and planned what kind of support was required from our side. After providing the required information to him he started deploying the HyperFlex boxes. It takes one person to maintain it after deployment. In our case he is a Windows administrator. View full review »
SeniorNeab15
Senior Network Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. We simply wanted to understand how the two worked together given that the claim is that it's supposed to be easy to combine both storage and servers. View full review »
Juarez Thomazelli
Pre Sales Manager at Vortex TI
The initial setup depends on the business context. All the implementations that I participate in are a little bit complex. It's hard to integrate the platform with the client's data center network. The clients don't have the correct view for best implementing this solution. We need to help them understand, to provide the prerequisites. This is a little bit complex. A deployment takes between three days and a week. A week is a good amount of time to understand, to implement it, to document it, and to help the clients understand it. Our implementation strategy first requires us to write a good summary of the client's requirements so they will be using HyperFlex correctly. We need to understand the requirements. With this site survey, we can design the environment. For a standard size of clusters with three nodes, two analysts is more than enough to implement the solution. After it's deployed and configured, one good analyst is needed to maintain it. View full review »
SherifAbouelezz
CIO at Latif Group
The initial setup was very straightforward. There were three people involved: me and two others. One of them was responsible for backing up the old system and one was responsible for the implementation. I was mainly responsible for the overall work, managing it. After implementation it required one person for maintenance. View full review »
Zeray Assefa
Director of Network Operations at a government
The initial setup was very straightforward compared to categorical peers. If you compare it with other products, it's straightforward. But when you consider hyper-convergence itself, it is not straightforward. I am technical and I have technical team, otherwise it might have been hard. But for our cumulative experience and looking at implementing products like Nutanix — or some other similar products — it's straightforward. View full review »
MangerAs3376
Manger Assistant in Storage at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
With any new technology, you hope that it is straightforward, but you expect some complexity. That is also true for HyperFlex when it was first implemented. We were in between revisions and had some minor challenges. We overcame them very quickly. When we were deploying it, it was between two revisions. It was between HyperFlex 2.5 and 3.0. There were some steps in the 3.0 version that weren't spelled out. The engineers came in and helped us with that and we were able to overcome those challenges. View full review »
DivMgr4312
Divisional Manager - Engineering at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The deployment was very fast, they completed it in a couple of days. Cisco ships all the servers pre-installed. It was pretty straightforward. We didn't really have an implementation strategy. It wasn't so complicated. The deployment only required one person from our side - our server maintenance engineer - and one from the implementation partner. View full review »
Brad Smith
Principle Architect at NTT Data India Enterprise Application Services Pri
The initial setup was very straightforward. View full review »
Enterpridf49
Enterprise Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was somewhat complex, but this was because of our requirements. We were pushing the physical structure beyond what Cisco could deliver. This made life a bit miserable for the engineer. View full review »
ITInfrase578
IT Infrastructure Manager at Azersun Holding
The setup was complex, especially since we usually do all the planning, sizing, and workflows before integration. View full review »
Alexander Zhukov
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The deployment was not hard. We deployed the full server installation with CISCO HyperFlex. The original version that we tried to deploy was something like 2.2. We ran into a few issues but we managed to solve them on our own, without CISCO tech. If everything goes smoothly the entire deployment can take only a few hours. View full review »
Poorna Chandra
Senior Consultant at Daimler AG
The setup was somewhere in-between straightforward and complex. The reason being our data centers do not carry a single type of hardware. We have an array of vendors implemented in our data centers. We have to mix and match, ensure the interoperability is tested before implementation. This takes some time. View full review »
ITsys6af8
IT Systems Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Simon Van Raalte
System Administrator at Provinzial NordWest
From day one, it worked. The initial setup was okay. View full review »
Doug Rains
Sr Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was very straightforward. No problems at all. View full review »
Chris Wall
Sr IT Manager at Aryzta
The initial setup was complex, but it was done more than eighteen months ago in the old form of things. It was a little harder than it is now. View full review »
Alister Richmond
Technical Director at Ping Network Solutions
It was fairly straightforward to bring online. We had a bit of complexity to think about how to migrate our legacy infrastructure into Cisco HyperFlex, but this was more of a risk management process for us as a business, as opposed to anything relating to the technology. View full review »
John Mcgehee
Manager at Chevron
The initial setup of Cisco HyperFlex HX is straightforward. It is easy to install with plug and play connectivity. It was standard with no complexity at all. HyperFlex lowered our deployment times approximately 20%. View full review »
Florian Haake
Network Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
A year before we set it up, relative to the software the release, there were a few things you could not know as a customer. This is why we used an integrator who knew how to use and follow command line commands that we couldn't know. However, I think this is now fixed. View full review »
Farrukh Qadir
Sr. System Engineer at IBL-Unisys
its inital setup is straightforward and easy, just need to understand the Ciso FIs configuration, one who understand that its easy for him. View full review »
Brett Moore
Network Architect at City of Mesa
The initial setup of the Cisco HyperFlex HX was complex, i.e. trying to integrate it into an existing environment. It was more tailored for a brand new deployment, where you're just building it from the ground up. We already had an existing system and we're trying to integrate it into it. View full review »
user4583
Data Center Supervisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward when implementing the hardware and deploying the software. View full review »
Pantelis Rizos
CIO at a energy/utilities company
The initial setup was straightforward. With our partners and the consultancy that we had, we knew what we wanted to do. Therefore, we didn't have any problems with the installation and parametrization. View full review »
SeniorSy3f3b
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The initial setup is very complex. View full review »
NetworkE4e20
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup of this solution is straightforward. View full review »
ITSystemcd8e
IT System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The setup is pretty much is straightforward. The issue is that it doesn't work afterwards. View full review »
reviewer819990
Systems Admin at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup of the Cisco HyperFlex HX platform was medium-level difficult. It's a little bit different from traditional servers. It takes getting used to the learning curve. View full review »
Archie Tamayo
Common Tech at PCGLA
The initial setup is straightforward. View full review »
NetworkAeb59
Network Analyst at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup for HyperFlex is straightforward. It doesn't take much time. HyperFlex lowered our deployment times around one to two days based upon the environment of workers that we needed to invest. View full review »
Florin Ramboiu
Product and Project Manager at ETA2U
The setup is not easy, but it's not complicated. How you implement things can be complex. View full review »
Danny Reyes
Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
An initial setup is smooth when it's straightforward. When it has bugs, it's complex. With Cisco, we've experienced bugs with the software when we had to do updates and they were not fully documented. View full review »
Solution0dea
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had some hardware problems at the beginning of the initial setup but after that was resolved the setup was straightforward. View full review »
Solutionffa3
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The deployment was very easy. It took about two hours, and the solution was ready to use. View full review »
Engineer66eb
Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The setup is simple. We understand how it works so it's not a problem for us but I can imagine that for somebody who doesn't know UCS so well, the setup can be complex. View full review »
SeniorCod2b0
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The first version was complex to set up because there were some open questions within the workflows. Now, the new installer is great. It's really great, really fast, and it's easy to set up. View full review »
David Orozco
Consultant at Italtel
The initial setup was complex because our engineers had some problems with putting it into production but it was fine after they solved the issue. View full review »
Carlo Poggiarelli
Solution Architect at Teleconsys
The initial setup is simple. View full review »
Fabio Vilches
System Engineer with 51-200 employees
It is really straightforward. It was not complex. View full review »
RuudVan Donk
Solution Consultant IBM Storage/Lenovo/Softlayer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco is a bit more challenging to setup. You need to be knowledgeable in order to implement the solution. In comparison, Lenovo HX is very straightforward and easy-going. View full review »
DcCenter417d
Data Center Specialist at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
The setup was complex because we integrated a lot of things: firewalls, F5 products, and ACI. View full review »
Yasein Elalami
Network and Security Engineer at Italtel
The initial setup is very complex because there were some issues. It is not clear to how set up this solution. View full review »
ManagerC68d8
Manager at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. It was implemented three months ago. View full review »
Fernando Calvo
Pre-sales Consultant Manager at Econocom
The initial setup is very easy. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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