Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Other Advice

Ole Johan
Network Engineer at a tech services company
Look for what your business needs are, what your data center is using, and keep in mind that all of the big vendors are doing hyperconverged. However, Cisco is the only one who is doing it with the network integrated. With all of the other vendors, you can have whatever type of network you want, but with Cisco, they include the network in the whole hyperconverged scene instead of pawning it off to another vendor. They are sort of forcing you to chose Cisco on the network. Yet, when you choose Cisco on the network, you get validated designs along with tried, tested solutions. The whole data center will come together in one single package. Cisco was a little late to the hyperconverged scene. The Fabric Interconnects integrates with UCS. The UCS servers are some of the best on the market. The UCS servers can manage all of the servers from the Fabric Interconnects, which is just phenomenal. View full review »
MatsHagberg Olsson
Enterprise System Architect at SAAB Group
Look at the manageability. Do a serious comparison of management tools. That's strong advice because it can be really expensive too if you have to implement a third-party management tool. In terms of extent of use, Cisco systems make up about 30 percent of the overall system, but it was definitely the plan to increase Cisco systems within the data center, meaning HyperFlex, because of the form factor and the density of it. View full review »
Dan Abamonte
Manager, Open Systems Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 long term cost is. One thing that we learned when we went into hyper-converged technology is the licensing costs that come with it. This is a yearly thing that you have to account for. Overall, this solution was very easy for us to implement. Some of the challenges we're having are related to the management platform and the fact that we have to deal with multiple platforms at the moment. Once this is all consolidated, I would be happy to give a rating of ten. Today, I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. View full review »
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Karuna Madhu Devandla
General Manager of IT at Magma Fincorp Ltd.
Go ahead and do it. It's a good product. Somebody with a similar environment and a similar experience should go ahead. But check thoroughly that fits your organization. Our administration strategy is that one guy will be managing the complete dashboard. We are planning to see if there is automation where I can provide this through a DevOps tool. That's something I am looking at. There is one main entity using it in our company. Our plan is to deploy this software to all other existing infrastructure as well. Within six months we should be fully implemented and deployed. I rate the solution at eight out of ten because of the brand reliability in the market. They are the most trusted brand in the IT industry. View full review »
SeniorNeab15
Senior Network Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would rate it a high eight or nine out of ten because of the features and functions that it comes with that the competitors really can't do just yet. The advantage I think so far has been that Cisco developed the entire solution from scratch as opposed to other solution providers like HP and Dell who are still trying to reinvent existing solutions. I think it's a viable solution if you have a need to cut down on your overall implementation costs on hardware. This does a good job of combining both software and hardware. View full review »
Juarez Thomazelli
Pre Sales Manager at Vortex TI
Collect all the information about the environment to determine the prerequisites, understand the business, and understand the value of infrastructure solutions. We are a small partner. We have four clients right now that use the Cisco HyperFlex solution. I would rate HyperFlex at ten out of ten. View full review »
SherifAbouelezz
CIO at Latif Group
My advice is go for it. I had never had experience with hyperconverged, and it was a very nice experience. I learned a lot from it. It was something completely new. I prefer any hyperconverged system. I think it's a great system. View full review »
Zeray Assefa
Director of Network Operations at a government
I can safely rate this product as an eight out of ten. This is because it's scalable and you can upgrade it as if you are upgrading a server. In any other solution with hyper-convergence, you can't do that, so you've got to buy a node part to upgrade memory. Anyone considering this solution should define their requirements. It's not a solution for everybody. If you're using a lot of storage, hyper-convergence might not be good for you. We don't have a lot of storage, so it is a functional and desirable solution for us. If you have much greater storage needs, it may not be a good solution. View full review »
MangerAs3376
Manger Assistant in Storage at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It was very straightforward using the technology platform. We were comfortable with it. In the VDI environment, we're a Cisco shop and HyperFlex did fit the need well. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate this product with an eight. Like any new product, it's constantly evolving. The evolution of the HyperFlex solution is a challenge. I would recommend looking at the options when you go to implement it. Cisco's HyperFlex has a lot of different flavors. Make sure you pick the flavor for your specific implementation. VDI has a different set of requirements than a standard hypervisor environment. Know what your end state is going to be, then pick the equipment behind the scenes that fit your needs. View full review »
DivMgr4312
Divisional Manager - Engineering at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are around 250 users working on it right now. It is used for our manufacturing solution which collects information and Exchange data. There are other users who are using the storage. We will expand its use in the future. As far as the compute is concerned, we will be using it to pick up 60 percent of the work. As far as the storage goes, we are only using ten to 15 percent. In the next few years we will expand and in the seventh year we may have to upgrade or replace the server. View full review »
Brad Smith
Principle Architect at NTT Data India Enterprise Application Services Pri
On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this product a solid nine because of the upgrade process. Everything we've been doing with it is blazing a new trail. We've been dramatically changing how we deliver the service. Not only am I changing how we deliver the service, but the tools team is changing the platform they're delivering it on too. It's all a new investment. There are not a lot of cost savings today that we can realize. You can deploy Cisco HyperFlex HX with very little knowledge of UCS, hyper-converged, or storage. There is very little ramp-up time. UCS manager takes a little bit of getting used to. Cisco HyperFlex HX is a solid product. I can't steer people away from it. View full review »
SrSolutic070
Sr Solution Architect at NetDesign
I rated this solution an eight out of ten because there's still a little room for improvement. I would advise someone considering this solution to connect with Cisco, use the resources that Cisco has. Be open, discuss with Cisco, discuss the architecture the customer designed, the customer demands, include Cisco all around, both the account managers, their technical solutions, the SEs, and so on. Use Cisco. View full review »
Enterpridf49
Enterprise Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Give it a go. Work with their engineers and support staff to see if your solution fits. Challenge them to go a bit further than than their standard product. View full review »
ITInfrase578
IT Infrastructure Manager at Azersun Holding
Don't afraid to try other solutions. Companies are constantly changing. Sometimes some little companies bring about the perfect solution for other products. You should research everything. Cisco has a very wide range of products. You can build everything within Cisco products, and it will be easily deployable. The programming language is the same between it and other software and hardware companies. View full review »
Alexander Zhukov
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because of the issues with the upgrading process. View full review »
Poorna Chandra
Senior Consultant at Daimler AG
It is a good product to have in your data centers. Pick a good use case, then do a PoC and perform your own benchmarking. Once you are satisfied, go ahead with the product. The latest models include all the newest cutting edge technology. View full review »
ITsys6af8
IT Systems Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
SeniorSy7f3e
Senior Systems Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
On a scale of one to ten, I would rate the product an eight. It's a great data center tool. I look at the weight of the costs too. None of the products is 100% correct. We just deployed the Cisco HyperFlex. We have to see how it goes. We are also in the cloud. You have to keep looking for that option as it saves a lot on hardware and power consumption We are still migrating all our old infrastructure, which is on C7000. We are doing that right now. Once that is done, I'll be able to get some metrics. Every company is different. View full review »
Simon Van Raalte
System Administrator at Provinzial NordWest
At the moment, Cisco is a good vendor, as far as networking solutions. I connect the servers to the network, and the compatibility is good. We haven't tested the new container functionality. I hope it's good, because this is very important for us. View full review »
Doug Rains
Sr Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would rate the Hyperflex solution as a nine out of ten. This is not because HyperFlex is not meeting our needs but because nothing is perfect. View full review »
Chris Wall
Sr IT Manager at Aryzta
This solution allows us to get up and running a lot faster than before. Instead of it being multiple days of cabling, multiple solutions, and getting the servers online, it now generally takes one full day to get it up and ready to go. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten. View full review »
Alister Richmond
Technical Director at Ping Network Solutions
Work with Cisco and the Cisco partner. It is all about understanding your requirements. The product works well and supports your business. We recommend it. View full review »
John Mcgehee
Manager at Chevron
On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate this product a 10 for the reliability, ease of configuration, and customer support. Everyone should understand connectivity in private and public clouds. We require seamless connectivity throughout and especially with some of the security technologies. Cisco HyperFlex HX is the best on the market. Everyone should consider it. View full review »
Florian Haake
Network Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
Take a look at HyperFlex because it is a good system. Out-of-the-box, it runs quite well. View full review »
Farrukh Qadir
Sr. System Engineer at IBL-Unisys
Cisco-HX-Data-Platform-Installer should contain its own ESXi and VCenter installation during setup, so it can be fit in any organization where no virtual environment is available. View full review »
Brett Moore
Network Architect at City of Mesa
On a scale from one to ten, I rate this product a seven. It seems like it would be easy to utilize for a new deployment. I would prefer that Cisco not try to sell it as something that can integrate into an existing environment. They are beating down on that, but be aware. The limitations, whether you're doing a new deployment or trying to integrate it into an existing system, might be tough. View full review »
user4583
Data Center Supervisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Try it. The HyperFlex solution is perfect. View full review »
Pantelis Rizos
CIO at a energy/utilities company
It is a very good solution. Find a good consultant and vendor to implement it before purchasing the software and equipment. View full review »
SeniorSy3f3b
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I would rate it a four out of ten. I would advise someone considering this solution to be careful. View full review »
NetworkE4e20
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
My advice for anybody who is researching this technology is to learn it before you implement it. This is a very stable product, but it is complex to manage. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. View full review »
ITSystemcd8e
IT System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would rate this solution a three out of ten. I would advise someone considering this solution not to spread it over two data centers. View full review »
reviewer819990
Systems Admin at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
On a scale from one to ten, I would grade Cisco HyperFlex HX an eight. If the cost was improved, I would give it a ten. Make sure to look at a long list of competitors in the hyperconverged sector for cross-reference before purchasing. Look at all the main players. View full review »
Archie Tamayo
Common Tech at PCGLA
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this product a 9. After using it for a year there haven't been any issues or technicalities. Pick Cisco. View full review »
NetworkAeb59
Network Analyst at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
On a scale of one to ten, I would rate this product an eight. I completely recommend whatever Cisco solutions you use. They provide the best option to maintain infrastructure environment. It's very useful. View full review »
Florin Ramboiu
Product and Project Manager at ETA2U
Give HyperFlex a try. Try a demo. The solution is fantastic for VDI usage. View full review »
Danny Reyes
Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Because of the bug problem I experienced with this solution, I will rate it eight out of ten. View full review »
CIOece4
CIO at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
On a scale of 1-10, I would rank the Cisco HyperFlex HX at about 8.5 to 9. View full review »
Solution0dea
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would give this solution a seven out of ten because it's still new and I still haven't practiced a lot with it but I have had a good experience until now. I would advise someone considering this solution to sit with your integrator, discuss the different products, comply with the competitors, and you will get your desired results. View full review »
Engineer66eb
Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. The solution is not so bad. To get a ten, the upgrades should be smoother and without any problems so that we're not scared to do them. It could also be more traditional. It's hard to trust the new product especially because we've had issues with the upgrades. It may take some time but it is getting better. You should try this solution, you won't regret it. View full review »
SeniorCod2b0
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. View full review »
David Orozco
Consultant at Italtel
I would rate it an eight out of ten. The features that it has are balanced with customer's needs and the price. In order to make it a ten, they should lower the cost. I would advise someone considering this solution to explore all of the feature options. The solution's value is in its features. View full review »
Mohamed Elolemy
Senior Presales Lead at Systems Engineering Of Egypt
I would rate it a nine out of ten, not a ten because nothing is perfect. View full review »
Carlo Poggiarelli
Solution Architect at Teleconsys
For customers in the private sector, this product can have a very high return on investment. View full review »
SystemAd552c
System Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Just go with HyperFlex. View full review »
Fabio Vilches
System Engineer with 51-200 employees
When considering this product, evaluate it carefully. Note whether the environment is best for the solution. View full review »
DcCenter417d
Data Center Specialist at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would recommend Cisco ACI. View full review »
Yasein Elalami
Network and Security Engineer at Italtel
Involve Cisco in the beginning, as they will give you good advice about setting up the product. While it has a lot of things to improve, it is a good solution. View full review »
ManagerC68d8
Manager at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Be more careful if your technical person says, "It is necessary to implement and develop the infrastructure." View full review »
Fernando Calvo
Pre-sales Consultant Manager at Econocom
Cisco has the best solution for hyper-convergence. 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.
427,071 professionals have used our research since 2012.