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Ole Johan
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech services company
Feb 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The storage system is its most valuable feature. It has eliminated our entire need for having to worry about storage. We were storing a lot of syslog data and using a lot of templates in our data… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more analytics. The storage data is just IP packets. It could use better infographs in the HyperFlex Connect on how traffic is running in the network. If you were reaching any… more»

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

I would like a clearer licensing model. It should explain a bit more what you receive if you buy the more expensive license rather than the standard one. This would probably help in a lot of cases.

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

We had an old Cisco System, which was an internal company system. We also had an old UCS server, which was spec'd out, along with a bunch of other servers. When we were starting to lack in CPU… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking into a lot of open source and white box solutions before we chose HyperFlex. This was mainly due to cost because Cisco isn't the cheapest solution. However, we completely trust the… more»
MatsHagberg Olsson
Real User
Enterprise System Architect at SAAB Group
Mar 07 2019

What is most valuable?

There are two most valuable features in HyperFlex: * The UCS, which is by far the best management tool there is on the market, regardless of vendor. It's the only tool I see that gives you the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

If you set up a cluster and then you decide a bit later on to split that resource into several smaller clusters, that's where UCS comes in and eases that operation better than anyone else that I've… more»

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

They are not the cheapest on the market. But there's an old saying I like to quote: "If you know that you are getting what you pay for, it's fine if it's expensive."

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

They were using Dell EMC VxRail. They didn't switch, really. Cisco's presence just started to increase.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared two quotes. The other quote was from another big OEM, which is very closely tied to VMware. I was assigned to do that comparison since I have somewhat of a reputation as being good in… more»
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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»
Karuna Madhu Devandla
Real User
General Manager of IT at Magma Fincorp Ltd.
Feb 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The fact that it's hyperconverged is what is most valuable about this solution. There is no specific feature which I can name because we have only been using it for a very… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is no specific storage person required for this solution. There are some slight cost advantages when you need fewer resources to manage it.

What needs improvement?

It needs improvements in terms of I/O. Sometimes I have felt it is slightly slow while we are trying to provision VMs or access VMs. They should concentrate on that issue… more»

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

We negotiated with Cisco and we got some price benefit from that.

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

This is the first hyperconverged solution we have used. We changed to HyperFlex because new requirements came in. Instead of moving towards a conventional infrastructure… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at ScaleIO from Dell EMC and we also looked at Nutanix. We looked at those two options seriously. Finally, we settled on HyperFlex and we went with it. The one… more»
Real User
Senior Network Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The integration between the storage and the server applications is the most valuable feature of this solution. It cuts down on the necessity to buy a secondary storage system. It saves money in the long-run.

How has it helped my organization?

It ultimately provides a virtual desktop so that we can backup user data a lot more easily. In the past, it was all a straight desktop computer so if your desktop dies, all your data would die as well. In terms of it being flexible for… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to have the ability to not have to reboot while doing updates. Being able to work through updates with as minimal amount of impact to users.

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

We are a Dell shop. We looked at HP but ultimately because of the features that Cisco brought with the HyperFlex solution, we felt that that was a superior product to everyone else.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
SherifAbouelezz
Real User
CIO at Latif Group
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

* The most valuable feature was the backup - it was easy to back up. * The system was never down. * It was very easy to administrate and manage the system; much easier and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It improved the workflow, as it's much faster than rack servers. It saved months of work. When we implemented the system, it took two or three hours and it took us about… more»

What needs improvement?

I would have liked it to be able to back up the system to a cloud, to be able to work from any other place. If there is a data disaster, you need somewhere where the data… more»

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

It's much more expensive than rack servers. It was an issue, but when you compare it to the number of people who were administrative assistants before, it's on the… more»

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

We used a special ERP system for real estate development, using SQL servers. We used Oracle servers. We used MySQL for HR servers. Those were the main three systems we… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a comparison between Nutanix, Dell EMC, and Cisco. In the end, we decided on Cisco over Nutanix. HyperFlex was more affordable, although I think Nutanix is a little… more»
Zeray Assefa
Real User
Director of Network Operations at a government
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it is easy to manage. Another valuable feature is the fact that you can individually upgrade the specific parts of the product. Compared to other products like… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the product can improve dramatically in the area of deduplication. With deduplication as it is, you have 30 or 40% of the storage that can't be used because the deduplication is not efficient… more»

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

My advice about the product is simply that it's not cheap. If you have budget limitations it is best to look elsewhere.

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

Through conferences and other research, we became aware that there were products which would serve our needs better. Previously, we needed a dedicated storage person to do storage, a dedicated BMR… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did consider other products like Dell EMC VxRail, Nutanix, and another company. We had EMC VNX storage, BMR and such. Hyper-convergence made more sense. The big thing for us was being able to… more»
Juarez Thomazelli
Real User
Pre Sales Manager at Vortex TI
Feb 28 2019

What is most valuable?

I love the Cisco design, the visual interface to manage and use the platform. I love this kind of visual. It is a great platform because it's easy to use. It's easy to put a business inside this box… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a large e-commerce client in Brazil. The company name is Sinova. This company has a lot of e-commerce portals. Every Black Friday in Brazil, before the HyperFlex implementation, the site would… more»

What needs improvement?

Cisco has to continue improve the management tools to provide a better command line interface with more functions. That would be better for administration.

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

Here in Brazil, our point of view about the cost to implement or buy this kind of solution is that it is very expensive. It's very hard for almost all companies to buy even the small version of this… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have knowledge of VxRail from Dell EMC. I have also read about solutions from Hitachi and Super Micro. I haven't used them though. To me, the key difference for me between the Dell infrastructure… more»
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What is Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series?

The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform is a purpose-built, high-performance, scale-out file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, giving you complete hyper-convergence with enterprise storage features:

  • Enterprise-class data management
  • Continuous data optimization
  • Securely encrypted storage
  • Dynamic data placement
  • Clusterwide parallel data distribution
  • Linear and incremental scaling
  • API-based data platform architecture
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