Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Room for Improvement

Ole Johan
Network Engineer at a tech services company
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 capacity issues on the Fabric Interconnects, it should be able to cool all of the servers and Fabric Interconnects, then possibly integrate it with, e.g., Nexus Series switches. This should all be available in a single pane of glass. I would also like a fast on-premise service. While there is Intersight, which does a lot, there is not the same clarity of information from Intersight, as with an on-premise service. View full review »
Dan Abamonte
Manager, Open Systems Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 just a single pane of glass, where everything can be managed through that one app, rather than have multiple apps, it would be great. There are three apps that we currently have to integrate with. I would like to see them broaden their processor options. We've had some challenges with Intel, and I'd like to see them look at other potential CPU providers. View full review »
Karuna Madhu Devandla
General Manager of IT at Magma Fincorp Ltd.
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. At the same, time L2 switches are bundled in HyperFlex. If they make that the L3 switch, that would enhance the performance slightly better. View full review »
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Senior Network Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Juarez Thomazelli
Pre Sales Manager at Vortex TI
Cisco has to continue improve the management tools to provide a better command line interface with more functions. That would be better for administration. View full review »
CIO at Latif Group
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 is stored so the company can still work, especially if you have several other facilities working on the system remotely. View full review »
Zeray Assefa
Director of Network Operations at a government
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 enough. I hope they fix that problem. View full review »
Manger Assistant in Storage at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Maybe a better version is required to gather all of the information to allow HyperFlex to bring everything online more rapidly. The initial implementation workflow could be improved. There's a lot of information you need to gather. At the time we deployed it, approximately a year and a half ago, that there was a lot of information that we needed to gather. It wasn't explicitly called out to in the workflow as you were going through the screens. We had to know what we were doing. We read a lot of documentation to get all of that information. View full review »
Divisional Manager - Engineering at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like it to be easier to manage the server, create VMs, and manage the VMs on the client. View full review »
Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
As a fairly mature product, I can't think of any features that are lacking per se. The pricing is pretty expensive. Right now they are coming into the public cloud, we want to be seeing HyperFlex integration with public clouds such as AWS, Azure or Google. I need to see the feature more use cases for the backup and restore functionalities or how we can expand the cluster to the public cloud. View full review »
IT Director at Guangdong Technion
There are a lot of features that could be improved. We sorted out one critical issue left by the initial deployment team, our external partners. They made a mistake, a wrong configuration regarding the network settings. That left us a very, very painful troubleshooting process. Eventually, after four years, we sorted it out. After fixing that the system was stable. We even thought that maybe this is the root cause of those hardware failures. In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud. View full review »
Brad Smith
Principle Architect at NTT Data India Enterprise Application Services Pri
They should fix the upgrade process. The upgrade process is great. It is seamless 70% of the time, but when it doesn't work, it goes south. Cisco needs to fix some of those upgrade bugs and it will be a perfect solution. That would be good for somebody who doesn't want to spend a lot of time micromanaging the device in production. View full review »
Sr Solution Architect at NetDesign
We are moving further out with more cloud solutions, so we need HyperFlex to be more cloud-connected. They should develop more connection to Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud because our customers use their services and are moving in that direction. View full review »
Enterprise Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The product's disadvantage is that it is not necessarily open as I would like it to be. The main platform has some closed features that I would rather not see. For example, I need a mechanism to orchestrate services and an infrastructure as a service model, which is how we are deploying it. We would like to orchestrate it using an open, non-Cisco tool. While there is an API, in order to deploy it, we need to indicate it with a higher layer Network Services Orchestrator. This requires a lot of work to be done. If it could support a more open model, where we have standardized blueprints, templates, or virtual machines, it would be nice. This is an industry problem, not necessarily specific to Cisco. I would like a lighter product; something which can be carried by a mere human. The typical size still looks like a stack of data center-sized servers, which is typically fine, but not so good if you want to carry it around. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at Azersun Holding
I would like to have an easy solution calculation to plan my infrastructure and complete my licenses. Because as of now, I have to read a lot of materials and documents. View full review »
Alexander Zhukov
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary improvements should be made in the cluster storage controller VMs so that they don't break the upgrade process. I would like to see integration with multi-site ACI deployments so that we can span clusters between multiple sites, with ACI running within each site. View full review »
Poorna Chandra
Senior Consultant at Daimler AG
Cisco should improve on having more technical documents available on their website, as well as keep them update-to-date. I would especially like to see more compute documentation. View full review »
IT Systems Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see more flexibility in the storage. If you have experience with Cisco, or you have experience with the HyperFlex HX itself, then it's a lot easier. If you do deployment on your own, there's a pretty steep learning curve. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
One problem is that whenever we want to do something on VMware, you are dependent on HyperFlex. With everything now, you have to look into HyperFlex. You cannot just apply the VSXi updates. You are dependent on Cisco HyperFlex for metric services, analytics, and everything else. I don't like that dependency. View full review »
Simon Van Raalte
System Administrator at Provinzial NordWest
We are working with a lot of different technologies and trying to manage them with one tool. The API could be improved for better integration with other systems. For example, the integration to VMware could be better. View full review »
Doug Rains
Sr Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't really think it needs to be improved as far as the product itself. I can't think of anything yet that it doesn't already do. It fills our needs. It would be best if it continued to meet the needs of technology as it advances over time. I think the documentation is a big con for Hyperflex. More substantial, straightforward documentation would help end users make more of their investment. There really isn't a problem with product functionality. View full review »
Chris Wall
Sr IT Manager at Aryzta
Having this solution even easier to manage would be nice. The deployment could be made a little bit easier, as we still seem to struggle with it a little bit for a day or so to get it running. I would like to have less clicking to deploy it, where it is ready to go out of the box with a default build. That would make things a little faster. View full review »
Florian Haake
Network Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is a VMware plugin for HyperFlex, which sometimes it hangs up in our environment, and doesn't function well. View full review »
Farrukh Qadir
Sr. System Engineer at IBL-Unisys
Single console management (like Hyperflex and FIs management). I mean to say that, we need to log in 2 console one for vcenter and another for Hyperflex manager, this should be on same console page either hyperfex manager settings and monitoring in vcenter or vcenter can be managed by hyperflex console too. View full review »
Brett Moore
Network Architect at City of Mesa
I don't work day-to-day enough with Cisco HyperFlex to be able to say what would necessarily make it better. Initial integration was tough. Our group was just looking for another approach to hosting their various VMs. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Its price could be better. View full review »
Data Center Supervisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see them expand onto the cloud. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Mostly documentation needs to be improved, we need strong documentation. We also want to not need to open a tech case every time we need to troubleshoot. Stability and storage need to be improved. View full review »
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We would like to see better integration in the next release of this solution. Managing this solution is complex and should be improved. View full review »
IT System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
They can't get a POC to work because there are big latencies between the two sites we have. Even though we have a private fiber connection and everything else works well, they can't get the two products to talk to each other. They are not able to build it up. It looks like it's a firmware issue. They said it isn't but now it's looking like it is. I hope we can sort it out. View full review »
Archie Tamayo
Common Tech at PCGLA
The additional feature I would like to see included in the next release of this solution is more security. We want to add more data servers to all the hosts all over the world. We have 140 hosts that connect to one data center in Manila. View full review »
Network Analyst at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability could use improvement. View full review »
Florin Ramboiu
Product and Project Manager at ETA2U
We would like HyperFlex to connect the storage directly into Fabric Interconnect along with the features of the solution. We have enough ports in HyperFlex. We don't want to buy another set of switches to connect to Fabric Interconnect, complicating the solution. This change would be a great improvement. View full review »
Danny Reyes
Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
One aspect that really needs to be looked at, is to fix the bugs issue. View full review »
CIO at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
The infrastructure team thinks that there are a lot of issues. View full review »
Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
They should improve the price. A lot of people complain that the price is an issue. For smaller countries, this solution is too expensive. View full review »
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
A stretch function is really needed. Germans think that because of the high availability and the security that two data centers are better but we want edge all in one cluster. This is a needed feature, the cluster feature, and we'd also like to see a possibility for ROBO offices. View full review »
David Orozco
Consultant at Italtel
They should have more blade options and more configuration flexibility. Also, the price is expensive. It should be cheaper but it is worth the price. View full review »
Carlo Poggiarelli
Solution Architect at Teleconsys
Some of our customers do not want to adopt the Cisco ACI solution. They want to manage Cisco HyperFlex by integrating it with their own management solution. View full review »
Mohamed Elolemy
Senior Presales Lead at Systems Engineering Of Egypt
I would like for them to develop integration with other technologies, like SD Access. It's still lacking an enhancement management player. View full review »
System Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
We would like to move off the GUI. View full review »
Manager at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Cisco should combine its features with its prices. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
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