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"The ease of use and the graphical user interface (GUI) are two of the most valuable features of this solution.""Cisco technical support is very skilled. From what I've had to access, there were quick responses and the necessary escalation.""Easily facilitates remote work opportunities with storage and compute resources.""Cisco HyperFlex HX has improved the way our organization functions on the storage side by having one big storage space for hosting VMs. We do not have to provision other ones. That's a positive aspect of it.""Cisco HyperFlex is helping us to put everything in centrally so that we can manage in one place.""On the VDI side, because the storage is local to the HyperFlex, it was very easy and convenient. The performance is exceptional.""It increases efficiency, decreases the cost, and manages the network in one single way. That's the most important thing.""The product is easy to manage and flexible for upgrading without major changes."

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"It has reduced downtime. Before, on our previous solution, we used to have downtime on some of the servers because of the sort of convention. But currently I've not experienced any downtime on any of the servers, and there is no more resource congestion.""The most valuable feature is the overall integration and just seeing the three different layers which make up the machine software. Altogether, it's something that I would say is much better than any other solution that I have experienced before.""The setup was very straightforward.""The program is stable.""The most valuable feature of this solution is integration.""Perfectly suits customers dealing with the combination of future storage needs and, at the same time, keeping up their computing power.""The solution is quite stable.""We're doing a lot of VMware for IT so this solution is really valuable from a VMH point of view. We're trying to assist our customers mainly with management, because that's what they want. The most important aspects are ease of management, as well as ease of configuration, allowing them to attach additional nodes and resources for the applications."

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Cons
"One aspect that really needs to be looked at, is to fix the bugs issue.""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.""The documentation could be substantially better, but the product itself does everything it needs to do.""I haven't been too impressed with the Cisco HyperFlex HX, honestly. It's a hard concept.""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.""Maybe a better version is required to gather all of the information to allow HyperFlex to bring everything online more rapidly.""The infrastructure team thinks that there are a lot of issues.""The product needs work in the area of deduplication which currently is inefficient."

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"We're also running Hyper-V virtual machines. But we recently discovered that migration of the Hyper-V virtual machines is a bit challenging. Maybe if Dell EMC can come out with a tool that will make it very easy for us to migrate the Microsoft Hyper-V machine, that may be an improvement.""Exporting data from the dashboard is not very user-friendly. It's just designed in a way that it's going to cover let's say 90%, 80%, of the end-users needs. If you need more sophisticated reporting it's not easy to have.""Needs some more monitoring tools.""I am not really impressed by the technical support of this solution.""There should be more functionality available for routing.""Including instrumentation would be a helpful improvement.""The solution needs to offer more documentation and educational materials.""I think there might be some room for improvement when it comes to pricing, because although I know how to convert customers, at the end of day, it's quite expensive. Sometimes your feature architecture is still coming out much cheaper than hardware costs for your infrastructure."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Our licensing is Hybrid. We have all of our applications for billing and outage management through this.""It's roughly $30,000 per Hyperflex license, so that would be about $60,000 a year.""It is relatively expensive, but it can easily return value by freeing up other resources.""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 approximately $15,000 USD per month.""Our licensing costs are large, but it is combined between all of the Cisco products that we have.""We currently have a perpetual license, which is kind of unlimited, so we don't have the normal licensing cost, yet.""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 positive ROI side. It's much cheaper.""Its price is rather fair when compared with other solutions like VxRail, vSAN, and HPE SimpliVity. We got a fair amount of discount from Cisco for Cisco HyperFlex. It is cost-effective. We have renewed storage till next year, and we have already paid the vendor. When we talk about HyperFlex or any HCI solution, storage is the part where we can reduce a lot of costs. At the current moment, we are already using NetApp storage, which did not allow us to go for a full Cisco HyperFlex setup. We are planning to go to a larger scale next year. Then we will be able to see how cost-effective it really is for us."

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"The pricing for this solution is good.""The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect.
Top Answer: VXRail is a turn-key solution, saying that it's still based on vSAN. From a cost perspective, I suggest you opt for vSAN Ready Node. You have options from Dell EMC, Cisco, HPE, Lenovo plus a few… more »
Top Answer:  It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.
Top Answer: The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.
Top Answer: When checking some of the components in the RCM during upgrades, it can be difficult, you have to check and upgrade the software-defined storage because it will get out of scale with the… more »
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Also Known As
VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
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Overview

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
  • A simplified approach

VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

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BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City Harvest
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Comms Service Provider11%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Government8%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider26%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Midsize Enterprise13%
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 28 reviews while Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 11 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "An all-in-one option that is stable and offers good management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "A great centralized platform with excellent technical support". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, NetApp HCI and HPE SimpliVity. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex report.

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