Compare Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. FlexPod

Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 6th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews while FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 140 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.2, while FlexPod is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "With its storage system, we are now saving an enormous amount of space". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FlexPod writes "The agility reduces the number of hours that it takes to construct a physical or virtual data center". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with Nutanix, VxRail and VMware vSAN, whereas FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, VxRail and Vblock.
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The most valuable feature was the backup - it was easy to back up. It was also very easy to administrate and manage the system; much easier and faster. Finally, it was easy to extend the disk capacities.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.The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX is that it is self-contained.Cisco HyperFlex HX has improved the way our organization functions in the way that the time to deliver a VM takes me five minutes. In comparison, my cloud team's response is a couple of days based on all their overhead policies, procedures, and ticket requests. This is substantial.The most valuable features of this solution are the connectivity, consistency, and that we now have fewer vulnerabilities on the network.The most valuable features of this solution are scalability, performance, and reliability. It scales well inside of a large data center.The most valuable feature for our company is that it works internally. We have a lot of internal projects for optimization.The most valuable feature is that it is something small that can be more easily deployed than a full data center set of servers.

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The ease of set up is probably the most valuable feature for us.All-flash storage and low latency I/O enhance performance.The most valuable feature of this solution is that there is one call for support.The solution can be innovative when it comes to cloud computing storage and networking.The most valuable feature of the solution is the automated firmware management.The solution can be innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. FlexPod is very flexible and innovative. We can design it as we like.The Validated Designs are very good because they act as a reference to see whether we have done things properly.FlexPod impacted us by making things easier to deploy. The solution is a private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environment. That's very important to us. We're doing a lot of hybrid cloud.

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I would have liked it to be able to back up the system to a cloud, to be able to work from any other placeWe 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.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.Cisco's technical support originally was outstanding, but it has declined over the last 12 months. I've heard they're trying to do better, but I haven't been overly impressed with their support recently for HyperFlex.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.The scalability could use improvement.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.We would like to see better integration in the next release of this solution.

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We use technical support from time to time. Most of the time if we really need assistance we end up having to get above the tier one support. We're able to do a lot of the tier one troubleshooting on our own.The cost may be high compared to other solutions.It would be helpful to have more flexibility for adding other components.The FlexPod service and support could be improved.UCS Manager needs better integration to perform firmware updates.I would like to see more cloud-centric modules that are specific to applications and more software-based solutions. That's all that is missing.It would be very helpful if the upgrades for Cisco, VMware, and NetApp could be bundled together and performed at the same time.We haven't seen ROI yet.

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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.We currently have a perpetual license, which is kind of unlimited, so we don't have the normal licensing cost, yet.Our licensing costs are large, but it is combined between all of the Cisco products that we have.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.It is relatively expensive, but it can easily return value by freeing up other resources.It's roughly $30,000 per Hyperflex license, so that would be about $60,000 a year.Our licensing is Hybrid. We have all of our applications for billing and outage management through this.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."

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It is not cheap, but there is a return on investment in time saved and efficiency.We have a lease for approximately $10,000 USD per month.The annual cost is approximately $100,000 USD.We pay approximately $1,400 USD in total for between five-thousand and ten-thousand ports.It is not going to save you money, but that is not the point. The opportunity to stay competitive in the marketplace is not a cost.Cost is the primary factor behind why I would not give this product a perfect rating.The FlexPod licensing can adjust to your purse, i.e. there are different levels available for businesses of all sizes.Because the solution is now stable, we are saving about $100 million USD a year.

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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

The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk

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BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City HarvestUniversity of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
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Manufacturing Company18%
Energy/Utilities Company12%
Comms Service Provider12%
Healthcare Company9%
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Software R&D Company26%
Comms Service Provider10%
Financial Services Firm9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise75%
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Large Enterprise77%
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