Jose MarianoCampeloIT at a transportation company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"FlexPod has improved our company as far as ease of management, stability, and redundancy."
"All of our main applications run on this solution, and it has done a stellar job."
"FlexPod is easy to setup, maintain and has great stability."
"The agility is probably the most valuable feature for us. It's very easy to send out resources."
"The biggest lesson that I have learned from this solution is the ease of actually setting it up and learning it."
"It is definitely easier for us to maintain and do build-outs, so it takes a lot less time to set things up for the customer."
"It's a kind of one-stop shop as far as support goes."
"This solution has helped to make more things consistent within our organization."
"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."
"The initial learning curve is pretty steep."
"This solution is very hard to maintain and keep up."
"One touch upgrades would be nice."
"I'd like to see some more Ansible integration for automation purposes. We automate everything else with Ansible, so it would be great if we could automate our FlexPod with Ansible as well."
"The procedure for contacting technical support could be simplified."
"As we do much of the Tier-I support ourselves, and thus don't normally need it, there is time wasted in moving up to the next level."
"The biggest thing that I would like to see is more cost-effective FlexPod solutions."
"On the NetApp side, there are definitely things to improve in terms of software updates."
"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."
"Cost is the primary factor behind why I would not give this product a perfect rating."
"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."
"We have a lease for approximately $10,000 USD per month."
"We pay approximately $1,400 USD in total for between five-thousand and ten-thousand ports."
"It is not cheap, but there is a return on investment in time saved and efficiency."
"The solution has saved our customers' organization in terms of CapEx. E.g., with the cloud availability, it's turned into sort of a hybrid CapEx/OpEx model."
"The main return on investment would be that instead of having to refresh all of our desktop hardware we have been able to go reimage existing machines and use those as thin clients, then also purchase new thin clients rather than buying actual hardware. It also reduces the overhead of having our technicians deploy those systems and maintain them."
"Our licensing costs are about $50,000 per 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:
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
Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 28 reviews while FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 59 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while FlexPod is rated 8.6. 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 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 VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity and NetApp HCI, whereas FlexPod is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, Dell PowerEdge VRTX, HPE ConvergedSystem and Oracle Exadata.
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