Zeray AssefaDirector of Network Operations at a government
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."
"The feature that I have found most valuable is the backup recovery."
"The most valuable feature for us is its integration, as it provides an entire solution in a single box."
"We can get backups faster. We have a smaller footprint for hardware, which takes up less space. So, we use less electricity and floor space."
"The solution has eliminated the need for overprovisioning. It is designed to take advantage of deduplication strategies, which means we don't have to have as much disk in the system to do the job that we used to have to do."
"The way it does backups is its most valuable feature. It replicates snapshots with very low bandwidth. We only have a 50 megabit link to that site, and it doesn't really use much of it at all. Therefore, it is a really good fit for getting our backups done."
"The ease of use on the backup and DR and replication side of things is good. It can be done by a VMware admin with no additional training."
"Looking at the way that our infrastructure team works now, we don't think about infrastructure, storage, or compute anymore. The solution just works. It is same with the backup and replication side of things, as it just works on schedule. We don't have to manage it tightly, like we used to."
"It is simple and easy to use."
"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 upgrades need improvement."
"The ease of new deployments could be improved."
"I have not seen ROI."
"The technical support is weak. It is a layered product. It has a software solution on top of the SimpliVity solution, which is built on top of the hardware of the HPE DL380s. When we call for a problem that we know is related to the DL380, we get a SimpliVity guy trying to solve a SimpliVity problem. If it is not a SimpliVity problem, it's a hardware problem. So, it takes awhile for them to figure out which part of the organization should really be helping us."
"SimpliVity has this thing where if a virtual machine is on the wrong node with two nodes, it will be optimized. However, if one of the nodes won't be optimized, then it will complain about that. It will give you a little warning to say the source is not optimized. Please move this to one of the other hosts. They should just add a little thing in SimpliVity to move all the VMs to the right host, because it is a pain to load balance across the three nodes when all these VMs are complaining and you have to move them to one."
"The biggest feature, which should be included, is some method to handle archival backup or cloud-based backup. Where SimpliVIty typically falls down with their data structure is: The longer a backup is kept, the more space it ends up inevitably using. When you get into things that you have to keep for five or seven years for legal requirements or regulatory compliance, then you start taking up a lot of space with these old dead backups that you are probably never going to use again. Being able to offload those to a separate platform or cloud storage location would be ideal."
"HPE could give us more options for server models to chose when using the product. Right now, we can only use the DL380."
"It crashes often. When one particular VM has random, large IOPS requests, it will bog down the node, and there isn't enough time for the replica to be brought up. So all the VMs on that one particular node will essentially become offline."
"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."
"For the VMware licensing, it is approximately $10,000 a year."
"The time savings on the administration side of things is huge. We had somebody who was dedicated pretty much full-time to hardware, and now, they spend about a quarter of their time a year on hardware-related issues."
"The only thing that I think we are paying for is the VMware licenses, but we are enterprise, so it is not horrible."
"For three years, it is $60,000 for three nodes. It is quite pricey."
"It's about $10,000 monthly."
"We're paying $3,000-$4,000 a month."
"It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me."
"It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price."
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:
HPE SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.
Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 23 reviews while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 39 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "A fast and easy deployment that allows secure access to our medical applications ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "The flexibility needs improvement and it needs an alerting system, yet it is stable and easy to install". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, FlexPod and NetApp HCI, whereas HPE SimpliVity is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and NetApp HCI. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE SimpliVity report.
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