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Researched NetApp HCI but chose Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series: Quite scalable, stable, and offers good technical support
Researched Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series but chose NetApp HCI: Separates control of storage from compute and enables the ability to individually choose the minimum and maximum burst on IOPS
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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"When we use it for VDI solutions, it is very easy to deploy and support."
"The technical support has been helpful. We are always able to get through to the right person."
"You can administer things easily. E.g., if you need more power, you can add a system."
"The compression and deduplication are very high. Therefore, we can use the size of the product more efficiently than other storage solutions."
"It consumes a smaller footprint when I compare it with other competitors."
"The initial setup was straightforward. With our partners and the consultancy that we had, we knew what we wanted to do. Therefore, we didn't have any problems with the installation and parametrization."
"It is a hyper-converged solution which integrates with the network instead of the product."
"It saves space for data centers, which is good."
"The scalability is great, because it can scale independently."
"It's an all-flash solution. NetApp guarantees 3-to-1 or more than 3-to-1. It has guaranteed performance, like 15K IOPS per node."
"We like SnapMirror and we've been using it for many years. We also like the object storage tools, as well as cloud sync for customers wanting to integrate between the cloud and local."
"It allows me to move a VM set and require extra performance. I can easily move them onto it and have it just run."
"When you are doing lifecycles for your equipment, you can just swap out pieces of equipment. We used to do one big iron to another big iron, and that's a major migration hassle. Whereas, with this environment, you can go with small nodes, one at a time, and do a refresh."
"It is easy to set up, and you don't have to do much work to get it to do what it needs to do."
"It has reduced our hypervisor footprint by around 20%."
"The NetApp Deployment Engine that comes with it makes the actual deployment and usage very easy. That's our primary focus and it's hyper-converged. That's something that we want to use as well."
"The setup was complex, especially since we usually do all the planning, sizing, and workflows before integration."
"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."
"There is a VMware plugin for HyperFlex, which sometimes it hangs up in our environment, and doesn't function well."
"I would like to see them expand onto the cloud."
"Sometimes when there are multiple technologies involved in a support case, this is when there is a bit of a lag."
"The storage layer seems to be a little better on the VMware than on HyperFlex side."
"It is quite new solution, so it is not very stable."
"The initial setup is very complex because there were some issues. It is not clear to how set up this solution."
"In the next version I would like to see bigger GPU types and insurance for including transparency."
"The price should be lowered. It's a little expensive."
"It would be great if they took something like kernel storage and integrated straight into the NetApp as well."
"Because I like block mode, I'd like to see SAN connectivity. I would like to be able to easily put it into my current environment."
"There have been some drive type of issues where we have to apply a new code level. Storage nodes kick certain drives until they act as though they have failed when really they haven't. You just have to reinsert them, then they go on about their happy way. It's sort of a bug."
"I would like to see a better upgrade process, like the one that ONTAP has."
"HCI has not enabled us to consolidate workloads or break down silos and has not increased application performance. It has also not resulted in more efficient use of compute resources."
"The deployment process has room for improvement. I would like for it to be a cookie-cutter deployment."
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"Pricing is better if you buy more Cisco products."
"The pricing is a bit expensive."
"For customers in the private sector, this product can have a very high return on investment."
"If you don't look at the costs of the systems, the scalability is quite good."
"The price is a bit high. It could be better, but the product is worth the cost."
"I would like the pricing to be cheaper."
"Comparable solutions with switches, storage, and services are cheaper than HyperFlex. It should be cheaper."
"The cost is expensive, but there is a chance to save money in the future."
"All the licenses are included when you buy the program."
"You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point."
"This solution reduced our maintenance costs. We were going to have to pay one to two million dollars to put in compute nodes. We are avoiding those costs."
"Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee."
"The licensing fees are renewed annually."
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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:
NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 52 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 22 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while NetApp HCI is rated 7.8. 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 NetApp HCI writes "A strong and efficient product that can scale storage and compute independently". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity and Dell EMC PowerFlex, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. NetApp HCI report.
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