Compare Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Nutanix

Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 6th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews while Nutanix which is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 26 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.2, while Nutanix is rated 8.2. 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 Nutanix writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with Nutanix, VxRail and VMware vSAN, whereas Nutanix is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Nutanix report.
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Pros
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 fact that there is only one interface to deploy a complete solution for maximum storage is fantastic.Best features are around data locality, compression, and deduplication.The most valuable feature would be the ease of deployment. That is the most significant feature for me because I've worked with multiple vendors and it's always been very complicated to install the software and get everything running.It is a good solution and it is easy to work on their platform.Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.It has solid performance and provides data locality.The level of statistical performance data that it can confirm in real-time is extremely useful. I can see what my VM’s hosts and guests are doing from a single pane of glass and identify issues before they would otherwise become apparent.SRM capabilities for replication have been proven reliable and very useful for our organization.

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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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They have offered some new features that I have not deployed so I assume that these issues might have been addressed already, but, at my time there was a networking problem.We could always use a performance upgrade, or simplified management.If they can simplify the software slightly for the installation, that would make all the difference.If we can have certified compatibility with other companies, such as Oracle, then it would let us know that they function correctly together.There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.I would like to see a fuller integration with the public cloud. It would help the user enter the hybrid cloud infrastructure.Regarding third-party backup solutions, the only agentless option is Commvault, which is expensive, complex, and requires intensive vendor training.We would like to see it support other systems outside of the compute stack from which it was built.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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Pricing varies greatly between license and editions.They should lower the price. If they did they would fall into a more competitive market because the price does scare a lot of potential customers away when they get the quote.There are a lot of features included with Nutanix that cost a lot with other companies.I don't feel that I am receiving the performance which I am paying for.Work close with your InfraTeam and discuss with Nutanix the best way to achieve sizing and price that are right for you.Licensing depends on the features needed.Extra features should not be so expensive. We would love to be able to use or even just try some of the extra features without having to buy them. Buying those features is just as expensive as buying vSphere licenses, so the cost savings is nullified.Setup cost is minor, pricing is quite a bit (we have a 7-node-cluster for about 450K EUR with 2 vGPU-nodes for Citrix) but that includes hardware, software, and support.

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Answers from the Community
Miriam Tover
Jacob PomplunUser

Nutanix and Hyperflex HX are very similar in feature functions, design (except for ugly Cisco UCS add-on) so you are left with very minor techie knife fights to pick a winner. The customer that still thinks their old UCS was good, will stick with Cisco. A non-Cisco (Server) customer will likely see Cisco HCI as a new thing and therefore it could be not as floor tested and will look at vSAN or Nutanix. Cisco UCS mentality is servers without storage so HCI technically competes with UCS.

Cisco Hyperflex-
Pros:
- Turnkey HW and SW - Includes Storage, Servers, and Networking
- Can integrate with existing NAS and SAN for backend storage (DHCI)
- Strong Container Integration
- Mega-networking company funding it so no worries about losses (like Nutanix)

Cons:
- Lack of HW flexibility- only Cisco HW supported. They claim that it's integrated with UCS (blades) but blades have no storage so it's just networked in compute, not truly HCI, in fact, to bolt-on UCS is pretty ridiculous.
- Data Efficiency, only supports N+1 and N+2, no erasure coding.
- No Native Cloud DR integration.
- Underlying SW is SpringPath acquisition in late 2017 so relatively new to Cisco (they are late to this market).
- Claims “performance” but 1:10 (cache to HDD) with write-thru to other nodes (protective copy) before Ack is not going to be fast on writes.
- not sure of the cost of just the HX nodes (plus SW) but Cisco is never known to be low cost for UCS servers.

Nutanix-
Pros:
- Flexible Hardware options (they didn’t start out this way but now have moved off forcing their own HW).
- Data Efficiency- support of erasure coding across nodes.
- Manageability- Prism management and automation software are mature.

Cons:
- More Complex to deploy within a mixed environment.
- Dedupe and Compression is done at a fixed block of 16KB
- Overall Solution cost
- Can't seem to get profitable.

17 July 19
Mark S. CruceUser

Nutanix provides the advantage of an alternative hypervisor that comes with the product. But its limitation is in the hardware choices that it runs on.

16 July 19
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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

Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.

For more information visit: www.nutanix.com

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Manufacturing Company19%
Comms Service Provider13%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Healthcare Company9%
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Financial Services Firm32%
Manufacturing Company13%
Comms Service Provider10%
Government6%
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Energy/Utilities Company15%
Healthcare Company12%
Financial Services Firm12%
Hospitality Company8%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company12%
Healthcare Company9%
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Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise75%
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Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise74%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise34%
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Small Business16%
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Large Enterprise53%
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