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"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."

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"The size of the hardware is what we need because it is very good for small configurations.""The most useful feature is the solution's automation in terms of how we are able to spin up a certain workload in real-time when we are doing R&D.""Both the scalability and stability of this solution are excellent.""The consolidation of the management in one control point is the most valuable. The whole infrastructure management is consolidated in just one console point. The documentation is also pretty good.""It is stable and scalable."

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Cons
"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."

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"This product is not so stable. Maybe it is just not mature enough in its development.""The licensing policy needs to be improved. They have a licensing policy based on the number of CPU sockets. Nowadays what has happened is that the license they are trying to move is based on the number of CPU cores. With the advancement in technology there are now more cores in a single CPU. It's been very challenging in terms of managing the license around everything. Today we have a processor with 24 and 32 cores on the same physical CPU.""The cloud deployment could be improved.""It is not user-friendly, and it is very difficult to operate. You have to have a deep understanding of the technical details of the infrastructure to implement it. When you compare it with VMware, it is totally different because the graphical user interface is not that easy to understand. It is not intuitive. To use it, you have to read a lot of documentation and even understand what is going on behind the solution. It is not for someone who has a little bit of knowledge. Currently, it is too complex. I need something that is easy to implement. It should have a basic configuration as well as a complex configuration.""The main issue is the initial investment. It is an expensive product, and it should be cheaper. It should also be easier to use and manage. The professional service for this solution is quite complex and expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."

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"Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is an open-sourced, low-cost solution with full features.""It is quite pricey."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect.
Top Answer: VXRail is a turn-key solution, saying that it's still based on vSAN. From a cost perspective, I suggest you opt for vSAN Ready Node. You have options from Dell EMC, Cisco, HPE, Lenovo plus a few… more »
Top Answer: The pricing is high for the solution. The costs need to be adjusted. The licensing is okay, however, the harder infrastructure needs to be adjusted.
Top Answer: The main issue is the initial investment. It is an expensive product, and it should be cheaper. It should also be easier to use and manage. The professional service for this solution is quite complex… more »
Top Answer: It has storage and Hypervisor from Red Hat. It is used for computing and the virtualization workload for databases and other things.
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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

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure - based on our leading OpenStack and virtualization platforms - provides co-located, scalable, software-defined compute and storage, driven by Red Hat Ansible Automation on economical, industry-standard hardware.

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Manufacturing Company18%
Comms Service Provider11%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Healthcare Company8%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider26%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government5%
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Computer Software Company24%
Manufacturing Company5%
Media Company4%
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Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise69%
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 28 reviews while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is ranked 15th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is rated 9.6. 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 Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure writes "Comes in a small, compact model that does not have any separate management but it is not so stable". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity and Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, whereas Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is most compared with Sangfor HCI, VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity and Nutanix Acropolis AOS. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure report.

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