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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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Pros
"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 most valuable feature is the fact that the nodes are Active/Active, and allow us to do upgrades on any node without any downtime.""When we need additional storage but want to keep the size of the SANs manageable, the StarWind Virtual SAN has allowed me to do everything needed.""The most important feature is the ability to experience the loss of one node or one storage device, and not lose the entire cluster.""The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use.""Active-active work mode leads to true redundancy of storage and allows us to distribute the load between multiple nodes.""We can lose a site or even two of our three, and we would lose no data and have no outage.""The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited number of disks and using the StarWind VSAN software to keep the cluster nodes in perfect sync.""In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support."

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"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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"It would be nice if we could designate pools, or tiers, for storage of different speeds, and then assign rules to new VMs that would automatically place them into the proper pool.""The only thing that I have any difficulty with is that in order to perform upgrades, it is required that the SANs be detached from the Hosts before that can happen.""We would like to see the documentation more fully developed.""It would be great if the Linux version of the management console offered the same features as Windows.""Some configuration options still demand service restarting.""Server-side snapshots are one thing the Linux appliance can't do yet.""The system performs as expected, but we're always looking for performance improvements regarding the best utilization of NVMe disks.""Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell."

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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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"Once you buy the license, you are free to build your own hardware solution based on your needs.""I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it.""This solution has a great price for the functionality.""Licensing is based on nodes rather than TBs, which means that the users are free to increase storage capacity without putting thought into licensing.""The free version is great to use for labs or test environments.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."

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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 most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.
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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

For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
509,820 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 28 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 40 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while StarWind Virtual SAN 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 StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Reasonably-priced, quick and helpful technical support, facilitates 3-2-1 backup compliance". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity and Scale Computing HC3, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and DataCore SANsymphony SDS. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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