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"It is a complete package. For any kind of on-premises hyper-converged solution, we usually have to separate networks, but Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is a complete solution. It has its own network and storage. The storage part is the most valuable feature.""Its most valuable feature is its flexibility.""It's very easy to use and quite a mature product.""Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer.""It is very scalable. It is also very secure. Cisco's security portfolio is integrated with it, which makes it secure. It is a platform-based device. Its performance is also fairly good in comparison to any other solution.""The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware.""The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect.""The technical support has been very good for this solution."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation and integration points with other automation tools.""VxRail's feature that we found most valuable was its really good performance. That was one of VxRail's advantages.""The stability is very good. We haven't had any issues at all. There aren't bugs or glitches. There aren't system crashes or anything of that nature.""The update process is very convenient.""The solution is perfect for the lifecycle management of hardware.""The recent technologies and management features that have been implemented.""This is a good solution for medium-sized installations especially when it will be coupled with VMware.""The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail. This makes all files act as a single file with a large and huge resource, and, of course, with customized administration, configuration, and resources. It provides automatic failover for redundancy and data recovery."

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"Its price could be better.""In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud.""The pricing is pretty expensive.""There are sometimes issues with memory failure.""If we compare it with VMware, the VMware product is basically very open, and it can be easily integrated with any platform. VMware product is also available on the cloud and is not an appliance-based product, whereas Cisco HyperFlex is an appliance-based product. Companies that want to use HCI as a platform or as a service would prefer something without an appliance. A SaaS-based product is better for a customer who is using the cloud and has multiple resources, workflows, and devices on the cloud and wants to go for a hyper-converged solution. This is where improvement is needed. In addition to an appliance-based product, Cisco should provide a SaaS-based product. Its price should be lower. Cisco needs to work on the pricing model for this product. Its price is a big road blocker when competing against Nutanix and VMware, which are its main competitors.""This solution is lacking in replication and backup abilities that I would like to see in a future release similar to HPE SimpliVity.""We need to be able to scale out and not just up. When you want to scale up or scale out, you are quite limited.""I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."

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"Having a native replication would be an improvement.""It's not really flexible with different use cases.""It should not be deployed on one hypervisor. There should be multiple hypervisors supported like Hyper-V or KVM.""The price should come down a little bit. It has become better than it was at the beginning. There was a really big price difference between a hyper-converged infrastructure and the classic servers and storage. The gap is lessening, however, it's still there.""The licensing costs are too expensive. They should work on their pricing model.""Pricing could be improved.""There is a limitation on the number of nodes.""Troubleshooting can be a little more difficult than legacy systems."

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"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.""Its price is high. Cisco needs to work on the pricing model for this product. Nutanix or VMware are cheaper products, and they provide almost the same functionality. Its price is a big road blocker when we are working with an end customer, and Nutanix and VMware are in competition. If they can reduce its price, it is actually a better choice for customers.""We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair.""The licensing is perpetual and the only thing that you may need to pay for on a monthly basis is if you're going to use their cloud-based management features."

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"A typical node that I would sell to a customer has a list price be between $80,000 and $100,000 per node. Organizations typically start with four nodes. That's the hardware, software, VMware licensing, everything. Customers typically pay about half of that - approximately $45,000 to $50,000 a node. On average, it costs about $200,000 to get your foot in the door.""It is just as cheap to move over to an HCI solution as it is to maintain a legacy system.""VxRail is very cost-effective and affordable in the long term. It is more recommended when it comes to financial life, but it may depend upon the license. VxRail comes with VMware licensing, which may not be that cost-effective as compared to others. With VMware, it's an auto check competition. VMware is an expensive solution, especially for Nutanix. Nutanix have their own hypervisor called Acronis, which is very cost-effective against the VMware. Nutanix is cheaper for the hardware but not for the software. If you ask the Nutanix partners to deploy Nutanix over Cisco servers or Dell EMC servers, the cost will be higher. Nutanix wants to compete financially. Therefore, they propose their software over the Supermicro server, which is a very cheap Chinese server. In fact, I don't like their terms of service. HyperFlex has the highest price, and it is very expensive. I don't know why. It may be because this is a UCS system, which comes from Cisco and is already expensive. When it comes to HyperFlex, they need the labor to deploy Hyper-V, Citrix, or any other hypervisor.""It's a mandatory cost with everything included""I live in Brazil, and my customers are from Brazil. It is quite an expensive solution. It is more expensive than the traditional environment.""The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap.""At about $200,000, this solution is a little bit pricey but it is more economical than others such as Nutanix or Cisco Hyperflex.""VxRail is not cheap, but it's not expensive either."

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Answers from the Community
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author avatarRitesh Chandra
Reseller

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 others. There are a few VMware HCI Kit options which you may opt for.

author avatarShivendraJha
Real User

Look for vSAN Ready Nodes from CIsco or Dell and you will find it better! 

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset.
Top Answer: The solution comes at a higher cost than if you had separate integrations grouped together. There are licenses included with the hardware, and then there are annual subscriptions that you need to pay… more »
Top Answer: A disadvantage is the higher costs involved in using this product. If it were more affordable, it would be easier to recommend and HCI adoption rate would increase. Unlike other options, you need to… more »
Top Answer: If you want to have an an optimized and integrated software environment with integrated VSAN-in-Kernel into an appliance, a streamlined deployment experience, and single-vendor support go with VxRail… more »
Top Answer: VxRail performs well in the VDI environment.
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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

VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market. Based on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software, VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

With the power of a whole SAN in just two rack units, they provide a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. VxRail Appliances deliver resiliency, QoS, and centralized management functionality enabling faster, better, and simpler management of consolidated workloads, virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.

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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. VxRail and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 11 reviews while VxRail is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 40 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while VxRail is rated 8.6. 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 VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, FlexPod and NetApp HCI, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, Dell EMC PowerFlex and HPE Hyper Converged. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. VxRail report.

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