Anonymous UserSystems Engineer at a hospitality company
FreddyGonzalezVirtualization Engineer, SME at Dawson Federal
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
Spencer PinneySystem Administrator at Upper Allegheny Health System
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:
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.
Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 28 reviews while VxRail is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 38 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, 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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