Compare HPE Hyper Converged vs. NetApp HCI

HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 10 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 28 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 7.6, while NetApp HCI is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "Performance is robust, but Dell EMC VxRail is easier to implement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "A strong and efficient product that can scale storage and compute independently". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix and VMware vSAN, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with Nutanix, VMware vSAN and VxRail. See our HPE Hyper Converged vs. NetApp HCI report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Hyper Converged vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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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 solution has many good features.The most valuable features of this solution are fast deployment, security, and it is easy to upgrade.The most valuable feature is the in-built backup system. The backup speed is also excellent.Hyper-convergence is the most valuable aspect of the solution. We can avoid downtime when there's maintenance or updates needed. Also, we have homogenous hardware, so we have a lot of trust in the solution's reliability.What I really like about this program, is that it needs little space and it works really fast, so it saves us time.The HPE Hyper Converged solution is used in a hybrid cloud configuration. We assess the disk space and partition additional capacity.I've found the data protection features the most valuable.If you were comparing this solution to VMware, it has more features, and it's very fast on the recovery.

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The most valuable feature, currently, is the density of the system as hardware. I'm able to leverage the density of the product and remove bigger hardware which requires more space, cooling, and power costs, obviously. There are cost savings, obviously.It is easy to administrate the solution, and the company handles its technical support well.It is a unique product with simplified setup and independent control over storage and compute.HCI definitely improved how flexible we scale, and our entrance into the cloud. The features are very rich, in terms of both avenues. It's helped us flexibly move and shift our workloads around, back and forth.The most valuable feature is the software design storage that really provided a faster, agile, easier to scale up and out storage path.The multi-vertical aspect is what is most valuable for us. The main reason we wanted a multi protocol was because Amazon was not able to provide us with access to the same data as we could get from Linux and Windows lengths. That was our value proposition for this solution.The ease of deployment is a positive feature that allows us to scale easily.The most valuable aspects are that it's an all-in-one solution and it's very self-contained.

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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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I think that OneView should be replaced by something else for the management.Providing local technical support and improving the price are areas this service needs to consider improving.The solution can be improved on the management side. More management features should be added to future releases.The solution would be better served if it integrated with other solutions better.The solution is not very stable.Some improvement is required in the availability of the data and performance. The solution is too expensive for our customers. The pricing should be lower.The price can be improved. We would like to see support for some open source virtualization technology like for example KVM.One problem I've had is that I was trying to do a move and it was not working. I was given an error and a message asking me to shut down the machine first and then move it to another host.

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My biggest pain point is the installation part. I would like to see the appliance itself remove the entire switch that goes behind it and figure out how to do all the cluster interconnects within the box itself.The product needs better support for installing the operating system on the machine.It is easy to install now, but could potentially be even simpler.The fact that it doesn't have all the data points we need and all the historical data that I would like. I find that a lot of the performance analysis is done through support, where they have something that we don't have. It would be nice just to have all that on-prem.The problem is that it needs to be much more stable, for example, when I want to do the upgrade to 1.7 that just released, I also need to issue a ticket to the support guy in India and he asked me to deploy another mlock. There are a lot of manual steps compared with other products.There's a limitation with a block in the file. That's where I see that it's not very efficient for upgrades and for management.It would be nice to have better access to tutorials and a test environment for simulations.I would like for them to fall a little closer to like the VMware release model. The new features and new solutions tend to come from the VMware side. I would like for NetApp to follow along closely with VMware's release schedule.

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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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There are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.The solution is expensive - not only the hardware costs but server costs too. And the more you scale, the more expensive it gets.The solution is too expensive for our customers. The pricing should be lower.It is an expensive solution, however. If they could adjust the pricing, that would be helpful.Pricing with Dell EMC is double the price which I paid for HPE. However, in the end, Dell EMC is double in performance. This is not an apple to apple comparison though, as I have a four node from Dell EMC and a three node.

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The licensing fees are renewed annually.This solution reduced our maintenance costs. We were going to have to pay one to two million dollars to put in compute nodes. We are avoiding those costs.You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point.All the licenses are included when you buy the program.Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.There are the overall infrastructure costs. Even though the initial costing was higher, we calculated for year-to-year for five years. That brought us into a position where we decided, we have to go for HCI rather than having distributor systems.This solution saved our organization time (35 percent) and money. We have a hefty group of developers, and if you multiply that by 30 to 35 percent, that is quite a bit of money.Where we lost nearly 75 percent of our infrastructure due to a malicious attack and were able to recover two and a half hours into it due to the integration, it saved us and all of our customers. Because we were able to recover so fast from the attack, the solution paid for itself right there.

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Also Known As
HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
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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

HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.

Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.

NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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Sample Customers
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City HarvestNorth Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlphaAmerican Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company18%
Comms Service Provider12%
Energy/Utilities Company12%
Healthcare Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company35%
Comms Service Provider12%
Retailer7%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Healthcare Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Wholesaler/Distributor14%
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Software R&D Company30%
Manufacturing Company11%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm8%
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Financial Services Firm14%
Pharma/Biotech Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Insurance Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company43%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider8%
Government4%
Company Size
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise75%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business4%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise76%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise35%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise52%
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