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2018-10-08T17:34:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series?

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What advice do you have for others considering Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series?

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Real User

Overall, I rate HyperFlex eight out of 10. I would recommend it to others. It's a good product.

2021-10-05T14:08:00Z
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Top 10Real User

I rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series as an eight out of ten.

2021-08-02T12:34:56Z
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Top 20Real User

There are five or six customers who make use of the solution. Hyperflex developed its first platform in 2015, while Simplivity and Nutanix did so in 2009. The solution centralizes everything in a single IP. It is extremely simple, secure and good for deployment. I rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series as a six out of ten.

2021-07-01T14:41:10Z
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Top 5Real User

We are customers and end-users. The HyperFlex is on-premise the hardware infrastructure. You can set it up with VMware ESXi or with Microsoft Hyper-V. We chose to go with VMware ESXi. It was a requirement of the other systems that we depended on. We could have gone with Hyper-V, however, VMware turned out to be the right solution. The system is hardware and it's compatible with both software solutions or hypervisor solutions. We chose VMware ESXi and turned out to be a better solution than Hyper-V. I would recommend the product to other users, as long as it's affordable for the company. The cost is high. It is about 150% more costly than a comparable older generation solution. However, if you can afford it, then by all means go for it. I'd also advise new users to choose a higher-end specification for the servers. This is also important. That would make extending it easier. For example, the fiber interconnected component the solution sells is like a switch. It's sold per port. If you buy exactly what you need now, you have to replace the hardware when you want to expand. Therefore, plan for the needs of the future, not the present. Overall, I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten.

2021-06-03T09:55:27Z
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Top 5Real User

Cisco offers the on-cloud management system for HyperFlex but most of our customers that are using a hyper-converged infrastructure prefer to build their own, private cloud. In most cases, they have this solution installed on-premises. Cisco HyperFlex is a product that I can recommend, although VxRail is my first choice. Depending on the customer, their environment, and history with Cisco, I will recommend one of these products over the other. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2021-05-13T19:05:05Z
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Real User

I would recommend this solution to others. I rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-SeriesRev an eight out of ten.

2021-05-11T14:20:05Z
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Top 20Reseller

We are a reseller. My advice to other organizations considering the solution is to make sure you plan before deployment and put into place a proper plan. The initial pre-project timeline puts into place a proper plan and based on your focus. It will make sure that whatever you put into place meets your requirements both right away and into the future. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

2021-04-30T19:56:25Z
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MSP

We have plans to keep using the solution in the future. We have one standard traditional environment and also hyper-converged with Cisco. We are planning to add more hardware to increase capacity because we are almost at full capacity now. We are going to increase the infrastructure due to the ramping up of operations. If you want a reliable solution then I would advise choosing this one. I rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten.

2021-04-24T07:09:25Z
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Top 20Consultant

The OEMs from Nutanix, VMware, and Cisco have more or less the same features and functionality. The only thing that is missing in this solution is that it doesn't have a SaaS-based version. I would definitely recommend this solution for customers who are looking for an appliance-based product. Cisco HyperFlex is the best appliance-based product. It is better than Nutanix, even though Nutanix is more cost-effective than Cisco. I would rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series a seven out of ten.

2021-03-26T19:45:19Z
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Top 5Real User

I think any business could use HyperFlex, it's a good solution for big or small business. I rate this solution an eight out of 10.

2021-02-18T06:09:29Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

My role in the company is pre-sales. We offer this solution to our clients. As a partner, we don't use Cisco HyperFlex, but we propose HyperFlex for the customer. For the deployment, we can deploy for the DC and DRC side, for the synchronous replication, and also for the stress cluster, we can also deploy for the X location as the HyperFlex has a HyperFex extraction for the X location. I'm in Indonesia, and in this particular country/region, this solution isn't really used very widely. Nutanix is more famous in Indonesia, as it can be used by the SMB customer or small customers up to enterprises. Most hyper-converged solutions that are used in Indonesia are Nutanix. I would recommend the solution to other organizations, however, only if it made sense and fit their company's needs. Overall, I would rate the product eight out of ten.

2020-12-21T13:42:35Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series only in a certain situation. Right now, considering many other external constraints, it is very hard to recommend it to people, especially if they are based in mainland China. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series a seven.

2020-12-07T12:17:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I would encourage people to go with this solution. I would rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series a seven out of ten because we have not tested all the features so far.

2020-11-17T20:36:00Z
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Real User

I would rate it a high eight or nine out of ten because of the features and functions that it comes with that the competitors really can't do just yet. The advantage I think so far has been that Cisco developed the entire solution from scratch as opposed to other solution providers like HP and Dell who are still trying to reinvent existing solutions. I think it's a viable solution if you have a need to cut down on your overall implementation costs on hardware. This does a good job of combining both software and hardware.

2019-06-19T08:37:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate this product a 10 for the reliability, ease of configuration, and customer support. Everyone should understand connectivity in private and public clouds. We require seamless connectivity throughout and especially with some of the security technologies. Cisco HyperFlex HX is the best on the market. Everyone should consider it.

2019-06-19T08:37:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate this product an eight. I completely recommend whatever Cisco solutions you use. They provide the best option to maintain infrastructure environment. It's very useful.

2019-06-19T08:37:00Z
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Consultant

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this product a solid nine because of the upgrade process. Everything we've been doing with it is blazing a new trail. We've been dramatically changing how we deliver the service. Not only am I changing how we deliver the service, but the tools team is changing the platform they're delivering it on too. It's all a new investment. There are not a lot of cost savings today that we can realize. You can deploy Cisco HyperFlex HX with very little knowledge of UCS, hyper-converged, or storage. There is very little ramp-up time. UCS manager takes a little bit of getting used to. Cisco HyperFlex HX is a solid product. I can't steer people away from it.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I would grade Cisco HyperFlex HX an eight. If the cost was improved, I would give it a ten. Make sure to look at a long list of competitors in the hyperconverged sector for cross-reference before purchasing. Look at all the main players.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this product a 9. After using it for a year there haven't been any issues or technicalities. Pick Cisco.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

My advice for anybody who is researching this technology is to learn it before you implement it. This is a very stable product, but it is complex to manage. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco HyperFlex HX with an eight out of ten at this point. Only because I'm not as versed to it as I could be. 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, i.e. instead of having to go through and configure every portion of the template.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

It was very straightforward using the technology platform. We were comfortable with it. In the VDI environment, we're a Cisco shop and HyperFlex did fit the need well. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate this product with an eight. Like any new product, it's constantly evolving. The evolution of the HyperFlex solution is a challenge. I would recommend looking at the options when you go to implement it. Cisco's HyperFlex has a lot of different flavors. Make sure you pick the flavor for your specific implementation. VDI has a different set of requirements than a standard hypervisor environment. Know what your end state is going to be, then pick the equipment behind the scenes that fit your needs.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate the product an eight. It's a great data center tool. I look at the weight of the costs too. None of the products is 100% correct. We just deployed the Cisco HyperFlex. We have to see how it goes. We are also in the cloud. You have to keep looking for that option as it saves a lot on hardware and power consumption We are still migrating all our old infrastructure, which is on C7000. We are doing that right now. Once that is done, I'll be able to get some metrics. Every company is different.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I rate this product a seven. It seems like it would be easy to utilize for a new deployment. I would prefer that Cisco not try to sell it as something that can integrate into an existing environment. They are beating down on that, but be aware. The limitations, whether you're doing a new deployment or trying to integrate it into an existing system, might be tough.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

This solution allows us to get up and running a lot faster than before. Instead of it being multiple days of cabling, multiple solutions, and getting the servers online, it now generally takes one full day to get it up and ready to go. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

On a scale of 1-10, I would rank the Cisco HyperFlex HX at about 8.5 to 9.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I can safely rate this product as an eight out of ten. This is because it's scalable and you can upgrade it as if you are upgrading a server. In any other solution with hyper-convergence, you can't do that, so you've got to buy a node part to upgrade memory. Anyone considering this solution should define their requirements. It's not a solution for everybody. If you're using a lot of storage, hyper-convergence might not be good for you. We don't have a lot of storage, so it is a functional and desirable solution for us. If you have much greater storage needs, it may not be a good solution.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

My advice to anybody who is researching this solution is to have an understanding of the ROI. It is easy to jump in and see great technology, but you need to know what the long term cost is. One thing that we learned when we went into hyper-converged technology is the licensing costs that come with it. This is a yearly thing that you have to account for. Overall, this solution was very easy for us to implement. Some of the challenges we're having are related to the management platform and the fact that we have to deal with multiple platforms at the moment. Once this is all consolidated, I would be happy to give a rating of ten. Today, I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

I would rate the Hyperflex solution as a nine out of ten. This is not because HyperFlex is not meeting our needs but because nothing is perfect.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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MSP

Because of the bug problem I experienced with this solution, I will rate it eight out of ten.

2019-06-19T08:36:00Z
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Real User

Cisco-HX-Data-Platform-Installer should contain its own ESXi and VCenter installation during setup, so it can be fit in any organization where no virtual environment is available.

2019-03-13T10:06:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Look at the manageability. Do a serious comparison of management tools. That's strong advice because it can be really expensive too if you have to implement a third-party management tool. In terms of extent of use, Cisco systems make up about 30 percent of the overall system, but it was definitely the plan to increase Cisco systems within the data center, meaning HyperFlex, because of the form factor and the density of it.

2019-03-05T06:21:00Z
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Real User

Go ahead and do it. It's a good product. Somebody with a similar environment and a similar experience should go ahead. But check thoroughly that fits your organization. Our administration strategy is that one guy will be managing the complete dashboard. We are planning to see if there is automation where I can provide this through a DevOps tool. That's something I am looking at. There is one main entity using it in our company. Our plan is to deploy this software to all other existing infrastructure as well. Within six months we should be fully implemented and deployed. I rate the solution at eight out of ten because of the brand reliability in the market. They are the most trusted brand in the IT industry.

2019-02-20T11:20:00Z
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Real User

Collect all the information about the environment to determine the prerequisites, understand the business, and understand the value of infrastructure solutions. We are a small partner. We have four clients right now that use the Cisco HyperFlex solution. I would rate HyperFlex at ten out of ten.

2019-02-20T11:20:00Z
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Real User

There are around 250 users working on it right now. It is used for our manufacturing solution which collects information and Exchange data. There are other users who are using the storage. We will expand its use in the future. As far as the compute is concerned, we will be using it to pick up 60 percent of the work. As far as the storage goes, we are only using ten to 15 percent. In the next few years we will expand and in the seventh year we may have to upgrade or replace the server.

2019-02-18T10:19:00Z
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Real User

My advice is go for it. I had never had experience with hyperconverged, and it was a very nice experience. I learned a lot from it. It was something completely new. I prefer any hyperconverged system. I think it's a great system.

2019-02-14T07:37:00Z
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Real User

Give HyperFlex a try. Try a demo. The solution is fantastic for VDI usage.

2019-02-03T06:24:00Z
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Consultant

I would rate it an eight out of ten. The features that it has are balanced with customer's needs and the price. In order to make it a ten, they should lower the cost. I would advise someone considering this solution to explore all of the feature options. The solution's value is in its features.

2019-02-03T06:24:00Z
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Consultant

Cisco has the best solution for hyper-convergence.

2019-02-03T06:24:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. The solution is not so bad. To get a ten, the upgrades should be smoother and without any problems so that we're not scared to do them. It could also be more traditional. It's hard to trust the new product especially because we've had issues with the upgrades. It may take some time but it is getting better. You should try this solution, you won't regret it.

2019-02-03T06:24:00Z
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Real User

Just go with HyperFlex.

2019-02-03T06:24:00Z
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Real User

I rated this solution an eight out of ten because there's still a little room for improvement. I would advise someone considering this solution to connect with Cisco, use the resources that Cisco has. Be open, discuss with Cisco, discuss the architecture the customer designed, the customer demands, include Cisco all around, both the account managers, their technical solutions, the SEs, and so on. Use Cisco.

2019-02-03T06:23:00Z
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Real User

Be more careful if your technical person says, "It is necessary to implement and develop the infrastructure."

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

At the moment, Cisco is a good vendor, as far as networking solutions. I connect the servers to the network, and the compatibility is good. We haven't tested the new container functionality. I hope it's good, because this is very important for us.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

I would give this solution a seven out of ten because it's still new and I still haven't practiced a lot with it but I have had a good experience until now. I would advise someone considering this solution to sit with your integrator, discuss the different products, comply with the competitors, and you will get your desired results.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

It is a good product to have in your data centers. Pick a good use case, then do a PoC and perform your own benchmarking. Once you are satisfied, go ahead with the product. The latest models include all the newest cutting edge technology.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

Take a look at HyperFlex because it is a good system. Out-of-the-box, it runs quite well.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

I would rate it a nine out of ten, not a ten because nothing is perfect.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

It is a very good solution. Find a good consultant and vendor to implement it before purchasing the software and equipment.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

Try it. The HyperFlex solution is perfect.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

I would recommend Cisco ACI.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

I would rate this solution a three out of ten. I would advise someone considering this solution not to spread it over two data centers.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

I would rate it a four out of ten. I would advise someone considering this solution to be careful.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

Look for what your business needs are, what your data center is using, and keep in mind that all of the big vendors are doing hyperconverged. However, Cisco is the only one who is doing it with the network integrated. With all of the other vendors, you can have whatever type of network you want, but with Cisco, they include the network in the whole hyperconverged scene instead of pawning it off to another vendor. They are sort of forcing you to chose Cisco on the network. Yet, when you choose Cisco on the network, you get validated designs along with tried, tested solutions. The whole data center will come together in one single package. Cisco was a little late to the hyperconverged scene. The Fabric Interconnects integrates with UCS. The UCS servers are some of the best on the market. The UCS servers can manage all of the servers from the Fabric Interconnects, which is just phenomenal.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Consultant

Work with Cisco and the Cisco partner. It is all about understanding your requirements. The product works well and supports your business. We recommend it.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Consultant

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because of the issues with the upgrading process.

2019-01-30T13:14:00Z
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Real User

Give it a go. Work with their engineers and support staff to see if your solution fits. Challenge them to go a bit further than than their standard product.

2019-01-29T17:16:00Z
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Real User

For customers in the private sector, this product can have a very high return on investment.

2019-01-29T17:16:00Z
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Real User

Don't afraid to try other solutions. Companies are constantly changing. Sometimes some little companies bring about the perfect solution for other products. You should research everything. Cisco has a very wide range of products. You can build everything within Cisco products, and it will be easily deployable. The programming language is the same between it and other software and hardware companies.

2019-01-29T17:16:00Z
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Real User

Involve Cisco in the beginning, as they will give you good advice about setting up the product. While it has a lot of things to improve, it is a good solution.

2019-01-29T17:16:00Z
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Reseller

When considering this product, evaluate it carefully. Note whether the environment is best for the solution.

2018-10-08T17:34:00Z
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