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AshwaniRana - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Technical Consultant at Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
Consultant
Top 20
Very scalable, very secure, and good performance, but needs better pricing and a SaaS-based version
Pros and Cons
  • "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."
  • "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."

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for the last two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.
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What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

I don't set it up, but based on the information that I have from my customers, it is not difficult to set it up. It is easy to set up, but it is not easier than a SaaS-based product. Our customers buy only its latest version.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Hoang Quan Nguyen - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Integration Analyst at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Provides flexibility, scalability, performance and availability; prevents need for disaster recovery
Pros and Cons
  • "Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer."
  • "There are sometimes issues with memory failure."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary goal is to have a solution that enables us to have 100% uptime between two sites. That's why we're using HyperFlex. It has a very critical application. We are a government organization with around 15,000 users although that can go up to 25,000 in peak times. I'm an infrastructure integration analyst.

What is most valuable?

I like the stretch cluster, it's a feature that allows us to warranty a service for the customer that has to be 100% uptime. That aside, the solution also has flexibility, scalability, performance and availability. The main objective for us is DRA, Disaster Recovery Avoidance. We don't want to go into disaster recovery so our aim is for 100% avoidance. The hardware might not be perfect but Cisco is very proactive with their support. 

What needs improvement?

There are sometimes issues with memory failure. I'd also like to be notified when new documentation comes out, it would make things easier. I think the cost is an issue given that it's so much cheaper to use cloud based solutions these days. I don't know whether HyperFlex can compete with that. There can sometimes be issues if you change your mind on something and want to move things around. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable product. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Every time I have a problem I contact the HyperFlex team and they solve it. 

How was the initial setup?

Implementation requires having a roadmap and steps in place. If you have that, it's pretty straightforward because you know exactly where you need to input your specific information from your own environment. Maintenance is not very demanding, we have five people who can deal with that, but it wouldn't take up more than 10% of their time on any one day. Once it's up and running, it's stable. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are evaluating VMware Hybrid Solution and HPE SV signatures. HPE has very good hardware, but they don't have a good software defined solution. There are so many screens and sometimes it's a burden for us on the tech side. 

What other advice do I have?

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. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Md Shahnewaj Hossain - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Deputy Director of IT at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Offers very good data protection and provides effective system uptime availability
Pros and Cons
  • "Offers very good data protection and provides system uptime availability effectively."
  • "Lacks some integration and documentation could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We are partners and integrators of HyperFlex and I am a company deputy director of IT.

How has it helped my organization?

HyperFlex has benefited us because there are no storage requirements and it requires less from the server and services in general. 

What is most valuable?

This solution offers very good data protection and also provides system uptime availability more effectively than the majority of other servers. It can calculate the multiple failures that give better uptime on the nodes. It provides good performance. 

What needs improvement?

Every node has a storage controller VM that checks identity and I think that should be eliminated in order to optimize the resource utilized. I'd like to see the ability to integrate with HPE because SimpliVity has some backup-live features which are useful for us. Finally, some improvement to the documentation would be helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco HyperFlex is stable. We faced some issues because it has single dependency on the caching base, and when that goes down it all goes down. It has only happened once. That aside, it's a stellar solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

How are customer service and support?

The customer support is very good. 

How was the initial setup?

The implementation isn't too complex but there are some requirements, including pre-deployment which requires a lot of documentation and security such as security management, secured data, VM and the like. We used a local partner to assist with deployment. We have a team of six that were involved in the implementation and with data center maintenance.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a three-year license with Cisco and it's a reasonable price. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had previously used converged networks and when we decided to move to a hyper-converged infrastructure we evaluated several solutions including Dell EMC and HPE SimpliVity. We checked several criteria including financial, features, technical issues, and availability. We found that the HyperFlex performance gave us added benefits so we went with that.

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner/Integrator
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System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
MSP
Well integrated, easy learning curve, highly dependable
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware."
  • "This solution is lacking in replication and backup abilities that I would like to see in a future release similar to HPE SimpliVity."

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution as a host environment for applications and also for VDI.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware. 

Additionally, the solution is flexible, we have projects in a few sectors such as the environmental and oil industries. It has been working well overall.

What needs improvement?

This solution is lacking in replication and backup abilities that I would like to see in a future release similar to HPE SimpliVity.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable, it has been able to perform all the tasks we have used it for. It is very reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable and it is easy to expand in storage and other areas, such as if you want to increase the nodes it is very simple. We currently have approximately 3000 users using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have never had an issue that would need their support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used HPE SimpliVity previously and it had some other features that this solution does not have that are useful.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward, the solution does a lot of the configuration by itself. The installation should take approximately a few hours if you have all the prerequisites in place.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation ourselves and we have two network engineers doing the deployments and maintenance of the solution.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
PankajKumar12 - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A complete hyper-converged solution for on-premises deployments, but its price can be better
Pros and Cons
  • "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 price could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We have a remote site. We are developing this site so that we can locally access the VMware environment with the least network bandwidth. We have deployed the ESXi host virtual edition.

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

Its price could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series for the last one and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. There are no issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not contacted them regarding Cisco HyperFlex because the setup was straightforward. We have a team in the USA, and they were mostly dealing with any kind of sales-related queries, but for technical support, we have not encountered any problem to engage them.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The deployment took around two hours.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
BhaveshParmar - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Head at Intercraft
Real User
Top 20
High performance, scalable, but repeated error not resolved
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is its performance."
  • "I have been receiving a memory overflow message every day when I use the solution."

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is its performance.

What needs improvement?

I have been receiving a memory overflow message every day when I use the solution. 

This memory overflow error is a cosmetic error. Over the last three years, I have been talking with Cisco to remove this error. Cisco and VMware should cross-check and troubleshoot this issue to come to a solution. They should remove it as soon as possible.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. However, we have had a memory overflow error, that has not to be resolved but it is only a cosmetic error. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series has been very good for what we are using it for in the current project.

We have approximately 400 users using this solution.

We do not plan to increase usage at least for the next six months.

How are customer service and support?

We have not had a good experience with the support. They were not very helpful with the cosmetic error we were receiving.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used other solutions previously, such as Nutanix. I find that Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is better than Nutanix. Cisco products have better performance overall.

How was the initial setup?

I did not face any problems in the implementation.

What about the implementation team?

We had a partner do the implementation of the solution. I was not happy with the partner because they have not resolved the error message we have been receiving from Cisco after months of conversations.

The partner support could improve.

All of our maintenance is handled by our partner.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is a license required to use this solution.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Abdelhadi El Ghanioui - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at Intelcom
Real User
Top 20
An easy, flexible and secure solution, but the pricing can be better
Pros and Cons
  • "Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure."
  • "When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We are implementing the solution for Hyper-converged systems.

What is most valuable?

I find the Hyperflex most valuable. It compares well with Nutanix. 

What needs improvement?

The minimum for running involves three nodes, which is the number I use for running the patch. The solution is not very good when it comes to a single node. 64 is the maximum number of nodes. 

As I work with Hypervisor or VMware, the solution usually is easy when it comes to monitoring and backup. I rely on backup and monitoring capabilities. I use Veeam, for example, as a backup solution and SolarWinds for my monitoring needs. 

I am a gold partner of Cisco and am entitled to a discounted price. When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better. By comparison, Nutanix is more affordable. The choice of Cisco varies with the needs of the client. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is extremely stable. I work in Hyperflex. The customer can simply send. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is extendable and flexible for administrative purposes. I will normally deploy and cluster the containment in six nodes, with another in four, in three and in five. 

Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is okay, although I have never opened a ticket with them. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup and deployment of the solution is extremely easy. All that must be done is to prepare the infrastructure and IP, at which point it can be deployed with ease. 

What other advice do I have?

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. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
Data Center Engineer at Emerging Communications Limited
Real User
Top 5
Good value for money with full Cisco integration

What is our primary use case?

I use HyperFlex for high-performance infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is full integration with Cisco API and UCS, which means you can have complete networking and storage from Cisco.

What needs improvement?

HyperFlex could be improved by reducing the minimum number of nodes supported from three to two. In the next release, Cisco should include full integration with other virtualization vendors like Nutanix, the same way they do with VMware.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using HyperFlex for a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

HyperFlex is very stable because it has complete solutions for networking and computing from Cisco.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

HyperFlex is very scalable because you can scale up by increasing the number of nodes and scale out by increasing the number of discs in the storage.

How are customer service and support?

Most of Cisco's products come with warrants and SmartNet, so if you have an issue, the customer interface allows you to rate it, and the technical team will respond based on the critical level.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

How was the initial setup?

The setup is very easy, I'd rate it five out of five.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

HyperFlex is relatively expensive, but you get good value for money.

What other advice do I have?

I would give HyperFlex a rating of nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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