Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [EOL] vs Dell PowerFlex comparison

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Categories and Ranking

StarWind Virtual SAN
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Average Rating
9.6
Number of Reviews
183
Ranking in other categories
Software Defined Storage (SDS) (1st), HCI (4th)
Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [...
Average Rating
8.0
Number of Reviews
90
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Dell PowerFlex
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
22
Ranking in other categories
HCI (8th)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the HCI category, the mindshare of StarWind Virtual SAN is 2.3%, up from 1.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [EOL] is 3.0%, down from 6.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Dell PowerFlex is 15.9%, up from 7.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
HCI
Unique Categories:
Software Defined Storage (SDS)
11.2%
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No other categories found
 

Featured Reviews

DH
Apr 14, 2021
Helpful and proactive support, offers full redundancy, and is cost-effective
StarWind Virtual SAN has been a welcomed addition to my network Overall, StarWinds vSAN is a cost-saving storage option with top-notch support. The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space. I can focus on other IT needs now, rather than having to worry about…
Md Shahnewaj Hossain - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 27, 2023
Offers very good data protection and provides effective system uptime availability
We are partners and integrators of HyperFlex and I am a company Deputy Operative Director of IT HyperFlex has benefited us because there are no additional storage requirements and it requires less effort from the server and services in general.  This solution offers very good data protection and…
AB
Oct 16, 2019
Good integration, suitable for hyper-converged in SMB environment
Our primary use case for this solution is hyper-converged. We have a private cloud deployment The most valuable feature of this solution is integration. The virtual machine configuration for networking should be improved. There should be more functionality available for routing. I would like to…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"You can build cheap, reliable, replicated virtual machines clusters using simple servers with an all flash disk or SAS\SATA hybrid tiered by performance storage."
"It enables us to provide more solution options for our clients, with the reassurance that, when implemented, they will be efficient and stable."
"StarWind vSAN was very easy to integrate into our system and ran flawlessly during our entire use time."
"We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to grow rapidly while still providing flexibility and reliability."
"The StarWind tech support is extremely helpful, especially during the initial setup."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"The Windows-based StarWind GUI is easy to use and understand and integrates seamlessly with VMware's vSphere portal as well."
"The initial setup was straightforward. With our partners and the consultancy that we had, we knew what we wanted to do. Therefore, we didn't have any problems with the installation and parametrization."
"The storage system is its most valuable feature. It has eliminated our entire need for having to worry about storage. We were storing a lot of syslog data and using a lot of templates in our data center. With the storage system, we are now saving an enormous amount of space."
"The most valuable features of this solution are scalability, performance, and reliability. It scales well inside of a large data center."
"Most of our users are Cisco customers, so it fits in within the suites we use. Primarily for me, as a solution architect, it's the technology and architecture that is the most valuable. I know from my technical colleagues that it's easy to use and for the customer, the up-time is the most valuable asset. It's running, has low failure, and so on which is why we use it."
"The most valuable feature is full integration with Cisco API and UCS, which means you can have complete networking and storage from Cisco."
"There are some slight cost advantages when you need fewer resources to manage it."
"It's very easy to integrate with the ACI network."
"Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all."
"The resiliency and data protection are the most valuable features."
"The solution is scalable."
"The catalog of APIs for automation has been most valuable, although they are quite limited."
"It has reduced downtime. Before, on our previous solution, we used to have downtime on some of the servers because of the sort of convention. But currently I've not experienced any downtime on any of the servers, and there is no more resource congestion."
"The integration with AWS is a valuable feature."
"The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability."
"Dell PowerFlex is a complete hyperconverge that makes automation easy to manage and extremely stable."
"The most valuable feature is high availability."
 

Cons

"Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell."
"It is difficult to control all of the hardware components."
"It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations."
"High availability for direct attached hardware drives could be useful for increasing the performance of a storage appliance."
"We have, in rare cases, received conflicting guidance between different support folks within StarWind."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"It should reclaim white spaces after big files are deleted."
"I wish they would improve the documentation for the beginner level as it's not very clear on the web page."
"The price could be better. I think it's more expensive than VxRail. In the next release, I would like to see a better level of protection and availability with six clients."
"We would like HyperFlex to connect the storage directly into Fabric Interconnect along with the features of the solution. We have enough ports in HyperFlex. We don't want to buy another set of switches to connect to Fabric Interconnect, complicating the solution."
"The solution's price could be affordable."
"I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"There is a VMware plugin for HyperFlex, which sometimes it hangs up in our environment, and doesn't function well."
"Cisco is a bit more challenging in terms of deployment. The admin must be knowledgeable in order to complete the task. Without that knowledge, it will be difficult to complete."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series could improve by having the documents be more readily available and the support could be more flexible."
"The storage capability must be improved."
"Including instrumentation would be a helpful improvement."
"Licensing restrictions can be frustrating."
"They should provide continuous support for data migration."
"I think there might be some room for improvement when it comes to pricing, because although I know how to convert customers, at the end of day, it's quite expensive. Sometimes your feature architecture is still coming out much cheaper than hardware costs for your infrastructure."
"Needs some more monitoring tools."
"The initial deployment was complicated and required a lot of data nodes, IPs, internal vLANs, data vLANs, and many other things."
"I am not really impressed by the technical support of this solution."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"The pricing is excellent. It will run on anything. You don't have to buy a $100,000 server, with hardware you don't need. You just pay for the license and you're good to go."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"Their pricing seems pretty good, and their licensing structure is pretty straightforward."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"The licensing is straightforward, with free and trial versions available."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"The license is reusable. We can always rebuild it and apply the license. Then, boom, we get new servers, apply the license, and we're back up and running."
"HyperFlex is relatively expensive, but you get good value for money."
"The cost is expensive, but there is a chance to save money in the future."
"Our licensing is Hybrid. We have all of our applications for billing and outage management through this."
"Comparable solutions with switches, storage, and services are cheaper than HyperFlex. It should be cheaper."
"There is a license required to use this solution."
"Here in Brazil... it is very expensive. It's very hard for almost all companies to buy even the small version of this solution."
"Our licensing costs are large, but it is combined between all of the Cisco products that we have."
"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."
"The solution is expensive and I give the cost a two out of ten."
"The cost of this solution is fair."
"The solution's price is medium."
"We have a good contact in Dell and he prepared all the information and provided everything to us."
"The product is expensive."
"The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."
"The price could be improved."
"The pricing for this solution is good."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
18%
Manufacturing Company
9%
Government
8%
Financial Services Firm
8%
Computer Software Company
25%
Government
9%
Manufacturing Company
7%
Financial Services Firm
7%
Computer Software Company
16%
Financial Services Firm
12%
Manufacturing Company
11%
Government
8%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?
It is easy to use and can monitor system synchronization and check Storage status. StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) combin...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for StarWind Virtual SAN?
Make the most of your 30-day trial license, and if needed, you should contact the sales department of StarWind to ext...
What needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN?
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. Du...
How do I choose between Cisco Hyperflex HX Series and Nutanix Acropolis AOS?
Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions from ...
How does VxRail compare with Cisco HyperFlex HX Series?
VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company ...
What are the major differences between VxRail and Dell EMC PowerFlex?
VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not bein...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell EMC PowerFlex?
The product is expensive. I rate the pricing a nine out of ten.
 

Also Known As

StarWind SAN & NAS
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VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
 

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Sample Customers

Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City Harvest
Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
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