Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [EOL] vs Rubrik comparison


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StarWind Virtual SAN
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Software Defined Storage (SDS) (1st), HCI (4th)
Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [...
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Backup and Recovery (4th), Cloud Backup (4th), Disaster Recovery (DR) Software (4th)

Market share comparison

As of June 2024, in the HCI category, the market share of StarWind Virtual SAN is 2.3% and it increased by 63.3% compared to the previous year. The market share of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [EOL] is 3.0% and it decreased by 54.8% compared to the previous year. The market share of Rubrik is 0.3% and it decreased by 47.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Backup and Recovery
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Featured Reviews

Jan 17, 2024
Highly available setup and synchronous replication with the ability for companies to choose hardware
We needed a solution that provided highly available storage via ISCSI, replicating to multiple physical sites synchronously. We needed it to be easy to use, easy to manage, and cost-effective. Ideally, there would be no vendor lock-in or special hardware needing to be purchased.  We found StarWind…
Apr 13, 2023
Works faster and is flexible to use
We use the solution to combine and migrate regular servers to a hyper-converged infrastructure The solution works faster and is easy to use than any regular system. Also, its fabric interconnect provides flexibility for the system to scale up. The solution's most valuable feature is the high…
CarlosCastells - PeerSpot reviewer
May 20, 2024
Easy to do backup, easy to deploy and scalable
We are working now on proof of concept to do backups to virtual environments. So, we deployed the solution to three customers in Spain and one or two in Mexico We wish to increase the automation to improve the data management tasks with Rubrik. We see the possibility to improve with AI and other…

Quotes from Members

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


"We test live failovers every week, and so far, everything has been running smoothly without anything unexpected."
"The available GUI is excellent for monitoring and operating the system in an easy and direct way."
"We went from "no way DB applications would have good performance" to "Wow! We can now actually have a DB running and have some VMs running at the same time.""
"The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers."
"Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost."
"It's quite easy to manage."
"The best part is the easy way it operates with a very clear GUI without any unnecessary items."
"We are running Hyper-V on twin servers in failover, and being able to manage servers from anywhere I need to, virtually, has been a game changer."
"The most valuable feature for our company is that it works internally. We have a lot of internal projects for optimization."
"Cisco technical support is very skilled. From what I've had to access, there were quick responses and the necessary escalation."
"The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect."
"Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is simple to use, user-friendly and has been best for our purposes."
"The speed, storage, and management are the most valuable features."
"With our four HyperFlex HX hosts (consisting of processor, memory, and disk), the performance is very fast and we have no problems at all. In all of the five years that we have been using HyperFlex, we haven't needed to increase our budget to buy additional hosts."
"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."
"It is helpful as a backup solution."
"It has the ability to test DR in a controlled, inexpensive way and to restore between environments."
"They have a great PowerShell module and easy mediums to speak to the people who create and enhance them."
"The solution's technical support team is very responsive and proactive."
"The live mount reduces complexity."
"The feature that I found most valuable is Live Mount. You can either mount a virtual machine from a snapshot, or you can mount a volume from the snapshot. You can mount one disk to the server to retrieve data, or you can mount the whole VM, rename it, and use it as a test VM. If your VM gets corrupted, you just mount one from the snapshot, and you have your production VM's backup. So, Live Mount is definitely the best feature for me as an end-user."
"Rubrik has led to improvement by reducing the amount of failed backups, leading to a reduced workload in IT operations."
"I don't know if it is the best or the worst but it's very easy to install and very easy to balance. Sometimes that it's a problem because the installer of these data gets extremely scared because it's so easy. The product is easy to install, easy to balance, and easy to work with. Another really good point is the instant recovery."
"CloudOn allows for backed up virtual machines stored offsite in Azure to be instantiated as an Azure virtual machine and spun up."


"It would help us if the vendor continues to release software updates for earlier versions of the Windows operating systems."
"Regular updates to the software are required, and subtle design changes would be welcome."
"The reconnection of the attached drives upon a reboot could be improved."
"We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"There is one issue as far as licensing goes and that is a lack of documentation online for users when transitioning from the free version to the paid version, or vice versa."
"Besides not being able to use any filesystem, I do not have any additional cons."
"There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA."
"Sometimes when there are multiple technologies involved in a support case, this is when there is a bit of a lag."
"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."
"We 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 setup was complex, especially since we usually do all the planning, sizing, and workflows before integration."
"I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"I would like a lighter product; something which can be carried by a mere human. The typical size still looks like a stack of data center-sized servers, which is typically fine, but not so good if you want to carry it around."
"Some of our customers do not want to adopt the Cisco ACI solution. They want to manage Cisco HyperFlex by integrating it with their own management solution."
"It would be nice if they could work on the pricing a bit."
"They need to find a solution for SMBs. It is currently only suitable for enterprises or big customers. They need to find a solution that suits SMBs."
"I want to see more features regarding filtering in the Snapshot Window, as I need to be able to set a filter for specific dates and times. If I want to check an old backup, I must scroll through one or two years of backups to find what I'm looking for."
"They support Hyper-V and it works with our CloudOut, the cloud DR, but they seem to add features for VMware first and Hyper-V gets added second or sometimes several releases after the VMware feature comes out."
"The reporting in the dashboard and reporting for extractions both need improvement. I would suggest making them easier to understand and use, not just out-of-the-box. We should also be able to customize them."
"Could be improved from an analytics point of view."
"There is always room for improvement with some shortcuts for the web interface. They could make it even more beautiful."
"The interface is still slightly clunky and has room for improvement. They do work with us whenever we mention anything that needs to be done or anything that we want. We find that bringing up the management interface is a little slow and not as intuitive as we would like, but it's been getting better as it evolves."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"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."
"For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
"The scalability limitation for us is its licensing. At some point in the fairly near future, we will probably have to upgrade our license so we can store eight terabytes instead of four. We are currently at four terabytes, but we're starting to knock on the door of that capacity."
"This is a good, economical solution compared to data storage systems."
"This solution has a great price for the functionality."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"StarWind is best price/performance for SMB."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"HyperFlex is a little pricey."
"Here in Brazil... it is very expensive. It's very hard for almost all companies to buy even the small version of this solution."
"HyperFlex is relatively expensive, but you get good value for money."
"Pricing is better if you buy more Cisco products."
"It is highly priced compared to other vendors."
"Initially HyperFlex was a little costly, it was higher, but Cisco wanted to get into our company, so they gave us a fair discount."
"Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is a bit pricier compared to other brands in the market...There is a need to make additional payments towards the maintenance and support of the solution."
"We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."
"You pay a premium for Rubrik, but you're getting a premium service that comes with immutable backups, instant recovery, and world-class support."
"Originally, we bought the units on perpetual licenses. Now, we have switched to Rubrik Go. I think the Rubrik Go subscription is a better model, where it is based on your onsite environment and you consume what you use."
"We are on an annual license to use Rubrik and it is priced well."
"The product is not cheap, but for good reason. It simply works and is very fast."
"Rubrik's support is definitely on the expensive side, but I consider it to be top of the line. We incur no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees."
"It’s simple, straightforward, and we were able to see 50% hard savings."
"The solution is expensive for small businesses."
"Its price tends to go up with time. Its pricing definitely has room for improvement. If you negotiate right with them, you might get a good price. Support is a part of the package, and every three years, when we renew our contract, we get new hardware."
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Questions from the Community

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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for StarWind Virtual SAN?
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What needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN?
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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 ...
Which would you choose - Rubrik or Veeam Backup & Replication?
Veeam Backup & Replication provides an easy-to-set-up solution to the issue of data storage and recovery. Setting...
What do you like most about Rubrik?
It is a stable solution. Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Rubrik?
In many cases, the customers I speak with want to have a one or three-year license. Because it's for backup, they nee...

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