We performed a comparison between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Dell PowerFlex based on real PeerSpot user reviews.Find out in this report how the two HCI solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
"Training is also easy as it is just one system to learn."
"It has great free trials that allow end users to test a large variety of their products before deciding to buy the full product."
"Starwind support is excellent. They are very fast and have very good knowledge of Starwind and Hyper-V Cluster software."
"Virtual SAN runs on iSCSI, which is free and easy to configure. It's easy to manage from StarWind's GUI console, and it only required a few extra switch ports."
"The license price is one of the cheapest in the market."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"The ROI is great on this product."
"Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN."
"The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware."
"The technical support has been very good for this solution."
"Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all."
"Great integration with backup software."
"Cisco offers very good quality."
"The solution is stable."
"The initial setup is very straightforward."
"The workload can handle anything and has an extended capacity."
"Saves us a lot of space in the data center."
"The catalog of APIs for automation has been most valuable, although they are quite limited."
"It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."
"We've had no issues with scaling the solution."
"The only way I can see this product needing improvement is the consultation level of the StarWind sales and engineers."
"It took a bit of knowledge and support to put in place but once installed it works fine. Migration (HyperV) from one server to another sometimes takes longer than expected but there is no data loss even if the host crashes."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"We ran into an issue with alerts."
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."
"A web management interface would be good, especially for those coming from other solutions that have one."
"They need to invest more in the support documents for real issues happening when integrating the solution with the hypervisor."
"I had issues locating the documentation that applied to my version of StarWind vSAN."
"The problem is that we always have to keep an eye out for new releases to make sure that the version we're running is up-to-date."
"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down."
"When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."
"The utilization needs to be better. It needs more options."
"Lacks some integration and documentation could be improved."
"I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"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."
"The initial setup could be faster, due to the prerequisites."
"We've had some issues around the licensing."
"Licensing restrictions can be frustrating."
"The installation is complex."
"It would be great to get earlier access to beta builds because we have to develop providers on our own. The APIs and enablers for custom automation could also be improved."
For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.
StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.
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:
VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.
The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in HCI with 30 reviews while Dell PowerFlex is ranked 13th in HCI with 4 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.8, while Dell PowerFlex is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "High performance solution that makes it easy to efficiently manage VM resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell PowerFlex writes "Stable with good technical support and the capability to scale". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), HPE SimpliVity and FlexPod, whereas Dell PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell PowerFlex report.
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