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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.""StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""This software lets us maintain storage redundancy across both of our Hyper-V hosts, so if one goes down the environment fails over to the other and we have minimal to no downtime.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""Immediately we noticed huge performance gains, even on older hardware and once we implemented a 10GB link between both servers, the sync was near-instant after the initial sync was complete.""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."

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"I find the usability very valuable.""The solution scales extremely well.""Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all.""We are providing this solution for the customer or converting the customer from a traditional environment to a hyper-converged environment which consolidates all management and support on a single port. This is the main benefit of using the hyper-converged versus the traditional.""Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer.""The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset.""The technical support has been very good for this solution.""Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is simple to use, user-friendly and has been best for our purposes."

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"They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth.""Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable""No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center.""We find the initial implementation process simple and straightforward.""The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available.""I have found the most important features of Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are the capacity to manage the storage because the storage is built in the servers. The type of profiles you can attribute to the storage is a benefit. You can manage the storage by profiles. Overall the solution is a good speed and performance."

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Cons
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""Currently, the StarWind management console is a bit clunky to navigate and isn't the most user-intuitive interface.""It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""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.""Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk.""The system failovers properly on its own without too much worry.""A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node."

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"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down.""Its price could be better.""HyperFlex could be improved by reducing the minimum number of nodes supported from three to two.""There are sometimes issues with memory failure.""Lacks some integration and documentation could be improved.""The solution could improve by having more customization.""This solution is lacking in replication and backup abilities that I would like to see in a future release similar to HPE SimpliVity.""The initial setup can be complex."

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"The solution doesn't scale.""Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved.""Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is a great hyper-converged system that is a perfect platform for supporting any kind of workload. The only workload that it's not designed to support is big data.""The deployment is done by doing it one by one and could be simplified.""Upgrades are carried out manually.""Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
  • "The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
  • "I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
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  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."
  • "The licensing is perpetual and the only thing that you may need to pay for on a monthly basis is if you're going to use their cloud-based management features."
  • "HyperFlex is a little pricey."
  • "There is a license required to use this solution."
  • "There is no additional licensing cost other than the cost for each part."
  • "HyperFlex is relatively expensive, but you get good value for money."
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  • "There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
  • "The price of the solution was reasonable."
  • "We have a four-year contract to use Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The features that I found most valuable are ease of use of the software that StarWind offers - with the first setup… more »
    Top Answer:The initial setup cost will be great, especially with the new hardware. The StarWind pricing isn't that expensive… more »
    Top Answer:Some users have commented on online forums and others that the documentation and KB articles could be clearer or better… more »
    Top Answer: Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions… more »
    Top Answer:VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company to… more »
    Top Answer:We find the initial implementation process simple and straightforward.
    Top Answer:The pricing is okay, however, HP has a cheaper option. There is competition between the Dell vSAN and HPE SimpliVity… more »
    Top Answer:The solution doesn't scale. Their pricing could be more flexible. For example, in some cases, Lenovo offers more… more »
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    Also Known As
    vSAN Ready Nodes
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    Overview

    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:

    • Enterprise-class data management
    • Continuous data optimization
    • Securely encrypted storage
    • Dynamic data placement
    • Clusterwide parallel data distribution
    • Linear and incremental scaling
    • API-based data platform architecture
    • A simplified approach

    Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are pre-configured building blocks that reduce deployment
    risks with certified configurations, improve storage efficiency by up to 50%1
    , and can help
    you build or scale your vSAN cluster faster.14 Whether you're just getting started, and/or
    expanding your existing VMware environment, Dell EMC is here for you every step of the
    way with consulting, education, deployment and support services for the entire solution.

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    BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City Harvest
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    Construction Company10%
    Non Profit6%
    Transportation Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
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    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 22 reviews while Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 6 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "An all-in-one option that is stable and offers good management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes writes "A unified support structure is an important asset; manual upgrades should be automated". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE SimpliVity and Nutanix Acropolis AOS. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes report.

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