IT Central Station is now PeerSpot: Here's why

Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs HPE Hyper Converged comparison

Cancel
You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Featured Review
Buyer's Guide
Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Hyper Converged
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Hyper Converged and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""Starwind support is excellent. They are very fast and have very good knowledge of Starwind and Hyper-V Cluster software.""It's quite easy to install.""The license price is one of the cheapest in the market.""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.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware."

More StarWind Virtual SAN Pros →

"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.""Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer.""The technical support has been very good for this solution.""It's very easy to use and quite a mature product.""The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect.""The solution is stable.""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.""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."

More Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Pros →

"No concerns or issues with stability.""The solution has good backup resolution updates.""Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.""There are multiple advantages. Typically, being an all-flash storage, which is available through either SimpliVity or dHCI, the performance is much better because the IOPS goes high, so it's more powerful in terms of performance. Secondly, if I'm talking of SimpliVity Hyper Convergence solution from HPE, unlike the competition, even if three hard drives fail, you are still running the solution."

More HPE Hyper Converged Pros →

Cons
"If it's possible to make a driver/solution that does not make use of the iSCSI targets of Windows, that would be great. I don't know if that's possible, however, it could make the configuration a little easier.""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 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.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""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.""I would definitely like to see quite a bit more on the monitoring side of things.""There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA."

More StarWind Virtual SAN Cons →

"The solution could improve by having more customization.""You have to get the same servers with the same storage; they need to be identical. However, in vSAN or in VMware we don't have to do that. We can just add storage and manage it in the same server.""We need to be able to scale out and not just up. When you want to scale up or scale out, you are quite limited.""The pricing is pretty expensive.""The initial setup can be a bit complex.""There are sometimes issues with memory failure.""I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex.""When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."

More Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Cons →

"Could be more secure and more economical.""In the Hyper Converged environment, some of the brands only support the OS VMware and not Hyper-V from Microsoft or even Red Hat or KVM.""Installation and setup could be easier.""Scalability requires using additional nodes."

More HPE Hyper Converged Cons →

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."
  • More StarWind Virtual SAN Pricing and Cost Advice →

  • "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."
  • More Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Pricing and Cost Advice →

  • "If I'm comparing with Dell, HPE Hyper Converged is definitely cheaper in my experience."
  • More HPE Hyper Converged Pricing and Cost Advice →

    report
    Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Hyper-Converged (HCI) solutions are best for your needs.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.
    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:The solution has good backup resolution updates.
    Top Answer:If I'm comparing the solution with Dell, HPE Hyper Converged is definitely cheaper in my experience.
    Top Answer:I think the solution could be more secure and more economical.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
    Learn More
    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

    HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.

    Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.

    Offer
    30-days for free

    Try it today

    Learn more about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series
    Learn more about HPE Hyper Converged
    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
    North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company10%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Transportation Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government11%
    Computer Software Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    REVIEWERS
    Wholesaler/Distributor31%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Marketing Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Hyper Converged
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Hyper Converged 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 HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while HPE Hyper Converged is rated 9.6. 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 HPE Hyper Converged writes "High performance that gives an advantage over traditional virtualization". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure, whereas HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Dell vSAN Ready Nodes. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Hyper Converged report.

    See our list of best Hyper-Converged (HCI) vendors.

    We monitor all Hyper-Converged (HCI) reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.