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We performed a comparison between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE Hyper Converged 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.
To learn more, read our detailed Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Hyper Converged Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Pros
"The support has been amazing and quick to reply.""It has allowed us to save a lot of time and money by letting us create a vSAN within a Windows VM on the environment it controls.""The install itself is easy as pie.""StarWind support has been great in helping resolve other issues not caused by their software.""The main benefit is that StarWind is almost maintenance-free.""The installation of StarWind Virtual SAN was pretty easy, and the configuration was done in no time.""The fact that the solution is vendor-agnostic allows it to be used with any virtualization vendor while remaining a powerful abstraction over storage.""It's quite easy to install."

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"I like Cisco Intersight.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""Offers very good data protection and provides system uptime availability effectively.""The workload can handle anything and has an extended capacity.""The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware.""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.""The initial setup is easy.""The most valuable feature is full integration with Cisco API and UCS, which means you can have complete networking and storage from Cisco."

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"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.""It provides unmatched performance, productivity and reliability.""No concerns or issues with stability.""Hyper Converge is easier to manage and performs better than traditional infrastructure.""Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.""The solution has good backup resolution updates."

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Cons
"The documentation can be better for the free tier.""The configuration can a bit cumbersome.""They need to improve the speed of the interfaces, thus allowing for better traffic on the network.""The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us.""I would like them to invest time in reducing the complexity of the startup and shutdown procedure.""The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""I had to buy upgraded support, which was not a problem, but it wasn't a prorated amount, so I paid for the support, the full upgrade, but I only got a couple of months out of it because it was only good until renewal time."

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"Does not support the stretch cluster, and the interface is not good.""Lacks some integration and documentation could be improved.""Cisco HyperFlex should decrease the amount of memory needed from the Controller VM that controls the physical discs. They control the discs by using the virtual VM over every ESXi host and the VM consumes memory and consumes more hardware resources. They have to improve that by decreasing the amount of required memory and CPUs to control this disc on the server.""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 need to be able to scale out and not just up. When you want to scale up or scale out, you are quite limited.""Lacks easy integration with other vendors.""The initial setup can be complex.""In the next release, Cisco should add more integration and management capabilities as well as some tweaks to the dashboard that make it more user-friendly. They could also add support for multiple hypervisors."

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"Installation and setup could be easier.""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.""We have faced some challenges when upgrading. With Hyper Converged, you have to fully upgrade because there are no incremental upgrades available in this solution. For example, let's say we have two nodes. If we want to upgrade storage, we also need to upgrade computing. That means a full upgrade EME.""Scalability requires using additional nodes.""Could be more secure and more economical.""This solution is very costly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
  • "This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
  • "StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
  • "The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
  • "This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
  • "We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
  • "For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
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  • "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."
  • "There is a 30 percent additional premium that all the companies are charging for Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series because of the lack of chips and bottlenecks in the market. The cost of the solution is high right now."
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  • "If I'm comparing with Dell, HPE Hyper Converged is definitely cheaper in my experience."
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    Top Answer:Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.
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    Also Known As
    HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
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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

    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.

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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
    North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
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    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise16%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Hyper Converged
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Hyper Converged and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
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    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in HCI with 30 reviews while HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 11th in HCI with 6 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.8, while HPE Hyper Converged is rated 9.2. 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 HPE Hyper Converged writes "High performance that gives an advantage over traditional virtualization". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure, whereas HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Sangfor HCI. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Hyper Converged report.

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