Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure comparison

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We performed a comparison between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"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.""StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance.""I have found the graphical user interface to be the most useful thing about Virtual SAN.""StarWind Virtual SAN is essentially hardware agnostic, allowing us to build out a specific hardware layer based upon the customer's unique requirements.""It is extremely stable.""The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment.""The management was very easy and I was able to find all that I need in the software dashboard.""StarWind vSAN is easy to deploy and administer."

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"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer.""Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is simple to use, user-friendly and has been best for our purposes.""I find the usability very valuable.""The most valuable feature is full integration with Cisco API and UCS, which means you can have complete networking and storage from Cisco.""Offers very good data protection and provides system uptime availability effectively.""The solution is stable.""The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is the integration with everything in a much smoother, such as in physical and virtual environments. VMware NSX is a simpler solution but, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is more robust compared to VMware NSX.""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."

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"I like that you can add other types of services."

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Cons
"The most disappointing side of the application is the free edition. There used to be GUI attached. That has recently changed to only CLI management of the application.""When you will cease your contract with StarWind (for support) your product won't be updated and that is a big selling point, especially for us, as we have loads of products from StarWind.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""They need to improve the speed of the interfaces, thus allowing for better traffic on the network.""The system failovers properly on its own without too much worry.""The documentation is good yet is still lacking in a few areas.""A central management console may be nice to see all nodes.""We ran into an issue with alerts."

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"When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better.""The initial setup can be complex.""Lacks some integration and documentation could be improved.""Unlike other options, you need to pay a subscription to Cisco yearly instead of paying for the hardware outright, which makes it more expensive in the long run.""With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down.""Deployment on-prem was quite difficult.""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."

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"It should be more user-friendly, in my opinion."

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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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    Red Hat HCI, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization
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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

    Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure - based on our leading OpenStack and virtualization platforms - provides co-located, scalable, software-defined compute and storage, driven by Red Hat Ansible Automation on economical, industry-standard hardware.

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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
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    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in HCI with 29 reviews while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is ranked 23rd in HCI with 1 review. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.8, while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is rated 7.0. 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 Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure writes "Scalable, and has good support, but it could be more user-friendly". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), HPE SimpliVity and Rubrik, whereas Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is most compared with VMware vSAN, Sangfor HCI, VxRail, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Dell PowerFlex.

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