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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great""Training is also easy as it is just one system to learn.""The fact that the solution is vendor-agnostic allows it to be used with any virtualization vendor while remaining a powerful abstraction over storage.""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.""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.""PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.""It enables us to provide more solution options for our clients, with the reassurance that, when implemented, they will be efficient and stable.""StarWind support has been great in helping resolve other issues not caused by their software."

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"The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is its performance.""The solution is stable.""It's very easy to integrate with the ACI network.""Its most valuable feature is its flexibility.""Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer.""The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware.""The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect.""I find the usability very valuable."

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"It is stable and scalable.""The consolidation of the management in one control point is the most valuable. The whole infrastructure management is consolidated in just one console point. The documentation is also pretty good.""I like that you can add other types of services.""Both the scalability and stability of this solution are excellent."

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Cons
"I would like to see different levels of support offered.""The system failovers properly on its own without too much worry.""Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items.""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.""It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings.""The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""Currently, the StarWind management console is a bit clunky to navigate and isn't the most user-intuitive interface.""Security on the ISCSI protocol could be improved by adding features like OS-type control access, especially for the data center environment."

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"The initial setup can be a bit complex.""Deployment on-prem was quite difficult.""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.""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.""I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex.""There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group""The pricing is pretty expensive.""In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud."

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"The main issue is the initial investment. It is an expensive product, and it should be cheaper. It should also be easier to use and manage. The professional service for this solution is quite complex and expensive.""It is not user-friendly, and it is very difficult to operate. You have to have a deep understanding of the technical details of the infrastructure to implement it. When you compare it with VMware, it is totally different because the graphical user interface is not that easy to understand. It is not intuitive. To use it, you have to read a lot of documentation and even understand what is going on behind the solution. It is not for someone who has a little bit of knowledge. Currently, it is too complex. I need something that is easy to implement. It should have a basic configuration as well as a complex configuration.""The cloud deployment could be improved.""It should be more user-friendly, in my opinion."

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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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  • "Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is an open-sourced, low-cost solution with full features."
  • "It is quite pricey."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
    Top Answer:The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… 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 most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is the integration with everything in a much smoother, such as in… more »
    Top Answer:The main issue is the initial investment. It is an expensive product, and it should be cheaper. It should also be easier… more »
    Top Answer:It has storage and Hypervisor from Red Hat. It is used for computing and the virtualization workload for databases and… more »
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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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    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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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company12%
    Educational Organization9%
    Construction Company9%
    Non Profit5%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Manufacturing Company16%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government10%
    Computer Software Company8%
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    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Educational Organization5%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business61%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business14%
    Large Enterprise86%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in HCI with 24 reviews while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is ranked 20th in HCI with 4 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is rated 8.6. 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 Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure writes "Consolidated management and good documentation but very complex and difficult to operate". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, whereas Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Sangfor HCI, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and HPE SimpliVity. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure report.

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