Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs Tenable Nessus comparison

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We performed a comparison between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Tenable Nessus based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"StarWind vSAN is easy to deploy and administer.""The backup is readily available for use, and the restoration process is easy.""Having the ability to migrate machines live in our environment was made possible by this software.""Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost.""The available GUI is excellent for monitoring and operating the system in an easy and direct way.""Given the high availability of the server cluster, we were able to reduce separate physical servers onto one hyper-converged cluster - this saved in OPEX and CAPEX costs immediately, along with licensing costs of the Windows Server licenses.""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.""StarWind saved us about 80% of our storage costs over our old solution."

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"It is a stable solution...It is a scalable solution.""The most valuable feature is full integration with Cisco API and UCS, which means you can have complete networking and storage from Cisco.""It's very easy to integrate with the ACI network.""The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is its performance.""Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is simple to use, user-friendly and has been best for our purposes.""The initial setup is easy.""The solution scales extremely well.""Deduplication is a valuable feature available in Cisco HyperFlex."

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"The most valuable feature of Tenable Nessus is vulnerability assessments. There are a lot of threats around the world and this solution is the first to come out with detection rules.""The scanning capabilities are most valuable when compared to Nessus.""The solution is easy to understand for users because instructions are included on the platform.""Easy to set up vulnerability scanner with good stability and a responsive technical support team.""The results are not that bad, but the key selling point is that it is an affordable tool set.""The most valuable feature of Tenable Nessus is website scanning.""The most valuable feature of Tenable Nessus is the GUI and user-friendliness. Additionally, the environment is easy to work with.""Once you get past the initial implementation, the solution is very stable."

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"They require more media visibility.""I would definitely like to see quite a bit more on the monitoring side of things.""They need to improve the speed of the interfaces, thus allowing for better traffic on the network.""I had issues locating the documentation that applied to my version of StarWind vSAN.""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.""While we had little to no issues in setting up StarWind and received excellent support from the StarWind technicians, we would have appreciated a clearer guideline for a setup with the free version of StarWind Management Console or, in other words - for the setup with the PowerShell.""The number of different ways you can set it up can make it a little daunting.""I would like to see more advanced free versions."

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"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.""They should give us a little more information about how to use the CLI and offer more commands.""The initial setup can be complex.""Does not support the stretch cluster, and the interface is not good.""Lacks some integration and documentation could be improved.""Lacks easy integration with other vendors.""The solution's price could be affordable.""The solution could improve by having more customization."

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"I think the reporting templates could be improved with Tenable Nessus.""The problems I faced with Tenable Nessus were related to its dashboard's customization capabilities and its ability to provide data to third-party sources.""They could make their reporting a little better.""Lacks some penetration testing-related services.""Multiple user access would be an area for improvement from a user-access perspective. A role-based access control feature would be great because at present, there is a limitation with only one account. If that account gets compromised or gets locked, then we will encounter problems.""The tool needs to upgrade asset tracking.""It would be better if they had application-level support for mobile devices. They don't have anything to scan mobile devices. Tenable Nessus doesn't have a mobile application vulnerability assessment. I also have issues with the false positive rates. The product has limited features.""To be honest, I haven't used it much to tell you that these are the things that should be improved. But I believe the UI should be enhanced somewhat. For example, there are two ways to find a report, and people are frequently confused as to which is the correct method for locating a full report. Sometimes they go in the opposite direction, so this is an area that may be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
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  • "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."
  • "There is a recurring cost for the VMware license and the HyperFlex licenses."
  • "We have a yearly license."
  • "Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is expensive. It's a standard license, and we pay for it yearly. I think we pay about 700."
  • "When we negotiated with Cisco for the HyperFlex solution, they gave us a good price because they wanted to break into the market in Portugal for the first time. However, in general, I think it's a very expensive solution. It's a huge amount of money to acquire this kind of infrastructure."
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  • "While Tenable Nessus is a good enterprise solution, the high price would likely make it prohibitive to smaller organizations."
  • "This solution is affordable."
  • "Its pricing is great and can't be improved. It is very cheap. It is less than 2,000 pounds a license, and you can't really ask for more. It has unlimited IPs and unlimited scans. There are no particular pricing constraints. The only additional cost is the inherent cost of the people to actually review the actual scans."
  • "Tenable Nessus needs to be licensed. We own a license for the security center and that license is charged by the number of IP addresses that you can scan. You're allowed to have as many scanners as you want and there's no license for the number of scanners. We have a bunch of Nessus scanners out there, and as long as we're comfortable with staying under that IP address limit, that's really all we have to be concerned about."
  • "The cost is around $4,300 per year. Use is unlimited. You don't pay more if you want to use it for another IP."
  • "Its price is high for Libya. The companies here in Libya don't have the awareness of and a good budget for cybersecurity services. If you want them to go for a product, you need to provide something different. This differentiation is related to the price. They should give about 40% to 45% discount per person on the current cost."
  • "The is a free version of Tenable Nessus available."
  • "It has a fair cost and very good cost-benefit ratio."
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    StarWind SAN & NAS
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    StarWind Virtual SAN provides high availability and fault tolerance for virtualized environments without the need for dedicated SAN hardware. It allows for real-time replication between servers, shared storage for Hyper-V clusters, and enables vMotion and High Availability features for VMware vSphere. The solution reduces costs and leverages existing hardware while providing a scalable and reliable infrastructure. Valuable features include ease of use, scalability, top-tier support, hardware agnosticism, and the ability to use off-the-shelf standard servers to increase storage space. StarWind VSAN has helped organizations improve performance, data availability, and data security while reducing downtime and providing cost-saving storage options.

    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

    Tenable Nessus is a vulnerability management solution that aims to empower organizations to be aware of threats that both they and their customers face. It is the most deployed scanner in the vulnerability management industry. Organizations that use this product have access to the largest continuously updated global library of vulnerability and configuration checks. They can stay ahead of threats that Tenable Nessus’s competitors may be unable to spot. Additionally, Tenable Nessus supports a greater number of technologies than its competitors.

    Tenable Nessus Benefits

    Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by deploying Tenable Nessus include:

    • Ease of use. Tenable Nessus is designed with security administrators in mind. It is built so that users can manipulate it intuitively without having to undergo special systems training. Users can create security policies with the greatest level of ease and can initiate scans of their entire networks with only a few clicks.
    • Support and resources. Tenable Nessus has both a support system of clarification resources and technical support for users to rely on. The solution has a resource center that contains guides and tips that can clarify things that confuse users and can aid them in gaining the maximum level of value. Additionally, users can reach out to Tenable Nessus’s technical support team, which is available around the clock and is reachable via a number of methods. This makes it simple for users to get help if they need it.
    • Reduction of threat vectors. Tenable Nessus provides users with the ability to reduce the number of potential threat vectors that a hacker can exploit. It enables users to find where the vulnerabilities in their networks are so their security won’t be compromised. They can then quickly address those weak points and head off issues before any have the chance to arise.

    Tenable Nessus Features

    • Report customization. Tenable Nessus enables users to customize the security reports that their system produces. They are able to set Tenable Nessus to generate reports that contain the information that is most relevant to their business objectives. Users can also utilize these report customization capabilities to customize the formats of their reports.
    • Vulnerability triage capability. Included in the Tenable Nessus security suite is a feature that enables users to conduct a triage of their vulnerabilities. The solution can apply one of five ratings to vulnerabilities that it detects. This makes it possible for organizations to work on addressing issues by order of severity.
    • Scaling. Tenable Nessus can scale to meet an organization’s needs by migrating the network that it is connected to, to other Tenable solutions. Users can scale up their systems as their security demands increase. It is capable of reaching hundreds of thousands of systems.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Tenable Nessus is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Two major advantages it offers are its ease of use and its vulnerability scanning feature.

    Rallis F., the principal security architect at a technology vendor, writes, “The ease of use is the primary valuable feature. This specific version is very straightforward. I like the ability to modify it and configure it based on the different policies.”

    Sandip D., a cyber security expert at Birlasoft India Ltd, writes, “The vulnerability scanner is the most valuable feature. It's an important feature for us. We use the plugin output for that. It shows us the exact version of Nessus and what is needed for remediation. Based on that, we decide what should be remediated first to get the best result for security.”

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    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in HCI with 24 reviews while Tenable Nessus is ranked 3rd in Vulnerability Management with 41 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while Tenable Nessus is rated 8.4. 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 Tenable Nessus writes "Reasonably priced, reliable, and flexible". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and HPE SimpliVity, whereas Tenable Nessus is most compared with Qualys VMDR, Rapid7 InsightVM, Tenable Security Center, Tenable Vulnerability Management and Pentera.

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