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We performed a comparison between FlexPod XCS and HPE ConvergedSystem based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Converged Infrastructure solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed FlexPod XCS vs. HPE ConvergedSystem Report (Updated: March 2024).
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Pros
"It has never fallen out from under us when we were trying to do a critical push.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability.""Going from the old monolithic server and silo storage that they used to use is an improvement. With the FlexPod solution, just being able to manage and monitor the overall environment helps.""All-flash storage and low latency I/O enhance performance.""We save days of work when doing new service deployments. With LUN clones we have a template provisioned for the image of our hypervisor on our NetApps, and we can deploy a brand new hypervisor in under an hour. Everything is scripted. We just clone a template LUN and boot from SAN, so there are no single points of failure.""Our previous solution used to take 24 hours and now we're down to seven hours. It has really good performance.""The fact that it can run the entire stack in terms of protocols. The integration for most of our customers is VMware; the full-stack integration. Also, the ability to do rapid cloning.""The solution is innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. Each environment has knowledge of another in a FlexPod environment. This would be difficult to operate separately."

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"We find the deduplication and compression features to be most valuable, as well as that of the backup solution inside.""The storage, BladeSystems, Virtual Connect, and simplicity with hyper-converged solutions are the most valuable features of this solution.""This is a scalable solution. Our customers begin with an initial configuration and later add more servers, memory and other options to meet the demands of increased processing.""This solution is very simple to use.""The solution's most valuable feature is its ability to restore lost machines. Essentially its high availability capabilities are extremely valuable to us.""The solution's technical support was good. I rate the technical support a ten out of ten.""The user interface, reporting, and management are good, and we are quite happy with the performance.""The tool's most valuable features are stability and scalability."

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Cons
"I would like to have the installation of the top virtualization on its own rather than doing it through the admin. For example, if FlexPod is configured after the configuration of the host, the ESXi is installed also, but it should be part of it rather than doing it as a separate system.""We would like them to improve the validate designs. It is hard to stay in a supported config with the software and firmware versions of the platform. It's always a concern to ensure things not only work well, but they work at all. If we run into incompatibility inside of the NetApp, Cisco, or VMware versions, it can cause real issues.""FlexPod can improve with a single control management interface to manage all aspects and components of the solution.""You must build each block separately, that's a disadvantage sometimes.""I have noticed a lot of customers, they will kick it over the fence. It is FlexPod; it is that mystery animal. The room for improvement is to better present it to those users, so they will not have to be afraid of it.""The networking configurations with UCS need improvement.""I'd like them to bring back the GUI for NetApp ONTAP. They changed the interface in version 9.8, and it's not great. In 9.9 they've tried to bring it back a little bit, but it's still not great.""Maybe in the future, they could include the HCI solution into the mix."

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"This is an expensive solution.""It could be enhanced by improving the built-in backup solution.""The interface is not fully integrated with the ESXi, which is something that could be improved.""I would like to see monitoring solutions included, as well as brand support.""The solution has a complicated front-end.""The tool has shortcomings in its performance monitoring part.""Pricing is an area of concern in the solution where improvements are required.""The solution needs to add NFS features."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Pricing and licensing is very affordable from a FlexPod perspective."
  • "It seems very cost effective once it's in place, and it's easy to expand and easy to add capacity without a lot of extra money."
  • "If your company really needs to be up 100% of the time, and you need to do a private data center, I don't know if I could realistically actually recommend another blueprint."
  • "Anytime that you are buying any storage make sure you understand storage. Do not just buy storage based on what somebody sells you in terms of IO or throughput."
  • "Buy storage based on the solutions you need, the technologies you need, and what will make your life a lot easier down the road."
  • "As a whole, it is inexpensive, and it uses the least amount of parts."
  • "Storage is very expensive. To buy MIC cards and additional storage either on-prem or in the cloud, the IT department does not have money for it, so you need a more niche product or a more flexible way to store your data. That is the benefit that you get from this product."
  • "We purchased the solution through CDW. They are a partner and knowledgeable."
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  • "Pricing is good. We have not calculated what hyper-converged infrastructure has brought us but I think there has to be some lower cost for us, compared to the public cloud. Obviously, there would be a lower cost, probably by more than half."
  • "This is an expensive system and not every customer has the kind of budget to support it."
  • "The pricing is sensitive."
  • "This is an expensive solution."
  • "My company has a five year contract for HPE ConvergedSystem. The contracts depend on companies and sometimes it can be three years. The solution is worth its price."
  • "There are some extra costs in addition to the licensing costs for the yearly maintenance from professional third-party services."
  • "The tool's licensing costs are yearly."
  • "The pricing is competitive. Not a major problem. We have a subscription model."
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    Anonymous User
    Originally posted at www.storagegaga.com/dont-get-too-drunk-on-hyper-converged/ I hate the fact that I am bursting the big bubble brewing about Hyper Convergence (HC). I urge all to look past the hot air and hype frenzy that are going on, because in the end, the HC platforms have to be aligned and congruent to the organization’s data architecture and business plans. The announcement of Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant on Integrated Systems (read hyper convergence) has put Nutanix as the leader of the pack as of August 2015. Clearly, many of us get caught up because it is the “greatest feeling in the world”. However, this faux feeling is not reality because there are many factors that made the pack leaders in the Magic Quadrant (MQ). First of all, the MQ is about market perception. There is no doubt that the pack leaders in the Leaders Quadrant have earned their right to be there. Each company’s revenue, market share, gross margin, company’s profitability have helped put each as leaders in the pack. However, it is also measured by branding, marketing, market perception and acceptance and other intangible factors. Secondly, VMware EVO: Rail has split the market when EMC has 3 HC solutions in VCE, ScaleIO and EVO: Rail. Cisco wanted to do their own HC piece in Whiptail (between the 2014 MQ and 2015 MQ reports), and closed down Whiptail when their new CEO came on board. NetApp chose EVO: Rail and also has the ever popular FlexPod. That is why you see that in… Read more →
    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The system is designed for easy scaling. Because we define everything clearly. So when we plug the system in, we apply the profile, and it scales easily.
    Top Answer:The pricing is not cheaper, but stability is more important for us now. We focus on business gains, not static numbers. Following XCS rules ensures a stable environment, which is crucial. For me… more »
    Top Answer:FlexPod should focus more on automation. Integrating an automation tool with FlexPod would enable customers to leverage automation capabilities. More automation would be helpful. Currently, we… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of the solution are the flexibility and the availability of the machines.
    Top Answer:I rate the product price an eight and a half on a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive.
    Top Answer:Pricing is an area of concern in the solution where improvements are required.
    Ranking
    2nd
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    891
    Comparisons
    421
    Reviews
    15
    Average Words per Review
    905
    Rating
    8.6
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    1,263
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    Average Words per Review
    408
    Rating
    8.3
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    Also Known As
    HPE ConvergedSystem 700, HPE ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA, CS500, HPE ConvergedSystem 900, HPE ConvergedSystem 500, HPE ConvergedSystem 300
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    Overview

    FlexPod XCS is the secure platform your applications need from edge to cloud. Easily manage your suite of cloud-native, edge, and enterprise apps. Integrate advanced cloud services without compromising performance, security, reliability, or scale.

    HPE ConvergedSystem gives you lower cost of ownership and greater flexibility to meet more business demands. Eliminate the inefficiencies and inflexibility of one-silo-at-a-time infrastructure with software-defined agility and automation.

    Deploy pre-validated, factory-tested configurations in weeks instead of months. Set up IT services in minutes, not hours. Integrated, workload-optimised systems eliminate infrastructure silos for improved efficiency, simplicity and speed.

    Sample Customers
    University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
    FAW-Volkswagen, NICS, NBrIX, Pinpoint, HPE Technology Services, SWS, Ko Sistem, HPE
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization8%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company29%
    Consumer Goods Company14%
    Pharma/Biotech Company14%
    University7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise65%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise48%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    FlexPod XCS vs. HPE ConvergedSystem
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about FlexPod XCS vs. HPE ConvergedSystem and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
    768,066 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    FlexPod XCS is ranked 2nd in Converged Infrastructure with 295 reviews while HPE ConvergedSystem is ranked 3rd in Converged Infrastructure with 21 reviews. FlexPod XCS is rated 8.6, while HPE ConvergedSystem is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of FlexPod XCS writes "Integrates everything so you are using fewer tools". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE ConvergedSystem writes "With good integration and expansion capabilities, the tool also offers good technical support". FlexPod XCS is most compared with Dell PowerFlex, Oracle Exadata, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), VxRail and Dell Vscale Architecture, whereas HPE ConvergedSystem is most compared with Dell PowerEdge VRTX, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Dell VxBlock System. See our FlexPod XCS vs. HPE ConvergedSystem report.

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