Looking for feedback on Cisco HyperFlex vs. VxRail

I'm looking for feedback on Cisco hyperflex vs. VxRail. I'm running 2 active data centers and am evaluating which would be better. VxRail seems better but much more expensive.

What are the pros and cons of each? 

I'm also looking for a technical comparison of the two solutions. 


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VMware Solutions Architect | Cloud Specialist | VCF-SDDC Specialist at Red Global
Real User
Dec 20, 2021

Hi @Spencer Pinney

I know both brands well and their virtualization environments.

My preference is VxRail because everything is supported on ReadyNodes.The advanced functions of vSAN allow you to exploit the Hyper-convergence capabilities in a VxRail environment in a natural and simple way.

The management of hardware updates, its firmware and drivers directly by the manufacturer, with remote support and advice, allows you to keep the environment updated and its operation in optimal state.


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Manager ICT Solution at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Sep 1, 2020

VXRail is a turn-key solution, saying that it's still based on vSAN. From a cost perspective, I suggest you opt for vSAN Ready Node. You have options from Dell EMC, Cisco, HPE, Lenovo plus a few others. There are a few VMware HCI Kit options which you may opt for.

Senior Technical Enterprise Engineer - VMware at R A Consulting Services
Real User
Sep 1, 2020

Look for vSAN Ready Nodes from CIsco or Dell and you will find it better! 

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SimpliVity is the most complete HCI solution for the datacenter and is technologically superior, but if in your case you only need to partially implement HCI and want to connect third-party products for backup or SAN, then VxRail would be the choice.
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Oct 26, 2021
VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company to invest in. Even if you are working with a limited budget, this platform offers freedom of choice and a number of different options. In contrast, Cisco HyperFlex HX does run on the more expensive side and cannot offer the same level of cost-effective solution. VxRail is able to provide both an ability to upgrade the system with an ever-growing library of resources as well as to provide powerful processors. This is something that I greatly appreciate. Being able to simply add upgrades to the system without necessarily having to worry about the system being bogged down is invaluable. The ability that it provides to apply updates to the system with ease is something worthy of note. If you add this to the fact that VxRail runs on multiple cores at 2 gigahertz or higher, then that means that in terms of ability, the VxRail is difficult to match. In terms of usability, it is hard to argue that VxRail delivers. It is pretty simple and easy to both set up and manage. Once the system is set up, all of the management tools are centrally located to assist in providing ease of use. The Cisco Hyperflex HX Series is both stable as well as reasonably easy to set up. Cisco has a step-by-step program guide that leads you through the process. Once it is set up, it is not prone to glitching or freezing. However, the pricing model that Cisco applies to this product requires users to pay a yearly subscription. This can end up being rather expensive in the long run. Conclusion Both systems offer stable solutions. Ultimately, VxRail is more cost-effective.
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