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Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
A complete hyper-converged solution for on-premises deployments, but its price can be better

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a complete package. For any kind of on-premises hyper-converged solution, we usually have to separate networks, but Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is a complete solution. It has its own network and storage. The storage part is the most valuable feature."
  • "Its price could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We have a remote site. We are developing this site so that we can locally access the VMware environment with the least network bandwidth. We have deployed the ESXi host virtual edition.

What is most valuable?

It is a complete package. For any kind of on-premises hyper-converged solution, we usually have to separate networks, but Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is a complete solution. It has its own network and storage. The storage part is the most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

Its price could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series for the last one and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. There are no issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not contacted them regarding Cisco HyperFlex because the setup was straightforward. We have a team in the USA, and they were mostly dealing with any kind of sales-related queries, but for technical support, we have not encountered any problem to engage them.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The deployment took around two hours.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

What other advice do I have?

I would encourage people to go with this solution. I would rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series a seven out of ten because we have not tested all the features so far.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Abdelhadi El Ghanioui
Senior System Engineer at Intelcom
Real User
Top 20
An easy, flexible and secure solution, but the pricing can be better

Pros and Cons

  • "Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure."
  • "When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We are implementing the solution for Hyper-converged systems.

What is most valuable?

I find the Hyperflex most valuable. It compares well with Nutanix. 

What needs improvement?

The minimum for running involves three nodes, which is the number I use for running the patch. The solution is not very good when it comes to a single node. 64 is the maximum number of nodes. 

As I work with Hypervisor or VMware, the solution usually is easy when it comes to monitoring and backup. I rely on backup and monitoring capabilities. I use Veeam, for example, as a backup solution and SolarWinds for my monitoring needs. 

I am a gold partner of Cisco and am entitled to a discounted price. When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better. By comparison, Nutanix is more affordable. The choice of Cisco varies with the needs of the client. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is extremely stable. I work in Hyperflex. The customer can simply send. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is extendable and flexible for administrative purposes. I will normally deploy and cluster the containment in six nodes, with another in four, in three and in five. 

Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is okay, although I have never opened a ticket with them. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup and deployment of the solution is extremely easy. All that must be done is to prepare the infrastructure and IP, at which point it can be deployed with ease. 

What other advice do I have?

There are five or six customers who make use of the solution. 

Hyperflex developed its first platform in 2015, while Simplivity and Nutanix did so in 2009. 

The solution centralizes everything in a single IP. It is extremely simple, secure and good for deployment. 

I rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series as a six out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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Team Lead - ITIS at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
From an administrative perspective, the whole interface is seamless

What is our primary use case?

We have hosted a few use cases. Windows developed an application that we hosted in the production environment and all SQL database servers. After that, we used HyperFlex HCI to host DNS and DCP servers as well as various IT-related production servers. 

What is most valuable?

HyperFlex's formatting features are easy to use.  It's a one-click operation. From an administrative perspective, the whole interface is seamless.

What needs improvement?

In the next release, Cisco should add more integration and management capabilities as well as some tweaks to the dashboard that make it more user-friendly. They could also add support for multiple hypervisors.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Performance-wise, everything is good. So far,…

What is our primary use case?

We have hosted a few use cases. Windows developed an application that we hosted in the production environment and all SQL database servers. After that, we used HyperFlex HCI to host DNS and DCP servers as well as various IT-related production servers. 

What is most valuable?

HyperFlex's formatting features are easy to use.  It's a one-click operation. From an administrative perspective, the whole interface is seamless.

What needs improvement?

In the next release, Cisco should add more integration and management capabilities as well as some tweaks to the dashboard that make it more user-friendly. They could also add support for multiple hypervisors.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For scalability, I would rate HyperFlex nine out of 10.

How are customer service and support?

We've received good support throughout the implementation and afterward.

How was the initial setup?

HyperFlex setup is very easy.

What about the implementation team?

We used help from vendor support during the setup.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

HyperFlex is a little pricey. 

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I rate HyperFlex eight out of 10. I would recommend it to others. It's a good product.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Solution Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Responsive technical support , reliable, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

I have many clients using this solution for a number of reasons, such as unified communications and collaboration.

What needs improvement?

There could be an increase in performance to improve the solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no problems with the scalability of the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been very good for this solution.

How was the initial setup?

I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. However, it can be complex.…

What is our primary use case?

I have many clients using this solution for a number of reasons, such as unified communications and collaboration.

What needs improvement?

There could be an increase in performance to improve the solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no problems with the scalability of the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been very good for this solution.

How was the initial setup?

I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. However, it can be complex. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-SeriesRev an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Serhii Sheinych
Pre-sale specialist at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
A good price for complex network solutions

What needs improvement?

There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group. The solution has only a gigabyte boot device, boot drive of only 240 gigabytes, but 480 would be better.  It is possible to create two or more div groups, for example: having two test drives and five capacity drives for each div group. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I am not in a position to discuss the solution's stability, as I do not work too closely with Hyperflex.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am not in a position to discuss technical support, as I do not work too closely with Hyperflex.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions,…

What needs improvement?

There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group. The solution has only a gigabyte boot device, boot drive of only 240 gigabytes, but 480 would be better. 

It is possible to create two or more div groups, for example: having two test drives and five capacity drives for each div group. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I am not in a position to discuss the solution's stability, as I do not work too closely with Hyperflex.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am not in a position to discuss technical support, as I do not work too closely with Hyperflex.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series as an eight out of ten. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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