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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team."

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"The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect.""Its most valuable feature is its flexibility.""It is very scalable. It is also very secure. Cisco's security portfolio is integrated with it, which makes it secure. It is a platform-based device. Its performance is also fairly good in comparison to any other solution.""Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer.""The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset.""The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware.""The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect.""Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure."

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"The solution is very scalable.""The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option.""Our goal with NetApp HCI is to have no single point of failure."

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Cons
"I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.""When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful.""We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support."

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"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group""In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud.""We need to be able to scale out and not just up. When you want to scale up or scale out, you are quite limited.""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.""This solution is lacking in replication and backup abilities that I would like to see in a future release similar to HPE SimpliVity.""There are sometimes issues with memory failure.""With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down.""I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."

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"Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash.""The networking needs improvement.""The vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."

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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.""HyperFlex is a little pricey.""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.""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."

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"Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.""The licensing fees are renewed annually.""Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost."

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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 VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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: Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all.
Top Answer: The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you… more »
Top Answer: Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.
Top Answer: Their after-sales support, SLA, and third-parties availability should be improved. NetApp's support is very difficult to… more »
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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

NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City Harvest
American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company17%
Comms Service Provider12%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Government10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company24%
Government5%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Transportation Company18%
Pharma/Biotech Company12%
Insurance Company12%
Manufacturing Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company14%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
REVIEWERS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise66%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise67%
REVIEWERS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise83%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 13 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while NetApp HCI is rated 5.0. 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 NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. NetApp HCI report.

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