We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space."
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime."
"When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three."
"Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete."
"Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all."
"The most valuable feature is that you can manage the whole cluster from the traffic interconnect."
"The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect."
"The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."
"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."
"The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware."
"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."
"It is stable and scalable."
"Both the scalability and stability of this solution are excellent."
"I like that you can add other types of services."
"The most useful feature is the solution's automation in terms of how we are able to spin up a certain workload in real-time when we are doing R&D."
"The consolidation of the management in one control point is the most valuable. The whole infrastructure management is consolidated in just one console point. The documentation is also pretty good."
"StarWind relies on the underlying OS to manage the "SAN files" whether that would be a RAID volume, software RAID (such as LVM), etc. It would be useful if StarWind could incorporate the actual physical drive management inside of the solution, similar to Storage Spaces Direct."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us."
"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 rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"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."
"When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."
"Its price could be better."
"The initial setup can be a bit complex."
"In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud."
"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"The main issue is the initial investment. It is an expensive product, and it should be cheaper. It should also be easier to use and manage. The professional service for this solution is quite complex and expensive."
"It should be more user-friendly, in my opinion."
"The licensing policy needs to be improved. They have a licensing policy based on the number of CPU sockets. Nowadays what has happened is that the license they are trying to move is based on the number of CPU cores. With the advancement in technology there are now more cores in a single CPU. It's been very challenging in terms of managing the license around everything. Today we have a processor with 24 and 32 cores on the same physical CPU."
"The cloud deployment could be improved."
"It is not user-friendly, and it is very difficult to operate. You have to have a deep understanding of the technical details of the infrastructure to implement it. When you compare it with VMware, it is totally different because the graphical user interface is not that easy to understand. It is not intuitive. To use it, you have to read a lot of documentation and even understand what is going on behind the solution. It is not for someone who has a little bit of knowledge. Currently, it is too complex. I need something that is easy to implement. It should have a basic configuration as well as a complex configuration."
"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."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is an open-sourced, low-cost solution with full features."
"It is quite pricey."
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:
Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure - based on our leading OpenStack and virtualization platforms - provides co-located, scalable, software-defined compute and storage, driven by Red Hat Ansible Automation on economical, industry-standard hardware.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 14 reviews while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is ranked 15th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is rated 8.6. 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 Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure writes "Stable and scalable with good automation capabilities". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is most compared with VMware vSAN, Sangfor HCI, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and HPE SimpliVity. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure report.
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