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Cisco HyperFlex

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Attribute Ratings

  • Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

Cisco HyperFlex

89%
22 Ratings
9.0

Dell EMC VxBlock 1000

90%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Cisco HyperFlex

100%
1 Rating

Dell EMC VxBlock 1000

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Cisco HyperFlex

90%
1 Rating

Dell EMC VxBlock 1000

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

Cisco HyperFlex

87%
24 Ratings
9.0

Dell EMC VxBlock 1000

90%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Cisco HyperFlex

100%
1 Rating

Dell EMC VxBlock 1000

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

Smaller sites that would benefit from a cluster of 2-5 nodes. Not saying that it can't scale above that, but I find HyperFlex a great solution for those sites. A simple 3-node edge cluster can provide a huge amount of resources and redundancy. It's also really easy to scale the environment to meet growth requirements.
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Dell Technologies

Dell EMC VxBlock System is well suited for well-defined on-premise processing requirements. Dell EMC VxBlock System's scalability allows it to grow it along to accommodate growing project requirements. High initial investment makes Dell EMC VxBlock System less appropriate for unknown growth prospects projects. It is also important to remember that there are no scale down capabilities provided, just as in any other on-premise solution.
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Pros

Cisco

  • UCS manager in HX is truly helping us in doing one touch firmware upgrades. Scaling of HX cluster (in few minutes) is too seamlessly due to service profiles.
  • HX does not hold you back by creating a single data store unlike other HCI products. With HX, you can create multiple data stores and allocate those to desired services. This help logically separate the install base on HX and removes confusion for the admins too.
  • We run high IOPs workload on HX, and we never felt latency issues due to the Cisco backbone (as you get FI as a TOR switch and options to choose 10G or 40G speeds).
  • With HX you truly enjoy a single window support from Cisco including for the top of the rack switch (FI in HX case). In other HCI infra, you certainly have to bank on to network switch vendor for support and bring HCI and switch vendor at one pane for troubleshooting latency related issues.
  • While we increased our footprint on HX, we didn't added additional administrators to support the landscape. This was possible because of the simplicity in managing HX clusters.
  • With HX we had setup stretched cluster between two near site data centres. This is a unique proposition in HX (we have 2 nodes in each data centre) and data centre failover works absolutely seamless.
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Dell Technologies

  • Speed - unparalleled processing speed and responsiveness. VBlock design eliminates bottlenecks in data transfer between components.
  • Reliability - Built with leading industry components VBLock ensures low hardware incident rate.
  • Resiliency by design. VBlock is designed, built, and setup in a way that no single component failure will cause loss of functionality or management capabilities.
  • Integration
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Cons

Cisco

  • Too much integration with Cisco UCS fabric interconnects is required, which makes the product most useful for customers who already have Cisco UCS. Options without fabric interconnects are limited.
  • Hyper-V integration is way behind (but to be fair I think that's true for most vendors in this space).
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Dell Technologies

  • Tech Support.
  • Documentation.
  • Management.
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Pricing Details

Cisco HyperFlex

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco HyperFlex editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Dell EMC VxBlock 1000

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      We are doing it in the current moment. The platform expansion will be twofold.
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      Dell Technologies

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Cisco

      Everything is fine if you work as a user of the system. Difficulties in fine tuning the system.
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      Dell Technologies

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      Support is responsive, using Intersight integrated support, we don't need to collect all logs manually to TAC support. It only takes minutes to get a response after creating a support ticket. TAC support will collect logs, and provide solutions and workaround. For remote support, they will use Webex to do hands-on. Support is used to follow the sun model.
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      Dell Technologies

      Dell EMC stands by Dell EMC VxBlock System. It provides a single point of contact regardless of a support request nature - whether it's a storage, networking, compute, or software issue one can reach Dell EMC VxBlock System support with a single phone number. Dell EMC VxBlock System support technicians are instilled with appropriate sense of urgency.
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      Implementation Rating

      Cisco

      Fast, powerful, flexible.
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      Dell Technologies

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      HyperFlex is built on top of Cisco UCS infrastructure, which allows us to manage other non-HX servers attached to the same UCS environment. This allows us to tie everything together via Intersight and see all of the servers in our data centers. Other platforms don't really have a comparable offering.
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      Dell Technologies

      Nutanix Smiplivity HPE
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • The simplified management makes it easier to operate and prevents mistakes.
      • Guided installation using the installer VM means you don't have to configure every component by hand. Improves deployment speed and lowers the risk of configuration issues.
      • Performance increase of 40-90% compared to our previous compute/storage cluster.
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      Dell Technologies

      • Reduce Foot print
      • Optimize Resource
      • Ease of operation
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