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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco HyperFlex

HyperFlex is great option if you are looking for a high performance and reliable hyper-converged platform. We do not have to spend a great deal of time with administration of the platform, and can easily monitor the system health via Cisco Intersight.We are still investigating the evolving stretch cluster capabilities, and have not fully vetted those capabilities to replace our existing converged virtual infrastructure yet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FlexPod

FlexPod is great for mid to large size companies, where the flexibility and depth of a traditional SAN and high performance servers is required. For smaller companies, it might make more sense to go with a hyper converged solution such as Hyperflex or Nutanix (both of which can still run on Cisco UCS servers, but would not be making use of Netapp storage), to meet the requirements in a smaller footprint.
Joel Sprague, CCIE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco HyperFlex

  • Cisco Hyperflex integrates network and security services suing compute , network and storage
  • Cisco Hyperflex provides Cisco Intersight platform to manage the entire clusters and go with non disruptive upgrades
  • Cisco Hyperflex edge provides integration between Intersight and Cisco SDWAN vManage which helps in deployment , management and extensive security
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FlexPod

  • Single Pane of Glass Server Administration.
  • Ease of firmware upgrades.
  • Incredible support when you have an issue. The Cisco/NetApp/VMware FlexPod support teams work together and drive your issues down to the root cause.
Wesley Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco HyperFlex

  • I feel that Cisco team should work hard in simplifying the HX version upgrade process. Currently there are many dependancies to be taken care of and the process is felt to be quite complicated.
  • We have automated teething issues in day to day operations using PowerShell. However, when it comes to the HX Controller VM, we could not fetch desired details. Using PowerShell, we were looking to fetch the details like which is the master controller VM (truly useful while troubleshooting and while performing upgrades).
  • Finally, if Cisco could give an option to add a datastore using PowerShell, it will help automate ops processes and provide a faster turnaround to business.
  • In a nutshell, Cisco should open up more so that organisations can use scripting for automation and setting up custom alerts.
Suresh Patare | TrustRadius Reviewer

FlexPod

  • KVM control of the blades still requires Java. Avocent is using HTML5 now, and it would be nice if the KVM console for these UCS blades could too.
  • Price - Like any Cisco product, there are cheaper options. They aren't nearly as fully featured, but at times, it would be nice if UCS could be a bit cheaper.
Joel Sprague, CCIE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco HyperFlex

Cisco HyperFlex 8.1
Based on 9 answers
Support with Cisco depends a lot on the type of contract you have, which is something to consider when purchasing the Cisco HyperFlex solution. In most cases, the resolution time for problems is good, although there are times that it may take longer than expected depending on the problem that arises and the expertise of the engineer who is attending to the problem. Regarding hardware replacement, response times are punctual, according to the policy contract.
Oscar Sanchez | TrustRadius Reviewer

FlexPod

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco HyperFlex

Interestingly enough, depending on which box you purchased the two may be able to be combined into one setup. The UCS series is great and provides a lot of compute but lacks the storage. Hyperfex has a bit less compute but contains lots of storage space and memory needed for VDI
Nick Darnell | TrustRadius Reviewer

FlexPod

Being a Cisco shop already it was a natural fit to go with a solution based on their technology. Then add in VMware which we are were already using - that was two out of the three for the FlexPod. Then factor in NetApp's de-duplication technology and flexibility in configuration and options and it's a match made in heaven. Not to say we haven't had some stumbles and some issues but it works and it works well.
Wesley Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco HyperFlex

  • Saving our operational cost and data center space.
  • One platform for production and development.
  • Quite expensive compared to other HCI solutions.
Budi Ezeddin | TrustRadius Reviewer

FlexPod

  • FlexPod has allowed our team to be extremely quick to resopnd to new VM build requests. The amount of RAM, CPU and backplane offered by B series blades allows us to go with very high VM density. The quick deployment of service profile templates also means that when we have to add new hosts, it is done quicker.
  • FlexPod and the service profile portability (along with VMware) has allowed for full upgrades and migrations from M1/M2 series hardware to M4 hardware without any downtime or outages to the clients. Blades can be moved into new chassis, or service profiles moved to new generation blades, with no impact to the customers' ability to work.
Joel Sprague, CCIE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco HyperFlex

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

FlexPod

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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