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Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.1

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    71%
    Oracle VM VirtualBox ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    38 Ratings

    Management console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    46 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    39 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    34 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.7
    67%
    30 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco HyperFlex is rated higher in 2 areas: Support Rating, Implementation Rating
    • Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Cisco HyperFlex and Oracle VM VirtualBox are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.8

    Cisco HyperFlex

    88%
    17 Ratings
    9.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    90%
    54 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Cisco HyperFlex

    100%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    100%
    3 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    Cisco HyperFlex

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    90%
    5 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.7

    Cisco HyperFlex

    87%
    19 Ratings
    7.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    Cisco HyperFlex

    100%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Hyperflex is best for customers who already have Cisco UCS because of its integration with UCS fabric interconnects. You can add UCS blades to your Hyperflex cluster to increase compute capacity without increasing storage--which is great depending on your needs--but it's still limited to UCS. Installations without fabric interconnects have been limited in scope and most importantly expandability. I like that it doesn't require data locality. While I've used Nutanix extensively and SimpliVity to a less extent, I'm not as sold on their use of it. On the one hand your reads are faster if they're all from the node currently running a VM, but it also means your data has to move around if you vmotion your VMs. I do feel that Cisco has been playing catchup for a few years now with Nutanix, but Hyperflex has become a decent product that I would recommend to my customers where it's a good fit. However, I recommend being careful to make sure that it has all the features you need.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    It is best suited when you want to have different operating systems on your laptop or desktop. You can easily switch between operating systems without the need to uninstall one. In another scenario, if you expect some application to damage your device, it would be best to run the application on the VM such that the damage can only be done to the virtual machine. It is less appropriate when time synchronization is very important. At times the VMs run their own times differently from the host time and this may cause some losses if what you doing is critical. Another important thing to take note of is the licensing of the application you want to run your VM. Some licenses do not allow the applications to be run on virtual servers so it is not appropriate to use the VM at this time.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Cisco HyperFlex

    • 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.
    Suresh Patare | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    • It is simple to install - there is no advanced knowledge required to begin building virtual computers
    • It is easy to use - adding new virtual machines is simple with wizard-based deployment
    • It enables easy portability - moving virtual machines from one host to another is straight-forward and simple
    • It is free
    David Currier | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Cisco HyperFlex

    • replication - as we need to use the same amount to storage to backup
    • Cisco should come up with a strong hypervisor equal to vmware ESXi
    • should come up with the repository of OS images and download automatically when a new OS version is released
    • hybrid connectivity - missing
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    • I have had issues in the past when it has come to resizing VM disk storage. The issue is entirely detailed here: https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/9103 -- the problem was caused because of having existing snapshots (which error message output was not detailing). I haven't had to deal with the issue due to my dynamic disk sizes not being small from the start anymore (this is mostly an issue for my Windows VMs where the base disk may need significant size for the OS). It looks like, for a resize, that a merge of all snapshots has to occur first -- one user on that list details a workaround to maintain snapshots by cloning the VM. (Note: 5.2 was just released a few weeks ago, and looks like it should prevent the problem happening in the future by properly informing users that it isn't possible with snapshots).
    • Certain scenarios, like resizing disks, required dropping into a terminal as there were no options to previously do so via the GUI. According to some recent posts, I've seen that v5.2 has added disk management stuff like that to the GUI (or will be adding it). I'm comfortable with dropping into the terminal, but in a teaching scenario or when evaluating the learnability of the tools, it complicates things.
    Derek Ardolf | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cisco HyperFlex

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Cisco HyperFlex 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We are doing it in the current moment. The platform expansion will be twofold.
    Alexandr Chsherbov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 10.0
    Based on 3 answers
    I give this rating because virtual box is inexpensive but there is another product such as vm ware that can also be used
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Cisco HyperFlex 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Everything is fine if you work as a user of the system. Difficulties in fine tuning the system.
    Alexandr Chsherbov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 9.0
    Based on 5 answers
    Easy and quick to use. Runs at sufficient speed even with 5/6 VMs running, and can handle a bridged network with ease. Easy to disassociate from the host to ensure the environment built within VB is quarantined should anything happen, meaning no risk to physical hardware.Quick to pick up. Quick to add new machines. Cloning feature very quick and comprehensive. I've never had a VM crash or freeze.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Cisco HyperFlex 8.7
    Based on 19 answers
    Nowadays being agile and efficient is most really important. Hyperflex has the ability to be agile and efficient. Cisco HyperFlex functions based on UCS technology, it includes built-in networking and integrated management with pre-configured software. Cisco HyperFlex has everything in one place as a data center, so there is no need to focus on extra things.
    Nishanth Anbalagan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 7.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Oracle have a very fast response rate and a strong user community. One can geet help from many sources if they choose to research for themselves.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Cisco HyperFlex 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Fast, powerful, flexible.
    Alexandr Chsherbov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 8.0
    Based on 2 answers
    We really enjoy using virtual box. We do not require to buy expensive hardware but instead we can minimize costs and maximize profits.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco HyperFlex

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    VirutalBox is very similar to using Vmware with the slight difference in appearance and what might be considered a less polished look. However, what it lacks in polish and looks it makes up for in functionality, easy of use and the wide range of operating systems and features it supports without the need of buying the full professional edition
    Tyler Twitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Cisco HyperFlex

    • 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.
    Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    • For personal use, there is no monetary investment, I am running 5 CentOS servers flawlessly in my home lab.
    • Saves a ton of money in an enterprise environment by not having to purchase physical test servers. (Cost of Enterprise product is way lower vs Cost of standing up physical servers and/or cloud servers)
    • Makes virtualization very easy and friendly for everyone for test instances.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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