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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Enterprise Flash Array Storage

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%
    Pure Storage FlashArray ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Flash Array Performance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    156 Ratings

    Flash Array Integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    146 Ratings

    Data Compression

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    155 Ratings

    Non-Intrusive Upgrades

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    150 Ratings

    Simplicity

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    156 Ratings

    Power Savings

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    133 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco HyperFlex is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Implementation Rating
    • Pure Storage FlashArray is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.8

    Cisco HyperFlex

    88%
    17 Ratings
    9.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    99%
    209 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Cisco HyperFlex

    100%
    1 Rating
    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%
    27 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    Cisco HyperFlex

    90%
    1 Rating
    8.7

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    87%
    18 Ratings

    Availability

    Cisco HyperFlex

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    87%
    8 Ratings

    Performance

    Cisco HyperFlex

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    85%
    8 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.7

    Cisco HyperFlex

    87%
    19 Ratings
    9.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    99%
    143 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Cisco HyperFlex

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    4 Ratings

    Online Training

    Cisco HyperFlex

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    Cisco HyperFlex

    100%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    91%
    13 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Cisco HyperFlex

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    5 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

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    When you need speed, it's FAST, especially for MS SQL databases. If you are having bottlenecks, you can spend your time finding it in the code because it's not Pure Storage. Love the data reduction and duplication. We can store so much more on this unit than the base physical size. Love the data snapshots. When you need to complete copy your entire environment for testing etc. Nothing is easier, a few clicks and you are done. Extremely helpful for testing and training.
    Todd Rasmussen | 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

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    • The Pure Array does data reduction particularly well. We've seen a 7x reduction on some of our volumes.
    • It is easy to get used to the system after coming from other storage arrays.
    • It has some welcome additions such as a smartphone app that makes it easier to view your cases, etc.
    Muhammad Mulla | 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

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    • Reporting is too general. Being a tech nerd, I want to be able to see the nitty-gritty details. I also need to be able to define canned sets of reports for problem application systems.
    • Pricing is a bit higher then some of their direct competitors .
    • Seriously, I have nothing else.
    Don Howard | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cisco HyperFlex

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    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

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray 8.9
    Based on 27 answers
    It has so far been a very fast and stable product. We have had wonderful support when we have needed it and the account manager and engineer attached to our organization have been very responsive with any questions and concerns we have had.
    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

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray 8.7
    Based on 18 answers
    The install went smoothly, and the engineer explained every step along the way. The next couple of days he checked in to make sure that migration was running as planned. The user interface is designed with usability in mind. You don't need a dedicated "Storage Silo" to manage this product. For smaller IT departments that need to support many different workloads, this could not be a better feature
    Kevin Hannon | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco HyperFlex

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray 8.7
    Based on 8 answers
    We have never had an outage with Purestorage. Yes we have had 2 drives go out but replacements were installed so fast there wasn't any issues. We have had a NVRAM module replaced but were noticed from Pure they were sending a replacement because they were predicting a failure so pure was proactive preventing any issues. Knowing Pure is monitoring our device 24x7 gives us peace of mind.
    Todd Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Performance

    Cisco HyperFlex

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray 8.5
    Based on 8 answers
    The corporation has a very diverse data load and when we migrate from a hybrid storage to pure all-flash, significant gains have already been observed. Latency always remains below 1 ms regardless of the load and volumetry used. Application performance also depends heavily on whether or not the code is more permormatic and network access infrastructure. The product has been meeting expectations
    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

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray 9.9
    Based on 143 answers
    Pure Support is timely and communicative. They are always ready to assist and very skilled at what they do, no matter the time of day. Even at 12:10 a.m. on New Years Day when your array has a hiccup that causes some errors in your environment, they will be on the phone with you in an instant. If they are unable to determine the cause right away, because things appear to be normal, they will take your environment's configuration, lab it up in their support environment and then research until they figure out what caused the problem. Even if it takes 3 months. True story.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    In-Person Training

    Cisco HyperFlex

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray 8.6
    Based on 4 answers
    Excellent training and really you don't need that much. We received training at the Pure offices and also on site when the product was installed. Simple things like how to login to the GUI interface, how to setup users, how to create volume and mount it. How to make a snapshot, how to copy it and mount it. Really is pretty self explanatory on how to do things with the GUI interface. We were expecting complicated base on other vendor products, we got super simple.
    Todd Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Online Training

    Cisco HyperFlex

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray 8.2
    Based on 2 answers
    Great videos and documentation. There is a common theme with PureStorage, "Keep it elegantly simple". They have great support network and great support user groups. Documentation has been very helpful with providing auditors with methods and procedures on security and other ways the product works. Great documentation on setting PureStorage to be the most effective with VM's, SQL Server, and other products.
    Todd Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco HyperFlex

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

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray 9.1
    Based on 13 answers
    The install was very quick. The engineer that Pure sent said that if we started by 10 am we would be done by lunchtime, and he was not kidding.
    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

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray came up as being the most cost-effective of the lot plus the extras added like call-home support were very welcome. The competitors' options were a lot more expensive and the call-home support added a lot more to the already high costs.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Cisco HyperFlex

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    Pure Storage FlashArray 8.2
    Based on 5 answers
    In our case we have equipment in all of Latin America in different data centers and with the mobile app or with pure1 we have everything centralized in just one
    Anonymous | 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

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    • Thanks to the deduplication that is built into the product we are seeing great reduction in total space required by consolidating similar data types on the same array.
    • Our users are very pleased with the performance.
    • The replication allowed us to move our workload from to another data center with minimal downtime.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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