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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco HyperFlex is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Cisco HyperFlex

88%
17 Ratings
8.0

Red Hat Gluster Storage

80%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Cisco HyperFlex

100%
1 Rating

Red Hat Gluster Storage

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Cisco HyperFlex

90%
1 Rating

Red Hat Gluster Storage

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

Cisco HyperFlex

87%
19 Ratings

Red Hat Gluster Storage

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Cisco HyperFlex

100%
1 Rating

Red Hat Gluster Storage

N/A
0 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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

GFS is well suited for DEVOPS type environments where organizations prefer to invest in servers and DAS (direct attached storage) versus purchasing storage solutions/appliances. GFS allows organizations to scale their storage capacity at a fraction of the price using DAS HDDs versus committing to purchase licenses and hardware from a dedicated storage manufacturer (e.g. NetApp, Dell/EMC, HP, etc.).
Charles Inglese | 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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

  • Scales; bricks can be easily added to increase storage capacity
  • Performs; I/O is spread across multiple spindles (HDDs), thereby increasing read and write performance
  • Integrates well with RHEL/CentOS 7; if your organization is using RHEL 7, Gluster (GFS) integrates extremely well with that baseline, especially since it's come under the Red Hat portfolio of tools.
Charles Inglese | 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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

  • Documentation; using readthedocs demonstrates that the Gluster project isn't always kept up-to-date as far as documentation is concerned. Many of the guides are for previous versions of the product and can be cumbersome to follow at times.
  • Self-healing; our use of GFS required the administrator to trigger an auto-heal operation manually whenever bricks were added/removed from the pool. This would be a great feature to incorporate using autonomous self-healing whenever a brick is added/removed from the pool.
  • Performance metrics are scarce; our team received feedback that online RDBMS transactions did not perform well on distributed file systems (such as GFS), however this could not be substantiated via any online research or white papers.
Charles Inglese | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco HyperFlex

General

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

Starting Price

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Cisco HyperFlex

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

Gluster is a lot lower cost than the storage industry leaders. However, NetApp and Dell/EMC's product documentation is (IMHO) more mature and hardened against usage in operational scenarios and environments. Using Gluster avoids "vendor lock-in" from the perspective on now having to purchase dedicated hardware and licenses to run it. Albeit, should an organization choose to pay for support for Gluster, they would be paying licensing costs to Red Hat instead of NetApp, Dell, EMC, HP, or VMware. It could be assumed, however, that if an organization wanted to use Gluster, that they were already a Linux shop and potentially already paying Red Hat or Canonical (Debian) for product support, thereby the use of GFS would be a nominal cost adder from a maintenance/training perspective.
Charles Inglese | 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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

  • Positive - Alignment with the open source community and being able to stay abreast of the latest trending products available.
  • Positive - Reduced procurement and maintenance costs.
  • Negative - Impacts user/system maintainer training in order to teach them how to utilize and troubleshoot the product.
Charles Inglese | TrustRadius Reviewer

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