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Score 9.5 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco HyperFlex is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Implementation Rating
  • Scale Computing HC3 is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Cisco HyperFlex

88%
17 Ratings
9.5

Scale Computing HC3

95%
205 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Cisco HyperFlex

100%
1 Rating
9.4

Scale Computing HC3

94%
22 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Cisco HyperFlex

90%
1 Rating
9.4

Scale Computing HC3

94%
37 Ratings

Availability

Cisco HyperFlex

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Scale Computing HC3

91%
2 Ratings

Performance

Cisco HyperFlex

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Scale Computing HC3

91%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

Cisco HyperFlex

87%
19 Ratings
9.4

Scale Computing HC3

94%
368 Ratings

In-Person Training

Cisco HyperFlex

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0

Scale Computing HC3

10%
1 Rating

Online Training

Cisco HyperFlex

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Scale Computing HC3

91%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

10.0

Cisco HyperFlex

100%
1 Rating
9.1

Scale Computing HC3

91%
4 Ratings

Product Scalability

Cisco HyperFlex

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Scale Computing HC3

91%
1 Rating

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

Scale Computing HC3

Well suited for small to medium environments, where they may have a limited IT staff. The core data center administrators are challenged to maintain 24/7 uptime and to protect the critical data that resides in the databases and file services that make up the data center that may be spread across dozens or hundreds of workloads. The infrastructure to run all of these workloads and store their data can become complex as it grows and administrators may be challenged to manage multiple server, storage, and virtualization technologies to form the infrastructure. There are a vast number of benefits of moving to a solution combining the best of both worlds.
Judy L. Berglund | 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

Scale Computing HC3

  • The Scale Computing HC3 system is so easy to maintain. We came from another virtual system and the difference in administration is huge. The time we save in maintaining this system allows us to spend more time on other network tasks.
  • We are using the snapshot feature as part of our DR plan. Here again, it is very easy to configure the snapshot plan and the way that Scale manages the snapshots does not require large amounts of additional storage.
  • When we installed the HC3 system, it took longer to mount the equipment in the rack and cable it then to have the system online. Management is very simple using their web-based interface.
Rex Knepp | 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

Scale Computing HC3

  • There are times when the alerts can be a little vague if you don't contact customer support to get a clarification of what might be wrong.
  • I would like to see some integrated backup support at some time, and not have to use a third-party agent on each virtual machine.
Wesley Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco HyperFlex

General

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

Starting Price

Cisco HyperFlex Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Scale Computing HC3

General

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

Starting Price

$0 Per Node

Scale Computing HC3 Editions & Modules

Edition
HC1200$8,5001
HC1250D$15,1701
HC1250$9,6651
HC1250DF$16,7501
HC5250D$25,7001
  1. Per Node
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing shown in U.S. Dollar. Pricing for other regions available on request.

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

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.4
Based on 22 answers
Since I have had no issues with downtime; easier management of my cluster and the ability to lower the number of devices in my Infrastructure, I will gladly renew my support contract with Scale Computing HC3 and upgrade my equipment with them when it comes time for it.
Brian Dunk | 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

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.4
Based on 37 answers
Everything you need to do is point-and-click easy. If you are the kind of admin who wants to edit every config file and endlessly customize your environment, then Scale may not be for you. On the other hand, if you just want it to work really well, and do what they told you it will do, then Scale is the ideal system.
David Roden | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco HyperFlex

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Never had an outage or an error. Once a hard drive failed, but Scale kept on working flawlessly without interruption.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco HyperFlex

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Performance has been just as outstanding as reliability. I have never experienced delays in any aspect of usage.
Mark Simmons | 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

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.4
Based on 368 answers
I rarely need to call on Scale Computing HC3 support, but when I do, the typical time to get a support technician on the phone is 17 seconds. The support staff is courteous and knowledgeable, and is able to resolve issues quickly. Because of the built-in redundancy, I've never had to deal with a support "emergency".
Jim Bittel | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco HyperFlex

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 1.0
Based on 1 answer
I did not do in-person training.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco HyperFlex

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Because Scale is so simple, the training is just as quick and easy.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco HyperFlex

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

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 4 answers
The implementation was very easy. We had Scale support on standby and they were ready and eager to help if needed. The process went so fast the employees in the organization did not even know it was done.
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

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 was not only cheaper than every solution that we looked at. It also had the easiest interface to learn and the least amount of hardware. We eliminated any and all setup/implementation costs as we were able to set up the cluster ourselves. All of the other services made me feel like I needed a master's degree to rack the units and set it up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco HyperFlex

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 1 answer
HC3 is one of the best products I have purchased for our district. It is unbelievably reliable to the point that they shoot themselves in the foot on support contracts.
Mark Simmons | 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

Scale Computing HC3

  • We have experienced cost reduction to our Disaster Recovery solution. The prior expense of 1 year of DR can now cover multiple years using Scale HC3 with Cloud Unity.
  • Our Scale solution is more cost effective than our legacy solution. The cost of 1 major component (appliance) from our legacy solution was approximately half the cost of our production Scale cluster.
Anthony Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

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