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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

StarWind HCA

A StarWind HyperConverged Appliance for environments that don’t utilize a ton of read/rights and have a high volume of servers fit well with their base models. Remote office branch office setups perform well on a StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. Their base models would not be recommended for a data center environment.
James Fulkerson | 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

StarWind HCA

  • Tech Support. Starwind proactive tech support reaches out to us when they detect an issue instead of us having to initiate the support call. Then their technician will stay with us through the entire process until a resolution is found.
  • Affordability. Starwind HCA is very aggressively priced while still able to offer all of the needed features that you look for in an HCA solution.
  • Simplicity. Starwind offers network-less 2 and 3 node clusters. This way you can have a stable failover cluster without needing to monitor and maintain a separate storage network stack.
Brent Day | 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

StarWind HCA

  • The solution is perfect for our use case, so it's rather hard to mention a point to improve on. The only thing I'd like to see is the use of a web console instead of having to maintain an installed client on the admin workstations or servers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco HyperFlex

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StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 8.6
Based on 8 answers
StarWind's availability has been solid so far in our environment. We do run into hypervisor issues but with a multi-host and replicated storage solution, we see little to no interruptions. The replicated storage really improves our resiliency against storage failures that often occurred with our old traditional SANs
James Fulkerson | 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

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 8.4
Based on 9 answers
Starwind has reached out to us twice in the past 6 months on issues that we were not even aware of yet. One of the issues actually involved our backup software and they assisted us in recommending settings changes that would solve the problem instead of just referring us to that vendor. Their technicians have never had to escalate an issue as they have always been able to provide a solution.
Brent Day | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

StarWind HCA

We used Open-E in the past, it's software defined vsan, it works fine but is complicated to reconfigure and maintain, also it has its own Linux based OS so it can only be used as storage and cannot be HCI. StarWind on the other hand is native to Windows OS, has nice GUI and can be used for storage only or as part of HCI, you can buy ready appliance or you can build you own which is nice to have all of these options.
Anonymous | 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

StarWind HCA

  • We were able to cut the overall project costs by almost half over other vender offerings.
  • Our saving will continue over time due to moderation, stability, less down time, and high availability.
  • We now have the ability to move things back out of the cloud to save on monthly expenditures.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco HyperFlex

General

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

StarWind HCA

General

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

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