Cisco HyperFlex vs. VMware vSAN

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco HyperFlex
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Cisco HyperFlex Systems is a hyper-converged infrastructure product, based on technology acquired with SpringPath (acquired September 2017).N/A
VMware vSAN
Score 8.8 out of 10
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VMware's vSAN is hyper-converged infrastructure solution.N/A
Pricing
Cisco HyperFlexVMware vSAN
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Cisco HyperFlexVMware vSAN
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Cisco HyperFlexVMware vSAN
Considered Both Products
Cisco HyperFlex
Chose Cisco HyperFlex
VMware vSAN is more elastic and easy to sell as you can have more flexibility with the hardware and can use or just upgrade hardware already deployment in the client infrastructure and additionally its have no dependencies about the DNS/NTP, what is important..
Chose Cisco HyperFlex
Cisco tech support is one of the best in the market
Chose Cisco HyperFlex
Cisco's offering is less subject to vendor lock-in. We can refurbish those servers if needed, which is a great ability to have.
VMware vSAN
Chose VMware vSAN
VMWare stand out compared to all the products. However, it is worthwhile mentioning the following products can be used to achive similar results. Hitachi Virtual Storage Systems Nutanix Cloud Infrastrucure. In case if we are using Nuatinux at the Hypervisor level then it …
Chose VMware vSAN
Nutanix was the first hyper-converged solution, but it requires its own hardware. hyperflex looks promising, but it's also only working on cisco hardware. in both cases the costs are much higher, compared to building a custom vSAN solution on certified hardware, leveraging …
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Cisco HyperFlexVMware vSAN
Small Businesses
StarWind HCA
StarWind HCA
Score 9.6 out of 10
StarWind HCA
StarWind HCA
Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Scale Computing Platform
Scale Computing Platform
Score 9.8 out of 10
Scale Computing Platform
Scale Computing Platform
Score 9.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Score 8.8 out of 10
Cisco HyperFlex
Cisco HyperFlex
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco HyperFlexVMware vSAN
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(22 ratings)
9.0
(17 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.2
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(24 ratings)
7.5
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco HyperFlexVMware vSAN
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
Smaller sites that would benefit from a cluster of 2-5 nodes. Not saying that it can't scale above that, but I find HyperFlex a great solution for those sites. A simple 3-node edge cluster can provide a huge amount of resources and redundancy. It's also really easy to scale the environment to meet growth requirements.
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VMware
The product is a must for enterprise & SMB segments as this gives a good value for money and the licensing policy is very well defined and cost effective for the feature set it provides. This is very well suited for organization which have multiple brand storage systems and would like to consolidate them all together, thus providing a huge storage capacity for the organizations data growth. The product becomes less appropriate in organization where they have single storage platform as the service provider would have the ability to consilidate all the storage systems. Hence this products may be under utilized.
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Pros
Cisco
  • 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.
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VMware
  • VMware runs VSAN certification programs to make sure the OEM sells validated nodes. It helps customers to select appropriate certified ready nodes like Lenovo ThinkAgile VX which comes factory configured and easy to set up.
  • Hyperconverged solutions reduce real estate space and networking costs when compare with shared storage. The host overhead also less.
  • Supports All-Flash (SATA and NVMe SSDs) and Hybrid vSAN with HDD and SSD. So customers can choose cost-effective solutions appropriate to their workloads.
  • Supports different storage policies, RAID and duplication, and compression features and it makes a complete storage solution.
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Cons
Cisco
  • there is the problem with starting cluster where there are not outside DNS and NTP services so we need to workaround this with additional storage or hosting it on the local storage.. many clusters has internal DNS/NTP services not available from outside and they need to be hosted on the HX
  • there is not RBAC or user mgmt on the CVMs so it is difficult to not add full permission for the people responsible for just shutdown and power on the cluster
  • native snapshots support with ibm backup products
  • running from not the only last snapshot in all use cases
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VMware
  • We were a fairly early adopter of VMware vSAN and as such experienced several growing pains.
  • We experienced a few bugs that took a few software versions upgrades to go mostly away.
  • The biggest issue we had overall was with host drivers. Even with vSAN ready node compatible hosts, you have to be very careful that the drivers for NIC and RAID controllers are right.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
We are doing it in the current moment. The platform expansion will be twofold.
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VMware
No answers on this topic
Usability
Cisco
Everything is fine if you work as a user of the system. Difficulties in fine tuning the system.
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VMware
Deploying and configuring VSAN is a relatively simple process for people that are already used to working in virtual environments, primarily for those that are familiar with vSphere. The compatibility of those two products is amazing. You shouldn't really encounter any issues and if you do, you surely did something wrong.
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Support Rating
Cisco
More documentation is available now than when the product initially came out (which was an issue early on). Because it only supports UCS hardware, I think it does help with support issues. Nutanix has to support much more hardware. At the same time, you're dealing with the Cisco TAC, which can be mixed at times.
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VMware
Support is (as always forVMware) top notch and easy to work with. The majority of computer companies are outsourcing their tech staff, and it seems they do as well. But their guys know the product well and are quick to respond to your ticket (if the severity is right!).
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Fast, powerful, flexible.
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VMware
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Cisco
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.
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VMware
Our VMware solution is built in-house for the organization's private application, we don't want to put our data on cloud premises. Also, vSAN is a cost-effective solution for our environment. We have done the POC with both products to understand the Flexibility, Management, and cost. After the successful POC, we have chosen the VMware vSAN.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • 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.
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VMware
  • we have realized savings in the licensing compared to traditional storage (over $500,000 over the last 5 years)
  • we have realized ROI through efficiencies in our staff of approx $1MM (over the last 5 years)
  • also, positive impact on the time to value/speed of implementation allowed us to realize business objectives (Over $1MM of ROI)
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