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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco HyperFlex

We have a varied workload (as mentioned earlier, right from SQL and NoSQL databases, VDI, Microsoft Exchange, SAP Oracle, Cloud Foundry etc. etc.) and for all our types of work, we've found HX absolutely stable in all aspects. HX finds great suitability if you are looking for creating a data centre with a high level of availability (stretched cluster - that too with just 2 nodes per data centre). Not only are we early adopters of HX, but since its implementation we have shared our success stories with many customers of ours, as well as in the reference calls from Cisco. Those who adopted HX on our reference have shared very good feedback.
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VxRail

VxRail is very well suited to large-scale homogeneous workloads, VDI being the prime example. Anywhere you have a large number of VMs that are doing the same thing, VxRail is a good fit. If you have workloads that are greatly varied, VxRail should not be your first choice.
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Pros

Cisco HyperFlex

  • Ease of installation
  • Quality of product
  • Ease of operation
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VxRail

  • Stability, the platform has not had any major issues or minor issues since deployment.
  • Management, the VxRail platform has a single plane of glass for management.
  • Scaling, VxRail is easily scaled for more resources.
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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.
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VxRail

  • Initial installation services leave a lot to be desired. We struggled to get the first units in service. Subsequent units were very easy to install though...
  • Dell/EMC has an A/B maintenance cycle for updates. Make sure ALL of your units are on the same cycle. It is difficult (but not quite impossible) to get them changes after installation
  • I would like to see a sub $100k offering for branch offices.
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Support

Cisco HyperFlex

Cisco HyperFlex 7.0
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Support is good for critical issues, but not as fast as I'd like for lower severity issues. Reaction times are slow. Often, you're better off finding your own solution than waiting for TAC.
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VxRail

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco HyperFlex

HX stacks up well ahead of the competition (we are running all the three HCI's) in terms of performance, stability, seamless integration with network backbone (no conflicts!), unified management of UCSM and most importantly, it helped us setup data centre level HA just with 2 node cluster per data centre and it is working flawlessly in case of failure scenarios. Cisco TACs prompt and skilled support and fastest deployment time (without issues). Even the node addition in cluster and data equalisation is superb
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VxRail

At the time we had a deployment of SimpliVity which did not measure up. We demo'd other products such as HyperFlex. We appreciated the ease of use of the VxRail and the overall value.
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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.
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VxRail

  • VxRail has made our VDI deployment easy to scale and (more importantly), made scaling the environment easy to justify to management.
  • When comparing to other similar solutions, the tight integration with Vmware code releases made VxRail much more stable. We have had much less downtime from the VxRail infrastructure than in our traditional infrastructure stacks.
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Pricing Details

Cisco HyperFlex

General

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

VxRail

General

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

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