Cisco HyperFlex Reviews

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Dishank Vishnoi | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 15, 2020

Cisco HyperFlex Review

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It is used for different departments and across the organization for a shared network management center. HyperFlex replaces our separate server and storage environments. We needed a fast and flexible sizeable system with high resiliency and security.
  • Ease of deployment
  • Reliability of services
  • Quality of product
  • Workload limitation
  • Local storage
  • All-in-one update for stretched cluster is missing
With HX we had set up a 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 seamlessly. 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).
Cisco support is always ready to help, but it does depend on the representative you get when you call.

Cannot comment on that as of now.
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Budi Ezeddin | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 19, 2020

Cisco Hyperflex, HCI with Integrated Server, Storage and Network

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Hyperflex is different as Cisco's tailored Server, Storage and Network as part of it's HCI solution. It is used on our experience room and development environment. We test our apps and DB on top of Hyperflex. We also utilized Fabric Interconnect to connect Hyperflex to NetApp storage so we can utilized existing storage. Hyperflex will be used for several departments as our development team is deploying workload and other departments will be testing it. Once it is stable, it will be deployed in our production environment.
Our business challenges are to build a development environment with great performance, reduce operation cost and save space.
  • Great performance, very resilient
  • Easy to manage
  • Can be connected to other Storage solution using FCoE
  • Kubernetes natively supported
  • Provide free Hypervisor
  • Lowering the price
It suited for DevOps and production environments. Cisco provides native Kubernetes support on Hyperflex. In other words, we can utilize Hyperflex for VM and Container deployment on the same platform. Hyperflex supports persistent volume for the container. With these features, we deployed VM for production and Kubernetes for testing purposes.
Single point of contact for server, storage and network problems.
Single platform for production and testing environment.
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Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 31, 2020

Cisco HyperFlex, the genuine hyperconverged solution.

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We used HyperFlex to replace our separate server and storage environments. We are moving from Cisco UCS and Fiber Channel storage to a truly hyper-converged solution that will host thousands of virtualized machines for our customers. This is a Virtualised Server Infrastructure based upon VMWare ESXi for apx 6000 end users.
  • Ease of installation
  • Quality of product
  • Ease of operation
  • It can be overwhelming. There's a lot going on with compute storage network and hypervisor combined.
  • Some minor repeating warning messages when performing maintenance tasks.
Great for both private and hybrid cloud environments. Can support both general virtualized workloads and specific workloads (including SAP HANA). Strong hyperconverged offering which solves a lot of issues you have with other solutions by providing a complete solution including network and bespoke hypervisor images.
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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Benjamin Bubbers | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 27, 2020

Rock your datacenter with Cisco HyperFlex

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It is used for different departments and across four companies for a shared network management center. We built the base infrastructure for this project upon Cisco HyperFlex. We needed a fast and flexible sizeable system with high resiliency and security.
  • High resiliency.
  • Fast implementation.
  • All-in-one update for stretched cluster is missing.
Highly virtualized environments are best managed with HyperFlex.
Cisco support is always ready to help, but it does depend on the representative you get when you call.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 29, 2020

Short Overview of Cisco HyperFlex

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We use the Cisco HyperFlex structure for connecting our locations and set a redundant cluster for that. We have 4 locations across the country, with the need for a highly available server structure.
  • Reliability of services
  • Flexible and scalable cluster
  • Support for server replacement is kinda of slow
  • Some additional features (like managed updates) are not available for stretched clusters
We have quite a big data store covered up with our HyperFlex solution, it's well suited for bigger structures with importance in redundant systems. For smaller needs, there is an option to use the HX Edge, without the FIs. If you use VMware it’s well integrated, the same goes for an ACI structure. But I’m not quite sure if all features work that well with Hyper-V.
In one case there was quite a slow to get a server fixed - but it was well made in the end (to be honest, it was not fully support's fault). in any other case it was perfect.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 28, 2020

HyperFlex on the go

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We are looking for an easy way to deploy servers that we can bring to our branch offices.
  • Ease of deployment.
  • Integration into UCS tools.
  • Local storage.
  • Workload limitation.
It really depends on the use case you plan to have. For us, it is good for small deployment solutions. For DC, we still prefer a UCS plain solution.
We work with our partners to have efficient relations and talk to Cisco to get RFE.
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Suresh Patare | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 19, 2018

Choosing a right HCI Solution for an Enterprise

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KPIT uses HyperFlex for hosting production VM workload that demands high IOPs and compute. We run workloads like VDI, SAP, Oracle, SQL/MySQL, MongoDB and Redis Clusters, Microsoft Exchange 2013, Pivotal Cloud Foundry etc. Services running on HyperFlex are consumed by entire organisation of 12000 users. With HX, we have provided high availability to business critical services between the nearby data centres, and also have set up Disaster recovery for business critical applications across our regional data centre. Data de-duplication capability of HX helped us optimise storage space for services like Virtual Desktop Infra (VDI), file servers and FTP Servers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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About Cisco HyperFlex

Cisco Hyperflex extends the simplicity of hyperconvergence from core to edge and multicloud. Hyperflex with Cisco Intersight is engineered to meet the unique requirements for deploying hyperconverged infrastructure at the edge at a global scale.

Cisco Hyperflex provides flexible services for multicloud and allows users to deploy Cisco Hyperflex anywhere with Cisco Intersight for mission-critical applications.

Cisco HyperFlex Features

Has featureUnified network fabric
Has featureVirtualization optimization
Has featureEnterprise data protection
Has featureCisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC)
Has featureAdvanced reliability, availability, & serviceability (RAS) features
Has featureTPM 1.2 SPI supported

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