January 04, 2021
Score 8 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Cisco HyperFlex
The Cisco HyperFlex is used in our data center to manage our student virtual desktops. Paired with VMware Horizon, Cisco HyperFlex's robustness helps us easily manage storage space and network functionality. The use of Cisco HyperFlex has isolated our VDI environment and made it much easier to manage because all the required resources are in one setup.
- Rack space reduced
- All-in-one environment for VDI
- High performance at reasonable cost
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.
Cisco HyperFlex engineers are great to work with. I have completely destroyed the environment twice and they were able to get me back up and running with ease. Granted, it took 26 solid hours each time to resolve the issues, but I did not suffer a total loss and was back up before everyone showed up on campus the next morning. Support will help you in your time of need; they know the systems and will work with you as long as possible.
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We use separate systems for specific things, so Cisco HyperFlex really only isolates our VDI setup from the rest of the production environment. It does however handle all of the internal networking using the FIs, which gives it great networking isolation and redundancy. Network issues are never present using Cisco HyperFlex connected to the Fabric Interconnects.
Cisco HyperFlex UI is extremely easy to manage. It is very quick and seamless to add data stores and manage their sizes in three simple clicks. The internal UI of the CIMC is a different story; it is very feature rich and can be quite overwhelming when looking a one setting you need to change. I am continuously getting lost every time I access it but eventually find what I am looking for. As for the install, the hardware setup is very easy; configuring the installer package for the first time or upgrades can be a bit troublesome.
If you require an all-in-one setup, Cisco HyperFlex is the perfect solution. The 24 drive bays and 18 memory slots per box make these boxes well suited for a virtual environment with very low required cabinet space. Any company could benefit from the use of Cisco HyperFlex. I would not recommend it for a small business or anyone with limited Cisco knowledge; the UI can be quite overwhelming with all of the features.