by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Introduces HyperFlex 3.5

At Cisco Live 2018, the company announced new updates to its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), HX 3.5. This is a follow up to the large update to 3.0 earlier this year. The latest version adds ultra-low latency performance, container monitoring, and DR enhancements.

The mantra behind HyperFlex is any app, on any cloud, at any scale. Bold claims, which are getting closer to reality with each new release. The latest release tackles emerging workloads with higher performance requirements as well as the exploding container market. In order to hit all of its goals Cisco has partnered with several other companies including Intel, SAP, Citrix, and NVIDIA. This takes HyperFlex and continues to add to its multicloud ability. 

New features, enhancements, and benefits include:

  • Introducing Cisco HyperFlex All-NVMe with Intel Optane NVMe DC SSDs: The Cisco HyperFlex and Intel Optane teams have co-innovated to introduce one of the industry’s first All-NVMe hyperconverged appliances. The system uses the ultra-fast Intel Optane NVMe drives for caching and Intel 3D NAND NVMe drives for capacity storage. The Cisco HyperFlex All-NVMe system is starting a completely new performance class for HCI to power more advanced analytics and latency sensitive mission critical applications.
  • Power AI/ML Workloads on HyperFlex with NVIDIA V100 GPUs: Cisco has worked with industry leader, NVIDIA, to introduce HyperFlex powered by the powerful Tesla V100 GPUs to create a flexible AI/ML platform for its customers. Cisco also went a step further with NVIDIA – bringing GPU-aware Kubernetes on Cisco HyperFlex with the Cisco Container Platform.
  • Modernize SAP Applications with HyperFlex and Cisco Container Platform: During last week’s SAP Sapphire NOW event, Cisco introduced the HyperFlex SAP Modernization Platform. This enables their customers with a flexible common infrastructure platform to power SAP ERP Apps, SAP HANA Databases, SAP Data Hub and eventually SAP Machine Learning. The platform can be flexibly configured with HyperFlex, UCS HANA Compute Nodes, the Cisco Container Platform, and NVIDIA V100 GPUs, optimizing it for customer’s SAP environments.
  • Simplify VDI Deployment and Management on HyperFlex with Citrix Cloud Services: Cisco and Citrix have teamed up to deliver this experience to virtualized apps and desktop environments deployed and managed on Cisco HyperFlex.
  • Native Disaster Recovery Improvements in HyperFlex: HyperFlex enables a wide variety of Data Protection options, based on the Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) of the business service. There are new enhancements for the Disaster Recovery operations in a simple to use “1-Click” Test DR Readiness, VM Migration and Disaster Recovery operations.
  • Cloud-Managed Intersight Innovations with the New Storage Analytics for HyperFlex: The newest Intersight Storage Analytics capability will enable real-time monitoring and predictive intelligence from compute, networking, and now from HyperFlex storage. The next HyperFlex release will enable customers to access historical and predictive analytics in Intersight based on telemetry data from the HyperFlex Data Platform. Intersight will be able to track and monitor customer’s compute, network, and storage configurations and provide proactive optimization recommendations.
  • Making Kubernetes on HyperFlex Even More Robust: For containers, Cisco is now offering enhancements to allow enterprises to seamlessly deploy, monitor, and optimize their Kubernetes-orchestrated applications both on HyperFlex and in public cloud environments. 

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