Cisco has announced its latest update to the HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), the HX 3.0. According to Cisco, the new update will deliver performance and simplicity for any applications, on any cloud, at any scale.
In case you missed it, the Cisco HyperFlex Systems delivers complete hyperconvergence, combining compute, storage, and networking resources into a simplified, easy-to-use platform. It is engineered to be used with Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and “deliver the agility, scalability, and pay-as-you-grow economics of the cloud, but with the benefits of on-premises infrastructure”.
Cisco has listed plenty of enhancements and updates including support for Microsoft Hyper-V, stretch clusters, containers, and new multicloud services which further simplify the way that applications can be deployed, monitored and managed in any cloud. The new platform enabled development and deployment of both standard and cloud-native applications on hyperconverged platform.
When it comes to application support, the new HyperFlex 3.0 brings several improvements including support Microsofts Hyper-V, which is quite interesting considering that earlier versions only supported VMware’s ESXi hypervisor. In addition to the added hypervisor support, the new HyperFlex 3.0 adds further container support including a FlexVolume driver to enable persistent storage for Kubernetes managed containers, which enables development and deployment of cloud-native applications on HyperFlex.
When it comes to the multicloud aspect, HyperFlex 3.0 brings support across both public and private clouds. It supports application performance monitoring, where AppDynamics with HyperFlex enables performance monitoring of hybrid applications running on HyperFlex and across multiple clouds. It also brings application placement with Cisco Workload Optimization Manager (CWOM) for HyperFlex where customers get automated analysis and workload placement.
The new HyperFlex 3.0 version also brings better cloud management with CloudCenter for HyperFlex which both enables workload management across one or many private and public clouds as well as simplifies the deployment and management of VM’s, containers and applications, allowing developers and administrators to consume private clouds.
The new Cisco HyperFlex 3.0 also focuses on greater scalability, by supporting customers with higher virtual machine density with clusters scale up to 64 nodes. It also allows HyperFlex to be configured into stretch clusters as well as brings support for Hyper Cloud Deployment to Cisco Intersight which further simplifies deployment and management at any remote location.
This move to bring further multicloud support does not come as a big surprise considering that, according to recent IDC’s survey, 85 percent of respondents are evaluating or using public clouds, 87 percent are moving to hybrid cloud strategy, and 94 percent plan to use multiple clouds.
You can find more details regarding HyperFlex 3.0 at Cisco’s dedicated HyperFlex site.