End users today rely on enterprise applications more than ever, but the growth of cloud– and microservices-based architectures is making it challenging to manage and deploy applications in the data center. Apps can reside on a mix of on-premise servers, private clouds, and public clouds, making it difficult to manage policies and migrate apps. Now, Cisco aims to make the data center more flexible and application-centric with technologies that focus on hybrid cloud services.
Cisco announced new data center offerings to enable highly scalable, highly reliable, application-centric hybrid cloud deployments. Designed to help people easily modernize IT capabilities, the innovations focus on three key areas:
- Networking hardware
- Hyperconverged infrastructure
- Hybrid cloud orchestration
To better deliver cloud services at cloud scale, Cisco recently released its new, SDN-ready Nexus 9000 switches. Cisco built on its ASIC innovations to power the next-generation data center switches, which are designed to deliver 10/25/40/50/100Gpbs with up to 10 times performance improvement.
Innovations in the switches have improved the overall price-to-performance ratio, according to IDC. Perhaps most importantly, the new switching platforms underpin the physical fabric that next-generation application workloads need. The new Nexus 9000s are designed to provide increased route and end host scale; greater, more cost-effective bandwidth capacity; full-flow visibility and a five-fold increase in the amount of flow telemetry; and cloud services with adaptive capacity and congestion control, allowing customers to support lossless traffic for IP storage.
Hyperconverged infrastructures aim to simplify deployment and scale, and better run applications across multiple sites. According to Gartner, hyperconverged infrastructures are becoming one of the fastest-growing ways to deploy IT in the data center as more and more IT departments use them to deal with ever-rising demands and sprawling networks.
Cisco recently introduced HyperFlex Systems, its new architectural approach to hyperconverged infrastructure. Built on Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) platform, HyperFlex is an end-to-end hyperconverged solution that extends the benefits of distributed storage technology to more applications and use cases.
HyperFlex simplifies policy-based automation across network, compute, and storage for the widest set of enterprise applications. Unlike first-generation hyperconverged solutions, which were limited in terms of performance, flexibility, and operational simplicity, Cisco says HyperFlex enables new levels of speed and efficiency for today’s IT environment of microservices, containers, new applications, and clouds.
Hybrid Cloud Orchestration
Finally, Cisco announced its intent to acquire CliQr Technologies, Inc. for its managed cloud software. Already part of the recommended suite for deploying Cisco’s InterCloud framework, CliQr’s CloudCenter platform runs across bare-metal, containers and virtualized environments to provide comprehensive yet simplified application-centric orchestration.
The CliQr platform unifies orchestration and management of hybrid cloud and data center environments, and it ties business applications to heterogeneous data center infrastructure. By providing users with a single, intuitive platform, CliQr is designed to manage the entire application lifecycle across hybrid IT environments.