While the volume of data at many organizations continues to grow at breakneck speed, budgets are not growing at the same pace. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) was developed to leverage the economic benefits of and simplified management of software-defined storage. However, early iterations of HCI have been limited in their capabilities. Now, Cisco is filling those gaps with Cisco HyperFlex™, a new end-to-end hyperconverged infrastructure solution.
In the past three to five years, hyperconverged platforms have become legitimate alternatives to traditional storage systems, according to a report by 451 Research, Early-entry HCI solutions succeeded in delivering simplicity and getting to market quickly. But to do so, they had to make serious compromises in terms of performance and flexibility, said Cisco Vice President Satinder Sethi in a recent blog post.
Sethi noted that first-generation HCI products never fully integrated networking with compute, severely limiting their potential benefits. In the emerging distributed IT environment of microservices, containers, new applications, and clouds the limitations of first-generation HCI will have greater impact. Cisco HyperFlex overcomes these limitations by extending Cisco’s strategy of software-defined, policy-driven infrastructure to hyperconvergence.
Building on Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) technology, HyperFlex Systems simplifies policy-based automation across network, compute, and storage to extend the benefits of distributed storage technology to more use cases and the widest set of enterprise applications. Cisco says it’s the first hyperconverged platform designed with an end-to-end software-defined infrastructure approach.
Cisco HyperFlex integrates UCS with innovative storage and data services called the HX Data Platform to provide an integrated network fabric, powerful data optimization, and unified management. By combining compute, storage, and networking into a simplified, easy-to-use platform, HyperFlex is designed to deliver:
- flexible, adaptive, and independent scaling of compute, network, and storage capacity
- powerful data management services yielding up to 80 percent reduction in the data footprint
- up to 40 percent higher performance than competitive solutions
Visit Cisco’s site on its hyperconverged systems and solutions to find more information including white papers and dates for upcoming webinars. To learn more about current trends in converged data centers, check out SDxCentral’s new “The Future of Converged Data Center Report,” which includes emerging use cases and deployment scenarios for hyperconverged infrastructure.