Upping the Ante in Hyper Convergence

How time flies! It’s been nearly a year since my previous blog to celebrate a Cisco HyperFlex launch. Lots has happened since then for HyperFlex, and Cisco is now launching a new major revision – 3.0. It’s time to extend congratulations again!

To recap - Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) was created to simplify data center infrastructure deployment and use. A unified control plane in software for the infrastructure components enables more efficient resource allocation and management to serve the needs of applications.

HyperFlex 3.0, which is based on Cisco’s UCS M5 server family takes advantage of Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors to bring new and exciting capabilities to customers. One of the innovations with this generation of server architecture is the enabling of NVMe technology, enabling SSD storage as a standard over PCIe bus. While NVMe enables higher bandwidth and lower latency even with traditional NAND media, these values are at their very best with Intel® Optane™ SSDs, which include revolutionary 3D XPoint™ memory technology.

“Hyper-converged infrastructure can be an accelerator for IT organizations’ transition to Hybrid Cloud. Congrats to Cisco for a bold new step forward on HCI with HyperFlex 3.0, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel® Optane™ SSDs." – Lisa Davis, Vice President, Data Center Group, General Manager, IT Transformation for Enterprise and Government, Intel

HyperFlex 3.0 software stack is optimized to take advantage of Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800x as a storage cache. This SSD technology truly shines in environments with shallow queue depths, where it can deliver 5-8x the performance of other SSDs, and up to 60x better read response time.1 This implementation can ensure extreme responsiveness for any application.

With great platform performance comes not only application performance but also infrastructure agility. In a software-defined infrastructure, the hardware infrastructure and software control plane are tightly intertwined. With an extremely high performing infrastructure, the control plane can deploy and allocate resources with great granularity and dynamism. These are characteristics that benefit container environments extremely well. The introduction of Kubernetes support with HyperFlex 3.0 leverages these points to create a great building block for hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.

HyperFlex 3.0 is a compelling option for IT organizations, providing the agility of cloud with the control needed to run the business. Congratulations, Cisco, on your exciting product launch!