Cisco HyperFlex 3.0: 6 stand-out features you need to know about
Cisco HyperFlex 3.0 is here, and this update is a big one.
Enterprises know the benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure in cutting through the complexity of their massive environments, including proving grounds and sandboxes for development and testing. But even smaller organizations that don’t have developers, or lack someone with storage experience, can benefit.
As IT gravitates closer to hybrid, multi-cloud systems, HyperFlex 3.0 has expanded capabilities that bring that future within reach for more organizations.
Here are six of the most stand-out new features of HyperFlex 3.0:
- Microsoft Hyper-V support. For all the Microsoft shops out there who want virtualization and a hyperconverged environment, HyperFlex has added hypervisor support for Microsoft Hyper-V, so you can now get the same flexibility that VMware users have on your Microsoft systems.
- Container support. While they’re not yet as big as hypervisors, containers are the Next Big Thing, and completely blow away the idea of a hypervisor running virtual machines with separate installations of an operating system. By virtualizing the OS to the point that applications in development think they’re running on their own personal piece of hardware, you can develop and deploy applications efficiently while reducing the number of OSes that have to be installed, configured, and patched.
- Multi-cloud support. Using Cisco CloudCenter, you can build infrastructure for your applications once, deploy the applications locally on HyperFlex while building, testing, and getting them up to speed, and then re-deploy them in your live environment. If you need more horsepower for a seasonal surge – for example, a retailer processing payments during the holiday season – you can deploy the same app to AWS, Azure, and other public clouds. You can also do all your development in the cloud but then bring the application in house when you have live data to keep it more secure. It gives you the flexibility to design an app once and then deploy wherever is best for your organization.
- Enhanced scale. You can create a system as small as three nodes or with as many as 64. While enterprises with larger environments can take advantage of all that storage and performance, even organizations with smaller environments can deploy just a few nodes with the potential to scale storage incrementally by adding capacity drives. They can also scale compute power by adding lower-cost, compute-only nodes. And because you can stretch clusters across multiple sites, HyperFlex 3.0’s disaster recovery features are more viable for business critical applications.
- Validated designs and apps. If you have questions about whether certain applications will work on HyperFlex 3.0, Cisco has already done a lot of the validating for you, putting popular applications for Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, and Splunk through the gauntlet. You can see the validated designs and solution guides on the Cisco website.
- Built from the ground up. HyperFlex 3.0 was built to be a hyperconverged, software-defined storage solution with a file system that is distributed and accessed across all nodes as a group, rather than localized, for more consistent performance. By waiting for other hyperconverged players to bring their solutions to market first, Cisco was able to build HyperFlex 3.0 from the ground up with the best aspects of end-to-end architecture.
Whether you’re a corporate enterprise, a school district, or a government agency, HyperFlex 3.0 has introduced new ways to simplify your data center infrastructure, offering flexibility without the high capital cost of equipment.
HyperFlex 3.0 will be available for order next week. For more information on the updates or to see whether it might be a good fit for your organization, contact your account executive.
Chris Brogan contributed to this post.