Cisco is updating its HyperFlex converged server infrastructure platform this week to help accelerate performance and cloud capabilities. The new HyperFlex HX 2.5 systems now benefit from all-flash storage and a 40 Gbps Unified Computing System (UCS) fabric. Previously, HyperFlex systems had spinning disks and a 10 Gbps UCS fabric.
Cisco is also releasing an updated management platform with the HyperFlex Connect system for orchestrating clusters.
Additionally, HyperFlex is being integrated with Cisco's UCS Director to help enable orchestration of UCS server clusters. For hybrid IT, the Cisco CloudCenter technnology now integrates with HyperFlex as well. The CloudCenter technology was added to the Cisco technology by way of the acquisition of CliQr Technologies in April 2016.
"With HyperFlex, we're offering a cloud-like experience on-prem," Todd Brannon, marketing director at Cisco, told ServerWatch. "Organizations can combine that with CloudCenter to put workloads out in the public cloud when needed."
Cisco HyperFlex vs. FlexPod and VersaStack
Cisco has a number of different converged offerings in the market, including the FlexPod system with NetApp and the VersaStack with IBM.
"HyperFlex is very different, since it includes UCS as the compute and the storage is all being carried in the local disk on the server," Brannon explained.
He added that a HyperFlex cluster can go to eight nodes and then the data platform software creates a storage environment across all the local disks. As such, there is a difference between HyperFlex with local storage and the other UCS plus storage-connected approach.
On the Horizon: HyperFlex and Container Integration
Looking forward, the next big step for HyperFlex is to provide a more integrated approach to run containers. Currently, HyperFlex runs VMware's vCenter and virtual machines, which can potentially run containers in an encapsulated approach.
"Ultimately, we think that customers will want to run containers on bare metal on a platform like this, and we're headed in that direction," Brannon said.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.