Presidio Enables Cisco’s Hyper-Convergence around Launch of Cisco HyperFlex Systems

Posted By:  Raphael Meyerowitz, AVP, Data Center, post-sales
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Presidio has been involved in leading the charge with respect to next generation datacenter technologies for many years. Our virtualization expertise can integrate hyper-converged platforms with any virtual workloads and Cisco infrastructure. Cisco has announced the release of Cisco HyperFlex Systems, a new Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) stack. Cisco HyperFlex is built on the Cisco Unifed Computing and integrates a distributed hyperconverged data platform called Cisco HX Data Platform, along with the VMware hypervisor and Cisco Nexus networking, all in a single HCI stack.

What is Cisco HyperFlex?

The basics of a starter edition Cisco HyperFlex stack are as follows:

  • 3 x HyperFlex Systems
  • 2 x Fabric Interconnects
  • HX Data Platform Software

The HyperFlex systems (HX220c and HX240c) will be the Cisco’s enterprise grade hyperconverged platform.

The HyperFlex cluster will be created with rack mount systems that will contribute both compute and storage, for linear growth. As your environment grows, both compute and storage can be scaled non-disruptively.

Each node offered in the different packages is powered by two Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 or v4 series CPUs. Intel 120GB, 480GB and 1.6TB SSD drives are also part of the nodes. Those drives deliver extreme performance.

HyperFlex will also be able to efficiently scale compute independent of storage. Should you need to add a node with only compute, and no additional storage, the HyperFlex Data Platform will allow you to add Cisco B200 blades as compute-only nodes for the cluster.

Below is an example of a single HyperFlex node. The physical attributes of each node are: CPU, Memory, SSD drives, and 10K RPM drives. The HyperFlex Controller is a virtual machine that runs on each node and services all I/O for the hyperconverged cluster and any associated virtual machines. Each HyperFlex node will have SSD drives, comprising a distributed caching layer. By utilizing SSD drives as cache for the HDD drives, the platform combines the performance of flash technology with the capacity and efficiency of spinning drives. 

The management interface is easy to use because it plugs directly into the VMware vCenter environment.  Once the HyperFlex plug-in is installed, then the cluster can be managed easily through the vCenter Web Client.

A New Way to Provide IT Services

Cisco HyperFlex systems are unlike any other Cisco product. Stepping outside of the traditional data center models that build independent stacks of server, storage and networking resources, HyperFlex will deliver an ease of use and flexibility that is difficult to attain outside of HCI platforms.

The Right Fit

Cisco HyperFlex provides a platform that will meet the demand of new, and more dynamic, workloads. At the same time, it provides a simple and more efficient way to address traditional data center workloads. A few of the primary use cases for the Cisco HyperFlex solution could include:

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: End User Compute solutions based on VMware or Citrix

  • Low up-front cost model
  • Consistent performance
  • Predictable scaling

Virtual Server Infrastructure: server virtualization based on VMware

  • Reduce operational complexity
  • Adaptive scaling
  • Always-on resiliency

Test & Development: in a virtual environment based on VMware

  • Agile provisioning
  • Frequent iterations
  • Instant cloning and snapshotting

Where to Buy?

All of the new Cisco HyperFlex products are available today. To learn more about HyperFlex, or to get information on attending a Cisco HyperFlex Test Drive, contact Presidio today.

For More Information

For more information about Cisco HyperFlex Systems, visit http://www.cisco.com/ go/hyperflex

For more information about Cisco UCS, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/ucs

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Raphael Meyerowitz – AVP, DC post-sales - @raphmeyer