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Cisco has introduced a number of innovations that should make the journey to the hybrid cloud easier. These include new VM and cluster management integration, low cost hyperconversion solutions and a new deployment model.
Enterprises are rapidly adopting hybrid cloud models that combine existing workloads with new cloud services and architectures. Market Research Futures forecasts the hybrid cloud market to reach $ 173.33 billion by 2025 with a CAGR of 22.25%. Adopting different management models in on-premises and cloud architecture remains a major hurdle. Cisco hopes to simplify this process.
Virtualization and container growth have made it difficult to manage efficiently with different tools. Cisco has added integration to its intersite platform to provide a compatible operating model with virtual machines and multicloud observations for virtual machines and Cubernets clusters. Intersite allows IT to manage the life cycle of the Kubernets cluster in the primaries and in the public cloud and gain observability across the estate with application service mesh visualization and management.
It can also help plan an enterprise for multicloud views across multiple cloud providers. Due to the various technical and economic constraints of cloud providers, multicloud architecture poses additional challenges than hybrids. Todd Brennan, senior director of cloud platform marketing at Cisco, told VentureBeat, “The biggest challenge in modern IT is to normalize operations on these islands of technology.”
Intersight, and integration with other Cisco platforms such as AppDynamics and ThousandEyes, play a critical role in Cisco’s ability to deliver full-stock observability through infrastructure and application topologies across multiple clouds.
The new intersite integrations are based on previous integrations with Hashicorp Teraform Cloud last year that provide infrastructure-as-code automation for on-the-go infrastructure. Cisco also previously announced the Intersite Workload Optimizer, a real-time decision engine for workload placement optimization that supports AWS and Azure today, with GCP coming soon. InterSite Cloud Orchestrator provides a low-code workflow designer with a library of multicloud automation functions and workflows.
More composable hardware
The Cisco Hyperflex Express is another major innovation that reduces the entry point for hyper-convergence solutions. This represents a new approach to the provision of enterprise hardware using software features that mimic cloud services. The current hyper-convergent approach may involve hundreds of variations. Cisco has reduced the configuration process to four simple choices around the Voice of Platform; (b) CPU selection; Type and capacity of drive; And power supply.
In addition, the list price for components is low, and the offering includes additional components to start services that traditionally require a second server. This reduces complexity for first-time users and helps channel partners streamline their offerings.
The third innovation includes improvements to Cisco’s Unified Computing Systems product line. These products include hardware, virtualization, switching fabric and management tools as a unit. Enhancements include improved integration with Nvidia GPU resources and a modular data fabric that supports bandwidth up to 200 gigabits at low cost. UCS-X is the fastest growing UCS system in Cisco’s history.
This may help support new data-intensive workloads that traditionally run on specially configured rack-mounted servers, such as workstation virtualization, AI / ML, big data, and software-defined storage (SDS). The enterprise will be able to streamline the fleet management of computers in their data centers and minimize the variety of factors required to manage them.
“Server architectures have changed dramatically over the last decade, and Cisco has had the opportunity to design a system that combines the best features of the two traditional form factors of rack and blade,” Brano said.
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