Introduction to Cisco Intersight

Introduction to Cisco Intersight

Cisco Intersight provides intelligent cloud-powered infrastructure management for Cisco Unified Computing System and Cisco HyperFlex.IT organizations can use the platform to automate, simplify, and analyze their environments.

It offers Kubernetes services, advanced infrastructure, and workload optimization. Your physical and virtual infrastructure will be deployed, monitored, managed, and supported by Cisco Intersight infrastructure services.

Fig 1.1- Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer 

Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer
IWO (Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer) extends Cisco Intersight's capabilities beyond managing Cisco servers and hyperconverged infrastructure. By providing visibility, insights, and decision automation across the entire stack of hardware and software, on-premises, and in the cloud, IWO enables teams to be proactive and collaborate more effectively.

Cisco Intersight Kubernetes Service
Teams can build and manage Kubernetes clusters across public clouds and on-premises environments using Cisco Intersight Kubernetes Service (IKS).

By providing end-to-end automation, including the integration of networking, load balancers, native dashboards, and storage provider interfaces, IKS is a fully curated, lightweight container management platform that simplifies provisioning, securing, scaling, and managing Kubernetes clusters whether they are virtualized or bare-metal.

Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance
Using Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliances, you can easily deploy Cisco Intersight for Cisco UCS and HyperFlex in VMware OVA, Microsoft Hyper-V Server VM, and KVM hypervisors to control what system details leave your premises.

In addition to intersight data locality and security features, Virtual Appliances provide additional compliance solutions.

Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance in one of the following modes

  • Intersight Connected Virtual Appliance
  • Intersight Private Virtual Appliance
  • Intersight Assist

Intersight Connected Virtual Appliance
To access's full functionality, the Intersight Connected Virtual Appliance deployment requires connection to Cisco and Intersight services.

Intersight Private Virtual Appliance
An Intersight Private Virtual Appliance deployment is intended for use in an environment where data centers are disconnected (air gaps).

Intersight Assist
Intersight Assist deploys third party devices, such as VMware vCenter and Pure Storage.