Cisco HyperFlex V4

Cisco HyperFlex V4

Cisco HyperFlex is a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) system that is software-defined and provided by Cisco Systems. HyperFlex V4 is the most recent version.

Cisco HyperFlex is a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution that combines compute, storage, and networking in a single platform

HyperFlex V4 provides enterprise-class data services, including data protection, data availability, and data mobility, to help customers simplify their IT infrastructure, improve the performance and efficiency of their applications, and reduce costs.

Fig 1.1- Cisco Hyperflex Edge node

Some of the new features in HyperFlex V4 include:

Support for Kubernetes: HyperFlex V4 provides support for Kubernetes, allowing customers to deploy and manage containerized applications in a more efficient and streamlined manner.

Cloud-Scale Flexibility: With HyperFlex Edge, customers can deploy a cluster as small as 3 nodes and scale out to 64 nodes and beyond, making it more flexible to adapt to the organization's needs.

Improved security: HyperFlex V4 offers built-in security features such as secure boot and secure erase, as well as integration with Cisco's Secure Cloud for threat detection and incident response.

Advanced data services: HyperFlex V4 provides advanced data services such as data protection, data availability, and data mobility, to help customers simplify their IT infrastructure, improve the performance and efficiency of their applications, and reduce costs.

Support for Cisco Intersight : HyperFlex V4 can be managed through Cisco Intersight, a cloud-based platform that provides automated infrastructure provisioning, system updates, and performance monitoring, with integration to other tools.

Other Features and supports

  • Support for the latest server platforms from Cisco, including the Cisco UCS C220 M5 and C240 M5 servers, as well as third-party servers from Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo.
  • Enhanced data management capabilities, including data at rest encryption, compression and deduplication, and the ability to create snapshots and clones for easy data recovery.
  • Improved scalability, with the ability to scale up to 24 nodes per cluster and support for up to 6 petabytes of storage.
  • Automation and programmability with Ansible and Terraform integration, allowing to automate provisioning, scaling and updating operations through APIs.
  • Enhanced security features, such as built-in firewalls and support for Cisco Tetration to provide network-wide visibility and security.
  • Improved analytics and performance monitoring capabilities, including the ability to view real-time and historical performance data for the entire HyperFlex cluster, and to troubleshoot performance issues using the HyperFlex Insights app.

HyperFlex V4 is built on top of Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System) servers and Cisco Nexus switches, which provides a robust hardware foundation for the software.

Cisco HyperFlex is ideal for organizations that want to simplify their IT infrastructure, improve application performance, and reduce costs. The support for Kubernetes and the integration with Cisco Intersight, makes it more appealing for organizations that are looking to adopt and manage containerized applications and want to take advantage of the benefits of HCI on their data centers.

Cisco HyperFlex v4 is suitable for customers that are looking for an HCI solution that can provide a simplified and flexible way of deploying and managing their data center infrastructure, and that need to increase the agility and automation of their operations.

HyperFlex v4's integration with other Cisco technologies such as Cisco ACI and Cisco Tetration can provide a comprehensive solution for data center and security management, in addition to its compatibility with different servers vendor, makes it a great option for customers that are in different stages of their IT journey, looking to improve their infrastructure performance, security, and scalability.