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Cisco HyperFlex Systems HX-Series

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Presentation on hyperconvergence and Cisco HyperFlex at Cisco Tech Days.

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Cisco HyperFlex Systems HX-Series

  1. 1. Cisco HyperFlex Systems HX-Series
  2. 2. Cisco HyperFlex Systems 1 Complete Hyperconvergence Unified Compute and Network Infrastructure Wide Array of Rack and Blade Form Factors Integrated, High Performance Network Fabric Automated Management of all Hardware Virtualization Aware Cisco UCS: The Ideal System for Hyperconvergence
  3. 3. Cisco HyperFlex Systems 1 Complete Hyperconvergence Unified Compute and Network Infrastructure Cisco HyperFlex Cisco HX Data Platform Data Services and Storage Optimization 2 Next Gen Data Platform Designed for Distributed Storage
  4. 4. Cisco HyperFlex Systems 1 3 Complete Hyperconvergence Unified Compute and Network Infrastructure Part of a Complete Data Center Strategy Elastic and Secure at Enterprise Scale Cisco HyperFlex Cisco HX Data Platform Data Services and Storage Optimization 2 Next Gen Data Platform Designed for Distributed Storage Cisco One Enterprise Cloud Suite Cisco ACI
  5. 5. Flexible, Extensible Storage Interfaces Future Ready Architecture API-Enabled Data Platform Supports Multiple Storage Formats At Launch Support for VMware Future Releases • Containers • Additional VM environments ObjectFile Block Bare MetalContainers Cisco HyperFlex: HX Data Platform Data Services and Storage Optimization
  6. 6. Cisco HyperFlex Configurations HX240c Nodes Capacity-heavy 3–8 Node Cluster (VSI: IT/Biz Apps, Test/Dev) Per-Node 1x1.6TB Cache SSD up to 23x1.2TB HDDs SD Card/120GB Back SSD (Boot/Housekeeping) HX240c + B200 for HF Hybrid Nodes Compute-heavy Hybrid (Compute Bound Apps/VDI) Up to 4 Blades SD Card or SAN (Boot) 3-8 Node HX240c Cluster HX220c Nodes Smallest Footprint 3–8 Node Cluster (VDI, ROBO) Per-Node 1x480 GB Cache SSD 6x1.2TB HDDs SD Card/120GB SSD (Boot/Housekeeping)
  7. 7. Powered by UCS Platform
  8. 8. Cisco UCS: Platform for All Architectures Converged Infrastructure Cisco UCS Hardware Abstracted Policy Driven Open and Programmable UCS Mini Mainstream Computing Fourth Gen UCS UCS C3000 Series UCS M-Series Modular Servers Scale Out Computing Hyperconverged Systems
  9. 9. UCS Management Unified Management Across UCS Portfolio UCS Mini Edge-Scale Computing Cloud-Scale Computing UCS M-Series Composable Infrastructure UCS B-Series Blade Servers UCS C-Series Rack Servers UCS HX Series Nodes Core Data Center Workloads
  10. 10. Cisco HX Data Platform Overview
  11. 11. Hyperconverged Scale Out and Distributed File System CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM HYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORM Start With as Few as Three Nodes Hyperconverged Data Platform Installs in Minutes Add Servers, One or More at a Time Linearly Scale Compute, Storage Performance, and Capacity Distribute and Rebalance Data Across Servers Automatically Retire Older Servers HYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM
  12. 12. CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM HYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORMHYPERCONVERGED DATA PLATFORM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM Software Modules Inside a Server Controller VM Has Direct Access to Drives VAAI Plugin Offloads Snapshots and Clone Operations IO Visor Module Presents NFS to ESX and Stripes IO DATASTORE/VOLUME CONTROLLER VM HYPERVISOR VMVMVMVMVM HDD HDD SDD SDD IO Visor VAAI
  13. 13. Independent Scaling of Compute and Capacity Scale Compute HX Data Platform Add NodesScale Cache or Capacity Within Nodes HX Data Platform CONTROLLERHYPERVISORCONTROLLERHYPERVISOR CONTROLLERHYPERVISOR CONTROLLERHYPERVISOR IOVisorIOVisor IOVisorIOVisor IOVisorIOVisor IOVisorIOVisor VM VM VM VM Non- HyperFlex Hosts Can Connect to Storage with IOVisor VM VMVM VM VMVM VM VMVM VM VMVM
  14. 14. Dynamic Data Distribution • HX Data Platform stripes data across all nodes simultaneously, leveraging cache across all SSDs for fast writes • Balanced space utilization: no data migration required following a VM migration Systems Built on Conventional File Systems Write Locally, Then Replicate, Creating Performance Hotspots CONTROLLERHYPERVISORHYPERVISOR CONTROLLERHYPERVISOR CONTROLLERHYPERVISOR VM VMVM VM VMVM VM VMVM HX Data Platform VM VMVM CONTROLLERCONTROLLER
  15. 15. HYPERVISOR …and Efficient Capacity and Network Utilization HYPERVISOR HYPERVISOR VM VM 1 2 3 VM DATASTORE CONTROLLER CONTROLLER CONTROLLER Balanced Space Utilization No Data Migration on VM Migration Less Stress on Network
  16. 16. DATASTORE DATASTORE • Stripe blocks of a file across servers • Replicate one or two additional copies to other servers • Handle entire server or disk failures • Restore back to original number of copies • Rebalance VMs and data post replacement • Rolling software upgrades Non-Disruptive Operations CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM CONTROLLER VMHYPERVISOR VM VM VM File.vmdk D1 E1A1 B1 C1B2 A2 A3C2 C3 D2D3 E2E3 D1E1 B3 B3 EDCBA
  17. 17. Continuous Data Optimization BEFORE Inline Deduplication 20–30% space savings Inline Compression 30–50% space savings No Special Hardware No Performance Impact Log-Structured File System Yields More Efficient Data Optimization
  18. 18. • Pointer-based snapshots • Space-efficient • Fast creations and deletions • Fine-grained or coarse-grained • VM-level or VM folder-level • VAAI-integrated • Quiesced and crash-consistent • Use vCenter Snapshot Manager • Policy-based • Schedules, retention period Fast and Flexible Native Snapshots for Backups
  19. 19. • Pointer-Based Writeable Snapshots (Instantaneous Clones) • VAAI integrated • VM-level granularity Native VM Clones for Rapid Provisioning • Batch creation GUI • Apply unique names • Use customization spec to apply IP • Powerful tool to rapidly setup a large set of VMs using just VC (without scripting or View composer); Up to 256 clones in parallel per job • Golden/Base VM can be a template, powered on or powered off
  20. 20. • Extends virtualization management seamlessly • No switching between management consoles • View storage alerts/alarms alongside with ESX alerts/alarms • Command line interface for automation Management Built for Server Admin 100% vCenter-Based Management
  21. 21. Cisco vs. First Generation HCI Solutions Complete Solution Scaling Data Availability Management Simplicity Architectural Underpinning Total Cost of Ownership Cisco • Compute • Storage • Networking • Independent Scaling • Wide Striping • 100% vCenter • Purpose Built H/W and S/W • Pricing Advantage • Use of Existing Resources Competition vendor • Compute • Storage • Networking (?) • Only Linear Scaling • Local Data • Multiple Management Frameworks • White box H/W • Open Source S/W • Replace Existing Servers • Support ???
  22. 22. Thank you.

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