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Cisco UCS M5 servers and Cisco HyperFlex Edge: Bringing hyperconvergence to branch offices and SMBs

September 19, 2017

Cisco UCS M5 servers and Cisco HyperFlex Edge: Bringing hyperconvergence to branch offices and SMBs

The last couple of releases of Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System) management software products illustrate Cisco’s commitment to this concept. The new Cisco M5 servers and HyperFlex Edge systems, for example, are ready to connect to the cloud on day one. Additionally, UCS M5 rack and blade servers offer increased density and broader support for accelerators such as NVMe (non-volatile memory express) host controller interface and storage protocol and GPUs (graphics processing units).

The new Intel Xeon Scalable processors bring increased core counts and faster memory. In lab testing comparing M4 to M5 generation machines, Cisco reported performance improvements of up to 89%. For scale-up workloads like in-memory databases, Cisco doubled the memory capacity on all of its two-socket servers. The big picture is that faster CPUs, more memory and the GPU/NVMe accelerators increase the workload applicability for two-socket servers, which will save customers money and provide quicker time to value as they refresh their environment.

Pushing computing to the edge with Cisco Hyperflex Edge

But what about small business customers or those with remote offices/branch offices that don’t require as much compute, storage, IOPS (input/output per second) and memory, but still want some of the benefits of Cisco HyperFlex? Cisco HyperFlex Edge was designed with these customers in mind, delivering an end-to-end software-defined infrastructure that combines computing using Cisco USC servers, software defined storage using the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform and software-defined networking using Cisco Unified Fabric.

At the edge, computing needs to be powerful, reliable, always on and able to operate independent of the enterprise data center in the event of an outage. With the reliability built into the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform, edge deployments can maintain application and data availability in the face of numerous failure scenarios.

The edge solution comes with the full power of Cisco HyperFlex systems, but it’s less expensive and takes up less space. With entry-level configurations, Cisco HyperFlex Edge can be deployed in existing edge locations and can even use existing networks for cluster communication. These enhancements make it easy and affordable to deploy as a hyperconverged solution in a multitude of edge locations, or even as the sole cluster supporting an SMB customer.

An installation wizard provides an automated configuration process that enables partners to get the system up and running in less than an hour, and partners can manage their centralized and remote locations through a VMware vSphere plug-in. Users also can access all features through the Cisco HyperFlex Connect interface with an HTML 5 presentation layer accessible on desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices.

The sustainable advantage Cisco UCS M5 servers and HyperFlex Edge systems offered through Cisco’s system architectural approach—which delivers simplicity, versatility and is futureproof by design—is what’s most impressive. Customers have assurance that as new technologies become available in the future, Cisco will integrate these and deliver them as part of a system instead of requiring expensive rip-and-replace projects.

To learn more about delivering hyperconvergence at the edges of your customers’ operations with Cisco HyperFlex Edge, click here or contact the Ingram Micro Cisco team at (800) 456-8000, ext. 76471.