During this year’s opening keynote David Goeckeler, EVP and GM of Networking and Security at Cisco posed the idea that we shouldn’t view any cloud deployment as an ‘issue of moving’ but to ‘think of it as expanding’.
Over the last year, and moving forward into 2019, Cisco have not only been expanding their product range to meet the ever-growing demand for a cloud-based future, but also adapting existing solutions in the DC space to meet these demands. With that in mind, there were 3 key announcements that really took centre stage this year, and are set to revolutionise the way your Data Centre expands into the cloud:
Since Cisco first articulated their vision for ACI Anywhere a little over a year ago, they’ve been delivering key components to make this a reality. Cisco Live marked a significant drive forward for ACI Anywhere: the announcement that it will be delivered within the cloud. ACI architecture can now be supported within any cloud, any application and on any platform, anywhere. There are two key applications working with Cloud ACI that will make this all possible, ACI Multisite orchestrator and Cloud ACI controller. Cloud ACI Controller will translate existing ACI policies to cloud native constructs, creating a simple and consistent policy across multiple on-premises and public cloud locations. It treats public cloud as one of the existing ACI sites and therefore manages it in the exact same way as an on-prem site; making the job of the infrastructure team simple. ACI Anywhere will be available Q2CY19.
Cisco took the server industry by storm back in 2009, creating an architecture that extracted both the functionalities of the server and fabric away from the metal core, and codified it into policy. Now, with the growth of HyperFlex spanning significantly across the last 2 years with version 2.0 and 3.0, they have now announced version 4.0 (Hyperflex Anywhere). Every cloud or data centre is built for one reason alone- to run applications. However, as todays applications grow in diversity and distribution, the need to generate data across multiple locations is putting a strain on even the most efficient of data centres. Cisco’s latest HyperFlex offering is designed with this new reality in mind, delivering an elastic ‘datacentre in-a-box’ to wherever your data resides, either in the core or at the edge. Hyperflex Edge nodes ship directly from the factory to the edge sites, coupled with connectors to Cisco Intersight cloud, providing a fully automated, zero hassle installation. Hyperflex Anywhere will be available Q2CY19.
Cisco believe that in order to truly realise the benefits of a multi-cloud approach you need a cloud management framework that works across many clouds, both public and private, and what they announced at Cisco Live does just that. Cisco CloudCentre Suite is an integrated set of software modules that aims to accelerate innovation, providing a framework for organisations to design, deploy and then optimise their infrastructure and applications across clouds to achieve cost and compliance objectives. Combining workflow automation, application lifestyle management, cost optimisation, governance and policy management across clouds, the suite simplifies multi-cloud management. The suite is now a modular, self-managed, Kubernetes-based solution that gives all the benefits of a microservices application without having to manage one! Cisco CloudCentre Suite subscription on-premises will be available in Q1CY19; SaaS version is planned for availability in Q1CY19 in North America, and Q2CY19 in Europe.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the exciting new developments taking place in the world of Cloud DC, speak to your Account Manager or contact us to hear from a member of our Data Centre team.