Buenos dias from Cisco Live in Barcelona! You know what makes Spanish paella so delicious? It’s the blending of a variety of ingredients into a succulent dish chock full of flavor. The perfect marriage of meat, seafood, rice and seasoning to deliver a dish that is both beautiful and absolutely yummy. The Cisco and Veeam partnership reminds me a lot of a perfect paella. Mix the two together and you get a perfect Availability solution chock full of features, functionality and real value for our customers.
And today, it gets even more tasty with the announcement of Cisco HyperFlex 3.0 their, next generation hyper-converged infrastructure platform.
HyperFlex Multi-Cloud Platform
I have been a fan of HyperFlex since its inception. As so often happens, it’s not the first technology to market that ends up being the best, it is often the second or third who develop their solutions based on the experiences of the original ground breakers. Based on the award winning UCS platform Cisco HyperFlex, it brings agility and the ease of use of cloud-based economics to the modern data center. Unlike others, it allows you to scale individual components, like compute and storage, avoiding the need to scale only by adding additional nodes. It utilizes UCS manager so you can manage not only your hyper-converged infrastructure, but also any UCS storage servers in your environment, which is a big advantage over standalone hyper-converged infrastructures.
Now HyperFlex gets even better! With the HyperFlex Multi-Cloud Platform announcement, they have added support for Hyper-V, centralized cloud-based management, increased compute and storage node cluster scale, Flex Clusters which allow HyperFlex to be operated across data center locations, cloud mobility and self-service features with CloudCenter, and workload optimization with Cisco Workload Optimization Manager (CWOM).
With the addition of Hyper-V, Cisco HyperFlex can take advantage of Veeam’s Windows server 2016 functionality for production checkpoints and resilient change tracking and offer enterprise-grade data protection for application running in Microsoft Hyper-V environment.
Hyper-convergence at a multi-cloud scale
While that sounds like a lot, I think you can see there is a definite theme. It’s all about the cloud, and more specifically, it’s about multi-cloud which makes sense as we live in a multi-cloud world. In fact, Cisco is now positioning HyperFlex as HyperFlex Multicloud Platform: an adaptive platform enabling customers to power all their applications with the simplicity of hyper-convergence at a multi-cloud scale. What they are talking about is the ability for customers to deploy and provision at cloud-like speed, consume compute and storage resources as needed, and be able to power any application including multi-cloud hybrid applications efficiently and economically.
At Veeam, we totally embrace this philosophy across physical, virtual and cloud environments, delivering the #1 Availability for any app, any data, across any cloud, supporting any application on any cloud.
In case you missed it, Veeam announced our very first acquisition of N2WS to further broaden our offerings in Amazon AWS environments.
Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft
With HyperFlex adding Hyper-V support, there is a pretty good story here with Cisco + Veeam + Microsoft. Now customers that utilize HyperFlex with Hyper-V will get the full support of Veeam to back up and replicate their HyperFlex environments, and they can take advantage of the full breadth of Veeam’s Microsoft solutions. Our seamless solutions provide customers the ability to back up to Microsoft Azure with a cloud service provider, lower costs by archiving data to Azure, mitigate risk by backing up Office 365, and ensure Availability of cloud-based workloads with the protection of Azure virtual machines.
Cisco + Veeam keep getting better together
Cisco and Veeam offer our customers modern solutions to meet their Always-On Enterprise challenges. Recently, we announced our third Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Veeam and HyperFlex, Cisco HyperFlex with Veeam Availability Suite for Multisite Deployments. This builds on the announcement made at the end of 2017 that Veeam is available in Cisco’s dCloud which is a cloud-based platform that provides a powerful way for customers to demo the Veeam and HyperFlex solutions, including our unique native snapshot integration with HyperFlex. Additionally, Veeam was awarded the prestigious Cisco Global ISV partner of the year for 2017 which demonstrates just how advanced our relationship with Cisco has become.
While 2017 was quite the year for Cisco and Veeam, I am looking forward to even more greatness in 2018. ¡Salud!
- Want to learn more about Cisco HyperFlex and Veeam? Check out our Cisco HyperFlex + Veeam resource page.
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