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Laggard Cisco stumbles over, puffing: 'HyperFlex now supports Hyper-V'

Version 3.0 scales up, shows some container love and promises validation

By Simon Sharwood

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Cisco has pushed a new version of its HyperFlex hyperconverged software out the door and given Microsoft a big hug by adding support for Redmond's Hyper-V virtualization software.

HyperFlex 3.0 has also scaled up: 64-node clusters are now possible and clusters can now stretch across data centres up to 100km apart. Support for 3.5-inch disks is another addition and means the software can now offer storage at more significant scale.

Switchzilla has also given its cloudy management platform Intersight the ability to manage HyperFlex clusters.

Persistent volumes for Kubernetes is another addition, as is the ability to place applications on different clusters or even in different clouds.

Cisco has also made sure its validated designs team spends some time thinking about HyperFlex, the result being that it's now certain you can run Oracle, SAP, Splunk and Microsoft databases on its platform.

These are all worthy additions to HyperFlex, but it needs them because other hyperconverged players are well ahead. Nutanix has about 7,800 customers and has had Hyper-V support for years. Dell EMC has around 3,000 for its VXRail, and VMWare has claimed 10,000 for its vSAN. Cisco's material spruiking this new version says it has "2,400+" customers, a number that reflects both its late start and the absence of some of the features mentioned above.

Now that it's just about at parity with its rivals, we'll see if Cisco specialties like native 40GbE networking help it to surge ahead. ®

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