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Cisco Debuts Intersight for UCS, Hyperflex

Cloud Management

Cisco on Thursday introduced Intersight, its next-generation intelligent management and automation platform for Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Hyperflex Systems, delivered as a service. This announcement kicks off a multi-year strategic program.

Intersight, the new systems management service, was developed to solve multiple customer problems, i.e. increased complexity resulting from distributed application architectures and physical and virtual infrastructure sprawl; complexity that’s outstripping IT’s capability to manage it in real time; and the fact that traditional systems management developed in a pre-cloud world just doesn’t work.

Cisco's Todd Brannon

Cisco’s Todd Brannon

“Our point is first that we must use the power of cloud to manage infrastructure on prem[ises]. Multicloud is the strategy that every customer is headed toward and there’s a lot of focus from us in terms of how we enable that. And, multicloud is really all about, ‘Where do I place workloads?’ But we can also use the cloud and turn that around to manage our on-prem infrastructure? That’s the first thing that we need to do … connect everything,” Todd Brannon, director of product marketing for unified computing at Cisco, told us.

After that, as the management cloud collects machine data, operational telemetry, etc., it provides Cisco with a view of what’s happening inside the customer’s infrastructure.

“There’s an enormous potential for us to take that data, analyze it and turn it into actionable insight — and combined with automation, start taking some of the burden off of IT and have the machines manage the machines to a certain point,” Brannon explained.

The rollout of Intersight in the fourth quarter marks 18 months of development work, called Project Starship, to build a management cloud. A technology preview with customers that began on Aug. 1 supports more than 8,000 systems.

According to Gartner, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management by 2020. Through 2022, 80 percent of organizations implementing cloud management will need, at a minimum, four tools to address hybrid and multicloud management requirements, Gartner predicts.

Earlier this year, IDC forecast that the market for Cloud Systems Management will jump from $4.6 billion in 2017 to $8.6 billion in 2020, a 23.2 compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

Businesses are already adopting cloud-based management platforms. Cisco’s Intersight offers cloud-powered intelligence to simplify the management experience, analytics to drive actionable intelligence, end-to-end diagnostics with real-time alerts, and connected proactive support, the company said.

Intersight is designed to be intuitive from the start and learn and evolve over time. It offers:

  • Pervasive Simplicity: Cisco Intersight features a dynamic user interface that can be customized by user role. As a cloud-based service, new functionality is delivered via portal updates without burdening customers with upgrades, and the experience scales seamlessly as customers directly connect new systems for management. The platform is designed to constantly learn to help …

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