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Cisco Debuts Intersight for UCS, Hyperflex

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  • … make daily IT operations easier. Analytics combined with tight integration with the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) constantly improve the assistance provided through the recommendation engine.
  • Expertise: Tight TAC integration and insights from Cisco and the UCS Community provide recommendations and best practices.
  • Continuous Optimization: The ability for the Intersight platform to provide actionable intelligence will grow stronger over time from the power of cloud-based machine learning. It can learn from the collective experience of the UCS user community, as well as the best practices of Cisco experts and peers. This will enable better predictive analytics and resource utilization to be provided through the recommendation engine.
  • Agile Delivery: IT can rapidly respond to business demands and frequent changes while maintaining the policy enforcement designed to implement safe and reliable business services. Cisco Intersight is API-driven and Cisco UCS and HyperFlex are fully programmable systems, supporting development and operations tool chains for continuous integration and delivery.
  • Constant Protection: The Cisco Intersight service adheres to the stringent security standards of Cisco InfoSec, and helps enable secure communication between the Cisco Intersight SaaS platform and managed endpoints, allowing applications to be deployed and updated securely.

Intersight is integrated and designed to coexist with existing UCS and HyperFlex management tools. The Cisco Intersight Base Edition will be available at no charge. It includes global health monitoring and inventory, a customizable dashboard, the HyperFlex Installer to deploy clusters, and the ability to context-launch the UCS manager, IMC and HyperFlex Connect element managers.

The Cisco Intersight Essentials Edition is a licensed version that includes all the functionality of the base edition as well as policy-based configuration with service profiles, firmware management with scheduled updates, Hardware Compatibility Listing (HCL) compliance checks and upgrade recommendations, and other features. List prices start at $12.49 per month, per physical server, the company said.

Initially delivered as a service, Intersight will be available in an on-site model in the future. Cisco also notes that Intersight is built on an extensible architecture with OData standards-based RESTful APIs and connector framework simplifying third-party software and hardware integrations.

Cisco Intersight provides partners with four baskets of opportunity: server refresh; competitive advantage; edge and IoT opportunities; and infrastructure/application life-cycle management services, Scott Mohr, director for data center and cloud with the global partner organization at Cisco, told us.

Regarding server refresh, partners are encouraged to upgrade new and existing UCS customers to UCS Hyperflex M5. Cisco has brought a couple of sales plays – Turbocharge and Cisco Playcation rewards for Hyperflex M5 sales – to U.S.-based partners. Global partners will get these sales plays in the third and fourth quarters, Mohr said.

Intersight is available to all partners in Cisco’s Data Center practice, most of whom are UCS certified resell partners. It opens up new operating models to partners to deliver services, and also provides opportunity for IT service-provider (ITSP) partners to deliver SLA-based management products for their customers.

“This new management platform is part of a broader strategy to move recurring software revenue — with Cisco One, Meraki, and our new multicloud suite of solutions,” he said.

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