Cisco enters storage, hyperconvergence market with data center splash

Deal with Springpath yields HyperFlex line; new Nexus switches support 25/50G

by Network World

March 1, 2016. SAN DIEGO – Cisco this week is throwing its hat into the hyperconvergence and software-defined storage ring with a system co-developed with software company Springpath.

Cisco is also rolling out at its Cisco Partner Summit here a new generation of Nexus 9000 data center switches featuring 25G/50G Ethernet based on custom ASICs. The new products dovetail with Cisco’s acquisition today of CliQr, a maker of “application-defined” hybrid cloud orchestration software for deploying and managing applications across bare metal, virtualized and container environments.

Those products include the HX Data Platform, the first offering in Cisco’s new HyperFlex systems portfolio. HX Data combines Springpath software with Cisco UCS servers to form a distributed storage system using solid-state drives and spinning disks from federated server clusters.

The intent is to provide data center administrators with a single distributed, multi-tier, object-based data store that converges network and compute, and fills what Cisco says are gaps in current offerings from start-ups and established vendors: scale, performance, optimization and integrated policy management.

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