Cisco Intersight is the new cloud-based management platform for both Cisco and Cisco’s HyperFlex hyper-converged system. It moves system management to the cloud. HyperFlex is Cisco’s popular approach to hyper convergence which if you’re working with it you know how attractive it can be when management and storage get so much easier. Well, Cisco Intersight is a SaaS offering, that is software-as-a-service and deployment and management for HyperFlex system gets even easier, plus, it adds predictive analytics and machine learning.
Combining Cisco HyperFlex and Intersight makes the day zero easier and more simple to get it out of the box and get infrastructure stood up, not only in your data center but across fifty or hundred remote office branch offices. then on day 2, it’s easy to get that visibility that are needed to not only maintain the infrastructure but to understand how it’s going to grow and behave over time.
The second big advantage for customers is that you can manage all of UCS and HyperFlex devices from anywhere that the device can connect to the cloud, you can manage your device, anywhere you can connect to the cloud, is where you can manage your servers from. So when you want to drill down to a specific hyper flex custard through Intersight, you can look at a list of all the clusters that Intersight is managing figure out the cluster that you want to drill down further into and launch HyperFlex connect in context for that cluster.
It launches the entire HyperFlex connect console in context for the cluster within Intersight and once you do that you can then look at specific cluster operations such as looking at the server status. the node status, alarms and it helps you fix an issues that may have occurred in that system.
The main Intersight dashboard provides a global view of our infrastructure such as Cisco HyperFlex and Cisco UCS. You can also quickly see which HyperFlex data platform versions they are running. This dashboard is completely customizable.
Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance
Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance delivers the management features of Intersight for Cisco UCS and HyperFlex in an easy to deploy VMware OVA, Microsoft Hyper-V Server VM, and KVM hypervisor that allows you to control what system details leave your premises. You can deploy Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance in one of the following modes:
- Intersight Connected Virtual Appliance: requires a connection back to Cisco and Intersight services for updates and access required services for full functionality of intersight.com.
- Intersight Private Virtual Appliance: is intended for an environment where you operate data centers in a disconnected (air gap) mode.
- Intersight Assist: allows you to claim and support third party devices including Pure Storage and VMware vCenter on Intersight.