By Cobus Smit – 29 Jan 2020
Cisco’s live conference in Barcelona Tuesday announced a plug-and-play Kubernetes software package for its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure stack and updates to Cisco management tools.
Hyperflex has added support for containers with Kubernetes running on Linux. In short this means that you can now move apps in your hybrid cloud without the backing of VMware. The HyperFlex Application Platform (HX-AP) will make it easy to deploy and manage applications and IaaS. Kubernetes has been supported on Hyperflex before but VMware was a requirement. The new solution will be a perfect fit in the CI/DI space and micro services architecture.
Cisco has bundled the necessary tools to deploy a container environment, so IT managers don’t have to piece together open-source parts themselves
Kubernetes (K8s), the open source container orchestration platform built by Google, is difficult to get up and running from scratch. With Cisco’s new solution, Cisco help developers with Kubernetes-as-a-service platform.
We can expect that the Google Cloud Platform will be supported soon as well as a combination of HX-AP and VMware running together with bare metal linux servers as well.
This will give Cisco another advantage in the hyper converged space by adding features to its operating model and making life easier for DEV/OPS.
If we look at products like Goolge Anthos, HPE Container platform, Microsoft azure stack, then this is still a difficult field to enter into. But I am glad that Cisco joined the race and added some much needed competition here.