Cisco recently unveiled the new Cisco HyperFlex Application Platform. HXAP is meant to deliver an integrated container-as-a-service platform that makes it easier for users to manage provisioning and ongoing operations for Kubernetes across various environments, including cloud, datacenter, and edge.
The goal of HXAP is to accelerate the application innovation process for IT and DevOps teams that work across multiple environments. To do this, the platform curates open-source tooling, automates repetitive tasks, provides full-stack lifecycle management functionality, and supports monitoring and optimization of applications using tools like AppDynamics and Cisco Intersight.
If you’re interested in making the most of the Cisco HyperFlex Application Platform, here’s a rundown of some of the most notable features and benefits.
Agile container-as-a-service platform
Managing applications across multiple environments can be complicated. But HXAP aims to simplify by integrating a full-stack container platform. The foundation of that platform is native upstream Kubernetes with a HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) system integration.
HXAP also includes other integrations that can make things easier, including container networking, container storage, ingress, and L7 load balancer. These integrations together are designed to create a complete platform for cloud-native application development. This provides integrated lifecycle management with single click install and upgrade. The platform also supports consistency when it comes to multicloud development, including 100 percent upstream Kubernetes compliance.
Simple installation and management
Users can install, upgrade, and operate the full HXAP infrastructure from anywhere. Additionally, Intersight allows you to manage and monitor virtual machines and containers so you can create, expand and upgrade Kubernetes clusters right from the cloud. And the addition of the Intersight Mobile App lets customers manage and monitor their global infrastructure and container footprint from a mobile device or anywhere.
Reduced licensing and operational costs
Previously, HyperFlex required customers to use third-party hypervisors to host Kubernetes workloads. But now, HXAP extends the HyperFlex HCI architectural framework by expanding hyperconvergence, which can now host Kubernetes workloads natively without the additional cost associated with third-party hypervisor licensing.
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