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As #Cisco looks to soon be without #SimpliVity as a #hyperconvergedinfrastructure partner, it beefs up its #HyperFlex product with coengineered software with #Springpath.

The updated HyperFlex 2.5 system includes a co-engineered data fabric and file system with software partner Springpath Inc. that focuses on improved performance for top-tier enterprise workloads. Other enterprise-oriented improvements include the option of up to a 40 GbE interconnect, an all-flash storage option, native replication, encryption at rest and integration with CloudCenter.

Last year when Cisco’s HyperFlex and Springpath offerings were just a few months old, they had some “functional deficits” and were short on enterprise features, but had sound architecture, said Richard Fichera, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, Inc. The latest updates focus on improvements that are important to enterprises, such as native replication services to an external target.

HyperFlex 2.5 is still missing erasure coding, already offered by VMware vSAN and Nutanix, useful mainly for workloads with large data sizes that carry a cost penalty to internally replicate data. Likewise, integration with CloudCenter may be useful at some point even if users may not need it today.

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