Cisco Intersight: 5-year anniversary – Cisco Blogs

Monitoring of Cisco UCS, HPE ProLiant and Dell PowerEdge servers from one place


Transformational infrastructure management platform

When we introduced Cisco Intersight in late 2017, our vision was not just to transform data center-based management of Cisco UCS servers into a SaaS-assisted management paradigm, but to transform the way IT managed devices in the data center. The core value has always been to help our customers fully gain the benefits of SaaS delivery along with end-to-end lifecycle management of distributed infrastructure and workloads across data centers, remote locations, branch offices and edge environments.

To do this, we had to evolve Intersight from a SaaS management plan to a complete platform that could deliver multiple different services. We started down this path a few years back when we worked with our storage partners to bring Pure Storage, NetApp and Hitachi devices under Intersight management while fully complementing the native management provided by our partners.

Development for third party server support

Following this success, our customers asked us to extend similar benefits to servers beyond UCS and help complement other server vendor management tools. In fact, over 92% of respondents to an internal survey believed that our current customers would like to use Intersight to monitor third-party infrastructure. Since we had already paved the way for managing servers using standard Redfish APIs, we were able to extend some of this functionality to certain Dell and HPE servers. We recently announced a technical preview of the same and we will offer the following functionality:

  • Inventory display consistent with UCS servers
  • Power and boot source setup actions in the user interface
  • Support based on Redfish standards implemented in vendor firmware
Intersight 3rd party server directory
Intersight server inventory view showing: Cisco HyperFlex, HPE ProLiant and Dell PowerEdge servers

This allows our customers to start visualizing and monitoring their server assets in the data center with Intersight. As mentioned earlier, this does not replace any of the tools from other computer vendors, but will complement them. This is just the beginning of the functionality we can offer our customers, and as we develop more capabilities, this can be expanded to increase the number of Day 2 operations administrators can perform on their computing environment.

Get started today

If you are not already using Cisco Intersight, I encourage you to take a test drive today at www.intersight.com and start your 90-day free trial.

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