(Disclosure, I am a Cisco employee. All statements are mine.)
Hope you are doing well. Great article! If you don't mind, I would like to clarify a few things and correct a few minor errors in your article.
- HyperFlex EDGE is available in 2, 3, or 4 node configurations with cluster witness service for 2 node clusters provided through Intersight.
- HX EDGE is available for 1G or 10G environments, with 1G configurations having 10G storage and vMotion networks.That really helps a lot with performance.
- Yes, HXAN (All-NVMe) has Intel 3DxPoint Optane (Coldstream) Cache Drives and Intel Cliffdale NVMe capacity drives.
- Hyper-V and Stretch Cluster support lags 2-3 months for complex features.
Perhaps it is just a language barrier and I am misunderstanding British sarcasm, but I am wondering about this statement:
"The new thing is support for the central cloud-based Intersight management facility lessening the need for skilled IT staff at the edge sites, in theory at least."
I can ship my nodes to any location in the word, have a level 1 tech plug in power and network, and then I deploy the entire cluster from anywhere in the world via policies and profiles, drag and drop network and security policies, configure SD-WAN, push application stacks into ESX or Kubernetes, manage dozens or hundreds of clusters simultaneously, while having Cisco TAC connected to all of them and execute RMA and field support/hw replacement per SLA fully automated without the admin having to pick up a phone once. 1-click platform upgrades, integrated HCL management, 1-click DR failover with reprotect, and cloud based AI analytics.
Basically, all my ROBO clusters become remote drones controlled from a central starship. I don't know man, sounds quite like lessening the need for skilled IT staff to me. Understand the skepticism but I am sure a friendly Cisco guy can show you how this is done in practice. I've heard the British Cisco guys enjoy a pint or two so there might even be some interesting conversations afterwards!
Anyway, thanks for the article, hope this clarifies a few things, didn't mean to nag. I really like what you are doing over at Blocks & Files, keep up the good work!