Cisco Intersight is a Software as a Service (SaaS) infrastructure management platform. Intersight removes the difficulties of supporting infrastructure across geographically dispersed locations. It also solves the complexities of infrastructure management tools providing: –
Learn more about cloud-based management with Cisco Intersight and Pure Storage from the presentation I delivered at this year’s Cisco Live US event:
Pure Storage provides self-driving storage via our Pure1® SaaS platform.
Cisco and Pure Storage have jointly developed the first third-party integration into Cisco Intersight to give you the ability to manage Pure products from within Cisco Intersight. The first integration is with FlashArray, our block-based all-flash storage array.
To access the FlashArray Integration, download the Cisco Intersight Assist Virtual Appliance and deploy it on-premises in your data center. Intersight Assist acts as a proxy between all your on-prem FlashArray devices and Cisco Intersight via a single 443 SSL connection. It translates all Cisco Intersight information requests using the Pure Storage Purity//FA API.
After completing the virtual appliance deployment, claim the Intersight Assist virtual appliance from within Intersight. This enables you to claim any third-party on-premises device you wish to manage (e.g. FlashArray) using Intersight Assist as a proxy.
The beta integration covers the following capabilities and is supported across all FlashArray and Purity//FA versions: –
The following Workflows have been initially pre-configured for the Beta, Keep in mind that these will be updated on a regular ongoing basis. The power of cloud-based management means new features/functions and capabilities can be included in the platform at any time without you having to take any action: –
You need to sign up for the beta program to get access to the Cisco Intersight Assist virtual appliance. Please contact your Cisco sales team to request access. As part of the beta process, you can try out the new integration if you already have a Cisco Intersight Essentials Subscription. If you haven’t subscribed to Cisco Intersight yet, you can sign up for an “all-you-can-eat” 90-day free trial that provides Essentials-level access, which enables you to try the integration.
This post is the first of a multi-part series. Future posts will cover: