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Although 2017 will see plenty of data growth that will require permanent storage, most net new data generated next year will be ephemeral; it will quickly outlive its usefulness and be discarded. So despite exponential data growth, there won’t be as much storage growth as we might otherwise have expected. – Avinash Lakshman, CEO, Hedvig
Investments in cloud computing will continue aggressively in 2017, but many organizations will opt for multi-cloud environments in their data centers. That is the prediction of Avinash Lakshman, chief executive officer at Hedvig and creator of Apache Cassandra.
Avinash spoke with Information Management about what the New Year will hold for data and IT professionals. He sees five key trends for the cloud and storage markets.
Although 2017 will see plenty of data growth that will require permanent storage, most net new data generated next year will be ephemeral; it will quickly outlive its usefulness and be discarded. So despite exponential data growth, there won’t be as much storage growth as we might otherwise have expected. – Avinash Lakshman, CEO, Hedvig
According to Avinash Lakshman, CEO of storage developer Hedvig and creator of the Apache Cassandra platform, enterprise executives should plan their data center upgrades around five key elements. First, multi-cloud architectures are emerging as the new normal, meaning the local data center will no longer act as the primary repository for data and applications. As well, infrastructure will become streamlined through technologies like in-memory computing, while content delivery and other functions will transition to self-service modes of operation. Expect a higher level of automation and machine learning as well, which in turn will produce greater value for metadata, perhaps to the point where it can be monetized.
Startup Hedvig is building its Universal Data Plane for cross-platform support, including containers, while Nutanix is investing in its App Mobility Fabric, for example.
The 2016 Gartner Critical Capabilities report reveals that demand for business intelligence solutions has surged over the past year. Avinash Lakshman, the CEO of Hedvig and creator of Apache Cassandra states that cloud providers are beginning to leverage metadata to improve the quality of business intelligence.
“The nature of many distributed systems, such as those used in large companies such as Google or Facebook, is by design to collect and store lots and lots of metadata,” Lakshman told Information Management. “This ‘data about the data’ will become increasingly relevant as companies analyze more of it for insights. Organizations such as Netflix have already built their success around analyzing customer data for commonalities and many companies will follow. Making sense of metadata, particularly metadata that has been stored for a long time, can also lead to new customer insights as well as become the focus of new products sold by analytics vendors.”
In a recent interview, CEO and founder of SDS startup Hedvig Inc., Avinash Lakshman, explained why he thinks scale-out SDS is a hot technology that will continue to grow rapidly.
"The ROI is pretty simple because hardware costs are going nowhere but down. People like Amazon, Google and all these large internet-scale companies are obviously going that route. It's forced the enterprise to take a look at them and ask the question, 'If they can do a lot more with a lot less, why can't we?'"
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0 is a software-defined storage platform that spans any workload, cloud and storage tier, and includes native integration with Docker Datacenter, OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Mesos for cloud orchestration and automation. The offering from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Hedvig is based on the company's Universal Data Plane, which guarantees data locality and service availability across clouds. The Universal Data Plane is a programmable software layer that enables any application to store and protect data across any location. It plugs into modern orchestration and automation frameworks, and replaces the need for separate storage gear with a solution that runs on commodity servers in private clouds and as instances in public clouds.
Another Gartner “Cool Vendor,” Hedvig offers software-defined storage to improve scalability. The company announced in the spring of 2015 that it had raised $12.5 million in funding during three years in stealth mode.
With version 1.6 of Hedvig's Distributed Storage Platform, native integration with Docker and VMware is included. In addition, companies can migrate to newer container architectures as needed -- all while being able to keep operations consistent at the storage level.
The world of containers is seeing an increase in storage offerings, such as Hedvig’s Universal Data Plane, which can be used for container-based storage.
This conflict between data locality and scale/efficiency is likely to remain one of the key challenges for Hadoop going forward, says Hedvig CEO Avinash Lakshman. As he explained to InfoStor recently, tools like MapReduce can effectively manage DAS architectures throughout the lake, but it results in islands of Big Data storage that work against the goal of quickly and easily comparing vast data sets against each other to gain insight.
Founded in 2012, Hedvig released its first product in 2015. Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is a software-defined enterprise storage platform. Hedvig’s PB-scale commodity storage clusters pool capacity for iSCSI, NFS, and object storage (S3 and OpenStack Swift).
Hedvig's distributed storage platform is designed for both private and public clouds. It provides a high performance, elastic storage system built with low-cost commodity hardware to support any application, hypervisor, container or cloud. Enterprise storage services can be selected on a per-volume basis and include thin provisioning, disaster recovery replication, inline deduplication and compression, and storage virtualization.
Start-up Hedvig has built a software defined storage layer that transparently links cloud and on-site storage into a single virtual data lake to solve this problem. Using Hedvig, data scientists are able to access and manipulate data assets, regardless of where they are physically stored.
In the 1990s, each application server tended to have direct attached storage (DAS). SANs were created to provide shared, pooled storage for greater scale and efficiency. Hadoop has reversed that trend back towards DAS. Each Hadoop cluster has its own — albeit scale-out — direct-attached storage. It helps to Hadoop manage data locality, but it trades off the scale and efficiency of shared storage. If you have multiple instances or distributions of Hadoop, therefore, you’ll have multiple of these scale-out islands of storage.
“The biggest challenge we come across is balancing data locality with scale and efficiency,” said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and Founder, Hedvig.
Hedvig Inc. CEO and founder Avinash Lakshman envisions a world where self-service, virtualized storage runs in clusters on commodity hardware across private and public clouds, such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft Azure.
His startup, based in Santa Clara, Calif., will release the second version of the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform this month. Hedvig is also promoting a Universal Data Plane to provide a programmable data management layer to enable any application workload to store and protect data across any cloud or tier.
Santa Clara-based storage company Hedvig has launched what it believes is the first universal answer for storage issues -- the Universal Data Plane. Intended to overcome the "rigidity, economics, and lack of data portability endemic to traditional storage", it offers a single, programmable data management layer that "spans across workloads, clouds, and storage tiers", the company says.
It does this by running on commodity servers in the public cloud, and offers a virtualised abstraction layer which enables any workload to store and protect its data across any location. The company is the brainchild of its CEO Avinash Lakshman, a man with an impressive track record in developing new storage systems.
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform provides a unified solution that lets you tailor a high-performance storage with low-cost commodity hardware to support any application, hypervisor, container, or cloud. It is said to provide storage for any compute at any scale for block, file and object storage with programmability and support for any OS, hypervisor or container. In addition, hybrid multi-site replication protects each application with a unique disaster recovery policy and delivers high availability with a storage cluster that spans multiple data centers or clouds. Finally, advanced data services let users customize storage with a range of enterprise services that are selectable per-volume.
“For Hadoop this is critical if you may want some features to be handled by HDFS, and other features to be handled by the storage platform,” said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and Founder, Hedvig.
A startup called Hedvig with a software-defined storage that is designed to span any workload, any cloud—public and private—and any storage tier while ClearSky Data offers a fully managed global storage network.
Hedvig unveiled the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0, a new release of its comprehensive software-defined storage platform that includes features delivering multi-workload, multi-cloud and multi-tier capabilities. This modern, hyperscale storage architecture is the realization of Hedvig’s vision for the Universal Data Plane. The Universal Data Plane is a programmable data management tier that overcomes the rigidity of traditional storage and removes bottlenecks to widespread digital IT transformation.
Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform 2.0 – Key features: New Plugins for VMware vSphere Web Client, Docker Volume and Mirantis Fuel, improved Hyper-V support, interoperability with top public clouds (AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure), integration of Mesos and Kubernetes, multiple core enhancements to core platform.
Hedvig has updated its software-defined storage to version 2.0 and is flying with a Universal Data Plane concept.
Its Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0 adds a VMware vSphere Web Client Plugin, Docker Volume Plugin and Mirantis Fuel Plugin, each of which help to provide application-specific high-availability policies.
Taking the concept of software-defined storage to its next logical conclusion, Hedvig today announced it is developing a Universal Data Plane as part of an update to the Hedvig Distributed Storage System that is designed to span storage systems running on premise and in the cloud.
Rob Whiteley, vice president of marketing for Hedvig, says rather than perpetuating the deployment of isolated storage systems on premise and now in the cloud, the time has come to provide IT organizations with a mechanism to manage all those systems as logically connected entities.
IDC predicts organizations will spend $2.1 trillion in 2019 on digital transformation technologies. As organizations get serious about building digital businesses, flexibility and responsiveness become their most precious capabilities. To help companies realize the potential of their digital business, Hedvig today unveiled its vision for a Universal Data Plane, a programmable data management platform that overcomes the rigidity of traditional data infrastructure and removes bottlenecks to widespread digital IT transformation.
Hedvig Inc. laid out a vision for a Universal Data Plane spanning public and private clouds, as it launched an updated version of its software-defined storage product. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform, which launched last year, can run on commodity hardware across multiple sites, either at a customer's data center or in public clouds. The Hedvig storage software clusters servers into a virtual pool of capacity and supports block (iSCSI), file (NFS) and object (Amazon Simple Storage Service, or S3, and OpenStack Swift) interfaces.
Hedvig, Inc. announced the availability of the vSphere Web Client plug-in and enhancements to its Distributed Storage Platform that provide tighter integration with Vmware, Inc.'s virtualization products.
VMware customers who are pursuing modernization of their IT infrastructure now have access to better HA, disaster avoidance and recovery options built specifically for large, multi-site VMware deployments. The company demonstrated these enhancements at the VMworld 2016 conference on August 28 - September 1, 2016.
Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced the availability of the Hedvig vSphere Web Client plugin and enhancements to its award-winning Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform that provide tighter integration with VMware virtualization products.
DGC's outsourcing and managed services division will use Hedvig as a foundation for sustainable, differentiated cloud services that can tailor storage, performance and DR services to individual customers. Hedvig is part of DGC's investment in both technology and data center facilities to consolidate its outsourcing and managed services and establish product offerings.
Founded in 2012, Hedvig claims that it is modernizing container storage. (Shockingly, the company isn’t alone in its belief that it’s on the cutting edge.) In May, Hedvig was awarded a Gold Stevie Award in the cloud storage and backup category at the 14th annual American Business Awards.
Hedvig announced its CloudScale Reference Architectures at DockerCon in June, which the company says will simplify the deployment of containers for cloud environments. Hedvig’s announced partners include Cisco, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Docker, AWS, and VMware.
Hedvig helps customers modernize their storage systems and accelerate enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds. The company's technology combines block, file, and object storage for bare metal, hypervisor and container environments. The software-defined system is built on a true distributed system that is built to keep pace with scale-out applications and today's business climate.
Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced that DGC, a leading Swedish network operator, has selected the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform to help lower costs and modernize its business.
I was impressed with the functionality and the unique view of cross data center data protection services. I probed pretty hard on their caching logic but as far as I can tell it all makes sense, assuming a single proxy is writing to a vdisk.
Data volume plug-ins are available from some storage vendors like NetApp with its NetApp Docker Volume Plugin (nDVP) for Data ONTAP that supports both iSCSI and NFS. Similarly, Hedvig provides a volume plug-in for its software-defined Distributed Storage Platform, using NFS. Unlike block storage volume drivers, Hedvig's NFS volume driver permits mounting the same volume on different hosts.
Hedvig. Focuses on software-defined storage. Does more than just containers, but storage for Docker containers is an increasingly important part of the company’s operations. Funding totals $30.5 million.
"Our customers are adopting containers using many different approaches-ranging from wholesale integration of Docker tools to augmenting existing VMware and Windows environments," said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder, Hedvig. "Data becomes a critical consideration in these environments as modern storage must be highly elastic in order to adapt to constantly changing business needs. CloudScale Reference Architectures remove the guesswork and burden of getting these infrastructure stacks right Our tested partner solutions harness he power of distributed systems to provide enterprise-ready solutions regardless of the container adoption approach."
Hedvig is making good and steady progress. Its customers seem pleased with what this storage software can do and enlarging its use inside their IT estate. Hedvig the owl is gradually increasing its hunting territory - to wit: to woo. ®
“Adopt a software-plus-commodity-hardware approach,” advised Avinash Lakshman (@hedviginc), CEO and founder, Hedvig. “Built on the distributed-systems principles pioneered by web-scale companies, software-defined storage infrastructure brings a cloud-like simplicity into the private datacenter.”
Overview of Hedvig software-defined storage for containers and CloudScale Reference Architectures at DockerCon 2016 with Docker DataCenter, ContainerX, and ClusterHQ (Flocker).
Hedvig has released hardware and software design templates for containerised storage.
A Quanta CloudScale Reference Architecture integrates the Docker container stack of Docker Datacenter (including Docker Swarm, Engine, Trusted Registry and Universal Control Plane) with Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform software and QuantaGrid D51PH-1ULH hardware. There are two software-only reference architectures: ContainerX CloudScale Reference Architecture for Windows and VMware-based container environments, and ClusterHQ CloudScale Reference Architecture for high availability databases.
Hedvig announced CloudScale Reference Architectures, a new Docker deployment tool that simplifies the deployment of containers for cloud environments, according to the company.
Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced its end-to-end CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with proven, tested infrastructure templates. Hedvig unveiled three enterprise-ready Docker solutions built on Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology to help enterprise DevOps and ITOps teams save time, lower costs and reduce the complexity of deploying containers using Docker Datacenter, Windows and VMware. The company will demonstrate these Docker Cloudscale Reference Architectures at the DockerCon 16 conference, booth S15, on June 19-21, 2016, in Seattle.
Lakshman said that the company is on a mission to hit a new level of simplicity in storage.
Lakshman said that the company is on a mission to hit a new level of simplicity in storage.
For want of a current tangible example, data storage modernization company Hedvig has this month released CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with what it promises are proven and tested infrastructure templates. In technical terms, Hedvig unveiled three Docker solutions built on Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology to attempt to help enterprise DevOps and ITOps teams save time, lower costs and reduce the complexity of deploying containers using Docker Datacenter, Windows and VMware.
With companies making increasing moves toward software-defined networking (SDN), that means that the hardware has to be in place to support that kind of increased reliance on software. Hedvig's array of systems looks like it should be able to step neatly into current operations and provide results that approach the top of the field. While it will certainly have no shortage of competitors going for that exact same market, it's got a sufficiently powerful and flexible array to make itself worthwhile as a choice in the field.
Hedvig, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, unveiled its end-to-end CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with tested infrastructure templates for software-defined storage in containerized environments.
Hedvig’s new CloudScale Reference Architectures provide consistency in storage deployments while maintaining the flexibility demanded by IT environments. New hardware-based and software-based reference solutions from Hedvig and its partners deliver a blueprint for scalable infrastructures to build, deploy and manage containerized applications and microservices, and to scale-out to meet growing demands.
Today at DockerCon 2016, Hedvig Incorporated announced its new end-to-end CloudScale Reference Architectures that aim to provide enterprises with infrastructure templates that are proven and tested. Hedvig states that these new Docker solutions will help enterprise DevOps and ITOps teams save time, lower costs and reduce the complexity of deploying containers using Docker Datacenter, Windows and VMware. These new solutions are built off of Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology.
VMBlog visits the Hedvig booth during DockerCon 2016 in Seattle, WA. Software Defined storage for Docker containers.
Borrowing again from Storage Field Day 10, Datera, Hedvig and Cloudian are all good examples of this category. Even though their solutions differ in features and scope (ranging from object storage to container, OpenStack and VMware data stores) the basics are very similar. In fact, the separation between control and data planes can be found here as well, even if they can co-exist on the same hardware...A special mention in this category goes to Coho Data. Maybe the only member of a data-path virtualisation sub-category, even though other vendors (like Hedvig, with its proxy, for example) are working, with alternative approaches, on products to further virtualise data access.
Avinash: The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is the only software-defined storage solution built on a true distributed system. This means organizations of any size can get started and invest in a storage solution that will scale indefinitely. Additional, Hedvig has three technical differentiations…
Borrowing again from Storage Field Day 10, Datera, Hedvig and Cloudian are all good examples of this category. Even though their solutions differ in features and scopes (ranging from object storage to container, OpenStack and VMware data stores) the basics are very similar. In fact, the separation between Control and data planes can be found here as well, even if they can coexist on the same hardware.
The founder and CEO (Avinash Lakshman), spent 6-8 years building large scale, distributed systems. He was one of the co-inventors of Amazon Dynamo and was part of the Apache Cassandra project at Facebook. He believes that the state of traditional storage will disappear and from what I’ve seen at this presentation, they are building that next generation storage platform for tomorrow’s workload.
Considering that Hedvig went out of stealth about one year ago it seems that they have a pretty solid SDS offering in place...The Hedvig presentation and deep dive matched my high expectations and it was one of the best sessions IMHO during SFD10. Although not everyone will “give a damn” if I can say so about the innards and architecture of a storage solution, we got “buck for the bang” by having a detailed technical session with a lot of delegate involvement as well.
Storage startups such as Hedvig Inc. note that customers increasingly worry about how to anticipate and map out future storage requirements as they gird for the IoT data onslaught. "In only relatively few instances, it’s possible that organizations can somewhat accurately ballpark what they expect their storage requirements will be, provided there’s a well-defined and specific use case," Rob Whiteley, Hedvig's vice president of marketing, noted in a blog post.
The tour will bring together European journalists and 10 high-tech companies:
Cloudian, Datrium, E8 Storage, Hedvig, Kaminario, OpenIO, Portworx, SpringPath, Sysdig and Versity. It will take place the week of June 20.
"The IT Press Tour has produced for Hedvig a great forum to exchange insights and ideas with the European Press. We are participating again this year to boost even more our market visibility and continued market recognition and momentum," said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder, Hedvig.
Naturally, this will not sit well with those whose job it is to deploy and manage infrastructure. But with the proper outlook and adequate retraining, there is no reason why today’s IT administrator cannot thrive in an automated, self-service enterprise, says Rob Whiteley, vice president of marketing at software-defined storage developer Hedvig. At the moment, he sees two distinct career paths for admins: a DevOps path that forges the link between infrastructure and applications, and an analytics path that provides insight into how infrastructure can be optimized to support the business process. Both paths will require retraining on tools like Python and Hadoop, but since when has the life of an IT professional not involved constant exposure to new technologies and new ways of working?
Next week I’ll be attending Storage Field Day 10 and meeting up with some very interesting companies (Cloudian, Datera, Exablox, Hedvig, Kaminario, Nimble Storage, Primary data, Pure Storage and Tintri). I know that some of them have been working hard on the containerization of their software for some time now… and I’m really curious to get all the latest news and updates on the status of this exciting new trend.
So with that in mind, step forward Hedvig, a startup vendor selling a distributed storage platform that runs on commodity servers. Hedvig has lots of storage features, but is it truly “software defined”? At first glance this appears to be the case. The presentation at Storage Field Day provides an opportunity to go into more detail and look at the features of the product from an SDS focus.
Gartner's picks are Datrium, which focuses on storage management for server-based solid-state drives; Hedvig, which has a software-only distributed storage platform; Minio, which builds open-source object storage; Peaxy, which aggregates disparate data sources; and Rubrik, which makes a backup and search appliance.
Hedvig is online at 10:30am PST to discuss their “One Platform for any application”. This is a company that has produced a “unified storage solution” that supports block, file and object based data. Doing some initial research on the company and they have a full set of API’s that are developer focused as well. Really anxious to learn more about the Hedvig distributed storage platform and really understand their storage service layer.
The last 20 years have taught us that it’s possible to outsource execution, but outsourcing strategy is rarely — if ever — successful. The strategy of storing, automating, programming, monitoring and analyzing data is only becoming more critical and central to enterprises. The foreseeable future is a hybrid one, with both on-premises and public-cloud infrastructure. The role of the storage admin is critical in this hybrid world, albeit modified along the paths we described.
A key skill is knowing how the pieces come together. As Avinash Lakshman, CEO of Hedvig and creator of Apache Cassandra, points out, SDI is a fairly radical shift in the way companies build and deploy infrastructure. “It’s important that candidates are able to step back, understand, and design how the infrastructure should work, not just know the day-to-day tasks to operate it,” Lakshman says.
Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced that it has been named one of this year’s "Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies" by Gartner Inc. This recognition, coming just a year after Hedvig emerged from stealth, we believe highlights the growing importance of the software-defined infrastructure market for IT administrators and large organizations.
The Flocker driver is available for a number of storage devices (e.g., EMC XtremeIO and NetApp OnTap), software defined storage platforms (e.g., Ceph, Hedvig), public cloud block storage (AWS EBS, OpenStack Cinder and VMware vSphere), and the Docker Swarm, Google Kubernetes and Mesos cluster managers. And new platforms are being added all the time, said Mohit Bhatnagar, ClusterHQ vice president of products.
Hedvig is a Santa Clara-based SDS start-up which launched in 2012. Its leadership team includes executives who have previously worked at the likes of Amazon, NetApp, EMC and Riverbed. The firm claims its distributed storage platform product is "highly scalable" and allows users to "transform" the way they use storage. Ethos' CTO Adam Worthington described the Hedvig executive team as "Silicon Valley rock stars" and said the partnership is a big deal for his distie.
Hedvig provides the elasticity, simplicity and flexibility needed for next-generation infrastructure. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is designed to make software-defined storage (SDS) technology accessible to enterprise IT, supporting common storage protocols like iSCSI and NFS along with object storage APIs like S3 and Swift. It is the only SDS solution that supports widely deployed workloads like SQL databases and virtualized server and desktop environments, along with modern workloads like NoSQL, OpenStack, Docker and Hadoop.
In early 2015, large storage players EMC and Hitachi Data Systems introduced new platforms to the market. IT leaders evaluating hyperconvergence platforms must keep in mind that teams that don’t want a completely integrated hyperconverged offering can instead select from software-only storage players such as Hedvig, Maxta and SpringPath, which have products to converge server and storage hardware resources.
With the new partner program, Hedvig hopes to increase its partner base, but “our focus is on expanding into regions where we either don’t have coverage today or need more density in coverage," [Phil] Williams said.
“This isn’t a rush to see if we can sign up thousands of resellers and declare victory," he said. “Instead, we’re targeting solution providers that have practices, or want to build practices, around infrastructure modernization. Together we’ll accelerate companies building private and public-cloud architectures. If they have skill sets around software-defined infrastructure, OpenStack, Docker, Hadoop, VMware cloud and the like, then we want to speak with them. These are relatively new technology areas and not all partners have defined practices around them."
Hedvig’s goal is that the majority of its revenue “from here on out will flow through our partners," Williams said. “We’re already there, which was a key milestone we wanted in place before opening up the program more broadly," he said.
Software-defined storage is not new anymore, but it is taking a long time to reach the masses -- especially, no doubt, because of the obstacles associated with transitioning away from legacy storage infrastructure. Software that lets companies keep their commodity hardware while upgrading to software-defined data storage offers the best of both worlds. Hedvig is now making one such solution easier to access by increasing channel engagement.
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is a highly scalable software-based solution designed to transform how you deliver storage to your enterprise. Harnessing the power of distributed systems, the simplicity of cloud, and a complete set of enterprise capabilities, Hedvig lets you tailor a modern, high-performance, elastic storage system built with low-cost commodity hardware to support any application, hypervisor, container, or cloud.
At Hedvig, we strive to deliver a storage solution that can be flexibly tailored for any workload, from private clouds, including Docker and OpenStack, to big data deployments running Hadoop or NoSQL to more traditional server virtualization, disaster recovery, backup, and archiving. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform virtualizes and aggregates flash and spinning disk in a server cluster or cloud, presenting it as a single, elastic storage system that can be accessed by file, block, or object interfaces.
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform snared the silver award in our Products of the Year competition for storage system software less than a year after Hedvig Inc. launched from stealth. The Hedvig Inc. software runs on off-the-shelf x86 and ARM servers, and supports in-software provisioning of block, file and object storage. Customers can deploy the software-defined storage on-premise and in public clouds and in hyperscale or hyper-converged mode. They can scale the system from several terabytes to petabytes by adding additional commodity servers and manage the storage as a single pool.
Our panel of judges scored the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform first in functionality; it tied for first in innovation as well as ease of use and manageability. The product also ranked second in value and tied for second in ease of integration among the 13 finalists in the competition’s storage system software category.
If you don’t like having too many components from different vendors you could look at Hedvig as an alternative. It doesn’t have the same integrated backup features as in Cohesity but it is an end-to-end solution from a single vendor. In fact, if you look at its architecture, the Hedvig Storage Proxy can run on the hypervisor/OS (also enabling a distributed caching mechanism), while the storage layer is managed on standard commodity x86 servers through the Hedvig Storage Service. This is an interesting solution with a great configurability for both high IOPS and capacity-driven workloads… But, to be honest, I haven’t checked if it has a QoS mechanism to manage them at the same time, but I’m sure it is worth a look.
“I hope quantum computing becomes ubiquitous in the next 10 years. It would fundamentally change the way systems are built. If you’re not familiar with the promise of quantum computing, I recommend educating yourself. There’s a good description here.” – Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder, Hedvig
For enterprises who have gone all-in on DevOps, or are planning to do so, a critical question remains, “How can I make sure my DevOps team succeeds?” I encountered this same question during my time at Amazon, Facebook and now at my own company, Hedvig. At these places, I found that embracing a philosophy based on learning and staying current with new techniques has been key to a successful DevOps organization.
Remember that the DevOps world is interconnected by many technologies, most having distributed systems at their core. If you’re not familiar with distributed systems algorithms and architectures, then you need to study up! Also, get out and meet people: It’s easy to get trapped in your office with looming production deadlines. But DevOps and distributed systems are such new disciplines that they often require collaboration and brainstorming to solve problems in new ways.
Hedvig CEO and Cassandra database inventor Avinash Lakshman has set a lofty goal for his software-defined storage startup. The data storage company wants to provide storage ranging from server virtualization to cloud-based commodity storage to virtualized big data database workloads. Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform aims to turn commodity servers into petabyte-scale deployments of block, file and object storage. Hedvig replicates data between data centers and the cloud and has the ability to automatically recreate a failed node on a separate node within a cluster. The vendor supports iSCSI and OpenStack Cinder block access, Network File System storage and REST-based object access via OpenStack Swift and Amazon S3 cloud compatibility. Built-in data protection and data management includes asynchronous replication, auto tiering, inline compression and deduplication, server-side caching, snapshots, thin provisioning and wide data striping.
“The software market is quickly changing. There are brand new technologies and tools that approach old problems from brand new angles. Naturally, new software, especially in traditional industries, makes some buyers nervous. The biggest risk for software buyers in 2016 will be the belief that new enterprise technologies are completely plug-and-play. Although most new software will run on nonproprietary, commodity hardware, buyers will still carefully size and select the hardware that properly powers that software. Storage, database and big data technologies are examples of software innovations that have recently gone through some radical changes and require an ongoing partnership between vendor and buyer.” – Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder, Hedvig
Hedvig promises raft of advanced software-defined storage features. Startup comes out of stealth with multi-protocol, software-defined storage with Docker deployment and policy assignment to virtual drives on commodity hardware.
Hedvig has a storage software to deliver data storage services such as deduplication, tunable replication and compression on individual storage volumes. This was done in partnership with ClusterHQ’s container management software. The technology enables stateful data volumes that follow containers and this data can be preserved beyond the life of the containers themselves.
Hedvig, Santa Clara, Calif., in March came out of stealth with the introduction of a software-defined storage solution the company said not only breaks the tie between storage software and hardware but also provides the widest range of storage services. The company, which has raised a total of $12.5 million in funding, was founded by CEO Avinash Lakshman, who the company said was a co-inventor of Amazon Dynamo, which eventually became NoSQL, and inventor of Cassandra for Facebook.
Hedvig, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced $18 million in Series B funding for its software-defined storage solution designed to bring "the power of Amazon and Facebook-like infrastructure to any enterprise data center."
“The software industry is vast, and different parts of it will experience different risks. For example, if you’re trying to sell software in a market that has been dominated by hardware solutions – disrupting established technology – then your biggest risk is “guilty until proven innocent.” The customer assumes your software is at fault when it’s most likely a hardware configuration issue. This most often occurs when a customer is trying to adopt a disruptive technology and “just wants to test it.” In these suboptimal environments, every time something goes wrong, the software is blamed. As new technology is introduced into legacy architecture, it will be important for the software industry to be able to help customers with all issues, even if the software is innocent. – Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder, Hedvig.
In 2016 software-defined storage will break out of test environments. To-date, most SDS deployments have been in test/dev, VDI, or non-production IT environments. Why? It provided cheap, flexible storage sandboxes. But with data growing 10x faster than storage budgets and the relentless need for IT to do more with less, we'll see SDS applied to traditional tier 1 and tier 2 environments in 2016. Expect to see a wholesale shift away from traditional arrays to software-defined solutions that lower the cost to own and operate storage by more than 60%. Most companies will do so as they refresh their incumbent SAN and NAS hardware, but many will take the plunge even if the equipment is not at the end of its lifecycle. The economics are just too compelling.
In 2016 cloud storage will go hybrid – Fact: public cloud storage can be as little as a few pennies per gig per month. Also a fact: network transit, retrieval, and various security and performance add-ons balloon that cost. The net result is that public cloud storage gets expensive, quickly. In fact companies with more than a petabyte of cloud storage are finding it cheaper to deploy on-premises software-defined storage clusters. The cost of the data center, infrastructure, power, and cooling can be cheaper than public clouds. Expect to see companies use intelligent cloud gateways and software-defined storage that support hybrid cloud. Hot and warm data will remain in private clouds, while older, colder data gets migrated to public clouds. The catch? These solutions need to be smart enough to do this dynamic migration automatically. — Avinash Lakshman, Hedvig CEO.
“It’s difficult to guess who’s going to change the game in some markets, especially since they’re so diverse. But what I can say is the biggest game-changer will come from the vendor that successfully combines flexibility with ease of use. Modern software is often flexible but comes with a complexity that makes it hard for mainstream enterprises to adopt it. We’ve seen this with OpenStack, Hadoop, NoSQL and even containers. In the market I know well, storage, the current big question is whether hyperconverged software or non-hyperconverged software is best. Unlike other companies, we at Hedvig believe that companies should choose how they deploy their software, and both should be easy to use. That choice should not be baked into the architecture.” – Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder, Hedvig.
Hedvig, Santa Clara, Calif., came out of stealth in March with the introduction of a software-defined storage solution the company said not only breaks the tie between storage software and hardware but also provides the widest range of storage services.
The company, which has raised more than $30 million in funding, was founded by CEO Avinash Lakshman, who the company said was a co-inventor of Amazon Dynamo -- which eventually became NoSQL -- and inventor of Cassandra for Facebook.
“I’d love to say the top news was our company launching from stealth, which we did back in March. But we were easily topped by some big news from EMC – and I’m not talking about the Dell merger. The important news from 2015 came from EMCWorld 2015. See, EMC makes the lion’s share of its revenue selling hardware solutions, yet they proclaimed on stage at EMCWorld that software is the way of the future. We were in attendance, and it was a see-it-to-believe-it moment, as it validates where the market is going.” – Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder, Hedvig.
While he was an engineer at Facebook, Avinash Lakshman created Apache Cassandra, a 'big data' database originally built to handle Facebook's Inbox Search feature. Facebook gave Cassandra away as a free and open-source software project and it's now a very popular database used by oodles of companies. Lakshman went on to found Hedvig, which offers software that makes all of a company's computer storage systems act like one really big, really fast hard disk. Like Cassandra, Hedvig also runs on ordinary, low-cost x86-based servers.
Here at Hedvig we see a tremendous amount of innovation happening in the data center. We're seeing new hardware like ARM gain steam; we see a wholesale shift to Docker and OpenStack for more agile clouds; we see companies moving beyond just tinkering with Hadoop; and we see companies building parallel, software-defined infrastructure to modernize their data centers - a phenomenon Gartner calls Bimodal IT.
Hedvig's software works with LKAB's existing Cisco UCS hardware, presenting a large deduplicated storage target to backup servers and clients in the environment. LKAB has configured the software to replicate data between racks in a single data center as well as to a secondary site for DR protection. The company expects to host more than 500TB of data on the Hedvig platform and has additional data and application use cases on the roadmap.
Not surprisingly, Hedvig views underlying storage issues as one reason an estimated one-quarter of production OpenStack clouds will stall in the coming year. “Storage is the weakest link that threatens to stall the whole OpenStack ecosystem from achieving maturity,” Whiteley argued, noting that the cloud platform only provides orchestration to storage. Hence, the startup maintains, software-defined storage is needed to boost OpenStack production deployments.
Hedvig, the company which aspires to re-architect software-defined storage, has been chosen by Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB), the world’s leading supplier of iron ore to the global steel industry, to provide it with a distributed storage platform.
The industrial giant wanted to transform how it stores and manages backup data. In an industry faced with significant challenges and opportunities, LKAB’s choice of Hedvig means, it beleives, lower, more predictable costs for its data storage hardware, software, and support.
As the Internet of Everything (IoE) continues its rapid expansion connecting everything from people to devices together, lots of opportunities exist. Hedvig will be able to leverage its membership in Cisco Solution Partner Program to quickly create and deploy software-defined storage (SDS) solutions to enhance the capabilities, performance and management of the network to capture value in the IoE. The membership will also introduce Hedvig’s platform to joint customers.
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Hedvig, Inc. announced the expansion of its leadership team with the appointment of Matt Johnson as VP of engineering, Phil Williams as VP of business development and channels and Darrell Billings as senior director of global support.
[Commentary from CEO Avinash Lakshman] Today’s sharing economy fueled by new, modern applications and the data they are able to gather, is disrupting long-established business models. Young, agile startups that need application support above and beyond what legacy infrastructure can provide are driving innovation in software. The old ways are just not fast enough and won’t scale.
Hedvig states that they can transform everyday, existing hardware into modern storage. Hedvig’s software can be deployed on any x86 or ARM server and it can be deployed in cloud environments. This gives customers the ability to use commodity hardware (including SSD and/or HDD) or their deployment of choice in the case of cloud environments. Hedvig Storage Service writes the data directly to the storage media. It captures all random writes into the system, sequentially ordering them into a log structured format that flushes sequential writes to disk. This gives the Distributed Storage Platform the ability to ingest data at a high rate while optimizing disk utilization.
Hedvig is hoping to change the way companies work. Like most of the competition, this platform is hoping to entice enterprise customers to use their services instead of another’s. The twist, though, is that instead of being a solely cloud based company, it is implicitly hybrid.
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