New Open Source Hedvig Storage Driver for Flocker Delivers Persistent Storage for Docker Containers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – August 26, 2015 – Hedvig, the company with distributed systems DNA that is reinventing software-defined storage, today announced it has joined the ClusterHQ storage partner ecosystem to offer modern enterprises an integrated solution that simplifies storage provisioning and data persistence for Docker volumes. Hedvig and ClusterHQ, The Container Data People, collaborated on the development of the Hedvig storage driver for Flocker, a software plugin that integrates Hedvig’s software-defined storage solution and ClusterHQ’s Flocker container data management software. The Hedvig storage driver for Flocker is currently available on GitHub.
As containers quickly make their way into the enterprise and production environments, there is an exponentially greater need for dynamic, well-managed, persistent storage. While developers can spin up containerized applications in a few seconds, provisioning storage for these environments can take hours, days or even weeks.
“There’s been a rapid shift to containers in production environments. However, DevOps and IT teams are quickly bumping into challenges, one of which has been the lack of persistent storage for containers. Specifically, organizations need the ability to run stateful services and preserve customer and corporate data as containers migrate or expire,” said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder of Hedvig. “Our collaboration with ClusterHQ eliminates storage bottlenecks with Docker. Hedvig’s distributed storage architecture is designed for containerized applications and microservices environments, and with Flocker by ClusterHQ we are able to seamlessly orchestrate storage with Docker for real production environments.”
Together, Hedvig and ClusterHQ simplify the provisioning of storage and ensure data persistence—two key requirements for production enterprise deployments of containerized applications. With the Hedvig storage driver for Flocker, stateful data volumes now follow containers as they move between hosts in the environment, and data can be preserved beyond the life of the containers themselves.
ClusterHQ’s unique solution allows enterprises to take advantage of the agility benefits of containers for their databases and other stateful services, while Hedvig’s software-defined approach to storage provides flexibility, dynamic provisioning and the cost economics of commodity server infrastructure. The Hedvig storage driver for Flocker further exploits Hedvig’s industry-first ability to deliver a full suite of software-based advanced data services—including deduplication, compression, and tunable replication—on a per-volume basis. Ultimately, the Hedvig-Flocker integration allows DevOps and IT teams to bring applications and services in production and to market more quickly and at reduced cost.
“Hedvig’s modern approach to storage is a perfect fit for Flocker. It’s great to see companies like Hedvig reacting to the needs of a market that’s in the middle of disruption and working to solve real business problems,” said Luke Marsden, CTO and co-Founder of ClusterHQ. “Avinash and his team are blazing new trails for storage technologies, and the Hedvig storage driver for Flocker brings the right ingredients to the market at the right time.”
Join us in Booth 2636 at VMworld from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 to learn more about how Hedvig and Flocker work together. Technology demonstrations will be held on Mon., Aug. 31 from 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.; Tues., Sept. 1 from 5:30 - 5:45 p.m.; and Weds., Sept. 2 from 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Hedvig and ClusterHQ will also be hosting a webinar on Sept. 24 at 10:00 AM PT where executives will detail how the Hedvig and ClusterHQ partnership accelerates the adoption of Docker in the enterprise with a solution that delivers persistent storage for Docker container. Click here to register.
For a technical explanation of the Hedvig storage driver for Flocker, click here to read today’s post on the Hedvig blog.
Hedvig is re-architecting software-defined storage. Hedvig accelerates data to value by collapsing disparate storage systems into a single platform, creating a virtualized pool that provisions storage with a few clicks, scales to petabytes and runs seamlessly in both private and public clouds. Built by software engineers of the world’s largest and most successful distributed systems, Hedvig delivers modern storage for any enterprise compute environment running at any scale. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is unconstrained by traditional thinking and existing architectures, resulting in the only software-defined storage incorporating true distributed systems capabilities. Built to keep pace with scale-out applications and the velocity of change in today’s business climate, the Hedvig platform gets better and smarter as the system scales, transforming commodity hardware into the most advanced storage solution available today. Customers such as DGC, Dovilo, Van Dijk and Paul Hastings LLP use the Hedvig platform to transform their storage from a box where data resides to a fundamental business enabler. www.hedviginc.com
ClusterHQ builds container data management software that enables broader adoption of container technology in production environments. DevOps teams worldwide rely on ClusterHQ's open source Flocker software to meet the data portability requirements of distributed, microservices-based applications. Available for download at clusterhq.com/flocker, Flocker enables containers and their associated data volumes to be easily moved between servers as a single unit, a prerequisite for production operation of stateful application components in containers. Flocker facilitates widespread production deployment of containers for databases, queues and key value stores by making it simple and practical for entire distributed applications to be consolidated into an all-container development and operations environment. No matter where, or what, a container is running, Flocker gives DevOps teams operational freedom to quickly react to market conditions by relocating application containers in response to changing conditions, so that their business can innovate faster and be more responsive. Flocker increases the value of an organization's container investment and opens the door for a greater variety of mainstream enterprise use cases. Organizations can now embrace the portability and massive per-server density benefits of containers for stateful application services, enabling the creation of a new generation of microservices-based applications, and in some cases the replacement of virtual machines with containers. ClusterHQ provides the tools and services necessary for deploying and managing fully containerized stateful applications, simplifying IT processes and delivering on the advantages inherent in containers. We are the Container Data People (TM).
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