Monday, June 22, 2015

Portworx Targets Container-Aware Storage

Portworx, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, unveiled its solution for providing elastic, scale-out block storage natively to Docker containers.

Portworx PWX Converged Infrastructure for Containers allows Dockerized applications to execute directly on the storage infrastructure. It also enables Dockerized applications to be scheduled across machines and clouds, making possible the deployment of stateful, distributed applications.

Key Portworx PWX features:

●     Container-Aware storage enabling data persistence across nodes, container-level snapshots, and storage policies to be applied at container granularity.

●     Self-service IT through Software Defined Storage.

●     Converged Storage ensuring that containers run on storage nodes to maximize I/O performance.

●     An Elastic Storage Orchestrator auto scales block storage to meet application needs and moves underlying storage blocks across nodes to optimize performance and ensure high availability.

In addition, Portworx announced an initial funding round of $8.5 million led by the Mayfield Fund.

“Both stateless and stateful applications can benefit from containerization. Our goal was to build storage infrastructure for Docker containers from the ground up with a keen focus on the new requirements that containers and service oriented architectures create,” said Murli Thirumale, CEO of Portworx.  “Building storage with container level granularity ensures storage policies can be applied at the container level, enabling greater agility, application state consistency, high availability, rolling upgrades, and high performance.  In getting to this point, we had to break a few cherished notions about storage and traditional architectures.”

http://portworx.com/

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