Portworx, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, introduced its purpose-built, enterprise-class storage for containers.
While containers are distributed and fast, legacy storage is siloed and slow, and cannot be quickly provisioned or scaled to respond to changing container workloads. Portworx said its solution for container storage provides per-container storage management and can keep pace with container scalability and bursts.
The company also claims that it can cut the cost of traditional storage arrays and virtual machines by up to 70 percent.
Key features and benefits of PX-Enterprise include:
- Scale-out block storage deployed as a container, which minimizes required resources
- Container-granular controls for storage capacity, performance and availability
- Container-granular snapshots, which require less storage capacity
- Replication, which adds an extra measure of redundancy
- The ability to deploy in the cloud, on-premises or both, thus preventing vendor lock-in
- A RESTful API and a command-line interface, which allows easy deployment and integration with containers
- Unified storage with a global file namespace that makes storage easy to deploy and manage
- Multi-cluster visibility for unified storage management
- Predictive capacity management that provides proactive alerts before storage capacity is reached
“Like containers themselves, Portworx container-defined storage is radically simple, and the cost-savings are undeniable,” said Murli Thirumale, CEO and co-founder of Portworx. “For the first time, we’ve eliminated the complex and expensive decision of purchasing storage for containers in production. Portworx will enable enterprises of all sizes to realize the true potential of containers.”