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Cloudian-VMware Integration Enables Storage for Traditional and Containerized Applications

By Sanjay Jagad, Senior Director of Products and Solutions, Cloudian

As the digital economy expands amid the COVID-19 pandemic, new application initiatives have skyrocketed the use of Kubernetes and container-based application environments. Gartner forecasts that more than 75% of global organizations will run containerized applications in production by 2022, a dramatic increase from less than 30% today. This doesn't come as a huge surprise, as organizations need the greater agility of containers to adequately deploy and support modern, cloud-native applications.

A recent ESG survey of IT professionals also found that 70% of container-based applications are or will be deployed in a combination of public cloud platforms and private data centers. The same survey found that cost of storage infrastructure and overall storage performance were the top storage challenges for container-based environments.

Because container-based-applications require cloud-like access on-prem and in the public cloud, they demand a new storage approach to maximize potential, accelerate development, reduce strain on IT teams and lower storage costs. In addition, storage must support both new container-based applications as well as traditional applications. Application requirements also demand storage platform integration with VMware to seamlessly support both stateless and stateful workloads along with the necessary performance and SLA guarantees.

Addressing the Need with a Single, Shared Storage Environment

Addressing this need, object storage provider Cloudian will now allow VMware customers (Cloud Providers and enterprises) to access and leverage Cloudian S3-compatible object storage software in VMware-managed Kubernetes and traditional (i.e., non-Kubernetes) environments-all within a unified data platform. Cloudian's integration via the VMware vSANTM Data Persistence Services platform reduces infrastructure complexity and enables new efficiencies and savings by allowing enterprises to run both modern, cloud-native applications and traditional applications on a single, shared storage environment, at any scale-on-prem and in both private and public clouds-with lower TCO.

The integration enhances application portability, allowing DevOps admins and IT operators to accelerate innovation, improve time-to-market and modernize their storage infrastructure. With the integrated solution, IT teams can also quickly respond to developer needs and deploy modern, stateful applications easily, enabling developers to scale associated resources as their applications scale.

Why the Cloudian-VMware Integration is Ideal for Traditional and Containerized Applications

Cloudian's approach delivers cloud-like storage access, with a modern, self-service, API-driven solution. It combines the agility and portability sought by developers with the enterprise-grade storage scalability, security and resilience sought by IT operations teams. The integrated solution allows VMware enterprise and cloud provider users to leverage Cloudian's S3-compatible storage for both container-based and traditional applications. Integrating Cloudian storage enables users to cost-effectively reorganize and modernize their infrastructure, processes, and workflows, and create new applications with DevOps models in mind.

By creating a unified platform for traditional and cloud-native applications, VMware enterprise users can eliminate resource silos, increase flexibility and agility, optimize storage economics, simplify operations, meet SLAs with confidence, and respond to the needs of the business faster. Converged data protection enables policy-based replication to remote sites or the cloud and delivers 100X faster access than tape at 70% less cost than a backup appliance. Users can easily meet customers' data growth requirements without complexity, respond to unpredictable demand, and deliver high service levels at lower costs.

Key features include:

  • Enterprise-grade object storage on vSAN Data Persistence Service platform: Leverage underlying vSAN storage configurations for Cloudian HyperStore object storage to improve storage efficiency.
  • Automated deployment and scaling through Kubernetes: Easily install, deploy and scale Cloudian HyperStore on VMware vSphere® clusters straight from the VMware vCenter® UI dynamically in a self-service manner through Kubernetes APIs.
  • vSphere-integrated capacity and health monitoring: Seamlessly manage a HyperStore cluster across data centers, edge environments, and clouds without leaving vSphere.
  • Service-aware infrastructure operations: Minimize the disruptions and impact of infrastructure operations such as planned maintenance and lifecycle management.
  • CAPEX savings: Leverage Cloudian data policies (replication or erasure coding) with vSAN Direct ConfigurationTM to lower costs and improve storage efficiency.
  • OPEX savings: Consolidate both traditional workloads and modern, cloud-native workloads on the same platform, eliminating infrastructure silos and capitalizing on common skills and training.

Ongoing Partnership Continues to Improve Shared Storage for All Applications

VMware first partnered with Cloudian in June 2019 to integrate object storage with VMware's Cloud Director solution to help its 4,000+ cloud providers create new services opportunities and better compete with hyperscalers. The jointly engineered solution enabled VMware's cloud partners to offer value-add, higher-margin storage-based services to customers struggling with the explosive growth of the global datasphere.

As part of this continuing partnership, VMware and Cloudian are extending the combined benefits of integrated object storage with the vSAN Data Persistence Services platform to all users as a single data services platform for all of their applications and all of their data.

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:36 AM by David Marshall
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