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KubeCon 2021 Q&A: Cloudian Showcases HyperStore Object Storage and Support for Red Hat OpenShift and VMware vSAN Data Persistence


KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2021.  Will you be in attendance?  If so, VMblog invites you to swing by and check out the Cloudian booth in the sponsor showcase.

Read this exclusive KubeCon pre-show interview between VMblog and Jon Toor, CMO of Cloudian.  Cloudian is a widely deployed independent provider of object storage.  With a native S3 API, it brings the scalability and flexibility of public cloud storage into the data center while providing ransomware protection and reducing TCO by up to 70% compared to traditional SAN/NAS and public cloud.  The geo-distributed architecture enables users to manage and protect object and file data across sites - on-premises and in the cloud - from a single platform.

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VMblog:  As a KubeCon 2021 sponsor, how excited is your company to be back at an in-person trade show event?  And is your team prepared for what's to come?  Do you anticipate any challenges?

Jon Toor:  We're excited and prepared to get back on a show floor and see everyone in person again. We don't anticipate any specific challenges at this time but are laser focused on making sure all guidelines are followed thoroughly and everything is as safe as possible for our staff, partners, prospects, and everyone involved.

VMblog:  Can you give VMblog readers a sneak peek as to what you will be showing off at your booth?  What should attendees expect to see and hear at your booth? How can people find you at the show this year? 

Toor:  We'll be highlighting our S3-compatible, software-defined-storage platform for modern apps, called Cloudian HyperStore. A two-time recipient of Gartner's Customers' Choice designation, HyperStore can now run in a container on Red Hat OpenShift and on VMware's Tanzu Kubernetes platforms. 

We will also be highlighting our new integration with Kasten by Veeam for backing up modern apps.

Find us at booth S53, which is located on the right side of the hall when you enter. 

VMblog:  What are some of the reasons why you believe a KubeCon attendee should add you to their MUST SEE list?

Toor:  When evaluating persistent storage solutions, look for storage that was built for modern apps, not one where compatibility is bolted on. Cloudian is S3-compatible, software-defined-storage that was designed specifically for the S3 API. It is cloud-native, API-driven storage that delivers a cloud-like operating model in your data center. Deploy Cloudian software in a container or on bare-metal servers and build whatever size storage environment meets your needs. The simple scaling model lets you grow from terabytes to an exabyte simply by adding nodes. In addition, the multi-tenant architecture supports multiple workload types - both development and operations - within a single system. Manage storage at one site or across multiple sites from a single screen. And get the peace of mind of ransomware protection in the most secure object storage platform.     

VMblog:  How does your company or product fit within the container, cloud, Kubernetes ecosystem?

Toor:  Cloudian is cloud-native storage technology that runs in your data center. S3-compatible and containers-ready, it runs on Red Hat OpenShift or VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu, or stand-alone on bare metal servers.

HyperStore, our flagship object storage solution, is the industry's first native S3 API implementation, providing a flexible, unified storage platform and high-level, API-driven infrastructure that modern application developers demand from infrastructure platforms.

VMblog:  Can you give us the high-level rundown of your company's technology offerings?  Explain to readers who you are, what you do, what problems you solve, etc.

Toor:  Cloudian is the most widely deployed independent provider of object storage software and appliances. Our flagship solution is an object storage platform called HyperStore. With its fully native S3 API, HyperStore software brings the limitless scalability, flexibility and management efficiency of public cloud storage into the data center while reducing TCO by up to 70% compared to traditional SAN/NAS and public cloud. The geo-distributed architecture lets you put data wherever it's needed-on-premises, in the public cloud or both-and manage it all seamlessly from one screen.

HyperStore provides both disk-based and flash-optimized object storage that can be deployed as a software-only solution or pre-configured appliance, supporting both conventional and container-based applications. In addition, our HyperFile software extends Cloudian object storage capabilities to file storage.

Along with our vast partner ecosystem, Cloudian supports use cases such as backup/archive, big data storage and analysis, file sync and share, and Storage-as-a-Service. We serve customers across a broad range of sectors, including education, healthcare, financial services, government, life sciences, service providers, and media and entertainment.

VMblog:  And while talking about your products, can you give readers a few examples of how your offerings are unique?  What are your differentiators?

Toor:  Traditional enterprise storage systems are difficult to provision and manage and cannot deliver the cost-effective scalability that modern, cloud-native applications require. At the same time, purpose-built container storage offerings are agile but lack the scalability, security and durability that cloud-native production environments demand.

In contrast to these other solutions, Cloudian provides a highly scalable, secure and cost-effective enterprise storage platform with the agility and ease-of-management needed for cloud-native applications. Here are just some examples of our differentiation:

  • Native S3 Compatibility - Cloudian provides fully native S3 compatibility while others use a translation gateway layer to achieve S3 compatibility, which isn't as seamless and impacts both scalability and performance.
  • Limitless Scalability - Unlike others that have architectural limits on their overall system size, we have no scalability constraints.
  • Multi-tenancy - Cloudian is natively architected for multi-tenancy, rights/policy management per tentant, QoS, metering and chargebacks whereas competitors offer only a subset of these features.
  • Multi-cloud Support - As a cloud-native platform, Cloudian can run on AWS, GCP and Azure with single-namespace simplicity and data kept in its native format while others cloud data management often requires a separate application, thereby adding cost and complexity.
  • Geo-distribution - Cloudian clusters can span across multiple sites without limit while competitors mostly have only single sites.
  • Granular Storage Policies - A Cloudian cluster can employ multiple storage policies to meet the specific needs of each data type, but other providers require single, cluster-wide policies that are difficult to change.
  • Comprehensive Security - Cloudian has the most complete set of security certifications in object storage and has been at the forefront in providing ransomware protection.

VMblog:  Normally at the KubeCon event, sponsors are showcasing new products or new product updates and features for the first time. Do you have anything new that you've either recently announced or plan to discuss in more detail at the event?  Can we get a sneak peek?

Toor:  We'll be showcasing our recently announced support for Red Hat OpenShift. This allows OpenShift customers to deploy Cloudian's HyperStore object storage solution in their own data centers and take advantage of all the benefits we've discussed here.

We'll also be previewing our integration with Veeam Kasten for container-based backup.

In addition, we'll be talking about our existing solution with the VMware vSAN Data Persistence platform. This enables VMware customers to use our object storage software for both cloud-native and traditional applications, all managed in VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu.

VMblog:  At what stage do you feel we are at with regard to containers?  Is there anything still holding it back?  Or keeping it from a wider distribution? 

Toor:  For enterprises managing their own Kubernetes infrastructure, there has been movement towards using a managed distribution such as VMware Tanzu, Red Hat OpenShift and SUSE Rancher K3s. This is good for increasing standardization and the availability of commercial support but has the challenge of being flexible enough to support different enterprise use cases and maintaining open-source compatibility. 

In addition, existing data and batch data use cases have heavy inertia, slowing the move of managing that data with Kubernetes. Managing a data lake on-premises using Kubernetes will accelerate as new use cases require local storage that is scalable, resilient and performant.

VMblog:  There will be plenty of interesting topics covered during the KubeCon keynotes and breakout sessions.  But can you take this opportunity to share your own thoughts about any big changes or directions you see for this industry?  What trends do you see?

Toor:  Standard APIs that work across the edge, data center, and public cloud will come to dominate compute and storage. For example, a data API using a single, global namespace to address data is important. Kubernetes helps in providing common control plane APIs and configuration that are usable across these three environments. APIs (and the corresponding software systems) to handle machine learning use cases, such as a feature store and streaming data, will also be critical.

VMblog:  Attendees always enjoy a good trade show tchotchke. Are you giving away any prizes at your booth or participating in any prize giveaways?

Toor:  Cloudian will have a variety of tchotchkes this year at the booth, but if anyone mentions this blog when they stop by, they will receive a Cloudian Ninja t-shirt (while supplies last)!


Published Friday, October 08, 2021 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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