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DriveScale Now Supports Kubernetes and Docker

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The idea of Software Composable Infrastructure (SCI) is still fairly new, even within the cutting-edge geek community. I recently wrote about DriveScale and their “Fall Edition” software release. At the core of DriveScale’s SCI system is the ability to enable the composition of datacenter infrastructure by combining disparate elements in unique ways. It allows servers to be fluidly provisioned to meet the demands of modern workloads like Hadoop, Spark and Kafka.

Those workloads, more and more in the cloud era, involve lightweight, easily-portable containers. To be truly hyperscale, it’s necessary to work with containers, and DriveScale now does this, with its recently-announced support for Kubernetes and Docker.

To address the demand for scalable, persistent storage for containers, DriveScale offers a FlexVolume plugin that gives IT administrators the ability to disaggregate storage from Docker and other containers in Kubernetes, delivering data locality, and IO scalability and performance for containerized applications. In addition, DriveScale allows users to reallocate storage for containers, maintaining persistence and giving IT operators the performance and cost points of locally attached storage.

DriveScale FlexVolume Plug-In

DriveScale’s FlexVolume plug-in combines the orchestration agility and resiliency of Kubernetes with performant persistent storage. The benefits include:

  • Improved Performance and Availability
    • No data replication when physical servers fail
    • Automatically adjust resources between silos without impact
    • Server upgrade/maintenance without impact
  • Failure Resiliency
    • Reduce recovery time from hours to minutes
    • Transparent to applications running on the container
    • Preserve Data Locality and Performance
  • Increased Infrastructure Efficiency
    • Optimize Compute to Disk ratio based on workflow demands
    • Redistribute compute resources as needed to meet response time needs of specific applications

Even if this is your first exposure to SCI, it surely won’t be your last!

James Green
james@actualtechmedia.com

James is a Partner at ActualTech Media and writes, speaks, and consults on Enterprise IT. He has worked in the IT industry as an administrator, architect, and consultant, and has also published numerous articles, whitepapers, and books. James is a 2014 - 2016 vExpert and VCAP-DCD/DCA. Follow James on Twitter

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