Portworx Enterprise 2.6 Debuts
August 21, 2020
completed its best quarter ever in both number of sales and total
revenue as well as a major summer release of its industry-leading
Kubernetes storage platform to enable companies to run, scale, backup,
and recover mission-critical applications on Kubernetes. Serving many of
the world's largest Kubernetes customers, the Portworx Storage Platform
for Kubernetes is quickly becoming the industry standard to ensure
mission-critical Kubernetes applications are performant, protected and
secure in multi- and hybrid-cloud environments.
Today's release provides Portworx's growing list of Fortune 2000
customers with enhanced security, automation, and built-in data
protection to easily deploy all of their mission-critical data services
from a single platform. In addition to today's product and momentum
news, Portworx also announced it has been certified on the Cloudera Data
Platform (CDP). The certification verifies Portworx as a Cloudera
Certified Technology, and that its solutions have been tested, validated
and certified to work with Cloudera Data Platform.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, enterprises are putting increased
emphasis on accelerating digital transformation to combat slowdowns in
other parts of their business or capture gains from shifting consumer
patterns. Industry analysts validate this sentiment, with IDC projecting
the DevOps software market will reach $15 billion by 2023. There are an
increasing number of container storage solutions on the market, however
most require customers to cobble together disparate storage, backup and
disaster recovery solutions to meet their application and scale
requirements. This leaves customers with a Frankenstein-style stack for
all their data needs, which is both inconsistent and unproven.
As the leading provider of storage and data management solutions for the
cloud-native enterprise, Portworx solves this problem. On July 31,
Portworx completed its strongest quarter ever, in both number of sales
and total value of sales, right off the heels of its previously
record-setting Q1 2020. More enterprises are purchasing the Portworx
Kubernetes Storage Platform which includes integrated storage, backup,
DR, and security, and the average annual recurring revenue of those
purchases has increased by 61% in only three quarters, with dozens of
customers now having purchased $250,000 or more worth of licenses.
Additional notable demonstrations of momentum this quarter include a $1
million+ license sale as well as a customer running Portworx Enterprise
in production on over 1,500 nodes and 90 Kubernetes clusters – a scale
unmatched in the industry.
While all types of Kubernetes customers are purchasing Portworx, the
company is seeing some its strongest growth come from OpenShift
customers who require large scale storage and integrated backup and
disaster recovery for their enterprise applications. Typical of these
customers are a global financial institution and communications company
who this quarter made large 6-figure purchases to add backup and
restore, disaster recovery, Kubernetes-granular storage to their
OpenShift environment. These purchases ensure that customers can
radically expand their use of OpenShift, driving significant revenue
opportunities not only for Portworx, but also the rest of the OpenShift
and Kubernetes ecosystem. Portworx is the industry-leading data storage
solution for Kubernetes trusted by the world's largest enterprises,
including Comcast, GE Digital, Lufthansa, T-Mobile, and Ford Motor
"Enterprises fueling their data transformation initiatives with
Kubernetes cannot rely on traditional storage that fails to keep up with
the scale and dynamism of Kubernetes environments, or cloud-native
solutions that have yet to be proven at a global scale," said Gou Rao,
CTO and cofounder, Portworx. "Only the Portworx Enterprise platform
provides an enterprise-class solution for scalable, performant container
storage, backup and disaster recovery, multi-cloud operations, data
security, capacity management, and compliance and governance."
"At Audi Business Innovation, we've explored different strategies for
managing cloud costs, and the integration of Portworx as our Kubernetes
storage platform has been successful in achieving this goal," said
Florian Buchmeier, DevOps Engineer, Audi Business Innovation, a 100%
subsidiary of Audi AG. "Portworx provides an enterprise-class
alternative to the network-attached storage commonly available on the
cloud but at one third the price and substantially higher performance.
Additionally, using the recently introduced PX-Autopilot to
automatically provision storage only when it is needed, we are driving
our cost savings even further."
Portworx Enterprise 2.6
Already the market-leading Kubernetes storage platform, Portworx
Enterprise 2.6 adds a series of new features and updates essential to
the large scale operation of Kubernetes environments. While not
essential for smaller clusters of ten or less nodes, larger clusters can
impair performance of less robust Kubernetes storage platforms.
As such, Portworx recently added features such:
Node capacity rebalancing –– Ensures no single node is allocated to
full capacity when other nodes have space and are able to move replicas
for a balanced state.
Improved performance for complete etcd loss –– Ensures that the Portworx
storage cluster continues to operate as expected during temporary etcd
K3s support –– K3s is a popular Kubernetes distribution for edge
applications which often include hundreds or thousands of endpoints. Now
the Portworx Storage Platform can be used with k3s clusters opening the
door to the rapid growth of data services at the edge.
Proxy Volumes –– Kubernetes application pods can now access external
data sources (e.g. NFS shares) from Portworx Volumes.
The first significant update to PX-Backup brings streamlined support for
recovery operations and user experience. The added depth of PX-Backup
telemetry helps enterprises understand cluster environments, the number
of backups they have, and the number of restores used across PX-Backup.
Additionally, a new node based licensing plan and pay as you go options
makes it easier for businesses to scale up and down as their data needs
Additional capabilities include:
Restores –– Added capability to selectively restore individual resource
types from a backup instead of the entire application.
Generic CRD support –– Identify and support backups for any custom or
Support for namespace quotas –– Application CPU, Memory and Storage
Quotas can be applied at the namespace level, ensuring restored
applications are placed on clusters with sufficient resources.
Backup procedure metrics –– New metrics like number of protected
namespaces, size of backups and alert status for backups and restores.
Default backups –– Allow admins to create policies to backup namespaces
or applications in their Kubernetes clusters using wildcards for
namespaces that get created later.
PX-Autopilot for Capacity Management 1.3
Portworx previously announced PX-Autopilot for Capacity Management,
enabling enterprises to cut their storage bills in half by automatically
detecting when storage capacity is running low and provisioning more
only when it's needed. Today's update adds requested improvements in the
form of GKE pool management support, auto pool rebalance, and GitOps
based approval workflow, where an action like volume resize will require
approval from designated users before action is taken. As enterprises
seek to reduce cloud spend during COVID-19, these features are seeing
Portworx Enterprise 2.6 will be generally available on August 24. PX-Autopilot
1.3 will be generally available on August 31. PX-Backup 1.1 will be
available in Tech Preview on August 19.