Portworx Readies PWX
Converged Infrastructure for Containers
June 22, 2015
emerged from stealth mode, with PWX Converged Infrastructure for
Containers. Portworx PWX provides elastic scale-out block storage
natively to Docker containers, allowing Dockerized applications to
execute directly on the storage infrastructure and containers to be
persisted and scheduled fluidly across machines and clouds.
"Enterprise applications are typically stateful, and having a
container-aware infrastructure for these applications is key for us,"
said Justin Fitzhugh, former CIO of Jive Software and current vice
president of technical operations at Instart Logic. "Providing a
stateful, scalable, container-tuned infrastructure that complements
containerized applications is a key to rapid deployment of containers in
the enterprise world. Portworx represents a next generation of
technology specifically focused on accelerating deployment of containers
Portworx PWX enables the rapid deployment of stateful, distributed
applications into production. With PWX, applications can be scaled
rapidly without IT intervention, which enables businesses to meet the
high growth demands of today's markets.
The venture funding community has responded to Portworx' model with an
initial funding round of $8.5 million led by the Mayfield Fund.
"The container wave is the latest example of a disruptive paradigm that
will create a new stack of platform companies, much like virtualization
did," said Navin Chaddha, Mayfield managing director and Portworx board
member. "We are champions of the Portworx team and believe their unique
software-defined storage solution has the potential to replace
traditional SAN and NAS architectures."
Stateful Applications Drive New Container-Aware Storage
In the enterprise, containers bring new requirements for data
persistence and management. A container's data is not inherently
portable or persistent across multiple nodes, storage performance is not
tuned for containers, and storage features such as snapshots and
replication are not container-specific but rather LUN-generic.
Portworx PWX provides:
storage, which enables data persistence across nodes, container-level
snapshots, and storage policies at container granularity.
through Software Defined Storage.
which ensures that containers run on storage nodes to maximize I/O
•An Elastic Storage
Orchestrator, which auto scales block storage to meet application needs
and moves underlying storage blocks across nodes to optimize performance
and ensure high availability.
With Portworx PWX, IT and developers can provision storage to containers
in an automated fashion that is optimized for Docker's platform. This
eliminates infrastructure tweaking and custom script-writing, which
delay production deployment and scaling.
"Containerization is demonstrating its benefits of agility, light-weight
deployment and application portability in many applications. Docker has
been at the center of driving container adoption, both directly and with
the help of ecosystem partners like Portworx," said Nick Stinemates,
head of business development and technical alliances at Docker. "Portworx'
multi-host storage provisioning solution, in combination with Docker's
volume solution, enables persistent data storage across multiple Docker
Storage Built From the Ground Up For Containers
stateless and stateful applications can benefit from containerization.
Our goal was to build storage infrastructure for Docker containers from
the ground up with a keen focus on the new requirements that containers
and service-oriented architectures create," said Murli Thirumale, CEO of
Portworx. "Building storage with container-level granularity ensures
storage policies can be applied at the container level, enabling greater
agility, application state consistency, high availability, rolling
upgrades and high performance. In getting to this point, we had to break
a few cherished notions about storage and traditional architectures."
With Portworx, enterprises can deploy stateful Dockerized applications
The Portworx PWX Developer Preview is available August 2015.