ClusterHQ Integrates Flocker Container Data Management Software With Two EMC Products

ScaleIO and XtremIO
This is a Press Release edited by on 2015.06.26

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ClusterHQ announced integration between ClusterHQ's Flocker container data management software and EMC Corporation's EMC ScaleIO and EMC XtremIO storage solutions.

As a result, developers and operations (DevOps) teams can architect and manage performance, reliable, scalable, and cost-effective persistent storage backends for Docker-based applications. EMC collaborated with ClusterHQ to develop pluggable storage drivers for ScaleIO and XtremIO solutions that enable flexible and portable shared storage for Docker. Organizations can take advantage of the portability and massive per-server density benefits inherent in containers, while still deploying EMC's storage solutions. Through this collaboration, users will have easy, direct access to ScaleIO and XtremIO storage volumes at the container level.

"Innovative enterprises recognize that containers are very effective for building and maintaining micro-services, and EMC is committed to making it easier for our customers to leverage the power of containers within their modern IT architectures," said Ken Durazzo, VP of advanced R&D in the office of the CTO, EMC. "By collaborating with ClusterHQ to make ScaleIO and XtremIO storage drivers available for Flocker, we're supporting the convergence of storage, cloud and open source platforms for the developer communities responsible for driving innovation in the enterprise."

By enabling stateful Docker containers to be migrated between servers, or racks, Flocker enables app developers and DevOps teams to deploy and run multi-container distributed applications that include databases, queues and key value stores. Many modern applications are built from both stateless and stateful micro-services; Flocker makes it simple and practical for entire applications, including their data, to be containerized and achieve portability between development, staging and production. The integration with XtremIO's all-flash array is designed to allow enterprises to centralize local storage for Docker containers and provide performance, failover and HA capabilities, as well as backup and restore capability for both the container and its associated storage.

Joint EMC, ClusterHQ Customer Adopts Containers
for Increased Per-Server Density and Decreased Costs

Swisscom AG, Switzerland's ICT provider, implemented Flocker with ScaleIO as part of a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) initiative to make it easier for businesses and consumers to build, run and use applications. Its mission-critical data services are run in Docker containers.

With Flocker, Swisscom is able to use ScaleIO as its persistent storage backend, gaining both scale-out storage for its micro-services and data portability between physical and virtual servers, thereby improving operational management and increasing density of distributed server-hosted applications.

"Swisscom has been watching Linux-based containers since their beginning. We believe that lightweight containers can provide significant benefits to major service providers, including dramatically higher density of applications per server. That means greater efficiency, decreased costs and higher flexibility," said Marco Hochstrasser, head of Swisscom application cloud. "We decided to use Docker containers for a major new initiative, but as we investigated options, we realized that without a solution for persistent container data management we wouldn't be able to achieve the benefits we sought. When we saw Flocker from ClusterHQ we knew we had found a compelling open source solution."

"As the popularity of micro-service architectures increases, containers give DevOps teams a way to simplify the creation, iteration and management of applications," said Mark Davis, CEO, ClusterHQ. "Together with EMC, we open up the use of Docker to a larger set of applications and enterprise use cases, and allow our mutual customers to more quickly join the container movement."

In addition, ClusterHQ announced the availability of Flocker 1.0, its container data management software, as well as the compelling findings from a third-party survey regarding current and planned adoption of container technology across organizations of all sizes.