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Portworx PX-Enterprise 2.0 to Solve Data Portability With Kubernetes for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Enterprises

Updated cloud native storage and data management solution for running stateful containers in production, including PX-Motion and PX-Central

Portworx, Inc. announced the availability of PX-Enterprise 2.0, a release of its cloud native storage and data management solution for running stateful containers in production.

Portworx  PX-Enterprise 2.0

The two most significant updates are PX-Motion and PX-Central. PX-Motion allows Kubernetes users to migrate application data and Kubernetes pod configurations between clusters enabling cloud migration, backup and recovery, blue-green deployments and more. PX-Central enables enterprises to manage their Kubernetes application data with embedded monitoring and metrics directly from the the company’s dashboard. Together these updates empower enterprises to overcome the biggest barriers to hybrid- and multi-cloud adoption, as well as manage and protect containerized applications, including their mission critical data, from a single platform.

According to findings from Portworx’s 2018 Annual Container Adoption Survey, also published, one-third of respondents report running containers in more than one cloud, with 23% running in two clouds and 13% running in three clouds. However, data management and multi-cloud operations are leading barriers to enterprise container adoption with 39% of respondents citing data management as one of their top three barriers to container adoption, and 34% citing multi-cloud and cross-data center management as a top barrier.

As enterprises increasingly adopt hybrid- and multi-cloud strategies, they must be able to move their application data across clouds safely and securely without negatively affecting operations. The company integrates with more container platforms than any other solution, including Kubernetes services running on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Pivotal as well as Red Hat OpenShift, Mesosphere DC/OS, Heptio and Rancher. PX-Enterprise 2.0 fulfills the promise of containers and multi-cloud adoption by solving data portability across all major enterprise container platforms and arming enterprises with tools that allow them to visualize the state of their Kubernetes applications’ data.

Since PX-Enterprise was first released, we have seen a large increase in the scale and complexity of applications being run in containers. However, Kubernetes does not inherently provide data management. Without solving data mobility, hybrid- and multi-cloud Kubernetes deployments will never be mainstream for the vast majority of enterprise applications,” said Murli Thirumale, co-founder and CEO, Portworx. “Portworx was built from the ground up to provide cloud-native storage and data management for Kubernetes. With 2.0, we have further enhanced the platform and are equipping enterprises with the tools they need to scale data across clouds and have deeper insight into the state of their applications, so they can deploy containerized applications faster and more securely.

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Portworx2.0 PX-MOTION

With PX-Motion, the company solves the data portability problem for applications running on Kubernetes by enabling users to migrate application data and configuration between clusters across hybrid- and multi-cloud environments. This enables automated workflows like backup and recovery of Kubernetes applications, blue-green deployments for stateful applications, and easier reproducibility for debugging errors in production. Now, IT teams are able to automate their entire multi-cloud infrastructure, including their storage and data management capabilities enabling rapid container production deployment at scale.

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PX-Central is a single pane of glass for management, monitoring and metadata services across multiple firm’s clusters in hybrid – and multi-cloud environments built on Kubernetes. With PX-Central, enterprises can manage the state of their hybrid – and multi-cloud Kubernetes applications with embedded monitoring and metrics directly in the Portworx user interface. Additionally, DevOps users can control and visualize the state of an ongoing migration at a per-application level using custom policies.

Container orchestration in a hybrid cloud environment is one of the prime capabilities that enabled us to create our next-generation Data Analytics-as-a-Service platform but without a solution for hybrid and multi-cloud persistent storage and data management, we were stuck with choices that did not allow us to scale and achieve the transformation we were looking for,” said Suntil Pentapati, director, platform engineering, Fractal Industries, Inc.Portworx’s cloud native storage solution has enabled us to run all our applications in containers, including running and maintaining millisecond query times on petabyte-sized databases, dramatically improving our agility while reducing time to market.

PX-Enterprise 2.0 is available.

Solving Data Portability with Kubernetes: PX-Enterprise 2.0
Blog: Exploring PX-Motion: How to free compute capacity across Kubernetes clusters by migrating stateful applications
Blog: Exploring PX-Motion: How to perform Blue-Green deployments for stateful workloads across Kubernetes versions