SOURCE: Hedvig, Inc.

Hedvig, Inc.

June 20, 2016 09:00 ET

Hedvig Unveils CloudScale Reference Architectures to Provide Enterprise-Ready Docker Solutions and Simplify Container Deployments

Company Showcases Hardware and Software Integrated Systems With Docker, Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ at DockerCon 16

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2016) - Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced its end-to-end CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with proven, tested infrastructure templates. Hedvig unveiled three enterprise-ready Docker solutions built on Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology to help enterprise DevOps and ITOps teams save time, lower costs and reduce the complexity of deploying containers using Docker Datacenter, Windows and VMware. The company will demonstrate these Docker Cloudscale Reference Architectures at the DockerCon 16 conference, booth S15, on June 19-21, 2016, in Seattle.

"Our customers are adopting containers using many different approaches -- ranging from wholesale integration of Docker tools to augmenting existing VMware and Windows environments," said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder of Hedvig. "Data becomes a critical consideration in these environments as modern storage must be highly elastic in order to adapt to constantly changing business needs. CloudScale Reference Architectures remove the guesswork and burden of getting these infrastructure stacks right. Our tested partner solutions harness the power of distributed systems to provide enterprise-ready solutions regardless of the container adoption approach."

With 67 percent of enterprises expected to increase spending on software-defined infrastructure in 2016*, faster, more flexible storage options are needed for IT departments looking to provision and deploy containers and cloud architectures in their data centers. However, the growing variety of DevOps tools and services means that the modern infrastructure stack is particularly susceptible to architectural inconsistency.

Hedvig's new CloudScale Reference Architectures provide consistency in storage deployments while maintaining the flexibility demanded by IT environments. New hardware-based and software-based reference solutions from Hedvig and its partners deliver a blueprint for scalable infrastructures to build, deploy and manage containerized applications and microservices, and to scale-out to meet growing demands.

Hyperscale integrated system architectures for end-to-end container solutions
Hedvig launched its first hyperscale integrated system, the Quanta CloudScale Reference Architecture for Docker Datacenter, which integrates leading Docker open source projects including Docker Swarm, Docker Engine, Docker Trusted Registry and the Docker Universal Control Plane. By combining the full container stack of Docker Datacenter with Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform software and QuantaGrid D51PH-1ULH hardware, enterprises are provided with an easy to install, datacenter solution for containers that runs on standard x86 datacenter-class servers and starts with as few as four nodes.

This new reference architecture is specifically designed to improve enterprise flexibility by scaling horizontally from small test and dev environments to thousands of containers in a production deployment -- all provisioned across a distributed systems architecture that can keep pace with the dynamic nature of modern, containerized applications. DevOps and ITOps teams retain full flexibility with the option to scale their deployments through additional four-node, integrated blocks or by expanding compute and storage nodes independently.

Software-only architectures for augmenting existing environments with containers
Hedvig also announced software-only CloudScale Reference Architectures designed to augment existing infrastructure solutions with a continuous integration and continuous development (CI/CD) model that helps deploy container-based apps and microservices in existing Docker, VMware, and Microsoft environments. The first two software-only reference architectures include:

  • ContainerX CloudScale Reference Architecture for Windows and VMware-based container environments: Many large organizations choose to integrate Docker into existing infrastructure. To help organizations that have large .NET application clusters still in use, Hedvig partnered with ContainerX on a new reference architecture. The joint solution combines ContainerX software-defined compute and networking with Hedvig software-defined storage in a single management interface to deploy containers for stateful and stateless applications that function across bare metal, Windows, and VMware-powered server infrastructure.
  • ClusterHQ CloudScale Reference Architecture for high availability databases: Hedvig is expanding its ClusterHQ Flocker plugin with a reference architecture designed for highly available (HA) stateful services using Docker Datacenter. It provides a complete recipe for taking advantage of the management capabilities of Docker Datacenter while using the flexible storage environment provided by Hedvig via the Flocker volume plugin for Docker. Hedvig and ClusterHQ are working on expanding the reference architecture to enable Kubernetes and Apache Mesos in addition to Docker Swarm for container lifecycle management.

The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform provides a highly scalable software-defined storage solution for hyperscale and hyperconverged data center architectures. Businesses looking for elastic storage solutions that match their growing storage needs choose Hedvig for the support of diverse workloads and protocols like NFS and iSCSI, object storage APIs including Swift and S3, support of containers environments like Docker and cloud environments like OpenStack. Built to function as a true distributed system, Hedvig runs on commodity hardware to provide modern storage for any application, cloud, container or hypervisor.

Partner Quotes

Mike Yang, President of Quanta Cloud Technology:
"The QuantaGrid line of servers was designed for hyperscale deployments, making Docker and containers a natural fit. However, containers are still an emerging technology and companies need help specifying the right integrated solution. Our Hedvig CloudScale Reference Architecture removes all the guesswork and gives enterprises the perfect building blocks for a scalable, resilient Docker infrastructure."

Luke Marsden, CTO of ClusterHQ:
"This reference architecture is the culmination of our ongoing joint development work with Hedvig. After developing our original volume plugin, we soon expanded that effort to support storage policies and QoS. Our joint reference architecture now ties all this together into a single blueprint so organizations can easily and confidently deploy software-defined container infrastructure for mission-critical database workloads."

Kiran Kamity, CEO and cofounder of ContainerX
"Many enterprise customers need to extend their Microsoft and VMware infrastructure to accommodate the new world of Docker and containers. ContainerX provides a single management interface designed for VM admins to do just that. Now with Hedvig we can provide a complete architecture that adds software-defined storage to ContainerX's software-defined container and network components."

*451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise Survey, March 2016.

About Hedvig
Hedvig reduces enterprise storage costs by 60 percent while accelerating migration to cloud. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform combines block, file, and object storage for bare metal, hypervisor and container environments. The only software-defined solution built on a true distributed system, Hedvig is built to keep pace with scale-out applications and the velocity of change in today's business climate. The Hedvig platform gets better and smarter as the system scales, transforming commodity hardware into the most advanced storage solution available today. Customers such as DGC, LKAB, Mazzetti and Van Dijk use the Hedvig platform to transform their storage from a box where data resides to a fundamental business enabler. www.hedviginc.com

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