Persistent Storage for Kubernetes Clouds
Cloud Storage Innovation of the Year
Entry Description
StorPool is the fastest software-defined block storage on the market, used by public and private cloud builders, enterprises, MSPs, SaaS, hosting and cloud providers. It comes as software, plus a fully-managed data storage service that transforms commodity hardware into a fast, highly available and scalable shared-storage system.

StorPool’s block-level, distributed storage software is designed from the ground up and is arguably the fastest and most efficient software-defined storage solution on the market today. It replaces traditional SANs, all-flash arrays (AFA) or other less-efficient storage software products. StorPool leverages standard servers to build a fast, scalable and reliable shared storage system.

In the past 12 months, StorPool has invested in upgrading its solution, deepening its integration with Kubernetes and improving the support provided to its clients and channel partners.

Deeper Kubernetes integration
StorPool’s proven distributed storage data platform is now deeply integrated with Kubernetes through a K8S CSI driver. It has already become one of the main choices when it comes to creating scalable and high-performance clouds. StorPool’s integration with Kubernetes meets all core requirements of modern Persistent Volume storage for Kubernetes. Further, StorPool provides many unique advantages for containerized applications such as end-to-end data integrity, multi-stack/multi-platform support, horizontal and vertical scalability, and much more.

The StorPool CSI driver supports the “dynamic volume provisioning” feature, enabling persistent volumes in the StorPool cluster to be dynamically attached/detached to different Kubernetes nodes on-demand. This automates the pre-provisioning of the storage and the volumes are provisioned as requested.

In addition, persistent storage must prevent data loss and ensure data accessibility at all times. StorPool provides a cloud-native storage architecture with a wide set of data management features such as - end-to-end data integrity; efficient Copy-on-write snapshots and clones; High availability; Multi-stack support; Scalability; Backups and Disaster Recovery; Advanced Monitoring and Statistics.

Fast and reliable bare-metal Kubernetes storage with StorPool’s persistent data storage for containers
In July 2020 StorPool Storage launched persistent storage for scalable bare-metal Kubernetes. Bare metal cloud infrastructure is the next shift in the global IT industry in the search of simplicity and performance. Running cloud-native applications on bare metal clouds eliminates the virtualization layer. The applications are deployed in containers and run directly on the bare metal, storing the data on the persistent storage layer. The result is a radical simplification and improved data reliability.

With the new solution, launched by StorPool, companies around the world will be able to achieve numerous advantages for their containerized applications. The bare-metal Kubernetes storage enables companies to achieve better hardware utilization and decrease the spendings for infrastructure. This implementation of StorPool’s storage gives you the ability to run mixed applications and containers in a secure environment and take all of the benefits of software-defined technology.

In addition to the high-performance of the storage layer, the infrastructure and application performance accelerates even more, thanks to the low latency between workers and storage. When using Kubernetes on bare metal, you eliminate the virtualization layer, which often causes delays and is vulnerable to human mistakes. The complexity is decreased also because of the lack of multiple OS which needs to be managed and multiple software licenses, which also need to be tracked. Another benefit is the option to host more containers per server and achieve space savings.

Robust Persistent Storage Across Many IT Stacks
Managing large-scale IT infrastructure often requires multi-stack/platform support for multiple virtualization technologies and cloud management systems, from several generations and vendors. Many companies have grown their infrastructure by utilizing different technologies through the years and sometimes through acquisitions. And now they need to simultaneously run - or consolidate - workloads of VMware, Hyper-V, OpenStack, bare-metal and other systems.

StorPool is uniquely positioned to deliver a modern, yet mature SDS platform, which can provide storage simultaneously to several IT software stacks, all at once. The longevity, performance, and security of your data are ensured with StorPool, regardless of wherever this data is stored.
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