Pure Storage has targeted enhancements to its hybrid and multicloud data services by expanding their partnership with VMware and acquiring Portworx.
The storage-as-a-service provider hopes this will enable enterprises to focus on innovation rather than infrastructure.
“More than ever, enterprises need to maximise their technology investments to bring simplicity to their cloud operations and infrastructure,” said Vaughn Stewart, the Vice President of Technology Alliance Partners at Pure Storage.
The expanded partnership with VMware as a leading Design Partner will enable Pure Storage to accelerate hybrid cloud deployments on key technologies, including vSphere Virtual Volumes with VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Site Recovery Manager, Cloud Native Storage for Kubernetes on VMware, and NVMe over Fabric.
“By providing automated data services to applications in virtual machines and containers, Pure Storage helps customers optimise what is possible with their VMware hybrid clouds,” added Mr. Stewart.
The new solution enhancements are said to help enterprises maximise their VMware investments, delivering agility and efficiency for modern applications across on-premises and cloud environments.
“Our mutual customers benefit from how we simplify the deployment of all-flash storage in VMware Cloud Foundation, while Pure’s role in VMware Virtual Volumes simplifies the management of modern software-defined data centers,” said Lee Caswell, the Vice President of Marketing for Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware.
“We look forward to delivering NVMe over Fabrics solutions to the market that will reset the bar on performance for modern applications,” he added.
Customers will also have improved availability of their data services, enabling them to meet demanding Service-level Agreements.
“These benefits have allowed us to move forward with a multitude of projects without the worries a lot of other organisations have with questions like: ‘is it big enough or is it fast enough or will it even work?’ Our technical teams can focus on providing the solutions to the problems,” said Joe Palmer, the Infrastructure Manager at Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan.
Pure Storage acquires Portworx to provide Kubernetes data services on cloud
In a deal worth US$370 million in cash, Pure Storage has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Portworx, a leading Kubernetes data services platform that enterprises use to run mission-critical applications in containers in production.
The deal represents Pure Storage’s largest acquisition to date, in an attempt to expand into the fast-growing multicloud data services market.
“As forward-thinking enterprises adopt cloud native strategies to advance their business, we are thrilled to have the Portworx team and their groundbreaking technology joining us at Pure to expand our success in delivering multicloud data services for Kubernetes,” said Charles Giancarlo, the Chairman and CEO of Pure Storage.
Portworx is the Kubernetes Data Services Platform most used by Global 2000 companies to provide persistent storage, high availability, data protection, data security, and cloud mobility for containers deployed in hybrid cloud architectures.
“This acquisition marks a significant milestone in expanding our Modern Data Experience to cover traditional and cloud native applications alike,” added Mr. Giancarlo.
By combining Portworx container data services with industry-leading data platforms and Pure Service Orchestrator software, Pure Storage will provide a comprehensive suite of data services that can be deployed in-cloud, on bare metal, or on enterprise arrays, which can be orchestrated in Kubernetes.
“I’m tremendously proud of what we’ve built at Portworx: an unparalleled data services platform for customers running mission-critical applications in hybrid and multicloud environments,” said Murli Thirumale, the CEO of Portworx.
Digital leaders are increasingly turning to the cloud native stack to process data into value and insight. In 2019, 95% of new applications were developed in containers according to 451 Research.
“The traction and growth we see in our business daily shows that containers and Kubernetes are fundamental to the next-generation application architecture and thus competitiveness,” added Mr. Thirumale.
By 2025, Gartner predicts that 85% of global businesses will be running containers in production, up from 35% in 2019.
“We work with Portworx because they provide the market-leading Kubernetes data services platform that allows us to offer the same fast, reliable, protected, and secure logging solutions to our customers, no matter where they decide to run their applications,” said Tucker Callaway, the CEO of LogDNA, a leader in multicloud and on-premise log management solutions.
As cloud native applications scale up, traditional and cloud-based storage can struggle to keep up with the fluid nature of microservice applications deployed in containers, making data resiliency, mobility, security, backup, and recovery a challenge, especially in multicloud deployments.
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Portworx is the industry’s leading Kubernetes Data Services Platform used by enterprises including Carrefour, Comcast, GE Digital, Kroger, Lufthansa, and T-Mobile.
“The improved performance compared to the standard Kubernetes storage provider, the included features, reliable operations and upgrades and the great support demonstrate that this was the right decision,” said Sven Sonnendorfer, Community Manager of Audi Business Innovation after selecting Portworx in 2019.
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