Today Cloudian announced Kubernetes support. We now offer an enterprise-class, private cloud storage solution for the entire modern application lifecycle. For developers, this is an S3-compatible, self-service storage platform, accessible via a lightweight Kubernetes operator that is available now on GitHub. For the operations team, this platform provides exabyte scalability, multi-cloud management, and hardened data security. All at a total cost of ownership that’s 60% less than public cloud.
Unlike other Kubernetes storage solutions, Cloudian’s approach is supremely simple and exabyte scalable. Now, traditional and modern applications can share a single storage environment — just as they do in the public cloud.
Why an S3-Compatible Private Cloud is Ideal for Kubernetes
Containers were designed for the cloud. The good news is they are very agile. However, being transient and ephemeral, they break many of the rules associated with traditional storage access. It’s true that traditional storage can be adapted to support containers, but this requires layers of middleware that add complexity. And, frankly, those layers are not necessary. A simpler approach is an S3-compatible private cloud. This provides cloud-like storage access — similar to what a Kubernetes application would see in the public cloud. It’s the storage environment Kubernetes was designed for.
Cloud-Native Storage for Your Data Center
Cloudian is cloud-native S3-compatible storage. It runs in your data center and uses the S3 API plus other cloud-technology elements to provide cloud-like data access. From the application point of view, it is cloud storage.
Kubernetes applications access that private cloud with Cloudian’s new Kubernetes S3 Operator (what is a Kubernetes operator?). This is a lightweight Operator using S3 APIs that allows applications to dynamically or statically provision object storage. You get self-service storage access in a cloud-like infrastructure.
Here are seven reasons why Cloudian is the ideal storage environment for your Kubernetes applications:
S3 API for Application Portability
Designed from the ground up as a native-S3 API platform, Cloudian offers the industry’s most complete S3 API compatibility. There’s no lock-in and greater application portability. The Cloudian S3 Operator gives developers self-serve access to storage using the standard Kubernetes Persistent Volume (PV) and Persistent Volume Claim (PVC) methodology.
Multi-tenancy for Shared Storage
Share your private cloud among multiple use cases and operating environments. Cloudian’s secure multi-tenancy lets you create separate namespaces and self-serve management environments for development and production users.
Each tenant’s environment is isolated, with data invisible to other tenants. Performance can be managed, too, with integrated quality of services (QoS) controls.
Bring your on-prem and cloud worlds together with hybrid-cloud configurations. Replicate or migrate data to AWS, GCP, or Azure using Cloudian’s integrated public cloud data management tools.
Data moved to the cloud is directly accessible to cloud-based applications because it is always stored in the cloud’s native format. There is no requirement to access that data via Cloudian. Manage data among clouds, too. Make data accessible wherever it is needed – whether on-prem or in AWS, GCP or Azure — without the complexity of a separate management layer.
Span the Globe with Geo-Distribution
Keep performance up and latency down by giving applications at any location access to local storage. With some storage architectures this could be a challenge, sometimes requiring additional management layers.
Cloudian solves this problem with a distributed architecture. It is a single, scalable cluster that can manage data across sites using built-in tools. Integrated data replication and data striping tools put data where you need it. Cloudian HyperIQ observability software lets you see the data across all sites and exactly how it is being accessed.
Hardened and Production-Ready
Cloudian’s award-winning object and file storage is proven with over an exabyte of data under management and millions of users. Many of the world’s largest companies, government agencies, and service providers rely on Cloudian, with deployments ranging in size from a single site to dozens of sites operating as a private cloud. Start small and grow seamlessly with the modular, peer-to-peer clustered architecture.
Verified Security and Data Immutability
For data types that have strict security or compliance requirements, Cloudian offers the broadest array of security certifications (read the report here) in object storage.
In addition to FIPS and Common Criteria certifications, Cloudian is certified compliant with SEC Rule 17a-4(f), FINRA Rule 4511(c), and CFTC 17 CFR § 1.31(c)- (d). And Cloudian offers S3 API-controlled data immutability (WORM), certified to meet regulatory requirements for non-rewritable media.
Lowest TCO: Saves 60% or more vs Traditional or Public Cloud Storage
Cloudian has the lowest TCO of any enterprise storage type, saving you 60% or more vs. traditional SAN/NAS or public cloud storage. Built on industry-standard servers with efficient, highly-dense packaging, Cloudian saves on space and power. And with modular scalability, it is far easier to manage at scale than other storage types. Choose from either appliances or software-defined-storage to support your preferred deployment type.