Portworx PX-Backup’s Release Enables Kubernetes Stateful Application Migration

Kubernetes data services platform provider Portworx, a company acquired by Pure Storage in October 2020, has announced the latest release of its ‘PX-Backup’ application and data protection platform, version 2.1. Updates in the latest version would provide companies with complete data protection, multi-cloud mobility, and better compliance support for Kubernetes-based apps, whether they’re on-premises or in the cloud.

“With the latest PX-Backup enhancements, we’re excited to offer global customers a vendor-agnostic solution to truly manage and secure their modern, yet distributed, Kubernetes infrastructure,” said Murli Thirumale, VP and GM, Cloud Native Business Unit, Pure Storage.

Key features of the new Portworx 2.1 application and data protection platform would include:

Cloud application portability – PX-Backup allows users to move their applications across any cloud or on-premises data center. Clients may now back up Kubernetes apps operating in one cloud or data center and restore them in another with the newest version.

Photo Murli Thirumale, VP and GM, Cloud Native Business Unit, Pure Storage
“With the latest PX-Backup enhancements, we’re excited to offer global customers a vendor-agnostic solution to truly manage and secure their modern, yet distributed, Kubernetes infrastructure,” said Murli Thirumale, VP and GM, Cloud Native Business Unit, Pure Storage.

Improved Compliance via 3-2-1 Backup Rule Support for any storage – The 3-2-1 backup rule is a data security industry standard that ensures recovery from a variety of failure circumstances. PX-Backup can now offload backups from CSI snapshots to object storage with this version. Enterprises who run Kubernetes apps on Portworx PX-Store, any CSI compliant storage provider, or cloud-based storage may now utilize PX-Backup to save three copies of their data (production, snapshots, and backup copy) across disk and object storage. This gives users the freedom to store data offsite (in any cloud), which meets the requirements of a 3-2-1 backup strategy.

Expanded Recovery with Support for File Shares – In addition to current backup and recovery capabilities for block-based workloads, organizations may now backup and recover applications running on RWX persistent volumes deployed as file shares from FlashBlade, Portworx proxy volumes, or any NFS server.

Improved Protection with PX-Secure – PX-Backup users may now take use of Portworx PX-Secure’s role-based access controls and encryption services, adding an extra layer of security for their contemporary apps while also lowering administrative overhead.

Portworx has also released new survey data assessing end user perspectives on operating stateful applications on Kubernetes. The following are some of the survey’s key findings:

  • Financial Impacts – IT professionals believe that running stateful apps on Kubernetes enables them to create (54%) and grow (55%) their programs faster, while also helping developers to be more productive (55 percent)
  • Backup & Restore is a Key Requirement – The most essential needs for stateful apps running on Kubernetes were recognized by IT Professionals as Backup & Restore (55 percent), Data Mobility and Capacity Management (49 percent), and High Availability (48 percent)
  • Data Mobility and Protection are a Difficulty – When operating stateful apps on Kubernetes, IT Professionals struggle the most with Data Mobility (29 percent), while Data Protection (46 percent) is the largest operational challenge
  • Stateful Workloads Are Expected to Rise – Over the next 12 months, the majority of respondents (87%) anticipate the percentage of stateful workloads to rise, while 9% expect it to stay the same and only 4% expect it to fall

“The latest survey findings underscore the urgency of securing mission-critical Kubernetes applications with a comprehensive data protection and compliance strategy,” concluded Murli Thirumale.

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