StorageOS has announced the availability of version 2.4 of its persistent container storage platform, providing a range of new enhancements, anticipating market trends, and letting users to adhere to the strict requirements emerging in the cloud native persistent storage ecosystem.
Major features of StorageOS V2.4 consist of the provision of Encryption at Rest, a capability designed for organizations that are dependent on encrypted data as a requirement for Kubernetes workloads using persistent storage. It also comprises users of Kubernetes as a cloud-managed service and those with strict data compliance regulations, like the Payment Card Industry standard (PCI DSS) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Talking about StorageOS, it is a software-defined cloud-native storage platform that runs containerized production applications in the cloud, on-premises, and in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Powering Kubernetes persistent storage, enterprises can run any stateful applications and services on any infrastructure. StorageOS scales with delivering high performance, data security, application demand, and high availability.
Innovation, Engineering Team
Encryption keys are completely under the control and management of a user as Kubernetes Secrets when using the encryption in StorageOS. The use of a native Kubernetes construct for key secret management would provide the benefit of native Kubernetes integration with KMS providers such as HashiCorp Vault, providing further compliance and regulation as per the requirement.
Founder and CEO at StorageOS, Alex Xhircop, said that these platform enhancements will work as important differentiators between StorageOS and other persistent storage services offered by cloud providers. He further said that they also demonstrate StorageOS’ commitment to innovation and have been designed as a result of close collaboration between the engineering team, partners, and the customers to make sure that the organization is meeting the requirements of both potential and existing users.
Along with that, StoragOS now provides Rapid Application Recovery through enhanced fencing awareness, bringing an improvement of up to 500% for failover and recovery. When deploying a stateful application within the Kubernetes StatefulSet controller based on the recommendations, a failed pod has a default eviction timeout of five minutes. This allows up to five minutes of downtime to pass before recovery takes place. Rapid Application Recovery lets StorageOS use background node awareness to intervene and allow pods to be scheduled on different nodes with full access to their required persistent storage based on the applicability. It improves the recovery time to a great extent and also allows a StatefulSet time to recover within 30 to 60 seconds.
Intelligent Thing Provisioning
StorageOS v2.4 also comes with Intelligent Thing Provisioning with the integration of trim support, allowing the operating system to inform storageOS that data is no longer in use and can be wiped internally. The StorageOS Dataplane can identify Trim/Unmap events and can transparently recover storage pool capacity at the point of deletion, therefore freeing storage from a Thinly provisioned pool without manual intervention. The feature is extremely important for environments that delete or move files frequently and it greatly assists the overall availability as a shared resource. Readers who are interested in the registrations for Forever Free Developer Edition of StorageOS can visit the official website of StorageOS.