Data is the heart of every application. Without data, the amazing leaps in processing power and convenience brought about by the information revolution would be useless. But data has mass and therefore gravity. This gravity slows down an organization as people and processes who need that data have to wait. Waiting, the enemy of productivity, is caused by two factors.
- Data is not where it needs to be when it is needed.
- The stewardship imperative for sensitive data leads to slow, inefficient, restrictive, and often manual processes.
Containers abstract away underlying hardware, promising a world where running an application at AWS or Google or a private datacenter is an identical experience. But in practice, you can’t share data in all the places it is needed without fear of losing control. An efficient, application-driven approach to data movement is needed, an approach that understands the governance implications of data access.
Data, where you need it, when you need it.Containers like to move around, and it is essential that a container run anywhere, and have its data follow. This data movement should be possible, not only within a single data center, but across data centers and clouds, or between developers’ laptops and their QA or CI/CD environments. It is imperative that this data movement is highly efficient with minimal burden on the underlying compute, network and storage infrastructure, not to mention the humans who manage these resources.
Time machine for your data.Data movement is important, but it is not enough. Data needs to be understood and managed as a historical concept. My data today is not the same as my data on the day of a record-breaking online sale or a virulent cyber attack. Understanding data as a living, breathing, changing object opens up possibilities for better archiving and backup, and much more. When any CIO or application developer has a data time machine, the possibilities are endless.
Data governance, built in.The ability to move just the right data anywhere is a powerful capability, but in order for this to become an asset and not a liability, strong data governance must be architected into these concepts of mobility of data across space and time. With fine-grained access controls and security solutions, developers can access the data they need when they need it, while business management and IT maintains auditable control over all their organization's data.
We became "container famous" for launching an open source project called Flocker in August 2014. We were the first to say that stateful containers (i.e. the ones that contain important application data) should be first-class citizens in the Docker and container universe. Since then, the rest of the industry has flocked (pun intended) to our viewpoint. But no one has caught up to ClusterHQ.
Flocker has matured into the industry's most well known, production proven, and most popular Docker volume orchestrator. As we engaged with thousands of users and partners, we realized that a broad set of solutions would be needed to bring to fruition all the opportunities, and manage all the challenges, of building and managing stateful containers. So in November 2016, we launched FlockerHub and Fli, which are for container data volumes what GitHub and Git are for code. Together, these ClusterHQ technologies are enabling powerful ways of integrating databases into containerized environments, and with that, are changing how developers and DevOps build, test, and deploy application software.
And we're not done. We've got plenty more ideas about empowering data-intensive microservices with the portability, agility, and flexibility of containers, while ensuring must-have control and governance of your precious data assets. Whether you are an application developer, an IT architect, a DevOps ninja, an open source contributor, a technology or marketing partner, or a potential member of the ClusterHQ team—we invite you to join us on the journey.
Mark DavisCEO Mark is a serial technology entrepreneur who specializes in disruptive cloud infrastructure, virtualization, software, and data storage companies. Before joining ClusterHQ, Mark was CEO and founder of Virsto, a software defined storage innovator acquired by VMware.
Sandeepan BanerjeeSVP Engineering and Operations Sandeepan is a technologist of computing and data at scale. Most recently, he spent ten years as Data Head at Google, managing exabyte-class Google-wide storage systems; Google.com web-search infrastructure; Youtube video processing, as well as core products for Google Fiber. Prior to Google, he spent another ten years at Oracle Server Technologies, managing database SQL, XML and Text processing products.Get In Touch LinkedIn: sandeepan-banerjee
Serge PashenkovCTO Serge brings over 15 years of experience in software development at leading enterprises. He was a co-founder of Virsto Software, an early leader in software-defined storage and helped lead the company to a successful acquisition by VMware, where he served for over two years as a vice president.Get In Touch LinkedIn: sergepashenkov
Mohit BhatnagarVP Product Mohit is a tech industry veteran with a passion for driving innovation in infrastructure, storage, and enterprise software space. He has hands-on experience in running billion-dollar product & solutions businesses at NetApp, Symantec, Motorola, McKinsey as well as with <10 person start-ups.Get In Touch LinkedIn: mohitbhatnagar
Michael FerrantiVP Marketing Michael is a marketing and product leader who joined ClusterHQ from Rackspace. At Rackspace he was involved in the early days of OpenStack and was most recently head of marketing at Mailgun by Rackspace, a popular email API for developers.
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