September 6, 2017
Accelerating Production Deployments of Data-Rich Applications on Mesosphere DC/OS with Portworx

Running data-rich applications in containers allows enterprise IT organizations to run cloud-native services on their own terms. At the same time, enterprises want their IT toolchain to be seamlessly integrated and battle-tested in production. As orchestration changes the requirements on storage and the application deployment model, we need a complete cloud-native infrastructure to enable a
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April 14, 2017
Go Get Portworx Version 1.2!

As we continue to pursue our mission in delivering elastic data service layers for stateful and stateless containerized workloads, we are excited to announce the general availability of Version 1.2 of Portworx PX-Enterprise and PX-Developer on Docker Hub. With this significant update, we continue to address customers pain points by seamlessly managing, securing, and protecting
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April 12, 2017
2017 Annual Container Adoption Survey: Huge Growth in Containers

We like data.  So today, here’s some data on the state of the container industry just before the industry’s biggest event of the year: DockerCon. You can read the full report and even look at the raw data if you want to get out your calculator and do some serious number crunching. The Portworx Annual
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April 5, 2017
Portworx — Enabling DevOps To Build And Manage Stateful Container-based Applications

We’re thrilled to announce our investment in Portworx, a company bringing a novel way of managing stateful container-based applications that need to access different types of storage. Having kept a close eye on the pace of container adoption, as well as its hurdles, we at Sapphire believe that the team at Portworx is poised to
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February 5, 2017
What Does It Mean To Be “Cloud Native”?

“Cloud native” is an overused and ill-defined term. My take is that “cloud-native applications” adhere to these properties: They are not monolithic. Instead they are discrete, logically separable portions that are packaged and deployed on their own. Usually these are done as containers, and in some cases just as regular Linux packages. The entire application
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January 30, 2017
LCFS: The New Container Filesystem for Modern Datacenters

Docker downloads have exceeded 5 billion pulls — that’s amazing! Whether it’s five, six, or whatever-comes-next billion, containers are fundamental to this next wave of application modernization. Each download in those billions of downloads is handled by a storage driver. Every time a container starts, the storage driver handles what is equivalent to the container’s
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January 5, 2017
Helping ClusterHQ Customers Move Forward in 2017

2016 was a big year in the container ecosystem, including the announcement last month that ClusterHQ was ceasing operations and signaling end-of-support for their Flocker storage volume plugin. At Portworx, we were saddened to see our peer close shop. Our CEO noted that while ClusterHQ customers were right to want persistent container storage, Flocker’s connector-based
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December 23, 2016
ClusterHQ Customers Are Not Wrong

One of the early innovators in the container ecosystem, ClusterHQ, just announced that they are shutting down. They were justifiably proud of their role as an early proponent of stateful containers. We agree. As containerization became a key consideration for enterprises, it was inevitable that stateful applications would be containerized. Challenging problems of providing data
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November 30, 2016
Is It Blasphemy to Reduce Cassandra Replication?

Once Upon a Time When I was interviewing with Portworx, I may have mentioned that I knew Cassandra. Little did I know what I’d be signing up for! Fast forward a few weeks after joining, and I was asked to test Cassandra on our product. Portworx (“PX”) provides an abstracted persistent storage fabric and data
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October 28, 2016
Why Should You Care About Multi-Cloud Availability?

  Today I posted a demo on the Portworx YouTube Channel that is the most powerful I’ve posted to date. I encourage you to watch it here. In the demo, I show a single Portworx elastic data service fabric spanning servers across two different cloud providers: Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure. Why does this matter?
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October 17, 2016
Portworx Survey: What Do Container Users Want from Storage?

  Many of the leading Docker images such as MongoDB, MySQL and WordPress require data persistence. But is that enough? What else are users asking from their infrastructure as they adopt containers? To find out, we surveyed 648 IT professionals at small, midsize and large enterprises. We asked about current container usage, the benefits users
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October 10, 2016
Why I Joined Portworx

  “We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” – Douglas Adams Now that’s something we can all relate to. But every now and then, a great technology comes along that revolutionizes how we build and manage enterprises. Over the last two years, containers and the Docker ecosystem
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August 30, 2016
What Makes Portworx Unique?

  We recently sponsored DockerCon and ContainerCon. Our team agreed that they were some of the hottest tech conferences in recent memory—and a clear sign of the explosive growth of the container market. With this growth comes new vendors, and many attendees asked us, “How are you different from the other container storage providers?” Let’s
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June 13, 2016
Introducing Portworx PX-Enterprise: Container-Defined Storage, with Unified File and Block

From the start, we at Portworx sought to solve the data storage needs for the next wave of container-based micro-services. One of our core design principles was to make storage radically easier to use, inspired by the power of the container experience. We then took a distributed approach to storage that is scaled out across
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May 16, 2016
PX-Developer Beta: Scale-Out Storage, Container First

We all want a radically easier way to get work done. Docker has done that for applications by build once, run anywhere, and spin-up in seconds. But what about the storage industry? We put out an alpha of our container storage, after hearing from DockerCon users. Lots of user discussions, putting more miles on storage
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February 10, 2016
Clouds Don’t Use Legacy Storage and Your Containers Shouldn’t Either

Large-scale clouds don’t use legacy storage arrays because of scale and costs. With containers, you have a comparable need. Containers spin-up quickly and consume storage in an on-demand manner. Enterprises want both container and storage scale-out without spending thousands of dollars for disks. All of this means that CIOs have had to compete against clouds
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December 18, 2015
The 802.11 Effect in Containers

In the 1990s, the 802.11 wireless LAN standard coalesced a fragmented market of disparate technologies. Semiconductor manufacturers, device suppliers and computer vendors united behind 802.11 and created a huge wireless LAN market. Wireless LANs became ubiquitous and transformed all our lives. Standards accelerate adoption and innovation! We are ready for the 802.11 effect in containers.
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November 18, 2015
Docker will be more about production IT Ops than just a developer tool

The way I see it, Docker is more than a DevOps tool – it is a better way to deploy infrastructure to applications that need state, such as SQL, NoSQL, message queues, key value databases, etc. When you want to deploy a stateful application, your choices are bare metal or virtual machines.  There are draw
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October 5, 2015
Missing: Application Aware Infrastructure

Working on Kubernetes from its early days and co-founding Container Engine at Google, these products solved customers’ critical needs. But, I also met numerous customers who needed something else. What underlying infrastructure unlocks the promise of containers, especially if I’m on-premise? Working on Kubernetes from its early days and co-founding Container Engine at Google, these products solved customers’
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October 2, 2015
The Case for Container Aware Storage

A micro service architecture is the championed way to design and develop large scale robust software applications. These loosely coupled software modules allow for hyper agile continuous integration and deployment. Containers are a natural fit for this application architecture. Services can be packaged as stateless containers that talk to other services for their data persistence needs. Data
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