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Bring data rich enterprise applications to your Kubernetes platform

Confidently run your most mission-critical data services on Kubernetes with the Portworx Enterprise Storage Platform

The Challenge

You are architecting a Kubernetes-based Container as a Service (CaaS) platform to enable your developers to build and update enterprise applications faster. But most apps can’t run on Kubernetes alone because Kubernetes requires a container-native storage and data management solution to address the top barriers preventing wider Kubernetes adoption: Persistent Storage, Automated Operations, Data Mobility, Backup and Disaster Recovery, and Data Security

Many Apps

Each data service has its own operational practices, but hiring specialists or buying support agreements for each is prohibitively expensive.

Many Environments

Containers solve the infrastructure differences between clouds and on-prem data centers for compute, but don’t address the challenges of running stateful apps in different environments.

Uncontrolled Self-service

Developers want self-service, but you can’t risk giving up control of corporate policies like security, data retention, backups, and more.

Enterprise Requirements

Inability to meet enterprise requirements for security, backup, disaster recovery, performance, and compliance prevents apps running on Kubernetes.

Reliability and Scale

Most Kubernetes storage solutions appear to work during POCs and at small scale, but fail to meet your actual business demands in production.

The Portworx Solution

Designed specifically for cloud native applications, Portworx delivers the performance, reliability, and security you require from traditional enterprise storage but built from the ground up for Kubernetes.

Run All Stateful Apps

You don’t have to be an expert in each data service, because our app-specific capabilities automate deployments, snapshots, backups, and more.

Run On All Infrastructures

Portworx aggregates your underlying storage in the cloud (AWS EBS, Google PD, etc) or on-prem (bare metal, NetApp, EMC, vSAN, etc) and turns it into a container-native storage fabric.


Portworx delivers near bare metal performance while offering optional hyper-convergence of Pods and data volumes for super fast data locality, even in the case of Node failures.

Automated Day 2 Operations

Accelerate adoption and automation of Day 2 operations with PX-Autopilot without needing extra staff. Increase reliability and cut your storage costs in half at the same time.

Disaster Recovery

Achieve RPO Zero DR for your apps and data with container and namespace-granular disaster recovery.

Data Security

Run even sensitive apps on Kubernetes with Portworx’s built in encryption, BYOK, and role-based access controls for your mission-critical data.

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Supported technologies

And more…

To manage seasonal customer demand for new mobile phone handsets, T Mobile needed an agile, reliable, and scalable ordering and retail platform. They leveraged Portworx to deliver a container as a service platform capable of providing Kubernetes-based SQL and NoSQL data services to their internal development teams.

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Popular Use Cases

Database as a Service

Easily run complex databases as a service.

  • Fast, self-service provisioning
  • Easily manage many instances of each data service
  • Automated operations (capacity management, policy enforcement)
  • Add on DR, Encryption as needed on a per app basis

Disaster Recovery

Virtual Machine disaster recovery doesn’t work for containers. PX-DR does.

  • DR built from the ground up for Kubernetes
  • Protection for entire apps, not just data volumes
  • Zero RPO disaster recovery in a metro area
  • Asynchronous DR options for wide area networks

Software as a Service

Scale the backend data services for your SaaS app without operational complexity.

  • Data services at SaaS scale
  • Easily manage many instances of each data service
  • Automate operations (backup, capacity management, policy enforcement, and more)
  • Keep storage costs down with automated capacity management

Kubernetes Backup and Recovery

Container-native backup for all your Kubernetes apps.

  • Works for all Kubernetes apps- stateless or stateful
  • Backup configuration, Kubernetes objects and data
  • Fast recovery and restore of entire applications
  • Storage agnostic, use directly with cloud block storage
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