Building an enterprise grade Kubernetes platform entails more than simply deploying your applications. You need to protect them too. However, traditional DR solutions aren’t a fit for Kubernetes applications because they rely on machine-based backups and don’t speak the language of Kubernetes. The result is a manual approach to DR, when what you need is automation.
Kubernetes applications are container based, not machine based. To be effective, DR needs to happen at the container level too.
Modern applications are comprised of many containers running across many hosts. Recovering these applications without data corruption requires application-consistent backups, not simply volume snapshots.
Even if you can take container-granular snapshots in an application consistent manner across hosts, there are simply too many pods in an average Kubernetes cluster to do these operations manually. You need to be able to backup and recover an entire Kubernetes namespace with a single command.
Backing up just your data is not enough. You also need to back up application configurations so that you can recover your applications quickly, without manually reconstructing all your Kubernetes objects.
Protection needs to just happen. Relying on a manual process is unreliable and doesn’t scale. Implementing complex scripts is unmanageable.
You need bi-directional support to backup AND restore across all of your clouds – public and private. Moving data and replicating storage across clouds is hard.
Achieving near instant recovery with no loss of data is hard for traditional applications, it’s even harder for multi-container applications running across different storage classes.
Automate protection of your containerized applications with Kubernetes optimized cloud native disaster recovery.
PX-DR doesn’t just protect data. We also protect your application configuration and Kubernetes objects, so that recovering your applications is as easy as redeploying your pods.
For data centers in a metro area, a single Portworx cluster can span two distinct Kubernetes clusters, enabling Zero RPO failover for mission-critical apps.
Because PX-DR protects your application configuration and Kubernetes objects in addition to your data, it is easy to ensure low RTO for applications in the face of disaster.
If you don’t have two datacenters in a metro area, you can still use PX-DR across the WAN. Portworx will regularly snapshot your data volumes, app configuration, and Kubernetes objects and move them to a second location. While your RPO will be higher, you still get the same low RTO.
You don’t have to be an expert in each data service, because our app-specific capabilities automate DR for any data service.
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.