Hedvig is now VMware certified

By Rob Whiteley | | Cloud

There’s no doubt server virtualization radically transformed the data center. What started as a way of increasing infrastructure utilization soon became the defacto way to provision, manage, protect, and recover business applications. According to Gartner, enterprises on average have virtualized 75% of their on-premises x86 server OS instances. That’s an impressive level of saturation for a technology that is only 15 years old.

It should come as no surprise that VMware is common among Hedvig customers. We see a lot of demand for backup and container environments, but more than 50% of Hedvig’s deployments are for VMware hosts.

So it’s with great pride that we announce the Hedvig is now officially VMware Certified. Here’s what it means.


Why is it so many customers choose Hedvig for their VMware environments?

Hedvig is a unique, distributed storage architecture. It democratizes the approaches that Amazon, Facebook, and other hyperscalers have been using for more than a decade to manage data at scale. But with Hedvig you get a platform designed and packaged for enterprises that don’t have the same skillsets and armies of developers to create custom cloud infrastructure. Achieving VMware certification gives customers even more confidence they can bring the economics and scale of cloud to their virtualized environments.

The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform brings three unique capabilities to VMware:

  1. More than just a SAN: block, file, and object in a single platform. Hedvig provides a universal data plane that exposes block, file, and object interfaces. Although the majority of VMware environments use our NFS today, iSCSI represents a significant portion. You combine that with S3 and Swift, and you have a single platform for the widest range of application needs. Companies building highly scalable, automated clouds on a VMware foundation can unify all of their storage needs, achieving cloud-like simplification. You combine that with commodity servers to power Hedvig and you have the key to achieving the cloud promise: low capex and opex.
  2. True hybrid cloud storage: active data across sites. VMware is most synonymous with private cloud. A recent announcement of VMware partnering with AWS has changed all that. Combining these two market leaders promises a new era of hybrid cloud. But how do you synchronize and manage data between your private VMware infrastructure and your AWS-hosted instances? With Hedvig, you get a VMware-certified storage platform that automatically spans sites, be it a private or public cloud. Think of it as hybrid metro storage clustering. And unlike other solutions that just tier data to the cloud (meaning they just park a copy, to be retrieved later), Hedvig makes the data active for seamless failover of VMs.
  3. VM-level data services: storage tailored to application needs. Software-defined is an overused term. Most agree it means intelligence abstracted into software, commodity hardware, and programmable APIs. Hedvig adds to that the ability to provide each application with its own data policies. As our CEO & Founder, Avinash, often says “Your app should dictate your architecture, not the other way around.” With Hedvig, we can provide each VM with its own storage policies including deduplication, compression, tiering, replication, and caching. You get a powerful multi-tenant architecture where performance, availability, and efficiency policies are tailored to each VMware workload.

VMs are the currency of today’s datacenter, but containers are the future. With Hedvig, you not only get a VMware-certified platform, you also get a Docker-certified platform. Docker is following a very similar trajectory to VMware. Fifteen years ago VMware enjoyed grassroots adoption by developers running VMware Workstation. Then it made its way into the datacenter, where it blossomed and gave birth to a new wave of network, storage, and security architectures.

Docker and containers are doing the same. As containers spill over from individual developers’ laptops to production datacenter infrastructure, a new approach to networking, storage, and security will be needed. With Hedvig, you can manage the pace and mitigate any risk of technology obsolescence. From the same platform, you can as easily provision storage assets for VMs as you can for containers. Moreover, Hedvig can be managed from VMware vSphere or Docker Datacenter, enabling VM admins and DevOps teams to manage storage natively from the UI of their choice.