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Where NAS solutions have structure in a file system, other distributed storage solutions simply make data available wherever it is needed. These include object stores and block/volume-based storage. Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform, for example, exposes block devices across multiple locations, but doesn’t add any data consistency. If you need it, you manage it yourself. This is a bit like running a cluster without clustering software. However, it’s not as bad as it seems. In reality, if we’re dealing with movable applications, a lot of data might never be accessed in multiple places at the same time. So providing the ability to get to data is all that’s needed.
The pitfalls of software-defined storage architecture depend on your readiness to move to a new operating model, observed Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder of SDS vendor Hedvig.
"If you're expecting SDS to simply be a newer, faster mousetrap, then the pitfall is you won't see a proper ROI."
The Cloud storage market is expected to reach a total of $92 billion by 2022 according to a forecast done by Research and Markets. While a majority of enterprises already have some form of a cloud footprint, the next critical step is to determine a blueprint for optimized cloud utilization. Enterprises face multiple challenges when trying to discern what kind of cloud storage they need. Not only do they need to decide which cloud vendor to use, they also need to understand what data to push to the cloud. Complications arise when you are presented with the dilemma of "too many choices," ranging from multiple storage architectures, interfaces, and protocols.
Always a pleasure to visit Hedvig and meet Avinash Lakshman and his team, we had a new opportunity during the last IT Press Tour in December. Obvious leader in the SDSD space, the team has presented a new iteration of the product fully hardware and cloud agnostic.
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform supports scale-out block, file and object storage on premises and in public clouds, and manages the storage as a single pool. New FlashFabric technology adds tiering capabilities between two different classes of SSDs, whether SAS or SATA, NVMe-based PCI Express (PCIe) or 3D XPoint. Other new features include AES 256-bit software-based encryption for data in use, in flight and at rest, and CloudScale plugins for Red Hat products, Veritas OpenStorage Technology and VMware vSphere.
Containers will be the Window to Multi-cloud Adoption: One of the barriers to multi-cloud architectures is portability of workloads. As more enterprises gain experience developing and delivering applications that run in containers, it opens a new level of cross-cloud capability that in 2018 will mean these organizations can more easily spin up workloads in the cloud – or clouds – of their choice. This will make is possible to place and run applications where it makes the most sense based on a number of factors, including economics and locality. – Avinash Lakshman, CEO & Founder, Hedvig
Hedvig adds intelligence and data portability to moving apps across a cloud. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform provides multi-workload, multi-cloud and multi-tier capabilities. Its programmable data management tier enables data to span hybrid- and multi-cloud architectures. Recent enhancements deal with data locality, availability, and replication features across any public cloud.
Hedvig, a provider of software-defined storage for enterprises building private, hybrid, or multi-cloud environments, has hired Angela Restani as their New Executive Vice President of Marketing. Angela Restani comes from DataEndure, where she led the marketing, recruiting and sales development teams.
With more than 15 years of experience in leading product marketing, business development and demand-generation teams, Restani will head all demand-generation and go-to-market strategies at Hedvig.
No enterprise market is as under pressure as the storage market. The demand for storage capacity is growing at unprecedented speed, while at the same time the budgets of CIOs are under heavy pressure. The permanent question is more for less. Multi-cloud solutions are an interesting option. Startup Hedvig, has been working on the road for five years now, and seems to be doing well.
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Hedvig provides software defined storage solutions to companies looking to virtualize their data center. Founder Avinash Lakshman said 2018 will see traditional storage vendors struggling to find relevancy. As a cloud mentality becomes commonplace, traditional backup software and hardware solutions — a place where enterprises spend significant sums — will lose shares faster than in the past three to five years.
In 2017, there was a palpable shift in the IT industry and you likely felt the world moving around you as cloud-focused technologies gained momentum and more IT practitioners leaned into the world of containers, orchestration and software-defined technologies. Many felt the imperative to prepare now for this new eventuality. We also saw a significant shift to the public cloud as Azure became the second horse to AWS in the public cloud infrastructure race. Surprising to some, yes, but Microsoft has done a great job incenting its customer-base to try the cloud. One thing we didn't see in 2017 is a preponderance of hybrid cloud where public and private play together to serve a primary business application and its data. However, with solutions like VMware Cloud on AWS made available in 2017 - and of course what we do at Hedvig - enterprise cross-cloud architectures just got a whole lot easier.
By now, most people realize this is the age of convergence in IT – especially as it applies to storage. We have converged infrastructure mixing storage, compute and networking; hyper-converged infrastructure integrating compute, storage and virtualization in one box, and converged secondary storage putting backup, DR, archiving, test/dev, copy and cloud data on one platform.
Now startup Hedvig is pushing a new kind of convergence – primary and secondary data together in one distributed platform. Hedvig designed its software-defined storage as scale-out, multi-cloud primary storage. But the startup finds early customers sometimes use it as a backup data deduplication target running on x86 servers. Hedvig CEO Avinash Lakshman said Hedvig software can drive primary storage that requires no separate backup.
Five years after its launch, and $ 52 million raised to fund its development, Hedvig continues its momentum with Avinash Lakshman, the co-creator of the Cassandra database. The question is what is most meaningful today for customers to continue the development of the distributed storage solution and scale-out: hybrid and private clouds are now one of the avenues explored, especially with HPE.
The compatible solutions have grown considerably since our first visit. These include Cisco, HPE, Lenovo, QCT, SuperMicro and Dell for on-premises solutions and AWS Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform for cloud partners. For workloads, VMware, KVM, OpenStack and Microsoft Hyper-V are used for VMs, Mesos, Docker, CoreOS and Kubernetes for containers and finally Veeam, Commvault, Veritas and IBM Spectrum for backup.
Hedvig's Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0 spans any workload, cloud and storage tier, and includes native integration with Docker Datacenter, OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Mesos for cloud orchestration and automation. The offering is based on the company's Universal Data Plane, which guarantees data locality and service availability across clouds.
Hedvig has also been an HPE OEM partner since November 1st, and Apollo is also a hardware platform here. The file system of the same name logically separates the applications that users use to access stored data from the data level. As a result, the software ignores which platform, which protocols and which workloads it is. Users use the same interfaces as before, but, without realizing it, merely access metadata that then finds their way to the data they are looking for.
For the different data forms, therefore, you do not need separate storage media or separate compartments on a storage system. CEO Avinash Lakshman has been able to convince 50 customers of the value of this approach, with HPE, the company now gets a lever that should, with a bit of luck, drive the company's development.
Hedvig develops software-defined storage technology for enterprises building private, hybrid or multi-cloud environments. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is designed for both primary and secondary data, making it available for virtualized, containerized and backup workloads. It consolidates block, file, and object data into a single, API-driven platform.
Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon are utilizing cutting-edge technologies that most organizations can only dream about. But there’s one vendor that’s hoping to change that by helping to bring some of the technologies being implemented by the behemoths in our industry to enterprise IT by democratize webscale storage.
During our latest RoadCast video series, we spoke with Eric Carter, Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Hedvig, to learn more about what the company is doing in this innovative space. Carter tells us that because the company’s founder came from Facebook and Amazon, the essence of what Hedvig is all about is to democratize the thinking and the technology for the enterprise. The hope is that this will help enterprise IT be more agile, lower their technology costs and ultimately become more modern as a result.
They suggest that we should watch certain vendors as they are starting to get more traction in the unstructured data storage market:
Next year's edition of this MQ might see some interesting changes.
Hedvig has one of the most comprehensive enterprise multicloud strategies and is the only vendor offering block, file and object services simultaneously across AWS, Google and Azure. Hedvig's Distributed Storage Platform is based on a scale-out software-defined storage architecture that supports these multiple data access protocols. The goal is to link the three market-leading public clouds with on-premises cloud infrastructure. Hedvig's focus is on end-to-end security, data locality control, advanced capacity optimization and performance tiering.
Several vendors, including Cohesity, Hedvig, Igneous Systems, Qumulo, Rubrik and Scality are positioning their massively scalable storage as this new type of secondary storage for data centers.
Hedvig has been busy the past few months. Its’ software defined storage (SDS) has been caught more than few eyes in the industry and it has now announced that it is ramping up offerings across its cloud storage portfolio. The company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds said that the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform version 3.0 was available in the open market.
Stop me if you've heard this one from your favorite neighborhood tech vendor..."We take the same techniques that hyperscalers like Google, Amazon, and Facebook use, and package it up for enterprises like you."
Despite this hyperscale hyperbole, there is a lot of merit to the concept. Democratizing technologies and techniques employed by some of the web giants is the only economical path forward for enterprises grappling with digital transformation and ever-growing data.
Hedvig's founder, Avinash Lakshman, drives this home when he talks about his Facebook days. He recalls how, after a year of developing Cassandra, he bootstrapped it one weekend with 65 million users and grew the cluster to nearly 800 million users in three years.
Hedvig, the startup building a universal data plane through which stored data is accessed,has announced v3.0 of its product which offers better caching, more integrations and improved security. Such abstraction layer blankets always have to be extended to cover the latest and greatest underlying storage, be as fast as possible so they don't add delay to data accesses and also need to be secure as their gateway to stored data is potentially vast, being both deep and wide.
Hedvig is a distributed storage system that provides next generation data centers with a software defined storage solution that addresses problems like multi-cloud connectivity and creating developer clouds. But in the 3.0 release of its solution, Hedvig is adding the capability to address more mainstream problems.
For VMware and other hypervisors, Hedvig provides a high-performance NFS based solution ideal for hosting virtual machines. New in the 3.0 release is Hedvig’s FlashFabric technology, which leverage server-side flash caching instead of replacing it. The solution automatically and dynamically tiers data up into a server-side cache and demotes less active data to lower cost storage. FlashFabric can also move between two different performance tiers of flash. For example, between a higher performance PCIe flash and lower performance SAS or SATA flash.
Data, in theory, should always be secure and universally available. In practice, data ends up being accessible to only a handful of applications via storage systems incapable of encrypting data. To make data both inherently more secure and accessible, Hedvig has updated its Distributed Storage Platform with Encrypt360 software to enable IT organizations to encrypt data at the server before storing it.
Hedvig storage software runs on commodity hardware. Hedvig doesn't sell the hardware, but it supports moving data between fast flash-based SSDs and a tier of slower, less expensive HDDs. Hedvig's new FlashFabric enables two storage tiers in all-SSD server clusters that can span on-premises and public cloud environments.
Avinash Lakshman, CEO of Hedvig and developer of Dynamo and Cassandra, shares his thoughts on the current and future state of databases.
And finally, no doubt you saw the news from Tintri, which postponed its IPO. Although the details are still hazy, it may be a warning to other technology companies and the storage industry at large. Avinash Lakshman, CEO of Hedvig and co-creator of Apache Cassandra, thinks that the news is not a moratorium on storage. Hedvig has seen strong demand for software-defined storage solutions that provide centralized management layers that can span multiple clouds. The key, Avinash points out, is to make sure that one of the main data center goals is to eliminate complexity.
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) has partnered with a software-defined storage startup to create a hybrid cloud storage platform customized for HPE servers.
HPE and Hedvig, started by a former Amazon and Facebook engineer credited with creating the Cassandra database, announced that HPE will offer Hedvig’s software-defined storage with HPE’s Apollo 4200 servers to create a distributed storage platform.
Avinash Lakshman, Hedvig’s founder and CEO, had been working on distributed systems for a dozen years before Hedvig and was the creator of Apache Cassandra. He was drawn to the storage infrastructure space because of his belief that no fundamental innovation had taken place in it during the last decade. That led to his decision to found Hedvig.
“What we bring to the table is immense simplicity in how structure can be done, democratizing what is available in Google or Amazon and bringing it with simplicity at a fraction of the cost,” Lakshman said.
Hedvig’s secret sauce lies in using multi-protocol support to collapse disparate tiers of storage and unify block, file, and object interfaces in a single platform. This makes it unnecessary to organize SAN, NAS and object storage separately, and allows for allocation of data by workload-optimized servers.
The data storage market is being affected by several trends, including an increasing number of enterprises moving their business applications to the cloud, the growing popularity — and decreasing cost — of flash technology, and the greater need for analytics to make sense of all the data that’s being stored, according to one sector executive.
The market is ripe for disruption also from newer architecture offered by several startups, according to a second executive. A handful of software-defined storage companies, such as Formation Data Systems, Hedvig and Datera, all could be of interest to incumbents. They have already attracted the interest of investors, with Hedvig receiving a $21.5 million Series C in March, and just last year Datera raised a $40 million Series A.
A day after announcing lackluster quarterly results as IT hardware demand declines, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and software-defined storage startup Hedvig Inc. announced a hybrid cloud storage platform customized for HPE servers.
The partners said Thursday (June 1) they have initially bundled Hedvig's software-defined storage with HPE's Apollo 4200 servers to create a distributed storage platform aimed at enterprises deploying private, hybrid and multi-datacenter clouds. The platform is available in 48- and 96-terabyte configurations.
Targeting "rack-scale infrastructure," Hedvig said its software-defined approach leverages HPE servers geared toward data-intensive cloud workloads. Its multi-protocol approach seeks to collapse disparate storage tiers through support of block, file and object storage interfaces in a single API-driven platform.
Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder of Hedvig, is another believer in a multi-cloud strategy.
“Costly outages like Amazon's S3 blip back in February made enterprises realize they can't put all of their eggs in a single cloud basket," he said.
Leveraging multiple clouds means addressing the way data is distributed and protected. Automation tools are making application portability a reality (using VMs or containers), but data portability is another matter entirely.
A niche startup that operates in the space of hyper-scale storage, Hedvig was founded in 2012 by Avinash Lakshman. The company focuses on data protection by replicating data across private and public cloud systems. It leverages its Distribution Storage Platform to enable high performance data storage across multiple environments.
Hedvig is a provider of software-defined, hyper-scale storage offerings, which aim to protect data through replication across multiple private and public clouds. The company's Distributed Storage Platform uses block, file and object storage for multiple environments (bare metal, hypervisor and container), and offers a boost in performance as the solutions scale up.
Protecting enterprise data today is more important than ever today. Why? For one, data is driving the modern digital transformation of enterprises. Second, it’s become clear that an organization’s second most critical asset—after its people—is its data. Third, enterprises regardless of industry or vertical are mining all of this data with analytics for new revenue streams.
The modern data center as a term is getting more attention among today’s IT leaders. And for good reason. Cloud computing, flash storage, software-defined networks, containers, and a blossoming number of orchestration and automation tools are coalescing to form the foundation of a modern data center — a requirement for enterprises in our digital age.
Hedvig ($21.5M, series C, in March) provides software-defined storage pools by ganging together multiple kinds of storage into a single system that provides file, block, and object interfaces. It originally focused on "classic" virtualized environments like VMs, but containers are now part of the picture too, and its storage proxy service can be deployed as a VM or a container.
Software-defined storage provider Hedvig is expanding its CloudScale Partner Program to recognize and accommodate the many roles partners have with customers.
The program allows reseller partners to accelerate customer cloud deployments and digital transformation initiatives. It now provides an adaptable, customer-focused framework aimed at making it easier to engage with Hedvig and sell software-defined storage (SDS) and cloud offerings, the company said.
Secondary storage consolidating software startup Hedvig has expanded its CloudScale Partner Program. The updated scheme is designed with the flexibility for a single partner to engage in multiple ways, including referring deals, integrating bundled solutions, and offering managed services. Partners also will have the option to develop, market, and sell their own branded solutions powered by Hedvig software. Hedvig recently received a $21.5m funding round.
Hedvig provides software-defined storage for enterprises building private, hybrid, or multi-cloud environments. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is the only solution designed for both primary and secondary data, making it ideal for legacy, modern, and backup workloads. It consolidates block, file, and object into a single, API-driven platform that keeps pace with ever-growing data needs. Hedvig's patented Universal Data Plane technology forms a distributed, scale-out cluster that transforms commodity servers or cloud computing into a flexible foundation for bare metal, hypervisor, and container infrastructure. Read the exclusive pre-show interview with VMblog and Hedvig to learn what they have planned for DockerCon 2017.
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Hedvig's software-defined storage offering reduces enterprise storage costs while helping IT departments migrate applications to the cloud. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform combines block, file and object storage for bare metal, hypervisor and container environments, with performance that increases as the offering scales.
Time to get back to Hedvig which is a storage startup whose software can run on various server storage platforms, as well as in different topologies. Different topologies include in a CI or HCI, Cloud, as well as scale out with various access including block, file and object. In addition to block, file and object access, Hedvig has interesting management tools, data services, along with support for VMware, Docker, and OpenStack among others.
Recently Hedvig landed another $21.5M USD in funding bringing their total to about $52M USD. HPE via its investment arm, joins other investors (note HPE was part of the $21.5M, that was not the amount they invested) including Vertex, Atlantic Bridge, Redpoint, edbi and true ventures.
Hedvig has proven to be a good channel and technology partner, said Gautam Shah, president of Colfax International, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based solution provider and Hedvig channel partner.
"We like how Hedvig allows customers to use commodity servers--anybody's machines--to deploy scale-out storage," Shah told CRN. "This means more business for us."
The new round of funding shows that Hedvig is maturing as a company, and should be here for the long-term, Shah said.
"As it matures from being a startup, and as its customers, talent, and funding grows, Hedvig becomes more effective as a partner to the channel," he said. "This helps the channel feel more comfortable working with Hedvig in return."
Hedvig, the Santa Clara software defined storage (SDS) start-up now in its third year, has announced the infusion of a cool $21.5 million in Series C venture funding as attention increasingly turns to the fragmented SDS market, predicted to surpass $7 billion by 2020.
Secondary storage consolidating software startup Hedvig has gained $21.5m in a VC‑round of funding, with HPE putting in some of the cash. There were new investments from Singapore-based EDBI and Hewlett Packard Pathfinder, which is part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), plus expanded investments from Atlantic Bridge Ventures, including its Oman Technology Fund, and contributions from existing investors True Ventures and Vertex Ventures.
The rapid adoption of software-defined storage in the enterprise is drawing interest from all kinds of investors hoping to capitalize on the trend.Among them is Pathfinder, the venture capital arm of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., which on Thursday contributed to a $21.5 million financing round into Hedvig Inc. as part of this gold rush. The technology giant was joined by Singaporean government fund EDBI and several returning backers including Vertex Ventures, the firm that led Hedvig’s previous $18 million raise back in 2015.
Launched in 2015, Hedvig provides SDS for enterprises building cloud environments through its Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform solution. "All sectors of enterprise IT are being hit by new demands from the massive wave of emerging digital businesses. It's a wake-up call for the storage industry and a signal that a flexible, simple software-defined storage solution is needed for primary and secondary storage in the era of cloud," said Avinash Lakshman, founder and CEO of Hedvig. The latest funding will be used by the startup for expansion into the Asia-Pacific region, with Singapore being the gateway.
Hedvig, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based provider of software-defined storage solutions, has raised $21.5 million in Series C funding. EDBI and HP Pathfinder co-led the round, and were joined by return backers Atlantic Bridge Ventures, True Ventures and Vertex Ventures.
Hedvig, a Santa Clara, Calif. Developer of cloud-based software storage systems, raised $21.5 million in Series C funding. Investors include EDBI, Hewlett Packard Pathfinder, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, True Ventures, and Vertex Ventures.
Hedvig plans to offer a more bundled version of its platform for enterprise customers, which is attractive to its new investor HPE. In addition to Hedvig’s own software, the bundle will include a server partner’s hardware and any additional orchestration software that might be needed. Although Hedvig claims to have its software certified running on all the major flavors of servers, HPE sees it as an opportunity to bundle it with their own, Whiteley said.
The Santa Clara startup founded by a former Facebook engineer who built a novel data storage system there has raised $21.5 million...Hedvig is best known for its CEO, Avinash Lakshman, an early Facebook engineer who helped invent Cassandra, a data storage system that helped Facebook eliminate individual failure points when adding storage capacity to its data centers. Facebook open-sourced Cassandra, and it’s since been used by Apple, Netflix, Nutanix, Reddit, Twitter and others.
Milan Shetti, CTO of HPE’s data center infrastructure group, will serve as a technical advisor to Hedvig. He wrote in an email, “Hedvig’s mission of improving the economics of storing and managing the world’s data is directly aligned with our strategy, and we look forward to working with the Hedvig team as it continues to shape hybrid IT.”
Although 2017 will see plenty of data growth that will require permanent storage, most net new data generated next year will be ephemeral; it will quickly outlive its usefulness and be discarded. So despite exponential data growth, there won’t be as much storage growth as we might otherwise have expected. – Avinash Lakshman, CEO, Hedvig
Investments in cloud computing will continue aggressively in 2017, but many organizations will opt for multi-cloud environments in their data centers. That is the prediction of Avinash Lakshman, chief executive officer at Hedvig and creator of Apache Cassandra.
Avinash spoke with Information Management about what the New Year will hold for data and IT professionals. He sees five key trends for the cloud and storage markets.
Although 2017 will see plenty of data growth that will require permanent storage, most net new data generated next year will be ephemeral; it will quickly outlive its usefulness and be discarded. So despite exponential data growth, there won’t be as much storage growth as we might otherwise have expected. – Avinash Lakshman, CEO, Hedvig
According to Avinash Lakshman, CEO of storage developer Hedvig and creator of the Apache Cassandra platform, enterprise executives should plan their data center upgrades around five key elements. First, multi-cloud architectures are emerging as the new normal, meaning the local data center will no longer act as the primary repository for data and applications. As well, infrastructure will become streamlined through technologies like in-memory computing, while content delivery and other functions will transition to self-service modes of operation. Expect a higher level of automation and machine learning as well, which in turn will produce greater value for metadata, perhaps to the point where it can be monetized.
Startup Hedvig is building its Universal Data Plane for cross-platform support, including containers, while Nutanix is investing in its App Mobility Fabric, for example.
The 2016 Gartner Critical Capabilities report reveals that demand for business intelligence solutions has surged over the past year. Avinash Lakshman, the CEO of Hedvig and creator of Apache Cassandra states that cloud providers are beginning to leverage metadata to improve the quality of business intelligence.
“The nature of many distributed systems, such as those used in large companies such as Google or Facebook, is by design to collect and store lots and lots of metadata,” Lakshman told Information Management. “This ‘data about the data’ will become increasingly relevant as companies analyze more of it for insights. Organizations such as Netflix have already built their success around analyzing customer data for commonalities and many companies will follow. Making sense of metadata, particularly metadata that has been stored for a long time, can also lead to new customer insights as well as become the focus of new products sold by analytics vendors.”
In a recent interview, CEO and founder of SDS startup Hedvig Inc., Avinash Lakshman, explained why he thinks scale-out SDS is a hot technology that will continue to grow rapidly.
"The ROI is pretty simple because hardware costs are going nowhere but down. People like Amazon, Google and all these large internet-scale companies are obviously going that route. It's forced the enterprise to take a look at them and ask the question, 'If they can do a lot more with a lot less, why can't we?'"
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0 is a software-defined storage platform that spans any workload, cloud and storage tier, and includes native integration with Docker Datacenter, OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Mesos for cloud orchestration and automation. The offering from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Hedvig is based on the company's Universal Data Plane, which guarantees data locality and service availability across clouds. The Universal Data Plane is a programmable software layer that enables any application to store and protect data across any location. It plugs into modern orchestration and automation frameworks, and replaces the need for separate storage gear with a solution that runs on commodity servers in private clouds and as instances in public clouds.
Another Gartner “Cool Vendor,” Hedvig offers software-defined storage to improve scalability. The company announced in the spring of 2015 that it had raised $12.5 million in funding during three years in stealth mode.
With version 1.6 of Hedvig's Distributed Storage Platform, native integration with Docker and VMware is included. In addition, companies can migrate to newer container architectures as needed -- all while being able to keep operations consistent at the storage level.
The world of containers is seeing an increase in storage offerings, such as Hedvig’s Universal Data Plane, which can be used for container-based storage.
This conflict between data locality and scale/efficiency is likely to remain one of the key challenges for Hadoop going forward, says Hedvig CEO Avinash Lakshman. As he explained to InfoStor recently, tools like MapReduce can effectively manage DAS architectures throughout the lake, but it results in islands of Big Data storage that work against the goal of quickly and easily comparing vast data sets against each other to gain insight.
Founded in 2012, Hedvig released its first product in 2015. Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is a software-defined enterprise storage platform. Hedvig’s PB-scale commodity storage clusters pool capacity for iSCSI, NFS, and object storage (S3 and OpenStack Swift).
Hedvig's distributed storage platform is designed for both private and public clouds. It provides a high performance, elastic storage system built with low-cost commodity hardware to support any application, hypervisor, container or cloud. Enterprise storage services can be selected on a per-volume basis and include thin provisioning, disaster recovery replication, inline deduplication and compression, and storage virtualization.
Start-up Hedvig has built a software defined storage layer that transparently links cloud and on-site storage into a single virtual data lake to solve this problem. Using Hedvig, data scientists are able to access and manipulate data assets, regardless of where they are physically stored.
In the 1990s, each application server tended to have direct attached storage (DAS). SANs were created to provide shared, pooled storage for greater scale and efficiency. Hadoop has reversed that trend back towards DAS. Each Hadoop cluster has its own — albeit scale-out — direct-attached storage. It helps to Hadoop manage data locality, but it trades off the scale and efficiency of shared storage. If you have multiple instances or distributions of Hadoop, therefore, you’ll have multiple of these scale-out islands of storage.
“The biggest challenge we come across is balancing data locality with scale and efficiency,” said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and Founder, Hedvig.
Hedvig Inc. CEO and founder Avinash Lakshman envisions a world where self-service, virtualized storage runs in clusters on commodity hardware across private and public clouds, such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft Azure.
His startup, based in Santa Clara, Calif., will release the second version of the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform this month. Hedvig is also promoting a Universal Data Plane to provide a programmable data management layer to enable any application workload to store and protect data across any cloud or tier.
Santa Clara-based storage company Hedvig has launched what it believes is the first universal answer for storage issues -- the Universal Data Plane. Intended to overcome the "rigidity, economics, and lack of data portability endemic to traditional storage", it offers a single, programmable data management layer that "spans across workloads, clouds, and storage tiers", the company says.
It does this by running on commodity servers in the public cloud, and offers a virtualised abstraction layer which enables any workload to store and protect its data across any location. The company is the brainchild of its CEO Avinash Lakshman, a man with an impressive track record in developing new storage systems.
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform provides a unified solution that lets you tailor a high-performance storage with low-cost commodity hardware to support any application, hypervisor, container, or cloud. It is said to provide storage for any compute at any scale for block, file and object storage with programmability and support for any OS, hypervisor or container. In addition, hybrid multi-site replication protects each application with a unique disaster recovery policy and delivers high availability with a storage cluster that spans multiple data centers or clouds. Finally, advanced data services let users customize storage with a range of enterprise services that are selectable per-volume.
“For Hadoop this is critical if you may want some features to be handled by HDFS, and other features to be handled by the storage platform,” said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and Founder, Hedvig.
A startup called Hedvig with a software-defined storage that is designed to span any workload, any cloud—public and private—and any storage tier while ClearSky Data offers a fully managed global storage network.
Hedvig unveiled the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0, a new release of its comprehensive software-defined storage platform that includes features delivering multi-workload, multi-cloud and multi-tier capabilities. This modern, hyperscale storage architecture is the realization of Hedvig’s vision for the Universal Data Plane. The Universal Data Plane is a programmable data management tier that overcomes the rigidity of traditional storage and removes bottlenecks to widespread digital IT transformation.
Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform 2.0 – Key features: New Plugins for VMware vSphere Web Client, Docker Volume and Mirantis Fuel, improved Hyper-V support, interoperability with top public clouds (AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure), integration of Mesos and Kubernetes, multiple core enhancements to core platform.
Hedvig has updated its software-defined storage to version 2.0 and is flying with a Universal Data Plane concept.
Its Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0 adds a VMware vSphere Web Client Plugin, Docker Volume Plugin and Mirantis Fuel Plugin, each of which help to provide application-specific high-availability policies.
Taking the concept of software-defined storage to its next logical conclusion, Hedvig today announced it is developing a Universal Data Plane as part of an update to the Hedvig Distributed Storage System that is designed to span storage systems running on premise and in the cloud.
Rob Whiteley, vice president of marketing for Hedvig, says rather than perpetuating the deployment of isolated storage systems on premise and now in the cloud, the time has come to provide IT organizations with a mechanism to manage all those systems as logically connected entities.
IDC predicts organizations will spend $2.1 trillion in 2019 on digital transformation technologies. As organizations get serious about building digital businesses, flexibility and responsiveness become their most precious capabilities. To help companies realize the potential of their digital business, Hedvig today unveiled its vision for a Universal Data Plane, a programmable data management platform that overcomes the rigidity of traditional data infrastructure and removes bottlenecks to widespread digital IT transformation.
Hedvig Inc. laid out a vision for a Universal Data Plane spanning public and private clouds, as it launched an updated version of its software-defined storage product. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform, which launched last year, can run on commodity hardware across multiple sites, either at a customer's data center or in public clouds. The Hedvig storage software clusters servers into a virtual pool of capacity and supports block (iSCSI), file (NFS) and object (Amazon Simple Storage Service, or S3, and OpenStack Swift) interfaces.
Hedvig, Inc. announced the availability of the vSphere Web Client plug-in and enhancements to its Distributed Storage Platform that provide tighter integration with Vmware, Inc.'s virtualization products.
VMware customers who are pursuing modernization of their IT infrastructure now have access to better HA, disaster avoidance and recovery options built specifically for large, multi-site VMware deployments. The company demonstrated these enhancements at the VMworld 2016 conference on August 28 - September 1, 2016.
Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced the availability of the Hedvig vSphere Web Client plugin and enhancements to its award-winning Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform that provide tighter integration with VMware virtualization products.
DGC's outsourcing and managed services division will use Hedvig as a foundation for sustainable, differentiated cloud services that can tailor storage, performance and DR services to individual customers. Hedvig is part of DGC's investment in both technology and data center facilities to consolidate its outsourcing and managed services and establish product offerings.
Founded in 2012, Hedvig claims that it is modernizing container storage. (Shockingly, the company isn’t alone in its belief that it’s on the cutting edge.) In May, Hedvig was awarded a Gold Stevie Award in the cloud storage and backup category at the 14th annual American Business Awards.
Hedvig announced its CloudScale Reference Architectures at DockerCon in June, which the company says will simplify the deployment of containers for cloud environments. Hedvig’s announced partners include Cisco, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Docker, AWS, and VMware.
Hedvig helps customers modernize their storage systems and accelerate enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds. The company's technology combines block, file, and object storage for bare metal, hypervisor and container environments. The software-defined system is built on a true distributed system that is built to keep pace with scale-out applications and today's business climate.
Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced that DGC, a leading Swedish network operator, has selected the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform to help lower costs and modernize its business.
I was impressed with the functionality and the unique view of cross data center data protection services. I probed pretty hard on their caching logic but as far as I can tell it all makes sense, assuming a single proxy is writing to a vdisk.
Data volume plug-ins are available from some storage vendors like NetApp with its NetApp Docker Volume Plugin (nDVP) for Data ONTAP that supports both iSCSI and NFS. Similarly, Hedvig provides a volume plug-in for its software-defined Distributed Storage Platform, using NFS. Unlike block storage volume drivers, Hedvig's NFS volume driver permits mounting the same volume on different hosts.
Hedvig. Focuses on software-defined storage. Does more than just containers, but storage for Docker containers is an increasingly important part of the company’s operations. Funding totals $30.5 million.
"Our customers are adopting containers using many different approaches-ranging from wholesale integration of Docker tools to augmenting existing VMware and Windows environments," said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder, Hedvig. "Data becomes a critical consideration in these environments as modern storage must be highly elastic in order to adapt to constantly changing business needs. CloudScale Reference Architectures remove the guesswork and burden of getting these infrastructure stacks right Our tested partner solutions harness he power of distributed systems to provide enterprise-ready solutions regardless of the container adoption approach."
Hedvig is making good and steady progress. Its customers seem pleased with what this storage software can do and enlarging its use inside their IT estate. Hedvig the owl is gradually increasing its hunting territory - to wit: to woo. ®
“Adopt a software-plus-commodity-hardware approach,” advised Avinash Lakshman (@hedviginc), CEO and founder, Hedvig. “Built on the distributed-systems principles pioneered by web-scale companies, software-defined storage infrastructure brings a cloud-like simplicity into the private datacenter.”
Overview of Hedvig software-defined storage for containers and CloudScale Reference Architectures at DockerCon 2016 with Docker DataCenter, ContainerX, and ClusterHQ (Flocker).
Hedvig has released hardware and software design templates for containerised storage.
A Quanta CloudScale Reference Architecture integrates the Docker container stack of Docker Datacenter (including Docker Swarm, Engine, Trusted Registry and Universal Control Plane) with Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform software and QuantaGrid D51PH-1ULH hardware. There are two software-only reference architectures: ContainerX CloudScale Reference Architecture for Windows and VMware-based container environments, and ClusterHQ CloudScale Reference Architecture for high availability databases.
Hedvig announced CloudScale Reference Architectures, a new Docker deployment tool that simplifies the deployment of containers for cloud environments, according to the company.
Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced its end-to-end CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with proven, tested infrastructure templates. Hedvig unveiled three enterprise-ready Docker solutions built on Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology to help enterprise DevOps and ITOps teams save time, lower costs and reduce the complexity of deploying containers using Docker Datacenter, Windows and VMware. The company will demonstrate these Docker Cloudscale Reference Architectures at the DockerCon 16 conference, booth S15, on June 19-21, 2016, in Seattle.
Lakshman said that the company is on a mission to hit a new level of simplicity in storage.
Lakshman said that the company is on a mission to hit a new level of simplicity in storage.
For want of a current tangible example, data storage modernization company Hedvig has this month released CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with what it promises are proven and tested infrastructure templates. In technical terms, Hedvig unveiled three Docker solutions built on Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology to attempt to help enterprise DevOps and ITOps teams save time, lower costs and reduce the complexity of deploying containers using Docker Datacenter, Windows and VMware.
With companies making increasing moves toward software-defined networking (SDN), that means that the hardware has to be in place to support that kind of increased reliance on software. Hedvig's array of systems looks like it should be able to step neatly into current operations and provide results that approach the top of the field. While it will certainly have no shortage of competitors going for that exact same market, it's got a sufficiently powerful and flexible array to make itself worthwhile as a choice in the field.
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