Cloud Native / Kubernetes / Storage

Diamanti Extends Kubernetes Stateful Storage Reach and Support for AWS

25 Nov 2020 8:30am, by

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Enterprise, bare-metal container platform provider Diamanti has extended its Spektra platform to support Kubernetes environment management for Amazon Web Services (AWS), through its “single pane of glass” console, the company announced at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon last week. With the release of Diamanti Spektra 3.1, Diamanti has also added new features to the platform, with an emphasis on improving stateful data management and further simplifying Kubernetes environment management for multitenant multicloud and on-premises environments

The new features Diamanti Spektra 3.1 offers include a set of data plane services. Additionally, the company unveiled Diamanti Central, a new customer portal.

The new Diamanti Ultima support for AWS is “particularly significant” because it allows AWS customers to make use of higher-performance local non-volatile memory express (NVMe) drives on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances “in a fault-tolerant manner,” Sambasiva Bandarupalli, founding engineer for Diamanti, told The New Stack.

“Historically, customers requiring fault tolerance have had to use EBS storage services,” Bandarupalli said. “Now, Diamanti customers can take advantage of much higher-performing EC2 instances,” with local NVMe storage, he said.

Bandarupalli said AWS customers using Diamanti’s console now have:

  • “Full” disaster-recovery and data protection capabilities such as snapshots, synchronous and asynchronous replication.
  • Overall higher performance.
  • Improved fault tolerance.
  • Lower cost per Input/output operations per second (IOPS).

Additionally, Diamanti supports storage features on top of EBS volumes on AWS, for container granular-volumes for high availability across zones, which Bandarupalli said provides additional “cost savings” for customers.

“With Spektra 3.1 AWS users have a single pane of glass from which they can see and manage AWS clusters — they can easily deploy applications and migrate applications to and from AWS clusters,” Bandarupalli said. “Users can also enable disaster recovery (DR) between AWS and on-premises clusters to improve fault tolerance and eliminate single points of failure.”

Diamanti Central, a “customer portal,” is intended to help pool together user support for Spektra in a single interface. It includes documentation, tools, demo applications and other customer support resources.

“Diamanti Central makes it easy for customers to embark on their Kubernetes journey with confidence by helping them stay up-to-date with all of the latest information on new releases, reference architectures and technical support,” Bandarupalli said. “Registered users will also have the chance to join free trials of our Spektra and Ultima software so they can try before they buy.”

Other new features Diamanti communicated that Spektra 3.1 offers include:

  • Application Logs: Users can check app and pod level logs to reduce the time it takes to diagnose and resolve issues.
  • GPU Support: GPU-resource provisioning to different tenants and monitor GPU resource utilization with  Spektra’s “single pane of glass.”

Spektra first supported Microsoft Azure, while the company expects to add support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in early 2021.

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