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ADDING MULTIMEDIA ClusterHQ Introduces Flocker to Solve Docker Data Problems
|By Business Wire
|August 13, 2014 10:07 AM EDT
ClusterHQ™, The Data People for Docker™, today announced Flocker™ 0.1,
the container industry’s first solution for reliably running databases,
key-value stores and queues inside Docker containers. An open-source
volume and container manager, Flocker is the only software that solves
the significant operational challenges that come from running
data-backed services inside containers. Flocker allows developers to
define their application as a set of connected Docker containers, deploy
and then easily migrate them along with their data between hosts, even
when in different data centers.
“Managing containers with persistent state is a significant problem
today,” said Gabriel Monroy, founder and CTO of popular open source
platform as a service (PaaS), Deis. “Containerized databases are not
suitable for production workloads without solutions for data migration,
cloning and failover. We are excited to see the ClusterHQ team tackling
these problems head-on.”
The proliferation of Linux containers is exploding, with leading
industry analyst firm MarketsandMarkets forecasting that the global PaaS
market will grow over 32 percent per year from $1.28 billion in 2013 to
nearly $7 billion in 2018. As a preferred unit of deployments for PaaS,
Linux containers are expected to make up a large part of that market.
Linux containers are also expected to be widely adopted in Global 2000
While the Linux container market is growing fast, its growth is held
back by a lack of support for production-ready data services, the heart
of most applications.
“Production-ready, data-backed services represent the biggest challenge
for PaaS adoption,” said Colin Humphreys, CEO of CloudCredo, an
enterprise Cloud Foundry services provider whose clients include
Pivotal, the makers of Cloud Foundry. “Solving the data problem such
that databases and other data-backed services can be run inside
containers will unleash a massive amount of pent up demand for
Efficient Storage for Containers
Flocker is the result of more than five years of research, development
and operational experience combining resilient, distributed, commodity
storage with containers. Two years ago, the company launched
HybridCluster, an advanced container management platform based on
FreeBSD Jails. Production customer deployments of HybridCluster have
proven the resilience and scalability of ClusterHQ’s advanced
technology. This experience has enabled the company to move extremely
quickly to solve the data problem for Docker and Linux.
Flocker adds the following benefits to the Docker platform:
Ability to define an entire application, including its databases, as a
set of connected containers
Easy migration of databases, queues and key values stores along with
rest of the application
Support for deployment to and between any public, private or bare
The ClusterHQ team are technical experts in storage, networking and
containers who have successfully driven open source adoption in
developer-led communities. The team holds seven patents related to
operating container-based applications at scale.
“Just as the virtual machine (VM) market required an enormous amount of
capabilities to be developed around the hypervisor in order to fully
mature, the Docker market needs the kind of advanced technology that
ClusterHQ is delivering today,” said Luke Marsden, CEO of ClusterHQ.
“Containers and Docker currently capture only the easy, data-free parts
of an application. Flocker encapsulates the entire app, enabling
distributed data management, dynamic resource scheduling and high
availability. Addressing these critical needs will drive the Linux
container market to even greater heights.”
Flocker is available today on GitHub under an Apache 2.0 license.
“Data-focused Docker Clustering” by Luke Marsden, CEO, ClusterHQ: http://clusterhq.com/blog/data-focused-docker-clustering
“Introducing Flocker 0.1” by Rob Haswell, vice president of engineering,
As The Data People for Docker, ClusterHQ is the company behind the
container industry’s first solution for reliably running databases,
key-value stores and queues inside Docker containers. Through its
innovative open-source data volume and container manager, Flocker,
ClusterHQ delivers a platform for solving the significant operational
challenges that come from running data-backed services inside
containers. The ClusterHQ team are technical experts in storage,
networking and containers who have successfully driven open source
adoption in developer-led communities. The team holds seven patents
related to operating container-based applications at scale.
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