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The move comes as HyperGrid consolidates its July 2016 acquisition of DCHQ, which gave it a platform for managing the creation and management of container-based workloads and provide portability between operating environments and on-premise and off-premise storage platforms.
HyperCloud comprises HyperGrid hyper-converged appliances, the DCHQ-based HyperForm container environment and DevOps platform, plus the HyperWeave cloud infrastructure, which provides access to 18 public cloud platforms.
HyperForm allows customers to build and manage container-based workloads and host them in-house, on public cloud services, or a hybrid of the two. This so-called lift-and-shift functionality allows customers to burst workloads to the cloud or bring them back in-house and automatically checks a proposed compute and storage environment has the resources needed for a specific workload.
Containers, such as Docker, allow applications to be developed with in-built portability between different platforms. Traditionally, developers created applications and infrastructure people ensured the environment was available for them to run on. Containers allow developers to code the infrastructure (compute, storage, networking) requirements into the app so it can be deployed for testing or to be ported to other environments.
Customers don’t have to be users of HyperGrid appliances to use the HyperForm environment.
Read more about container storage
- Docker, by default, doesn’t come with persistent storage, which presents an issue to some workloads customers that want to run in containers – however, there are ways to achieve persistent storage.
- Containers offer a rapid and flexible way to deploy apps, but many are put off by lack of storage management support and scalability in SAN and NAS systems, says Portworx survey.
HyperGrid chief evangelist Kelly Murphy describes the capabilities available as turning the traditional idea of public cloud on its head.
“The problem with the public cloud is the idea that you end up ‘all-in’ – locked in and lacking control and governance over your data,” he said. “We want to flip the model on its head, use the cloud as a resource with workloads portable between on-premise and the cloud environments that suit the workload at that time.”
At present, HyperGrid claims workloads can be ported to 18 or more public cloud services. It supplies 2U, four-node hyper-converged appliances that come with the Microsoft Hyper-V or KVM hypervisor or containerised workloads in an Ethernet connected unit with between 23TB and 92TB of all-flash storage.