EMC has unveiled an open source storage framework designed to better meet the requirements of cloud-native applications deployed in containers managed by platforms such as Docker, Kubernetes, or Mesos.
Announced as part of the final day of the firm's EMC World event in Las Vegas, the new framework known as Polly - short for polymorphic volume scheduling - is just one of several open source projects detailed by EMC.
Polly has been born out of the need to manage storage alongside other resources used by containers such as compute, memory, and network, EMC said. In particular, as container platforms mature, there is a growing need to provide persistent storage in a scalable way, rather than treating containers as ephemeral objects.
Container-based infrastructure represents a substantial evolution in the way applications are developed, deployed and managed in production, according to EMC, and adding support for persistence extends the kinds of applications that can be containerised, including databases, key-value stores, infrastructure services such as DNS, and more.
However, the scheduler needs to have awareness of the available resources from the underlying storage infrastructure in order to properly allocate storage resources at scale, and this where Polly is intended to come in.
Polly implements a centralised storage scheduling service that connects to container schedulers such as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Mesos, and Cloud Foundry. It can simultaneously be used to offer resources to any of these schedulers, according to EMC.
As may be expected, Polly currently supports EMC storage platforms such as ScaleIO, XtremIO, Isilon and VMAX. It runs on Amazon Web Services with support for Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Google Compute Engine, or OpenStack-based clouds. It also supports VirtualBox for developers running containers on their laptop.
"With container-based technologies designed for storage allocation and management, EMC is laying the foundation for users to address some of their most pressing challenges to support innovation for 3rd Platform use cases. We're proud of EMC's place in the open source community and are looking forward to continued investment and contribution," said Chirantan Desai, president of EMC's Emerging Technology Division.
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