22dot6 Valence Software Significantly Enhances Kubernetes Function

January 26, 2022 Off By Hoofer

Storage startup 22dot6 announced that Kubernetes deployments on its software-defined TASS (Transcendent Abstractive Storage System) provide significant advantages over conventional storage infrastructures. In recent testing this new product, containerized DevOps and database workloads running on 22dot6 Valence software benefit from ease of administration, enhanced performance, multiplatform support, data lifecycle management, and more.

Valence universal storage software unifies physical, virtual, on-premise, and cloud resources locally and globally, creating a TASS architecture. Container applications can make the most of Valence’s multi-cluster capabilities that support any platform, protocol, and locality, whether on-premise or remote, and even multiple clouds.

In a TASS architecture, all storage becomes “Kubernetes native.” Admins can instantly start stateful apps anywhere, and minimize or even eliminate data transfers from one cluster to another. Valence delivers the performance of local storage, even when data is on different resources, and allows larger-scale deployments without a performance penalty.

Additional benefits of a TASS architecture for Kubernetes include:

  • Native integration using Container Storage Interface (CSI): Full CSI driver implementation for block volume and mounted volume support, volume create/delete, stage/unstage, and insight on volume statistics such as capacity.
  • Support for both file and block Persistent Volumes (PVs): Manage file (NFS)-mounted volumes, file-backed mounted volumes, and block volumes in one system.
  • Data and metadata services: Universal global namespace unites all platforms into a single pool – DAS, NAS, object, EBS, file, S3 – so applications can access data and metadata without large-scale migrations as well as elastic search and tagging.
  • Data protection: Easy, non-disruptive snapshots (de-duplicated, compressed, and encrypted); file-granular data replication; file-level undelete; active/active configuration for immediate failover and failback; active archive, pod-specific levels of protection.
  • Ease of setup: Valence is typically installed and configured in under an hour.

“Kubernetes on TASS is proving to be a new world, adding features for container management beyond what these users have come to expect from their conventional storage,” said 22dot6 founder and CEO Diamond Lauffin. “We expect to see adoption of Valence software strictly for these specific benefits, and these customers will also gain a scale out/scale up, sunrise to sunset, multivendor-compatible, hardware and location-transparent storage platform for general compute.”

An evolutionary next step beyond storage virtualization and hardware abstraction, TASS software Valence creates a unified abstractive layer to transcend the limitations of conventional infrastructures, allowing administrators to manage billions of files and exabytes of data within a true scale up/scale out architecture. Valence supports a general compute HPC cluster of up to 60 data transport/access nodes per physical or virtual location, and delivers data accessibility of 600-1200 GB per second within a single global namespace.

TASS enables enterprises to access, move, manage, and protect all data assets transparently, utilizing any available storage resource, regardless of the hardware manufacture, physical, virtual or cloud location, protocol, or platform. TASS unifies physical, virtual, on-premise, and cloud storage resources locally and globally, integrating users, applications and data services. In a TASS architecture, NAS, object and cloud systems are unified, eliminating platform-segregated silos and creating the look, feel and simplicity of a single storage system.