VMware Partners with ClusterHQ to Integrate Containers with VMware vSphere storage

By CIOReview | Friday, September 11, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: VMware recently joined forces with ClusterHQ to benefit developers by integrating ClusterHQ’s Flocker container data management software and VMware vSphere, providing portable and persistent shared storage for organizations using Docker containers in conjunction with VMware. Therefore, users can now take advantage of having direct container level access to VMware vSphere storage such as VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes. This would enable DevOps teams to more easily run container-based applications on VM vSphere.

"Today, containers do a great job easing application portability, but there are many additional operational requirements that can be improved by combining containers with VMware's software-defined data center infrastructure solutions," says Skip Bacon, Vice President, Storage and Availability, VMware. "By collaborating with ClusterHQ to make a VMware vSphere driver available for Flocker, we're making it even easier for organizations deploying containerized applications to take advantage of the persistent storage options offered by VMware vSphere, including VMware Virtual SAN and vSphere Virtual Volumes.", he adds.

A survey released by Devops.com says that around 73 percent are still running inside virtual machines. The report also describes security followed by data management as primary barriers in container adoption by organizations.

ClusterHQ’s Flocker enables stateful Docker containers to easily migrate between virtual servers, which play an important role in developing applications that utilizes stateful services like databases, queues and key-value stores. Flocker makes it simple and practical for entire applications, including their data, to be containerized and achieve true portability between development, staging and production. With the combination of Docker, VMware and Flocker, developers can adopt container technologies that speed their development and deployment processes while the operations team can continue using VMware infrastructure. This combined approach benefits both developers and operations teams, as both are able to use the platform of their choice.