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2017 Press Releases

April 19, 2017

Dell EMC Releases Open Source Storage Updates Designed for Security and Easier Consumption

Dell Technologies reported new updates in a series of open source contributions from {code} by Dell EMC, including trust and security enhancements to REX-Ray in 0.9, the latest version of the leading container storage orchestration engine. REX-Ray is also shipping Docker Certified managed volume plugins for cloud and storage platforms available in the Docker Store. The Docker Certification Program, a framework for partners to integrate and certify their software for the Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) commercial platform.

Container technology has made paces since last year's DockerCon, but there are still obstacles to companies employing them in an enterprise setting. Alleviating the risks of adopting containers for critical cloud native persistent workloads has proved to be a major challenge, and REX-Ray 0.9 addresses this challenge through its controller model that ships with security enabled by default. REX-Ray can operate from anywhere while protecting sensitive credentials, encrypting communication, and performing per-client authentication.

The Docker Store is the enterprise user's destination for trusted, enterprise-ready Docker containers, plugins and editions. Support for storage platforms that function with Docker is made available through Docker Certified managed volume plugins. These plugins improve the user experience in ensuring combination to orchestrate persistent applications with external storage. The Docker Certified REX-Ray plugins include Amazon EBS/EFS, Dell EMC ScaleIO/Isilon, Google Compute Engine PD, and any S3-compatible storage.

According to Marianna Tessel, EVP Strategic Development at Docker, "Demand for storage with containers is being driven by organisations looking to use containers for all applications. Docker Enterprise Edition platform and its pluggable architecture is the enabler of a new opportunity for storage in the enterprise. REX-Ray through its features and security is a great vehicle to ensure interoperability for many storage platforms.”

Classified for "polymorphic volume scheduling," Poly is an open source volume scheduling service centrally functioning with container schedulers to offer volume resources upon request. The introduction of Polly's scheduling services inside of REX-Ray's centralised controller will allow users to utilise a single storage service that offers governance and security for critical storage services. Through its experience in building libStorage with Polly, the {code} team is working with industry leaders on a Container Storage Interface initiative through the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to ensure container orchestrators, storage controllers, and agents have a universal way of interoperating in the future.

Josh Bernstein, Vice President of Technology at Dell Technologies said, "Containers have come a long way towards becoming enterprise ready with the addition of enterprise-grade features such as security and more common interfaces.  Our work with the CNCF ensures that, once the Container Storage Interface is ready, REX-Ray will bring support quickly to existing storage drivers and we can start building long lasting value on top of this work. Collaborative projects only benefit the enterprise if users can actually consume it, and that's the thinking behind our direction and updates through libStorage and REX-Ray 0.9.”