Congratulations to the team at Portworx. Starting a company, raising money, building technology, and having a successful outcome are all very difficult things to do.
We think that software-defined storage for Kubernetes is a big opportunity — so much so that we have built Project Astra, a Kubernetes application data lifecycle management service that’s founded on NetApp® ONTAP® software. We believe that a data fabric is better when it’s built with one unified storage operating system instead of the three that Pure (and Portworx) uses.
We also differ from Portworx in that we believe that cloud-native Kubernetes storage is better with the deep native support of the public clouds rather than attempting to do it without them. What you might not know is that today, Project Astra sits behind NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP for Google Cloud, and soon it will be behind the hugely successful Azure NetApp Files. It’s better to take Kubernetes from the cloud back to on premises, not the other way around.
How does Project Astra work? It is 100% software and has no hardware dependencies. In the public clouds, we run Project Astra today on the native storage infrastructures of Google Cloud and Azure. On-premises Project Astra also runs on any logical unit number (LUN).
To have a complete system in Kubernetes, you need more than storage and a fully managed service. Only NetApp has the completeness of cloud data services like backup, compliance, AND something truly unique…Spot by NetApp. To get a fully managed platform for cloud-native, you need serverless AND storageless. Portworx is a self-managed storage product.
Project Astra is part of a much bigger NetApp. A cloud-native NetApp that’s chosen by the public clouds and used by thousands of customers in both public and private clouds.