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Pure Storage launched a managed version of Portworx Enterprise, a storage solution for Kubernetes. The service makes Kubernetes accessible to organizations without expertise in container storage. In addition, Portworx Enterprise 3.0 will be available shortly.

Although Kubernetes is an excellent platform for container management, container storage has little to no support. Organizations use external storage solutions to load and unload container data. Portworx Enterprise is one of the most popular options.

The technology was acquired by Pure Storage in September 2020 for $370 million. Organizations use Portworx Enterprise to deploy bare-metal servers and cloud capacity as storage resources for Kubernetes. Although you don’t necessarily need an external tool to connect a storage resource to Kubernetes, solutions like Portworx Enterprise make the most of the capacity available.

Pure Storage recently announced the third version of Portworx Enterprise. Portworx Enterprise 3.0 brings several enhancements, as detailed later in this article. In addition, Pure Storage launched a managed version of the product.

The managed service makes Portworx Enterprise accessible to organizations without expertise in Kubernetes or container storage. Customers can configure a Kubernetes environment with a visual interface and a few clicks, after which Pure Storage takes care of installation, deployment and management. The managed service will be available starting in early 2023.

Portworx Enterprise 3.0

Portworx Enterprise 3.0 will be made available in the same period. During the announcement, Pure Storage shed light on three of the most important changes.

First, the new ‘PX-Fast’ feature improves the performance of low-latency, high-throughput databases for online transaction processing (OLTP), online analytical processing (OLAP) and machine learning (ML) workloads. Examples include Kafka, Elastic and MongoDB.

Second, the new Near-Sync DR feature delivers the lowest possible RPO for distant cloud regions and datacenters. RPO is short for Recovery Point Objective. A low RPO means that data is quickly transferred from a storage location to a remote storage location in case the first storage location fails. The higher the RPO, the longer the transfer can take. Portworx Enterprise 3.0 further cuts back the RPO of long-distance locations.

Finally, the new ‘Object Storage Service’ feature provides an object storage interface for container workloads. Portworx Enterprise currently supports a file storage interface and a block storage interface. The upcoming object storage interface allows organizations to use and manage storage buckets with native Kubernetes integrations.

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