Portworx enters enterprise backup market with point-and-click Kubernetes backup solution that integrates with Portworx Enterprise and top cloud block storage solutions like Amazon, Google, and Azure

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 19, 2019Portworx, the container storage and data management company, today announced an update to Portworx Enterprise, its industry leading container-native storage platform, which includes important new features for backup and recovery, and capacity management. With PX-Backup, Portworx is entering the enterprise backup market to enable organizations to easily and securely manage all of their enterprise’s Kubernetes backups in a cloud native manner. PX-Backup provides unique capabilities in the container industry to backup individual Pods, groups of Pods, or an entire Kubernetes namespace using a single command, even if the enterprise is using AWS, Google, or Azure cloud storage to manage their container volumes but not yet Portworx Enterprise. 

Additionally, PX-Autopilot for Capacity Management enables enterprises to cut their cloud storage costs in half by intelligently provisioning storage only when it is needed, eliminating the longstanding problem in the cloud of paying for storage when it is provisioned, not when it is consumed. This release cements Portworx’s industry leadership as the the only container-native storage and data management platform that provides fast, scalable container storage, automated capacity management, backup and recovery, DR, multi-cloud migration, and data security for containerized applications running on Kubernetes.

Container adoption is rapidly increasing as enterprises recognize the power of cloud native technologies to accelerate their digital transformation. Gartner predicts that by 2022, more than 20 percent of enterprise primary storage capacity will be deployed to support container workloads, up from less than 1 percent today. As such, today’s enterprises need a container-native storage platform that addresses all of the challenges they face when running containerized applications on Kubernetes. With this update, Portworx is extending its industry-leading storage capabilities so Fortune 2000 companies can run, scale, backup, and recover mission-critical applications on Kubernetes.

“Digital transformation in the enterprise is increasingly driven by technologies like containers and Kubernetes. Together, these technologies help teams quickly deliver better services to their users and customers,” said Eric Han, Vice President of Product Management, Portworx. “With these new capabilities, we are making good on our mission to provide full-stack support for running data-rich applications on Kubernetes so enterprises can reach their business transformation goals, all with cost-savings and compliance in mind.”


Earlier this year, Portworx released PX-DR, the industry’s first disaster recovery solution custom-built for Kubernetes applications. While not every application requires advanced DR, according to industry research, 47% of companies still have recovery time objectives of less than 24 hours for non-critical apps and data – something not possible with daily backups alone. To solve this, Portworx is releasing PX-Backup, a point-and-click backup recovery solution for Kubernetes. With PX-Backup, enterprises can manage, secure, protect, and backup any data-rich application running on Kubernetes to avoid compliance blind spots.

PX-Backup captures application data, application configuration, and Kubernetes objects as a single unit and allows enterprises to place this critical data into any S3-compatible object storage. Once backed up using PX-Backup, Kubernetes applications can be easily recovered and redeployed by relaunching a standard Kubernetes deployment file. Additionally, PX-Backup captures meta-data about backups allowing enterprises to answer important questions like who, what, when, where, and for how long, important for compliance and governance use cases. 

 Additional capabilities include:

  • For the first time, enterprises who are not yet using Portworx Enterprise for container storage can use this backup solution for Kubernetes apps backed by cloud storage solutions like Amazon Web Services EBS, Microsoft Azure Managed Disks, and Google Persistent Disks, marking Portworx’s foray into the important enterprise backup market.
  • Backups can even be taken of multi-node distributed databases like Cassandra, Kafka, Elasticsearch, and MongoDB – something most other backup solutions cannot achieve for distributed databases without risking data corruption.
  • Backups can be sent to any S3-compatible object storage, enabling backups to be stored and recovered in a single cloud or data center, or across multiple clouds and data centers.

“With this announcement, Portworx is expanding Portworx Enterprise with capabilities that are unique for this kind of container storage solution and in high demand from organizations where Kubernetes is business-critical,” said Enrico Signoretti, Gigaom. “By consolidating data protection and automation functionalities in the storage layer, Portworx enables its customers to simplify operations while helping them to focus more on data than simple storage management.”

PX-Autopilot for Capacity Management

While Kubernetes automates the deployment of applications, enterprises must also be able to automate their underlying infrastructure to ensure they have sufficient compute and storage available to scale applications. In the cloud, even though enterprises were promised a pay-for-use model, the reality is that they manage the difficulty of scaling storage capacity for data services running on Kubernetes by overprovisioning block storage, often by 2-3x.  This means they pay for storage even though it goes unused. PX-Autopilot for Capacity Management allows enterprise to cut their storage bills in half by automatically detecting when storage capacity is running low and provisioning more only when it’s needed. PX-Autopilot can scale the storage for an individual container volume or the entire storage pool, with rules customized by the user. Without PX-Autopilot, the multi-step process to provision and scale additional cloud storage can take up  to 20 hours of a platform administrator’s time in the types of enterprise environments Portworx customers use.  This work is eliminated with PX-Autopilot. In addition to dramatically reducing the expense of IT professionals’ time needed to manage the storage infrastructure, the automation in PX-Autopilot delivers cost savings of up to 65% by avoiding the need to overprovision storage.

PX-Autopilot for Capacity Management is available for purchase today as an add-on for Portworx Enterprise 2.3, while PX-Backup is available in Tech Preview. For more information, visit portworx.com.

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About Portworx

Portworx is the container storage company enterprises rely on to manage mission critical data services in containers. By enabling data availability, data security, backup and disaster recovery for Kubernetes-based applications running on-prem or across clouds, Portworx has helped dozens of Global 2000 companies such as Carrefour, Comcast, GE Digital, Lufthansa, T-Mobile, and SAIC run containerized data services in production. Based in Los Altos, Portworx partners with Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, IBM, Pivotal, VMware, and other leading enterprise software companies to accelerate container adoption. For more information, visit portworx.com or follow @portwx.


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