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GigaOm Radar for Cloud-Native Kubernetes Data Storage v2.0


This report focuses on cloud-native persistent storage solutions for Kubernetes. These are novel architectures specifically designed to address the needs of cloud-native applications without compromising on performance or scalability. They are usually not engineered to co-exist with other workload types, such as virtualization.

The adoption of cloud-native development frameworks and application refactoring initiatives continues to fuel demand for Kubernetes persistent storage. Organizations understand that the benefits of cloud-native workloads in terms of performance, scalability, and portability are key enablers to achieve business goals.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprises already running cloud-native workloads met the abrupt challenges brought forth by lockdown measures with relative ease: Application portability enables frictionless workload movement from the data center to the cloud, and even across clouds, providing greater flexibility and responsiveness to business requirements than using legacy technologies.

Since our last report, evaluated solutions have evolved at an incredibly rapid pace. Some vendors have been adding broad sets of enterprise-grade features to their products, while others have focused on supporting specific use cases.

Many users are adopting Kubernetes solutions after trying traditional enterprise storage first. The latter is usually considered a safe bet for first deployment but it can’t cope with the sheer number of backend operations required by Kubernetes at scale. This, together with the complexity involved in managing multi-cloud environments with traditional storage, encourages users to look for smarter and more efficient alternatives.

When compared to other types of systems, Kubernetes-native storage offers an environment that is more DevOps-friendly, helping to build a hardware stack that can be controlled by the operations team while enabling developers to allocate and monitor resources quickly, in a self-service fashion, when necessary. This is a major boon for enterprise IT organizations looking for the smartest way to evolve their processes and align them with the latest business and technology requirements.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding consider reviewing the following reports:

Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.

GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.

Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.

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