ClusterHQ Unveils Data Storage Tools for Docker Virtualization
ClusterHQ says it has taken a major step toward making Docker, the open source, container-based virtualization platform, viable for enterprise production use in major public clouds including AWS and Rackspace, thanks to integration of its Flocker data-storage tool with Docker Fig.
ClusterHQ says it has taken a major step toward making Docker, the open source, container-based virtualization platform, viable for enterprise production use in major public clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace (RAX), thanks to integration of its Flocker data-storage tool with Docker Fig.
Flocker, ClusterHQ's main product, is an open source data volume and container manager that simplifies the task of sharing data between containerized applications. Since Docker itself places only apps, not data, inside containers, tools such as Flocker are an important part of the solution for allowing Docker to work well as a virtualization platform that moves apps across servers even when data remains in the same place.
On Nov. 18, ClusterHQ announced that Flocker now supports many of the features of Fig, the orchestration tool that is a part of the Docker project. The integration "enables Fig users to deploy multi-server applications with data volumes and conduct common operational tasks such as moving a database from one server to another," the company said in a statement.
According to ClusterHQ, the technology will make it easier to deploy Docker virtualized containers in production cloud environments, especially in cases that require migrating Docker apps between servers or clouds. "Adding Fig support to Flocker enables enterprise DevOps teams to move their applications and databases from development to staging to production much more easily than before," said Luke Marsden, founder and CTO of ClusterHQ. "This new functionality brings Flocker closer to production readiness and to providing the critical data-backed services that will allow the container industry to scale at an even greater pace."
Even if Mardsen remains shy about saying Flocker is now totally prepared for prime-time deployment—for now, he's describing it only as "closer to production readiness"—this development is nonetheless another sign that Docker, and the ecosystem surrounding it, are edging ever closer to maturity, and could become the predominate theme for cloud computing in 2015.