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HPE CSI Driver for Kubernetes: A glimpse into the future

In two years, it is expected that 75% of businesses will be deploying containerized workloads. Data is critical to those applications and these enterprises. As we look to the future, it is important to know that HPE along with the HPE CSI Driver for Kubernetes is ready to support your cloud native journey.

HPE-CSI-Driver_Kubernetes_blog.pngContainers and Kubernetes are game-changers

Containers have transformed how modern applications are developed, packaged, and deployed. As we look to the future of container adoption, we take the opportunity to pause and reflect on how Hewlett Packard Enterprise has enabled customers to bring their applications to life through Kubernetes - using the HPE CSI Driver for Kubernetes to deliver persistent storage for both modern and legacy applications. This has been key to driving adoption of cloud native patterns in their business operations.

With the HPE CSI Driver, HPE has helped reduced the complexity of enabling persistent storage for cloud native applications running on Kubernetes, while delivering increased application performance and reliability through the storage data management capabilities in HPE Primera, Nimble, and 3PAR storage platforms. Customers are able to improve their test/dev cycles and meet application needs – which leads to higher quality application release cycles and higher reliability – by dynamically provisioning, customizing and protecting storage through the HPE CSI Driver.

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With the next release of the HPE CSI Driver, we plan to introduce support for HPE Alletra 6000 and 9000 systems as well as focus on reliability, availability, and serviceability. As we look at the immediate future, we see customers deploying Kubernetes at a large scale and we want to ensure that the HPE CSI Driver is able to work in these large scale (100+ worker nodes) deployments. While working with our customers and applying their feedback, we have introduced many enhancements to the HPE CSI Driver in recent months, and will continue to advance our HPE CSI Driver capabilities to support hyperscaler type deployments.

As customers shift more and more mission critical workloads and service into containers, we know that the ability to monitor the status of the CSI driver is critical. Customers have several options to choose from when deploying the HPE CSI Driver that best fits their environment, including Helm, CSI Operator and raw configuration files. We will be introducing additional Day-2 operations to improve monitoring and observability of the HPE CSI Driver, including the pods, services and node states, and log collections post-deployment. In subsequent releases, we will also be introducing the ability monitor the CSI driver through node exporter and Prometheus endpoints.

HPE-CSI-Driver_Kubernetes_blog2.pngThe future is data management

Upstream CSI features mature at an increasing rate, and HPE is keeping a close watch on the interesting capabilities coming from the community that helps unlock use cases for customers. These will serve as a foundation to enable future innovations.

Data is at the core of applications. We are excited with what HPE Alletra's cloud connected capabilities coupled with the agility of the the SaaS-based Data Services Cloud Console will do to bring the cloud operational experience to wherever your data lives, ensuring no data is left behind.

HPE is working to ensure that your data is as agile as your business.

As IT consumption models continue to evolve, it is more important than ever to move toward efficiencies in scalability and on-demand consumption of infrastructure, and Kubernetes is at the forefront of this drive. In the near future, using HPE Alletra's NVMe-oF and the HPE CSI Driver, customers will be able to drive increased application density into their Kubernetes clusters while still achieving the performance, efficiency, and perhaps most importantly, the portability to write once and run anywhere. With upcoming support for Active-Active Peer Persistence within the HPE CSI Driver, coupled with the HPE Alletra 9000 100% uptime guarantee, customers can be confident as they modernize and transition mission-critical workloads into Kubernetes and the cloud.

Having a vision for the future of data management is critical to reduce the complexity of managing a hybrid datacenter while leveraging the flexibility of the cloud. Our technology partners are another key component of our overall strategy. HPE is committed to working with both technology partners and the open-source community to continue to complement our own software innovations.

This is an exciting space to be in, and the future is bright!

Chris SnellChris Snell

Meet HPE Blogger Chris Snell. Chris is passionate about storage automation, as well as everything containers and persistent storage, using HPE 3PAR/Primera in Docker, Kubernetes, and Red Hat. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn



Bharath RamBharath Ram

Meet HPE blogger Bharath Ram. Bharath manages product integrations for Kubernetes with HPE Primary Storage. Bharath is a Product Manager and brings 10+ years of experience on ecosystem integrations (VMware, containers, and automation). Connect with Bharath on LinkedIn!



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