March 25, 2015
Hedvig on Wednesday launched the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform, a software defined storage offering, that accommodates block, file and object data and collects it into a virtual pool for management and use in virtualized server environments, private clouds and Big Data applications.
Hedvig, founded by the creator of Cassandra and Dynamo (the foundation of NoSQL), Avinash Lakshman, also announced that Hedvig has received $12.5 million in venture funding from True Ventures, Atlantic Bridge and Redpoint Ventures.
The Hedvig platform can span on-premise, private and public clouds and grow incrementally by adding commodity servers. Clusters of nodes can reach into the thousands. It accommodates legacy heterogeneous storage and supports most storage protocols, including iSCSI, Cinder, NFS, HTTP/REST, OpenStack Swift and Amazon S3.
Data and applications can be enclosed as Open Virtual Appliances (OVA), Docker Containers or Amazon Machine Images. The platform supports VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM and Xen hypervisors and also supports active/passive MPIO.
Three nodes are required per Hedvig cluster; those nodes can be based on x86 or ARM processors. Software upgrades are non-disruptive, and high-availability is maintained via asynchronous or synchronous replication. Snapshots and clones are also supported and load balancing of data across nodes to optimize capacity and resource utilization is enabled.
Auto-tiering of data is also enabled and as expected hot data is placed on the SSD tier and cold data migrated to less expensive SATA storage. In addition, inline deduplication and compression are supported.
The platform is managed from an HTML5 Web GUI, a command line interface or through supplied REST-based or RPC APIs.
Hedvig stands for Hyperscale Elastic Distributed Virtual Integral Granular, all characteristics of the platform Avinash and team designed.
The Hedvig platform is now available.