Diamanti Launches Appliance Custom Built for Containers

Startup claims that this is the first appliance to bring the performance and efficiency of bare-metal containers to hyper-converged architecture.

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It had to happen sooner or later: We now have a hyperconverged hardware appliance that's custom-built for containerized applications and that stands to replace do-it-yourself Docker deployments.

San Jose, Calif.-based startup Diamanti on Feb. 22 launched the Diamanti D10, a new appliance that enables enterprise IT teams to deploy Docker containers in minutes to provide guaranteed service levels. The company says it will do this at a "fraction of the cost" of buying and deploying traditional data center infrastructure.

Diamanti claims that this will be the first appliance to bring the performance and efficiency of bare-metal containers to hyper-converged architecture while eliminating the I/O and other networking and storage challenges posed by conventional infrastructure.

Indications of 40 Percent Performance Improvements in Beta Testing

Enterprise users across media, financial services and web infrastructure industries have deployed Diamanti in beta testing and seen performance gains of more than 40 percent and 6X consolidation while meeting their guaranteed application service levels.

"Enterprises are delivering large-scale digital services in private and public clouds built around Docker containers faster than ever," Diamanti CEO and co-founder Jeff Chou said. "These data-driven applications include real-time data pipelines and analytics that can overwhelm existing infrastructure built for monolithic virtualized applications.

"Serving this new class of agile digital services requires an operational model that brings predictable network and storage I/O service levels to workloads including Cassandra, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL across multiple environments as customers adopt varying hybrid cloud models."

Purpose-Built for Containerized Applications

Docker container adoption has been the biggest trend in IT since virtualization, with developers building new data-intensive applications, despite challenging operational issues. Diamanti enables enterprise developers and IT operators to overcome these challenges to achieve fast time to market, predictable results and optimized costs for containerized applications.

Here are the key business advantages in the D10:

Accelerates container time to market: The D10 appliance ships pre-integrated with all of the container software, compute, networking and storage resources necessary to optimally deploy and operate high-performance containerized applications at production scale. Diamanti's network and storage API contributions to popular Kubernetes open-source container orchestration software automate the container deployment process across all infrastructure resources, enabling production deployment in seconds versus days and weeks of manual approaches.

Guarantees real-time service levels for containers: The D10 is the first to enforce end-to-end quality-of-service from the CPU through the network to storage, and it is the only appliance that reduces storage latencies to 100 microseconds--10 to 100 times faster than other shared storage approaches. No more overprovisioning; no more do-it-yourself configuration to achieve deterministic throughput for containers.

Consolidates container infrastructure with 90 percent utilization: The D10 provides a bare-metal compute environment where workloads get their guaranteed service levels and where x86 processors, networks and storage resources run at high utilization. Diamanti's network and storage isolation allows dynamic utilization of resources and all workloads run multi-tenant on the same shared infrastructure.

Diamanti and 451 Research will host a webinar Feb. 28 in which they will present an enterprise perspective on digital transformation, unveil the Diamanti D10, and feature NBCUniversal, MemSQL, and others sharing their experiences on the digital transformation with containers and Diamanti. 

You can register for the webinar here.

The company also announced the close of an $18 million Series B funding round to fuel growth across product development, support, sales and marketing.

The close of its second funding round brings the company's total funding to more than $30 million. New investor Northgate Capital led the round, with additional investments from CRV, DFJ, Translink, and GSR Ventures.

Chris Preimesberger

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