On October 22, 2020, Diamanti introduced a data plane management platform for a hybrid cloud computing ecosystem that unites storage management to a container networking overlay.

Vice President of Marketing for Diamanti, Jenny Fong, said, “Diamanti Ultima (the world’s highest performing Kubernetes storage and networking platform) unifies multi-tenant L2 and overlay container networking services with data services such as snapshots, backup, synchronous mirroring and asynchronous replication. The goal is to simplify the delivery of these services across a hybrid cloud computing environment regardless of storage system or network underlay.”

She adds, “In addition to working with Diamanti’s Spektra control plane, Ultima interoperates with any distribution of Kubernetes, including Red Hat OpenShift and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (EKS).”

What is Kubernetes and its correlation with the hybrid cloud?

Kubernetes is an open-source platform that supports the management of containerized workloads and services that enables declarative configuration and automation.

Kubernetes delivers a common set of application programming interfaces, also known as APIs, responsible for improving the adoption of hybrid cloud computing and the amalgamation of overall networking and storage services that are present in on-premises and public cloud setups representing the key hurdle.

Diamanti Ultima is a step taken to cement the gap between those services through a common data plane that can be added over and above the existing services. As a result, it delivers IT enterprises with a common operating model for hybrid cloud computing environments, said Fong.

With the economic setback brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, a large number of IT enterprises look forward to centralizing the management of IT to slash costs to the company. Simultaneously, the adoption of cloud-native apps being deployed on Kubernetes clusters is experiencing a substantial surge.

Diamanti envisions potential and the opportunity to provide a platform that streamlines centralized management of networking storage services for Kubernetes clusters utilized in local data centers, public clouds, and edge computing environments.

As Diamanti is famous for its storage appliances for Kubernetes clusters, the introduction of Diamanti Ultima expedites a shift to being more focused on software that kickstarted in an intense way last year.

At present, it is not very clear who in the enterprise will take charge and lead when it is the question of implementing a common data plane for Kubernetes clusters.

Since the DevOps teams exercise more control over IT infrastructure now managed as a code, storage and networking services have been traditionally managed by IT experts. Nevertheless, the move toward managing infrastructure as a code is expedited with the adoption of Kubernetes clusters that frequently are taken care of by a single DevOps team.

Irrespective of who manages these clusters, the pace at which the management of computing storage and networking is meeting is surging.

Kubernetes believes that these services are already merged within the cluster and therefore extending that convergence across multiple clusters is the best step toward evolution. And as the transition takes place, it is just a matter of time before more IT enterprises embrace the change and reorganize.

It is natural for such kind of change to become a trend at a slow and steady pace. However, the Coronavirus pandemic has already expedited the adoption of various emerging technologies. It, indeed, is doubtful that convergence of computing, networking, and storage will prove to be any different in terms of adoption.