April 19th, 2016 by Adam Armstrong
Diamanti Exits Stealth & Scores $12.5 Million In Funding
Today Diamanti (formally known as Datawise.io in stealth) came out of stealth to announce the beta availability of its first product, the industry’s first turnkey networking and storage appliance that brings guaranteed performance levels to Linux containers such as Docker. Guaranteed performance levels is a major requirement in containers’ progression from developer sandbox to production deployment. The company is also announcing the close of a $12.5 million Series A venture funding round from CRV, DFJ Venture, GSR Ventures, and Goldman Sachs.
Converged experts from Cisco, Veritas, and VMware founded Diamanti in order to solve network and storage challenges in Linux containerized environments. Deploying containers from developer machines to production-scale can create challenges on converged networking and storage. On the networking side, containerized applications impose convoluted integration for connectivity. On the storage side, application agility has outpaced data tier agility, requiring organizations to substantially over-provision and custom engineer their container infrastructure. Companies will need specialized expertise and complex manual processes in order to deploy containers properly.
With Gartner predicted that at least 50% of new workloads by 2018 will be deployed into containers in at least one stage of the application life cycle, companies such as Diamanti are swooping in to take advantage of the $10.6 billion converged infrastructure market. Diamanti aims to bring ease of use and guaranteed performance for containers through its turnkey networking and storage appliance.
Though they shared very few details of their turnkey networking and storage appliance, Diamanti has contributed to Google’s open source container orchestration project, Kubernetes. Diamanti contributed FlexVolume to automate IO configuration based on user-defined requirements. Diamanti’s contribution enabled the Kubernetes scheduler to factor storage and networking requirements when placing workloads, leveraging a declarative model for developers and container administrators.