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SUSE extends Kubernetes capabilities to support edge deployments

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SUSE has announced the release of its Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Sandbox project, Longhorn 1.1.

The project began in October 2019 and became generally available in June 2020. The company said Longhorn adoption has increased by +235% to become “a mainstay of the Kubernetes storage landscape”.

SUSE is the owner of the Rancher container management platform, and with the release, its Rancher users will have the ability to leverage a Kubernetes-native storage solution in hardware at the edge.

Longhorn 1.1 lets DevOps teams manage persistent data volumes in any Kubernetes environment while bringing a vendor-neutral approach to cloud-native storage, according to the company.

“With this latest update, Rancher users can build additional resilience into their edge environments with ARM64 support, new self-healing capabilities, and increased performance visibility provided by Longhorn 1.1,” said SUSE in a written release.

“Longhorn is 100% open source, microservices-centric, and cloud-native storage for Kubernetes deployments.”

Gartner predicts that by 2025, three-quarters of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed at the edge – outside a traditional centralized data centre or cloud. That is an increase from just 10% in 2018.

Longhorn’s new features include:

  • Kubernetes-native storage at the Edge. Longhorn 1.1 extends Kubernetes-native storage capabilities to support edge deployments.

  • Visibility and Operations Support. The company claims that the deployment of Longhorn will bring better insights and functionality within an organisation's storage infrastructure.

SUSE added, “Longhorn now supports Kubernetes drain operations to aid users with the safe performance of node maintenance. Longhorn 1.1 also features the ability to recognise the existing disks on a new node, which provides a better operational environment for Cloud Providers.

“Longhorn 1.1 is much simpler than other software-defined storage solutions aiming to deliver fast, reliable storage to most use cases without the bloat of legacy approaches.”

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