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With only about 12 months of shipping under its belt, Hedvig says its sales are growing quickly, to both enterprises and service providers. But perhaps more impressively, it also claims to have already won multiple PB-scale deals. The startup is selling a highly scalable, multipurpose storage platform, which is aimed at a very wide range of applications, including server virtualization, backup and disaster recovery, and Hadoop. Some customers have used it simply as a replacement for conventional legacy storage systems, and others have deployed it as the storage leg of cloud-style infrastructures. Some of those have used the open source Docker application containerization platform, and the open source OpenStack management system.

Called the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform, we described the system in detail in a previous report. Sold as software to be installed on the customer’s choice of hardware, the system scales to what Hedvig says can be thousands of x86 or ARM-powered nodes, supports block, file and object access to data, and runs as either stand-alone or hyperconverged storage. A number of advanced features include multi-site replication, real-time tiering between disk and flash, management at the level of virtual disks and server-side flash caching.

As part of its goal to suit cloud builders, the system also supports multiple hypervisors, containers and management platforms, including Docker. Earlier this year, Hedvig released a Docker plug-in to support the Docker Datacenter (DDC) software package, which itself was launched a little earlier in 2016. Among other things, that plug-in allows stateful applications such as databases to be containerized and to access persistent storage from Hedvig. The startup claimed to be the first storage vendor with this level of Docker support.