StorageOS has announced the availability of Version 2.4 of its persistent container storage platform, delivering a range of powerful enhancements, anticipating market trends and enabling users to conform with strict requirements emerging in the cloud native persistent storage ecosystem.

Key features of StorageOS V2.4 include the provision of Encryption at Rest, a capability designed for organizations that are dependent on encrypted data as a requirement for Kubernetes workloads using persistent storage. This includes users of Kubernetes as a cloud managed service and those with strict data compliance regulations, such as the Payment Card Industry standard (PCI DSS) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

When using encryption with StorageOS, encryption and decryption keys are fully under the control and management of the consumer as Kubernetes Secrets. The use of a native Kubernetes construct for key secret management provides the benefit of native Kubernetes integration with KMS providers such as HashiCorp Vault, providing further compliance and regulation as desired.

In addition, StorageOS now delivers Rapid Application Recovery via enhanced fencing awareness, bringing an improvement of up to 500% for failover and recovery.

StorageOS v2.4 also provides Intelligent Thin Provisioning with the addition of Trim support, allowing the operating system to inform StorageOS that data is no longer in use and can be wiped internally. The StorageOS Dataplane can detect Trim/Unmap events and can transparently recover storage pool capacity at the point of deletion, therefore freeing storage from a Thinly provisioned pool without manual intervention.

This feature is especially important for environments that frequently delete or move files and greatly assists the overall availability of storage as a shared resource.

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