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Fairwinds Introduces Gemini; Open Source Tool Automates Backup and Restoration of PersistentVolumes in Kubernetes

Built on VolumeSnapshot API, Gemini provides robust Kubernetes backup strategy

Boston, MA – (August 18, 2020) – Continuing its commitment to creating open source software (OSS), Fairwinds, the Kubernetes enablement company, today introduced Fairwinds Gemini, the company’s fifth OSS project released this year. Built on the Kubernetes-native VolumeSnapshot API, Fairwinds Gemini has created a more robust, user-friendly interface that allows for automated backups on a customizable, fine-grained schedule, deletes stale backups automatically and easily restores data from specific backups. 

Fairwinds built Gemini on the VolumeSnapshot API for two reasons: it represents a big step forward for the Container Storage Interface (CSI), the official way to handle persistent storage in Kubernetes, and each of the major cloud vendors provides CSI hooks, allowing developers to manage volumes and backups in their cloud using Kubernetes-native interfaces. By adding automation to Gemini, VolumeSnapshots are no longer a manual process, making it easier and safer for developers to ensure their data is secure. 

“The inability to run databases or persistent storage in Kubernetes has frustrated developers since the platform was introduced. There hasn’t been a good solution for automating backups or restoring data, until now,” said Robert Brennan, director of open source at Fairwinds. “When we combine Gemini with the VolumeSnapshot API we’ve created a robust backup strategy for Kubernetes.” 

Fairwinds thoughtfully crafts open source software that helps the community build successful Kubernetes architecture and deployments. Gemini follows other innovative OSS tools introduced by Fairwinds in 2020, including Nova, Astro, Pluto and Polaris 1.0.