NetApp Accelerates OpenStack Ecosystem Development

By Maria Olson, Vice President, Global Alliances at NetApp


With NASA as one of its founders, OpenStack has often been viewed through an academic or scientific lens. However, its mission of leveraging a global collaboration of developers to produce the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds offers promise and choice for business. NetApp’s integrated, pre-tested and supported OpenStack solutions provide end-to-end OpenStack IaaS with enterprise-grade storage and data management.


NetApp has learned first-hand that genuine customer value can be driven by architecting and integrating best-of-breed technologies and services to solve real customer problems. Our history of market leadership has been realized, in large part, by a rich Alliance Partner Program that offers our customers choice.


OpenStack takes that concept to a new level.  The market likes the OpenStack promise but is demanding transformation to an integrated, pre-tested and supported solution.  NetApp is on the forefront of this transformation and is genuinely partnering with key OpenStack ecosystem leaders to provide customers the unique benefits of open source while maintaining enterprise-class storage and data management capabilities.


Enabling open source benefits to customers requires OpenStack community leadership and contribution.  Most people know that NetApp is an OpenStack Charter Member, but many people are surprised to learn that NetApp is the leading commercial storage provider for OpenStack block storage deployment (4/2014, OpenStack Foundation User Survey).  NetApp is also leading the Manila project, working with industry storage players to innovate shared file services in an officially incubated OpenStack project.  This is a true commitment to driving industry standards and advanced storage contribution upstream for broad market usage and adoption.


Delivering a dependable solution takes more than freely available open source software driven by teams of independent developers who are required to self-integrate and maintain at great cost.  This is why NetApp is driving partnerships with key OpenStack ecosystem leaders to test, certify, architect, and support end-to-end IaaS solutions built on OpenStack.


Our partnership with Red Hat is an excellent example.  At the Atlanta OpenStack Summit in May, we unveiled our collaboration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 (RHEL-OSP) and NetApp storage to deliver an open hybrid cloud reference architecture with enterprise-level security, performance, availability and support.  At the previous OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong, NetApp and Red Hat teamed with Cisco to produce the first OpenStack on FlexPod reference architecture technical preview.


We have since completed full certification testing on the recently released Red Hat Enterprise OpenStack Platform 5.0. On August 21st, NetApp and Red Hat participated in a joint webinar that highlighted how Red Hat and NetApp integrate through OpenStack Nova, Glace, Cinder, and Manila to deliver IaaS with enterprise-grade storage and data management.


OpenStack by its very nature enables customer choice, and NetApp has a rich history of partnering to drive high-value solutions. We are expanding our world-class Alliance Partner Program to focus specifically on the OpenStack ecosystem to drive hybrid cloud management solutions built for enterprises and service providers. You can look forward to hearing more details about partners such as SUSE and Nebula who have recently joined the NetApp Alliance Partner Program and exemplify the power of leveraging OpenStack technologies.


Solving real customer problems is what it is all about, and OpenStack affords a unique opportunity to solve many of the daunting challenges of hybrid cloud management.  Expect to see NetApp out in front, partnering with the industry’s top players to provide the best of both worlds: Open source benefits while maintaining world-class storage and data management capabilities.


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