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NetApp Kicks Off at the OpenStack Summit

By Jeff Whitaker, NetApp

Today kicked off the five-day OpenStack Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center. NetApp is a Spotlight Sponsor and will be represented in a number of exciting events (demos, training sessions and the mini theater).

Additionally, NetApp today announced the delivery of new functionality in the OpenStack IceHouse release for organizations building a private or public infrastructure-as-a-service cloud based on OpenStack. This is the 6th consecutive release for NetApp delivering Enterprise class functionality into OpenStack; NetApp now offers OpenStack Cinder support across the entire portfolio of storage systems.

As part of IceHouse, NetApp brings Cinder block storage to the E-Series family of products to now cover the entire family of FAS and E-Series storage platforms. With NetApp as the basis for your Cinder volumes, NetApp delivers value-added storage features that include storage efficiency, integrated data protection, data availability and scalability. Putting OpenStack storage on NetApp delivers a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and provides enterprise level security, performance and availability.

NetApp continues our intent to deliver a file services standard through “Project Manila” in the Icehouse release. A diversity of applications critical to enterprise business, from server virtualization to relational or distributed databases to collaborative content creation, depend on the performance, scalability and simplicity of management associated with file-based systems. “Project Manila” looks to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack by adding the thriving file-based storage market.

As a charter member of the OpenStack Foundation, NetApp has delivered new functionality in every release since joining in 2011.  We have delivered drivers for our clustered Data ONTAP OS as well as the E-Series product family. We have solutions for Cinder block storage, Swift Object Storage and Glance image repository. Through our drivers we expose advanced capabilities such as data reduplication, thin provisioning, cloning and data protection. NetApp has been a long time member of the Open Virtualization Alliance and is continuing our dedication to the open source community in OpenStack.

You can find out more about the OpenStack Icehouse release from the OpenStack Foundation at What’s new in the OpenStack Heat Icehouse release, or visit the NetApp OpenStack Community to learn more about what NetApp’s activities.

If you are at the Summit, stop by our booth D9 to learn about the NetApp value for the Enterprise Service Provider environment and attend one of our technical sessions.