NetApp Joins the Docker Certification Program with Validated Storage Plugin

Docker Certified PluginsBy Brendan Wolfe, Sr. Marketing Manager, NetApp


Now that the NetApp Docker Volume Plug-in (nDVP) is available on the Docker Store,  NetApp is pleased to announce that the nDVP has also joined the Docker Certification Program, a framework for partners to integrate and certify their technology to the Docker Enterprise Edition commercial platform.


In Docker’s own words:

“We would like to congratulate NetApp on their acceptance into the Docker Certification Program,” said Marianna Tessel, EVP, Strategic Development.  “Enterprise IT teams are looking to Docker to provide recommendations and assurances on the ecosystem of container content, infrastructure and extensions. NetApp’s inclusion into the program indicates that NetApp has been tested and verified by Docker, confirming for customers that the NetApp Docker Volume Plug-in container images have been evaluated for security and are supported and built according to best practices.”


NetApp makes it easier than ever for our customers to deploy Docker containers using NetApp’s portfolio of storage platforms with the assurance that our Docker container integration is supported, validated, secure, and available through the tools that the community looks to first.


What is the nDVP?

The NetApp Docker Volume Plugin is NetApp’s native integration with Docker.  This plugin offers unified support for our portfolio of storage platforms, including ONTAP, SolidFire, and E-Series, so that our customers can realize important persistence features including:

  • Application data managed and protected by enterprise-class storage solutions
  • Allow users to consume volumes on-demand, with the service levels and capacity that are tailored to their application
  • Create simple named service levels (e.g., gold, silver, bronze) for users that each tie a different storage configuration with specific properties, without bothering users with the details
  • Make fast copies (clones) of existing volumes using another volume as a template


With our portfolio of storage options extended by the nDVP, customers can use Docker to provision and manage persistent storage on demand for their containerized applications. Leveraging enterprise storage from the NetApp portfolio makes their data highly available from multiple hosts, using NAS or SAN, and improves performance and efficiency for their data.


NetApp believes containers are the future of multi-cloud workloads. Containers abstract the application from the underlying operating system, enabling portability and flexibility in software development. In order to deliver the NetApp Data Fabric vision to the container ecosystem, introducing the concept of persistent storage across various container technologies will be essential. By joining the Docker Certification program, NetApp brings enterprises that much closer to fully embracing a cloud-native future.


How Do I Learn More?

We have co-authored a whitepaper with Intel titled How Intel and NetApp Bring Enterprise-Grade Storage to the Docker Ecosystem.  This paper introduces the basics for building a container infrastructure architecture that hosts a variety of common enterprise applications, Docker fundamentals and an introduction to Docker Datacenter, along with NetApp's approach to container data persistence. I encourage you to read that whitepaper and brush up on the most disruptive technology to hit the datacenter since virtualization.


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