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October 17, 2012

NetApp Supplies Data ONTAP 8 Clustering Drivers to OpenStack Block Storage

Developers, service providers and enterprises can now seamlessly build private and publics clouds on OpenStack leveraging the Data ONTAP 8 Clustering Drivers supplied by NetApp to the OpenStack Block Storage.

NetApp stated that its contribution to the OpenStack should push open source cloud adoption through scalability, efficiency and risk reduction, while at the same time helping users realize an agile data infrastructure.

Jeffrey O’Neal, senior director of solutions incubation at NetApp, commented, “As a charter member of the foundation and an active contributor, NetApp is committed to the OpenStack community. Our goal is to help organizations of all sizes use cloud-proven data management with their OpenStack cloud. NetApp will continue to provide resources to expand the capabilities of public and private clouds built on OpenStack, driving efficiency and reducing risk.”

OpenStack Block Storage supposedly lets block devices be exposed and connected to compute instances for expanded storage, better performance and integration with enterprise storage platforms, such as NetApp, Nexenta and SolidFire.

One can automate management of NetApp storage pools, or clusters, to scale the cloud infrastructure, while maintaining performance and non-disruptive operations by using the Data ONTAP 8 Clustering drivers. Users also have access to de-duplication and efficient Snapshot copies and data protection capabilities.

Jonathan Bryce, executive director of OpenStack Foundation added, “OpenStack is becoming the open source standard for cloud computing environments. As a charter member and contributor, NetApp is working to make open source solutions more accessible and available to enterprise organizations. OpenStack’s pluggable architecture and the backing of companies like NetApp enable OpenStack users to choose the best technologies to fit their business needs.”

NetApp claimed that its Data ONTAP 8 is the first to offer a complete, unified scale-out solution that provides an adaptable, always-on storage infrastructure for highly virtualized environments.

In related news, NetApp Storage System plug-in with Oracle (News - Alert) Enterprise Manager 12c reduced applications management costs and Zadara Storage Announces Integration with OpenStack Cloud Block Storage, ‘Cinder’.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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