Mirantis and NetApp Partner on OpenStack Reference Architecture and Cloud Solution Interoperability

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Cloud storage technology provider NetApp and OpenStack specialist Mirantis have announced a new collaboration designed to make it easier to use NetApp storage on Mirantis OpenStack clouds.

According to the announcement this week, this partnership includes developing reference architectures to promote best practices for using NetApp storage on OpenStack, and integrating and validating NetApp block storage drivers with Mirantis OpenStack. NetApp storage will also be included as a Fuel plugin (Fuel plugins simplify deploying new features to a Mirantis OpenStack cloud). The companies will also provide enterprise-level joint support.

NetApp’s Cinder block storage drivers are now validated to run on the latest version of Mirantis OpenStack (MOS 7.0).

The NetApp Fuel plugin now allows discovery and automated deployment of NetApp CDOT, E Series and 7-Mode storage systems. More features are expected to be rolled over the next year.

The newly released NetApp Mirantis Unlocked Reference Architecture provides a comprehensive guide to deploying Mirantis OpenStack 7.0 in highly-available, production-grade configurations, along with NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP/7-Mode and E-Series storage systems using the NetApp Fuel Plugin.

According to a blog post written by NetApp Technical Marketing Engineer Akshai Parthasarathy and Mirantis Storage Architect Christian Huebner, NetApp and Mirantis have been in collaboration on OpenStack since the Diablo release in September 2011. But the announcement this week helps formalize their commitment to the compatibility of their platforms, which helps enable high-availability cloud-native and traditional applications.

Parthasarathy and Huebner wrote, “As part of this relationship, we’re working to improve integration of Mirantis OpenStack with the widest possible range of NetApp’s leading-edge storage technologies, and to make it easier for cloud builders to use our solutions to create robust, production-scale clouds.”

NetApp Sr. Director of OpenStack Jeff O’Neal said that NetApp’s already trusted by many enterprises for their enterprise data management, and the further collaboration and validation helps provide the deep level of trust needed for supporting important applications.

“Now enterprises can trust that NetApp’s Data Fabric ready portfolio is interoperable with Mirantis OpenStack for production deployments, bringing mission-critical data management and protection to the cloud,” O’Neal said in a statement.

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