NetApp has provided Data ONTAP 8 Clustering drivers to OpenStack Block Storage, providing developers, service providers and enterprises with improved resources to build private and public clouds on OpenStack.
The contribution of Data ONTAP 8 Clustering drivers to OpenStack will enable organisations to automate management of NetApp storage pools, or clusters, to scale the cloud infrastructure while maintaining performance and nondisruptive operations.
In addition, organisations can also use the combination of automated provisioning and data protection as well as advanced storage efficiency to optimise their clouds.
The addition of drivers for Data ONTAP 8 Clustering enables users to access storage efficiency capabilities such as deduplication and efficient Snapshot copies and data protection features such as self-healing storage and integrated backup and disaster recovery.
Users can now build OpenStack-based clouds that conserve storage and administrative resources, virtually eliminate downtime and deliver performance while scaling the infrastructure.
The contributions enable organisations using OpenStack with NetApp to redeploy resources on the fly to optimise environment as needed, enable automated storage provisioning, reduce disk, space and power needs with enhanced storage efficiency and reduce risk.
OpenStack Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce said as a charter member and contributor, NetApp is working to make open source applications more accessible and available to enterprise organisations.
"OpenStack's pluggable architecture and the backing of companies like NetApp enable OpenStack users to choose the best technologies to fit their business needs," Bryce said.