NetApp's Contributions To OpenStack

A suite of NetApp drivers for OpenStack Block Storage (aka Cinder) are built into the Icehouse release of OpenStack available from

NetApp has provided enhancements to the OpenStack Compute Service (Nova) and OpenStack Image Service (Glance) projects to enhance instance creation and storage efficiency as well. NetApp has also published a reference architecture for deploying OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) on top of NetApp's E-Series storage solutions that reduces the overall deployment footprint and replication overhead.

NetApp additionally leads a development effort within the OpenStack community to introduce a new core storage service developed under the project name “Manila.” It adds a shared file system service to the existing block and object storage services, addressing a critical gap in OpenStack’s storage services coverage and enabling a new category of on-demand file storage based on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Where possible, NetApp intends to (and has to date) contribute integrations upstream in OpenStack directly. NetApp’s direct contributions to OpenStack date back to the Essex release.

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