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NetApp + Mirantis: Bringing the OpenStack Advantage to You

Christian Huebner - October 12, 2015
By Akshai Parthasarathy, Technical Marketing Engineer, NetApp
and Christian Huebner, Storage Architect, Mirantis
NetApp and Mirantis have a long history of working together in the OpenStack community, and in joint customer engagements with telecommunications service providers and enterprises large and small. The history of their collaboration dates back to the Diablo release in September, 2011. Now, collaboration between NetApp and Mirantis has entered a new phase, making it easier than ever for customers to benefit from using NetApp state of the art enterprise storage with Mirantis OpenStack clouds.

Alliance Partnering

NetApp and Mirantis are now officially bi-directional alliance partners. 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. Current activities include:
  • Production of joint reference architectures to promote best practices for using NetApp storage on OpenStack;
  • Integration and validation of NetApp drivers with Mirantis OpenStack;
  • Inclusion of NetApp storage as a Fuel plugin, enabling quick deployment of Mirantis OpenStack clusters with NetApp support enabled;
  • Establishment of enterprise-level joint support, and other projects.

NetApp on MOS 7.0

NetApp’s block storage (Cinder) drivers are now validated to run on the just-released MOS 7.0, and the NetApp Fuel plugin has been enhanced to provide discovery and automated deployment of NetApp CDOT, E Series and 7-Mode storage systems. The plugin will be updated periodically over the next year to add features beyond what will be available in this initial release.

Reference Architecture

The NetApp-Mirantis Reference Architecture can be leveraged by technical decision makers, cloud architects, OpenStack community members, and NetApp partners and implementers to help them create highly-available Mirantis OpenStack clusters with NetApp storage. Two classes of NetApp storage solutions are covered in the document: feature-rich Clustered Data ONTAP based NetApp FAS storage systems (CDOT), and performance-optimized SANtricity based NetApp E Series storage systems. CDOT for OpenStack provides a unified architecture, offering high storage efficiency, continuous operations, secure multi-tenancy, data protection, seamless scaling, and more. E Series for OpenStack enables simple, low-touch administration of flexible and reliable SAN storage, providing extreme capacity and density, high performance (low latency, high IOPS), and availability.
You can peruse this document to gain a better understanding of:
  • Best-practice for configuring and deploying Mirantis OpenStack 7.0 with NetApp Storage for High Availability
  • Optimal networking configurations for NetApp storage performance with OpenStack
  • How NetApp storage advanced capabilities map to and support OpenStack volume and image storage constructs
  • Best practices for optimal support of databases, live migration, backup and recovery, and disaster recovery
The current reference architecture provides guidance for Cinder-based deployments only, but will be expanded to cover new capabilities in the near future.

Manila Tech Preview

Manila is a project, now in incubation, dedicated to providing a shared file system capability for OpenStack. NetApp and Mirantis have been jointly contributing to Manila in OpenStack upstream. While Mirantis OpenStack 7.0 does not include out-of-the-box support for Manila, Mirantis Services can enable NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP storage for Manila at customer request.

Things You Can Do

Please take a look at the newly published reference architecture, and start using Mirantis OpenStack 7.0 with NetApp storage today! In order to obtain support, you can call either NetApp Technical Support or Mirantis Support and have the call routed appropriately.
Visit OpenStack@NetApp ( to learn more about NetApp's work with OpenStack, and visit NetApp’s Partner Page on
If you’re planning on attending NetApp Insight 2015 in Las Vegas, be sure to catch Mirantis Sr. Director of Program Management, Greg Elkinbard, discussing Mirantis OpenStack and Enterprise Storage Platforms on Wednesday, October 14, at 10:30 AM in Mandalay Bay Breakers H.

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