NetApp + Mirantis: Continuing a Great OpenStack Collaboration

Akshai Parthasarathy and Christian Huebner - May 18, 2016 - , ,

By Akshai Parthasarathy, Technical Marketing Engineer, NetApp and Christian Huebner, Storage Architect, Mirantis

We are pleased to announce an updated NetApp Mirantis Unlocked Reference Architecture for the Liberty-based Mirantis OpenStack 8.0 with NetApp’s leading enterprise storage platforms, clustered Data ONTAP and E-Series. As part of this effort, we have developed, validated, and certified a Fuel plugin for NetApp. This combination of resources makes it easier for you to architect and deploy OpenStack on a NetApp-based storage system (and vice versa).

NetApp on Mirantis OpenStack 8.0

The modular nature of OpenStack makes it possible to run OpenStack services on your desired hardware using the appropriate drivers. In the case of clustered Data ONTAP, the driver has been available in previous releases, but for MOS 8.0 it has been hardened to provide even more reliability while continuing to provide the same feature-rich enterprise backend capabilities. Using clustered Data ONTAP as a storage backend for OpenStack provides a unified architecture, 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, and provides extreme capacity and density, high performance (low latency, high IOPS), and availability. In the latest release of Mirantis OpenStack, E-Series volume group support, thin provisioning, and oversubscription capabilities have been introduced.

We strongly recommend that you use the latest version of Mirantis OpenStack (MOS 8.0, Liberty) and its NetApp Fuel plugin to avail yourself of the latest features. (If you still want to use the Kilo release, the MOS 7.0 Fuel plugin and MOS 7.0 reference architecture are available.)

Reference Architecture

The NetApp Mirantis Unlocked 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. You can use this document for:

  • Best Practices
  • Networking Configurations
  • Provisioning NetApp Storage with Fuel

Supported Protocols for Fuel

The Fuel plugin can deploy the following configurations on the latest MOS release:

  • Clustered Data ONTAP with NFS or iSCSI
  • E-Series/EF-Series with iSCSI

You can also use fibre-channel protocol, but manual configuration of your Cinder backend using the Deployment and Operations Guide from OpenStack@NetApp (Liberty Version) is required.

Manila (File-Share Service)

NetApp and Mirantis continue to contribute upstream to OpenStack Manila. While Mirantis OpenStack 8.0 does not include out-of-the-box support for Manila, Mirantis Services, facilitated by the OpenStack@NetApp team and documentation, can enable NetApp clustered Data ONTAP storage for Manila at customer request.

Where to go from here

If you’re ready to get started, you have several options:

SolidFire is now a NetApp company. For details on SolidFire with MOS, please refer the the SolidFire Partner page from Mirantis.

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