nDVP is a Docker Certified Plugin!

NetApp recently announced that the NetApp Docker Volume Plugin (nDVP) is now a Docker Certified Plugin available from the Docker Store! What does that mean for you? It means that installing and managing the supported plugin is now extraordinarily easy. Docker Engine managed plugins are managed directly from the Docker command line, and deployed as … Read more

Trident Part 2: Installing and Configuring Trident

The first post in this series looked at the Kubernetes 1.4 storage provisioning paradigm and how Trident fits into it. This second video goes in depth into the process of installing and configuring Trident with your Kubernetes cluster. Specifically, we will show you how to download the package, deploy the Trident pod, configure storage back … Read more

Automate Cluster Setup in 12-Steps with ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit 4.1

With the latest release of the ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit, a new set of cluster cmdlets are now available that support cluster setup. The following cmdlets can be used for cluster setup: Add-NcCluster Add-NcClusterNode Get-NcClusterCreateProgress New-NcCluster Let’s walk through the process of using these cmdlets. A FAS2552 two-node switchless cluster will be the example system. The … Read more

Using Persistent Storage for your OpenShift Applications with Trident

OpenShift is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering built around Docker container packaging and uses Kubernetes for orchestration of containerized application deployments across a cluster. One of the exciting features of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4, which integrates Kubernetes 1.4, is the introduction of StorageClass objects. Prior to this, storage volumes had to … Read more

How to use certificate verification with the NetApp ONTAP OpenStack Cinder driver

How to configure SSL with certificate verification HTTPS uses SSL to make the HTTP connection secure, but SSL doesn’t actually provide much security at all unless certificate verification is enabled. In the vast majority of deployments, verification is turned off, because it’s difficult to setup properly, and therefore most of the benefit of SSL isn’t … Read more

Trident Part I: An Introduction to Kubernetes Persistent Storage

Recently NetApp released an open source project known as Trident, the first external storage provisioner for Kubernetes leveraging on-premises storage. Prior to release 1.4, Kubernetes had the ability to dynamically assign storage to applications using its persistent volume framework, however, this required pre-provisioning of storage resources introduced to Kubernetes by an administrator. Trident enables the use … Read more

Getting started with Ansible Playbooks can be addictive! Here’s how you can get yourself hooked!

Ansible? Playbooks? Modules? Confused? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there… Alright, let’s start off with the basics. What is Ansible? In a nutshell, Ansible is an open-source IT automation tool that can help you simplify complex configuration, management, and application deployment. There are quite a few good reasons for Ansible’s rise in popularity, such as … Read more

Easing development efforts with the SolidFire SDKs

SolidFire recently announced the debut of two SDKs that facilitate integrating products with our storage technology. I’ve been the Senior CloudStack Developer at SolidFire for four years now — focusing exclusively on Apache CloudStack and enabling it to deliver many of the benefits offered by SolidFire. Once the Java and Python versions of the SolidFire … Read more

Introducing Trident: A Dynamic Persistent Volume Provisioner for Kubernetes

Kubernetes is among the most popular container orchestrators, if not the most popular. It is also the foundation for many of the Platform-as-a-Service offerings such as Red Hat’s OpenShift and Apprenda’s platform. So it’s no surprise that you might be spending the holidays hiding from the in-laws and cold weather, or avoiding fixing your parents’ … Read more

Using StorageGRID Webscale with AWS S3 CLI

One of the great things about StorageGRID Webscale is that it offers comprehensive S3 support, which is 100% compatible with the AWS S3 SDKs. This makes application code portable, as it does not rely on proprietary object storage APIs. And that applies to the command line too. In this post, I’ll show you how to access StorageGRID’s S3 … Read more