NetApp, Cisco and Red Hat announce OpenStack on FlexPod SolidFire!

I am happy to share with you the publishing of the second document of the FlexPod SolidFire with Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 – Cisco Validated Design (CVD) solution. Paired with its partner Design Guide, this CVD enables an enterprise-grade OpenStack deployment, in an accelerated fashion, with little risk. Deployment Guide (NEW) – is a … Read more

My Name is Queens

On February 28th, the OpenStack community released its 17th version, codenamed Queens. As a leader in commercial storage solutions for OpenStack, NetApp added new features to Cinder and Manila. Cinder New Features Cinder now supports dynamic adjustment of overprovisioning space for volumes based on a calculation of free space in the backend, committed space, and … Read more

Automate the configuration of ONTAP systems for OpenStack with Puppet

Puppet is a configuration management utility that operates in a Server -> Agent method.  Desired configuration states are defined in manifest files, and when agents or devices are updated, any changes in these manifests are pushed to the end nodes.  NetApp has published Puppet modules for ONTAP, SolidFire, and E-Series with PuppetLabs.  The git hub … Read more

My Name Is Pike

NetApp is thrilled to have contributed to and congratulates the OpenStack Community on the Pike release of OpenStack.  The OpenStack Foundation’s Pike press release mentions a lot of new and exciting features across the board.  In this blog, we call out a few that are of particular interest to us. Cinder: Volume Groups Cinder now supports the new … Read more

Cinder Cheesecake & iSCSI Secondary Devices

By Chad Morgenstern and Jenny Yang Overview In the blog post Cinder Cheesecake: Things to Consider, we wrote that we would be looking at various failure scenarios. Scenarios that build on one another to give a clear view of what happening in the environment.  This blog focuses on scenario 1, namely: Your environment encounters an issue … Read more

Cinder Cheesecake: Things to Consider

By Chad Morgenstern and Jenny Yang In the blog post An Introduction to Cheesecake in OpenStack, we spoke to Cinder Cheesecake replication, but we didn’t go into detail about how it works. In summary: Cinder automatically sets up a replication relationship between backends. If a primary storage backend fails, the OpenStack administrator issues the cinder … Read more

An Introduction to Cheesecake in OpenStack

By Chad Morgenstern and Jenny Yang Now that you’ve considered and reviewed your disaster recovery needs, you may have decided that DR with Cinder is worth exploring. What is Cheesecake? Cheesecake in the OpenStack community refers to Cinder replication for DR use cases. In the event that disaster strikes your primary storage site, Cheesecake provides … Read more

There and Back Again: An OpenStack Tale

By Chad Morgenstern and Jenny Yang Disasters happen for multiple reasons ranging from site failures to regional failures to human errors. Remember the Hyperscaler site failures over the past few years?  If It happens, are you prepared for it? Being at a storage company, living and working in 3rd platform, we are particularly interested in … Read more

Cinder Replication with NetApp : The perfect cheesecake recipe!

Warning: Some of this content may be outdated. For an updated perspective, see There and Back Again: An OpenStack Tale.   Written by Goutham Pacha Ravi & Sumit Kumar 53% ! Yup, that’s the percentage of organizations that can tolerate less than an hour of downtime before significant revenue loss!1 Here comes Cheesecake to the rescue! … Read more