NetApp Proposes File Share Service Capabilities to OpenStack to Fulfill Customer Demand for Cloud-Based File System Access

Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:00am EDT

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  SUNNYVALE, CA, Apr 15 (Marketwired) -- 
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced it has submitted a prototype and
proposal for a file share service capability for consideration by the
OpenStack Foundation Technical Committee and community at large. The
proposal will be a topic for discussion for inclusion in the Havana
release this week at the OpenStack Summit (April 15-18) in Portland,

    According to IDC in its "Worldwide File-Based Storage 2012-2016 Forecast"
(document number 235910, July 2012), file-based storage continues to be a
thriving market, with spending on file-based storage solutions to reach
more than $34.6 billion in 2016. Of the 27 exabytes (EB) of total disk
capacity estimated to have shipped in 2012, IDC projected that nearly
18EB were of file-based capacity, accounting for over 65% of all disk
shipped by capacity. A diversity of applications, from server
virtualization to relational or distributed databases to collaborative
content creation, often depend on the performance, scalability, and
simplicity of management associated with file-based systems and the large
ecosystem of supporting software products. 

    Presently, OpenStack does not offer native management support for
file-based storage systems, and NetApp is proposing adding a "file share
service" that is broad enough to address a range of file system types,
either as an extension to the existing Cinder project (in its current
form referred to as OpenStack block storage) or implemented as a separate
project. The goal of this integration is to extend access to applications
written for file-based storage without the need for a separate management
interface. To help inform the discussion, NetApp has designed and
developed a prototype, which includes code contributions and extended
APIs, as well as both a reference and a back-end implementation specific
to NetApp(R). The prototype is available as a recent submission to
OpenStack's Cinder project.

    "NetApp is eager to work with the OpenStack community to establish the
optimal path for bringing critical shared file services capabilities into
the core of OpenStack," said Jeffrey O'Neal, senior director, Solutions
Integration Group, NetApp. "We have received good feedback to our
blueprint through the Grizzly development cycle and look forward to
identifying the best path for adoption in the Havana release. Our
proposal is constructed to be broadly applicable, with the file system
type abstracted to address any number of shared or distributed file
system types, from CIFS and NFS/pNFS to something such as Gluster or

    In October 2012, NetApp become a charter Gold Level Member of the
OpenStack Foundation and since then has been taking an active leadership
role in the community, contributing code and submitting proposals for
consideration. NetApp joined OpenStack in 2011 and has sponsored five of
the organization's summits and conferences. The company has a
long-standing commitment to open platforms and providing organizations of
all sizes access to enterprise resources. 

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