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Business and IT decision makers, cloud operators, and developers interested in open infrastructures will come together this week at OpenStack Summit in Boston to learn about open technologies for building a modern infrastructure stack.


With the availability and proliferation of external IT cloud services, the expectations on corporate IT are now higher than ever. For IT to remain relevant, it needs to deliver a catalog of standard, automated IT services at a cost, quality, and speed comparable to the best external cloud providers. IT organizations are turning to OpenStack to streamline and automate the delivery processes to provision virtual and physical open compute environments (OCEs) to their business units in a few hours.


Each OCE includes access controls, server monitoring, and application storage space for the required platform and business application. These elements need to be delivered on demand, in a predictable and repeatable way, and they need to be accessible through self-service. With automation, IT can coordinate processes across different functions and make the initial delivery and ongoing support of OCEs easier to manage.


StorageGRID OpenStack Diagram

OpenStack is an increasingly important and popular enterprise choice for OCE private cloud solutions. For example, a major Asian airline with a strong focus on OpenStack actively contributes to the OpenStack community as it continues to expand its private cloud deployment. Over the past year, NetApp has worked with this airline to enable enterprise applications to consume modern storage optimized for scale in an OpenStack environment. They use NetApp® StorageGRID® Webscale as the object store.


StorageGRID Webscale 10.4 is an object-storage solution that is flexible and highly scalable, and it supports several RESTful APIs for storing and managing data. It supports OpenStack Swift and Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 APIs at the same time—one object store, two object protocols. This ability allows OpenStack users to develop applications for both environments without compromising efficiency.


StorageGRID Webscale 10.4 contains new features to provide customers with more object-storage options that are compatible with OpenStack. Starting with version 10.4, StorageGRID Webscale supports deploying a grid with OpenStack and Docker containers. This means that the solution can be deployed on bare-metal servers without requiring a hypervisor such as OpenStack Kernel-Based Virtual Machine (KVM). Also, StorageGRID Webscale 10.4 supports Keystone v3 authentication for Swift API users so that Swift account creation is automatic and maps to a Keystone project account. StorageGRID tenants can thus integrate with OpenStack Keystone multitenancy, providing secure account creation. Additional benefits include support for UUID and Fernet tokens with token caching (optimized for multisite deployments).


Customers like the major Asian airline select StorageGRID Webscale in part because of dual object-storage protocol support. Other key factors include:

  • Flexible deployment options, including software only and NetApp engineered appliances (fully integrated by one company, with one support organization)
  • Information lifecycle management (ILM) policy capabilities—autonomous data placement on the right tier, in the right location
  • Enterprise-proven OpenStack support, including Keystone, Cinder, Swift, and Glance in some of the most demanding environments (hosting service providers, healthcare, financial services, and so on)
  • A solution backed by the largest independent storage provider in the world—NetApp


By deploying OpenStack with StorageGRID Webscale and creating OCEs, companies greatly reduce the time it takes to provision new compute environments from weeks to just a few hours. The impact on the business is tremendous, and the solution provides infrastructure services on demand with a catalog of standard, automated IT services at a cost, quality, and speed comparable to the external cloud alternatives.


For more information on StorageGRID Webscale, read Ronnie Chan’s latest blog, “Take Control of Your Data on Your Infrastructure with StorageGRID Webscale 10.4,” or tune into the latest edition of the Tech ONTAP Podcast.


Robert Cox

Robert is a senior product marketing manager with over 20 years of product marketing and product management experience. Robert is focused on NetApp’s Cloud Data Services working to enable customers to deliver business outcomes for all IT workloads on cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. Robert is an avid cyclist and loves to be outdoors.

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