Let’s Be Honest.

To stay relevant, to grow your business, to keep your users engaged you must continuously up your experience game. It’s no longer enough to deliver applications that are available anywhere, anytime and on any device. They should also provide real-time updates and intelligent interactions that are driven by continuous data streams and feedback loops. The ability to more quickly release or update an application or provide an application internally exactly when it’s needed is more crucial today than ever to stay ahead of the competition.

 

However, many traditional developer and IT operations teams face a massive amount of complexity needed to build, configure, maintain and scale applications. Overall, these legacy processes can be challenging, manual, and error prone and can slow down application development and deployment. This slowdown can stem from infrastructure that is often unreliable and difficult to scale, monolithic applications that can take weeks to configure and deploy, and a lack of communication and understanding between the development and operations teams.

 

These user expectations and business challenges are helping to drive a shift in the architectural design of applications. Known as cloud-native, these applications are designed to run and scale reliably and predictably in cloud environments. Cloud-native application architectures are designed to balance the need for development agility with the need to maintain the stability, availability and durability of applications. They can achieve this balance by leveraging key technologies such as micro-service and containers wrapped with agile IT processes such as continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) and a DevOps culture.

 

As more companies move to a cloud-native application development process, they are realizing that not every application can be – or should be – developed in a public cloud. Concerns such as data governance, regulatory compliance and cost are creating pressure on you (and your competitors) to be more agile in your own datacenter.

 

However, planning, designing and building a custom platform on-premises to support this new application development process can be costly and complex project that may take months or years to get into operation. This time can delay immediate business needs, puts organizations behind the competition, and can be expensive to maintain and update.

 

What is needed is a platform for more rapidly and more securely building, deploying and managing applications, with faster application development iterations and an infrastructure platform that can support this accelerated development. The infrastructure should be enterprise class, easier to consume and manage, more resilient with high availability, scale more easily and linearly, and help support multi-app development and deployment without performance degradation, across multi-hybrid clouds.

The wait is over.

NetApp is excited to announce a solution designed to address this challenge in collaboration with Red Hat. This solution, co-designed and co-developed by NetApp and Red Hat is designed to bring the efficiencies of containers and microservices to an “it just works” hybrid multi-cloud experience that’s designed to accelerate your DevOps team, provide a platform for your private cloud and consolidate existing enterprise applications. Without compromise. Without contention.

 

This verified architecture uses Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform with NetApp® HCI to help simplify your design and deployment time, getting your operations up and running more quickly, helping to accelerate your business.

Make more end users happy.

It delivers a validated blueprint for a platform that an organization can love because it can:

  • Accelerate your business. Enables you to outpace your competition and quickly deliver differentiated value by accelerating the building, deployment and management of new services.
    • Increase your businesses velocity through a data-driven development model that can help you to more rapidly and iteratively deliver innovative applications to market.
    • Reduces variable performance by providing granular control of every application, on-demand, enabling more positive customer experiences.
  • Empower DevOps everywhere in your organization. Innovation doesn’t just happen in the IT department. Designed to unite developers and ops with an “it just works” experience so teams can build, deploy and scale applications with Linux containers and Red Hat OpenShift, the Kubernetes application platform, on a simpler, hybrid cloud infrastructure.
    • Provide a self-service platform for provisioning, building, and deploying applications and their components.
    • Enable robust and extensive code-based API’s and automation capabilities to make infrastructure management simpler.
    • Provide enterprise-grade Kubernetes with strong security capabilities for policy-based controls and automation for application management.
    • Reduce risk in case of failure by providing backups and recovery of applications, installation settings, user data, storage volumes and critical databases through built-in capabilities.
  • Simplify IT. More easily deliver a private cloud application platform without the time or complexity associated with designing a custom platform
    • Designed with trusted NetApp and Red Hat technologies enabling you to use existing expertise and capabilities
    • Scale resources independently enabling instant availability, as needed, without disruption
    • Enable one call support for the entire solution through NetApp
    • Consolidate 10 – 1000’’s of performance hungry applications on one cluster without compromising performance, even at scale

NetApp. Working for you.

NetApp has collaborated and innovated with Red Hat for more than 15 years. Through a long relationship, NetApp and Red Hat have developed a strong technical and go-to-market alliance focused on providing innovative solutions that help our joint customers modernize, transform their IT infrastructure and grow their business.

 

About Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on NetApp HCI solution:

 

Chris Morgan – director, Cloud Platforms Technical Marketing at Red Hat says. “We are excited for the release of this solution and how it can help our joint customers become more agile and reduce risk and complexity. It is a culmination of collaboration from both companies to deliver an enterprise-scale solution designed to meet the needs of our joint customers.

 

The NetApp Verified Architecture is built on trusted NetApp and Red Hat technologies including:

NetApp HCI. Designed for private clouds to deliver infrastructure and platform services with simplicity, dynamic scale, and operational efficiency.

 

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. is an enterprise Kubernetes platform that is designed to unites developers and IT operations on a single platform to build, deploy, and manage applications consistently across on-premise and hybrid cloud infrastructures.

 

NetApp Trident. Enables microservices and containerized applications to leverage enterprise class storage services (such as QoS, storage efficiencies, cloning, and so on) to meet their persistent storage demands

Ok. Where do I go for more information?

For more information:

● Visit our Solutions Page on NetApp.com
● Download the NetApp Verified Architecture
● Talk to your NetApp Account Manager

Mark Cates

Mark Cates is a Senior Product Manager for NetApp HCI solutions focusing on Red Hat and VMware based solutions. Mark has worked for NetApp for 9 years. At NetApp, Mark has been a Senior Product Manager for FlexPod solutions focusing on FlexPod infrastructure, OpenStack, DevOps and Data Fabric solutions. Mark has a BS, MS in Computer Science and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.