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NetApp Puts File Storage Proposal to OpenStack

The point of the integration is to extend access to applications written for file-based storage

At the OpenStack Summit this week NetApp submitted a prototype and proposal for consideration by the OpenStack Foundation Technical Committee and the unity at-large for file share service capabilities.

OpenStack doesn't have native management support for file-based storage systems so NetApp is proposing to add a file-share service broad enough to address a range of file system types in the next Havana release of OpenStack.

It says it got good feedback for its blueprint during the previous Grizzly development cycle and its proposal is abstracted to address any number of shared or distributed file system types from CIFS and NFS/pNFS to Gluster or Ceph.

The widgetry, it says, could either be an extension to the existing Cinder project (currently referred to as OpenStack block storage) or implemented as a separate project.

The point of the integration is to extend access to applications written for file-based storage without needing a separate management interface.

NetApp says many 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 its large ecosystem of supporting software products.

Its prototype includes code contributions and extended APIs as well as both a reference and back-end implementation specific to NetApp.

According to IDC spending on file-based storage solutions is expected 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 figures nearly 18EB had file-based capacity, accounting for over 65% of all disks shipped by capacity.

NetApp joined the OpenStack Foundation as a Gold member last October.

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