OpenStack.jpgBy Brendan Wolfe, Sr. Marketing Manager for OpenStack, NetApp

Today, NetApp issued a press release marking the production-ready status of the Manila project in the Liberty release of OpenStack, the Open Source Cloud Operating System.  So I would like to take the opportunity to expand a little bit on what this means and point anybody who is interested to some other materials to learn more about Manila.

But first let’s take a moment to congratulate all the contributors from the OpenStack community who have helped to make this possible. While NetApp has been the project lead and top open source contributor to Manila, we did not do it alone as Manila has wide support and participation from the OpenStack ecosystem.

Manila, developed as a component of OpenStack, provides an automated, on-demand, and scalable service for delivering shared and distributed file systems using an open, standardized API developed within the OpenStack community. Historically, shared volumes couldn’t be provisioned as a service in the cloud, and as a result, they couldn’t be migrated. With Manila, the shared volumes can now flow freely between public and private clouds. While available in the OpenStack Liberty release, Manila has also been engineered to allow modular use with other cloud stacks. In addition, Manila enables choice in backend options, resulting from NetApp’s outreach to the open source storage community.

It is exciting to see the Manila vision validated by today’s announcement and we will pay close attention as more customers with production OpenStack deployments adopt File-Share-as-a-Service in their environments. This will allow developers and operators to choose the best cloud storage model for their applications and benefit from the flexibility of shared file systems to interact with data. Also by allowing file shares to be offered as a service, they can be self-served and migrated, no matter if cloud is on or off-premises, private or public.  As a result, cloud users and applications can self-provision and manage shared file systems for the first time.

Looking to Learn More About Manila?
There are many possible use cases, but we have a few resources for people to get started and think of creative ways to put this into practice:

Follow Us on GitHub and Twitter?

For more information on OpenStack, such as documentation, source code, blogs, and more, visit NetApp’s page on GitHub or follow us on Twitter @OpenStackNetApp.

NetApp Staff