The OpenSDS community has announced the release of Aruba, the first version of its open source software for SDS control. Featuring improved ease of use and a new GUI, OpenSDS Aruba has added support for Kubernetes and OpenStack – enabling storage to be provisioned and managed for both containers and cloud with a single storage controller. The new OpenSDS dashboard would enhance the user experience for both administrators and service users.

“The OpenSDS community is focused on making storage work better for users,” said Steven Tan, OpenSDS TSC Chairman, and Vice President & CTO of Cloud Storage Solution at Huawei. “This is clearly evident in the Aruba release, which offers ease of use with its intuitive dashboard and support for Kubernetes and OpenStack environments. Aruba gives users a taste of how OpenSDS empowers cloud and container environments with advanced data storage technologies such as host-based and storage-based data replication.”

An international community, comprising storage vendors and users, contributed to OpenSDS Aruba. The current release would reflect the real-life requirements of the core members of the OpenSDS EUAC (End-User Advisory Committee).

“OpenSDS brings policy based, self-service storage provisioning and orchestration, not only ideal for cloud native applications, but also well-suited to traditional datacenters and clouds,” said Rakesh Jain, Vice-Chair of the OpenSDS TSC, and Senior Architect and Researcher at IBM. “We are continuously working with various large customers to identify their pain points and address them in an open manner. The Aruba release is a big step in this direction. We are well on our way to execute on the published roadmap to make storage as pain free as possible, in coordination with other open source projects.”

Data Replication

Remote data replication is one of the most requested features in OpenSDS, and Aruba delivers both host-based as well as storage-based replication. Host-based replication uses DRBD, an open source high-availability data replication technology contributed by Linbit, which joined OpenSDS recently. Storage-based replication leverages the data replication capabilities of storage systems; the initial reference implementation is based on Huawei Dorado V3 All-Flash Storage System, which offers an active-active solution for mission-critical applications.

“The Aruba release includes an initial implementation of multi-tenant and open storage provisioning functions that can work in conjunction with OpenStack/Kubernetes, which is essential for supporting our customers’ various use cases,” said Shoichiro Henmi, Director of Storage Infrastructure of Technology Development at NTT Communications. “I expect more and more application developers, cloud service providers and storage vendors will get involved in the OpenSDS project.”

OpenSDS is an open-source community focused on software-defined storage. It is dedicated to providing a unified SDS controller framework and APIs for cross-cloud workloads. OpenSDS is supported by a number of leading storage vendors and carriers including Huawei, IBM, Hitachi, Dell-EMC, Fujitsu, Western Digital, Vodafone, Yahoo! Japan, and NTT Communications.kubernetes.

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