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Why NetApp for DevOps

NetApp helps you enable a consistent, seamless DevOps experience on your premises and in private and public clouds. That means operations can deliver automated infrastructure with less engineering, and developers can create in reliable and predictable environments with less friction and more speed.

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The pace of application development has accelerated to unprecedented levels. According to IDC, four times as many applications and services will be deployed over the next four years than were deployed in the last 40. It’s a dramatic shift, which has required organizations to rethink their approach. Namely, by leveraging DevOps methodologies to scale application innovation and get new features and functionality into market at a pace the world demands.

 

That said, in a market dominated by siloed point solutions, the road to DevOps can be complicated, and many organizations struggle to get far. In fact, Gartner predicts that 75% of DevOps initiatives will fail to meet expectations due to issues around organizational learning and change. A successful DevOps journey depends on building a culture of collaboration, communication, and integration within IT.

NetApp is built for DevOps

Only NetApp delivers a consistent, seamless DevOps experience across a hybrid multicloud environment designed to accelerate application development and streamline your pipeline. With NetApp® DevOps solutions, operations teams deliver automated infrastructure with less engineering, and developers create in reliable and predictable environments with less friction. We help you confidently deliver the services and capabilities your organization needs to maximize developer productivity in both on-premises and cloud environments.

NetApp is redefining the DevOps landscape with these industry firsts:

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  • NetApp Trident is the industry's first open sources persistent storage orchestrator for containers and the only solution to covers an entire portfolio of product and container solutions from Kubernetes, OpenShift, Docker, and Rancher
  • NetApp is the only Ansible-certified storage vendor offering modules to automate an entire portfolio of product
  • Released first Docker plug-in (nDVP) in 2015
  • First external storage provisioner for Kubernetes
  • Major contributor to defining Container Storage Interface (CSI)
  • First to make more advanced storage capabilities like cloning available
  • First to announce capability to migrate applications and data from one Kubernetes cluster to another

NetApp capabilities for DevOps success

At NetApp, we take a holistic view of helping our customers experience success with DevOps. To that end, we offer unique value across six core capabilities that we believe empower DevOps teams to develop in the right way.

 

#1 Continuous integration/Continuous delivery

NetApp® native integrations, APIs, and SDKs extend the features of your infrastructure into your test-and-delivery process—without adding work to development teams.

#2 Automation

By integrating with configuration and resource management tools, including Ansible and Terraform, NetApp frees your operations team from time-consuming coding and quality assurance.

#3 Code and binary management

We deliver cost-efficient data management for source code and binary repositories, so you always have access to the right data, at the right place, and at the right time.

#4 Cloud and PaaS

NetApp solutions for private cloud allow you to efficiently develop new applications on your premises and run your existing workloads in a modernized environment.

#5 Containers and Kubernetes

NetApp helps accelerate your containerized workloads wherever you choose to deploy (on-premises, cloud, multicloud) with comprehensive data management solutions.

#6 Analytics and observability

NetApp solutions deliver actionable insights into application infrastructure and application health.

If you have a manual process and it’s something you have to do more than once, the mantra is: Automate it. Code it. Not just application code or test and deployment configurations—code everything. By treating everything that developers need as code, you get a standardized, controlled way to onboard projects, applications, and teams.

Everything as Code (EaC) is essential to a successful container strategy. Without it, you’ll have too many containers and clusters to administer manually and you will never achieve cloud-native scale. Automation through EaC is the only way to increase your server- or container-to-admin ratio. Having everything checked into a source control management system, such as Git, as well as version control, allows you to always have a "last known good configuration" point for your entire platform, applications, and infrastructure.

NetApp makes it easy for developers, testing, QA, and operations teams to consume infrastructure resources (such as persistent storage volumes) as code, all from within familiar tools in the DevOps pipeline. Examples include NetApp storage APIs and IAC integrations with tools such as Ansible, Docker, Kubernetes, and OpenShift.


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The DevOps pipeline

In this uncertain world, you need to be able to pivot quickly and be agile with your resources. That’s not always achievable with traditional infrastructures, which depend on manual processes that aren’t optimized for stateful applications. You need a DevOps pipeline that seamlessly weaves together provisioning, development, testing, and deployment. To iterate faster, your developers need every process to be self-service, automated, and on-demand.

NetApp offers API-first infrastructure with deep integrations and built-in automation so that you can quickly set up your pipeline and take advantage of Kubernetes containers and third-party applications. And no one does storage persistence and cloud native like NetApp. We help you build an enterprise-ready DevOps pipeline for data-rich, stateful applications that integrate seamlessly with the world’s largest clouds.

Astra

NetApp® Astra is the best way to manage Kubernetes application lifecycle in any cloud and take your data with you.

Container solutions

Confidently deliver your containerized apps and workloads on your premises and in the cloud with NetApp® container solutions.

Configuration management

By integrating with tools already in your DevOps pipeline, now developers, testing, QA, and operations teams can consume infrastructure resources as code.

CI/CD

NetApp solutions for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) provide a better experience for developers and allow you to test and release software more reliably at any time.

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Doing fast well with NetApp

When done right, DevOps represents a culture shift focused on integrating agile and lean processes for service delivery and delivering higher quality innovation at ever-increasing speeds. By embarking on a DevOps journey with NetApp, your organization is able to recast itself to be more responsive and reliable, and optimize to rapidly scale innovation. It’s not about how fast you develop. It’s about how well you develop fast.

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