The APEX Cloud Platform for Red Hat OpenShift uses separate storage nodes to provide persistent storage for the compute cluster. This separation enables the compute and storage nodes to scale independently. The storage cluster is based on Dell PowerFlex software-defined storage architecture. This disaggregation allows customers with existing PowerFlex storage to deploy only the compute cluster. Customers can opt for full integration; in which case the OpenShift Web Console would be used to control both the compute and storage clusters.