NetApp® ONTAP® data management software has been the mainstay of enterprise data storage for more than two decades. Sophisticated features for data management, space efficiency, replication, and backup have made it a crucial platform for many organizations in the form of physical on-premises appliances.
However, with the growing availability of a diverse set of cloud services, including compute, storage, big data analytics, database services, and much more, customers are looking to create heterogeneous environments that can leverage these capabilities. After starting to do this, they quickly discover the disparity in storage and data management available on the cloud when compared to their NetApp systems.
By making use of native cloud compute and storage resources, Cloud Volumes ONTAP provides a virtual NetApp appliance that works on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Cloud Volumes ONTAP opens up a world of new possibilities for both cloud-only and hybrid architecture environments.
In this paper, we present an overview of Cloud Volumes ONTAP for AWS, including deployment and supported features; examine use cases for this proven technology; and demonstrate the breadth of what can now be achieved.
Which features of the ONTAP data management software does Cloud Volumes ONTAP support?
Cloud Volumes ONTAP supports the full feature set of ONTAP:
- Storage efficiencies. With support for thin provisioning, deduplication, data compression, and inline data compaction, Cloud Volumes ONTAP helps you consume far less storage capacity than you would by using cloud storage directly, thus saving you a great deal on your in-cloud storage spend.
- File sharing services. Cloud Volumes ONTAP supports all versions of NFS and SMB, allowing you to manage file shares using whichever system best suits your operating environment. The SMB implementation fully supports Active Directory authentication for users and groups, a feature that is not provided natively on the cloud.
- iSCSI storage allocation. Block-level storage allocations to Amazon EC2 instances can be managed as they would normally in an onpremises environment. Storage from different tiers can be allocated as required, which ensures the most appropriate use of storage resources in a centrally managed manner.
- Snapshots™ and FlexClone®. With ONTAP, every Snapshot™ copy only consumes space for data changes. No extra capacity is required. ONTAP Snapshot copies also form the basis for more advanced features, such as FlexClone®, which allows you to instantly create writable clones of existing storage volumes, almost like a writable Snapshot copy that also consumes no extra storage capacity.
- Data replication and backup. SnapMirror provides enterprise-grade data replication and can be used to incrementally synchronize onpremises appliances with Cloud Volumes ONTAP. SnapVault® can be used with Cloud Volumes ONTAP to create a cloud-based backup solution. SnapMirror can also make it very easy and efficient to replicate data from the cloud back to an on-premises environment.
AWS Use Cases with Cloud Volumes ONTAP
Cloud Volumes ONTAP provides the ideal solution. By making use of native cloud compute and storage resources, it provides a virtual NetApp appliance that works in AWS and Azure, so you can choose whichever ecosystem best meets your needs.
This guide offers a full overview of Cloud Volumes ONTAP, including:
- Supported features for data management, space efficiency, replication, and backup
- The cost benefits of Cloud Volumes ONTAP and how it’s deployed
- Use cases including cloud DR and backup, production cloud environment, cloud devops, and more