File shares provide data access and management capabilities for files to any client, in any geography and data format, at any scale. Migrating file share workloads to the cloud offers the benefit of limitless scalability, while transparently addressing concerns about high availability and resilience to system failure.
With SMB- and NFS-based file shares, file systems can give concurrent access to hundreds or even thousands of user machines. These cloud-based file services also support media processing workloads, big data analytics, backups to offsite repositories, and more. With such a wide range of use cases, a large number of factors must be considered when deciding on a cloud-based file service.
Will it provide the performance levels that enterprise workloads require? Would opting for a fully managed service be better than relying on a file share that needs resources and labor to maintain?
You have applications requiring file services that you’re ready to migrate to the public cloud. That’s great.
But now you face an untenable choice: Either rearchitect your applications to use different protocols—which dramatically slows your migration to cloud—or run multiple virtual machines simply to provide file services, which fails to deliver the cloud service or capabilities you need.
NetApp Cloud Volumes Service offers a different alternative. To understand if it’s right for your enterprise, we’ve put together this handy reference guide.
Let’s start with a basic description of NetApp Cloud Volumes Service.
NetApp Cloud Volumes Service is a fully managed cloud-native file storage service. Based on NetApp’s proven ONTAP data management technology, it delivers all the advantages of NetApp’s vast file services expertise along with the simplicity and flexibility of the public cloud—so you can move to the cloud of your choice without leaving enterprise-grade file services behind.
NetApp Cloud Volumes Service is available in three flavors, aligned with each of the three major public cloud infrastructure providers: Cloud Volumes Service for AWS, Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud, and Azure NetApp Files.
Some use cases cry out for NetApp Cloud Volumes Service.
Here are some of the leading use cases for NetApp Cloud Volumes Service:
- File services: Get consistent high-performance NFS and SMB file shares for a wide range of workloads, such as web and rich-media content, user directories, oil and gas applications, electronic design automation (EDA), and media and entertainment. NetApp’s market-leading data protection capabilities—including our proven Snapshot and fast copy—work in the public cloud just like they do on premises. Instead of standing up your own expensive NFS or SMB servers with the highest levels of cloud block storage, you get fast file-storage performance as a service, with NetApp as your admin.
- Databases: Migrate your existing databases to any of the leading public cloud infrastructures—without rearchitecting or losing productivity, and with greatly reduced risk—then run your mission-critical database applications with the same enterprise-grade performance, resiliency, and availability as in your on-premises environment. Accelerate database development through rapid cloning of production data for cost-effective test and development.
- Agile DevOps: Leverage fast, persistent volumes for software development. Expedite development by building out workspaces in seconds rather than hours, and rapidly compile and build high-performance storage for CI/CD pipelines.
- Data Analytics: Create data lakes fast; use public cloud elastic compute for analytical processing; and perform get/put operations without racking up charges associated with object store services. Because you can clone massive datasets in seconds with NetApp Cloud Volumes Service, every data scientist can have their own copy.