Nearly every organization uses Microsoft products on premises. And increasingly, they’re using them off premises as well, leveraging the cloud’s inherent advantages. The challenge is making operations with Microsoft workloads in the cloud as seamless as those in your local data center. NetApp has a solution.

Microsoft Workloads Can Succeed in the Cloud

Migrating Microsoft workloads to the cloud is rarely a simple lift-and-shift operation, and it can result in unnecessary effort and cost. Companies must plan for common cloud transition challenges to maintain storage, networking, and security in the cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other cloud architectures have shown rapid growth, which indicates that an increasing percentage of workloads are moving to the cloud.

Active Directory and SQL Server are two critical infrastructure workloads that can take advantage of migrating to the cloud. You can use the Always On availability group feature of SQL Server to provide highly available database solutions as part of a quick-start deployment. Other solutions such as SharePoint and .NET web applications that rely on file services can also be easily deployed in the cloud.

Running Microsoft Workloads on AWS

Many organizations typically move their business-critical workloads to AWS to take advantage of scalability, flexibility, security, and ease of use. Windows on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) enables you to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, and you can commission one or hundreds of server instances simultaneously.

To move these workloads into Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) or Elastic Block Store (EBS), firms must typically refactor their storage architecture to switch support to the different protocols and storage models on AWS. This leads to an inefficient file services architecture, and requires storage administrators to learn an entirely new platform. In many cases, it requires changes in application code to support these new storage paradigms, which can be quite costly—or even not possible.

Enterprise-Grade Cloud Storage

NetApp Cloud Volumes for AWS combines the intelligence and capabilities of industry-leading NetApp ONTAP block and fle storage with the scale and flexibility of the public cloud. Because NetApp allows you to leverage NFS or SMB file services with enterprise management and functionality, you can rapidly deploy terabytes of storage in a consistent fashion on the cloud of your choosing.

Whether you’re dealing with high-performance computing workloads that demand low latency, high IOPS storage, or Windows file shares, you can quickly deploy and manage your data. NetApp can make your migration much easier by eliminating the need to refactor your storage. NetApp Cloud Volumes offers the tools and services to easily manage and maintain all of your data in a secure fashion at a lower cost.


NetApp Cloud Volumes provides a unified management solution for all of your storage, whether in your own data center or on AWS. Cloud Volumes works the same whether you’re 100% on AWS or you’re managing a hybrid environment. The Cloud Compliance feature includes privacy and audit controls to meet privacy regulations, like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

This AI-driven service scans your data over time and provides a dashboard with reporting tools to help you understand the data and what steps you need to take to remain compliant. The feature is deployed into a VM in the same virtual private cloud as your Cloud Manager and scans your SMB and NFS volumes to look for a range of personal information. It then maps your organization’s data and categorizes each file, aggregating the data to your Cloud Manager dashboard.

Cloud Volumes also offers other value-added features like Cloud Insights, which provides performance and cost monitoring, optimization, and security across your entire infrastructure. Cloud Sync allows you to sync files between your on-premises shares and into your cloud storage solution.

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Using NetApp Cloud Volumes for Microsoft Workloads on AWS