NetApp Delivers Data Fabric Vision; Backup and Archives Now Available on AWS

By CIOReview | Thursday, February 26, 2015

SUNNYVALE, CA:  NetApp, introduces new software and solutions for hybrid IT deployments for boosting data backup and recovery times, giving more control to the users over how, when and where they store their data throughout its lifecycle.

Three new models of SteelStore cloud-native backup solution has been introduced by NetApp as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). Available on the flexible platform of AWS, customers can now efficiently handle all their backup, recovery and archive challenges and also ensures security to the cloud-based back up workload. There also exists the provision to choose on-premises SteelStore physical appliances for seamless, secure data protection to the cloud.

NetApp support is now extended to one of the highly durable object storage solution for long-term archives—Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) as a storage tier to StorageGRID Webscale. The company also released updates to its OnCommand Cloud Manager, OnCommand Insight software and Cloud ONTAP software subscription, giving customers new capabilities to speed business innovation and IT responsiveness.

“NetApp is investing in a data fabric architecture and framework to make hybrid IT simpler, faster and more secure. Our newest backup and archive solutions help customers take advantage of hybrid deployments to gain flexibility and reduce cost,” says Phil Brotherton, Vice President, Cloud Solutions Group, NetApp.

The vision of data fabric introduced by NetApp means enabling customers to achieve both data control and choice in IT deployment models in this new world. And hybrid IT architecture is expected to be the next most promising IT deployment model luring customers with its speed and scale benefits of the cloud. Customer still need to be updated on new data management strategies as the crucial asset—data; moves beyond the walls of the enterprise.

With the enhanced NetApp SteelStore and StorageGRID Webscale solutions powered with Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier, customers can gain an additional secure physical location to address single-site or local-site risks as well as tape risks. This addition to the NetApp portfolio creates ideal solutions designed to help customers integrate their storage with AWS resources.

Being the first to market NetApp Private Storage for AWS, the company brings to the customers the benefits of cloud elasticity, performance, availability and control of dedicated enterprise storage. NetApp Cloud ONTAP software subscription, an instance of NetApp’s industry-leading storage OS running as a software subscription on AWS Marketplace, offers a cost-effective option for cloud bursting and disaster recovery.

The highlights of the new solutions include:

  • StorageGRID Webscale 10.1 gives customers the tools to securely store data in the right place, at the right time. Fully supported by a dynamic policy engine, StorageGRID Webscale now leverages Amazon S3 to cost-effectively store data on AWS. Geo-distributed erasure coding reduces on-premises costs and increases security. The solution is available in appliance and software delivery models, and both types can be mixed in the same grid.
  • NetApp OnCommand Insight 7.1 software delivers industry-leading Storage Resource Management (SRM) for hybrid environments. Customers can ensure service level agreements met through performance monitoring, capacity management, identifying reclamation opportunities and greater awareness of IT costs. The new software includes enhanced features for brokering and monitoring hybrid storage deployments as well as innovations that reduce storage OPEX and CAPEX costs and improve capacity planning. NetApp also boosted usability through advanced data visualization features such as new widgets, dashboards, and additional data points.
  • Customers can now utilize Cloud Manager software and Cloud ONTAP software subscription to manage NetApp’s customer data replication to the cloud with a single application. In addition, customers can now simplify deployment of Cloud ONTAP software subscription and OnCommand Cloud Manager and automate NetApp service and support registration.

“Organizations of all sizes are looking for ways to migrate data and workloads to AWS to leverage the innovation, cost savings and flexibility of AWS, “says Terry Wise, Vice President, Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services. “These next generation storage solutions are the result of a deep collaboration between AWS and NetApp and give customers a flexible, cost effective and easy path to migrate on-premise resources to AWS.”