Amazon offers NetApp OnTap for managed AWS file storage

Enterprises can now use NetApp’s OnTap managed service to migrate on-premises applications that need community-attached storage into AWS.

For the duration of the once-a-year AWS Storage Day this week, Amazon and NetApp launched Amazon FSx for NetApp OnTap. Formerly, Amazon FSx only supported Home windows File Server and open up source file method Lustre. Amazon FSx for NetApp OnTap delivers a familiar interface and features for on-premises NetApp buyers, but the cloud-centered service is bought and managed by AWS.

AWS and NetApp executives claimed use instances for the service involve lifting and shifting on-premises applications to the cloud, disaster restoration and backup of file applications, and constructing new file applications natively in the cloud.

“This presents buyers a genuinely simple path for migrating these applications,” claimed Edward Naim, basic manager for Amazon FSx. “It will allow them to use all the [equipment] they’re familiar with.”

Amazon FSx features, pricing and flexibility

Contrary to prior FSx offerings, the managed service of FSx for NetApp OnTap presents extra features which would generally need guide implementation this kind of as software patching, automatic alternative of failing infrastructure, and cloning.

Pricing for the service is determined by quite a few elements, which includes whole storage used, throughput, backups, and the user’s data centre locale.

The flexibility supplied by Amazon FSx for NetApp OnTap enables companies initially overcome by hybrid or multi-cloud deployments to have a quicker on-ramp into the cloud, claimed John Webster, a senior partner and hybrid cloud analyst at Evaluator Group.

“Owning the skill to migrate workloads, for case in point, using the very same storage environment on equally sides of the migration will take a big load off the shoulders of the people billed with making them prosperous,” Webster claimed. “They at least know that the storage in the cloud will perform the very same way and supply the skill to leverage the very same features and operation sets they use on prem.”

The recognition of NetApp’s OnTap amongst enterprises likely spurred the partnership between the two companies, in accordance to Ray Lucchesi, president of Silverton Consulting.

It moves the complete storage into indigenous AWS answers. It performs far better and has a lot more features and functions.
Ray LucchesiPresident, Silverton Consulting

“NetApp has supplied their OnTap solutions on the [AWS] marketplace for a prolonged time now,” Lucchesi claimed. “It moves the complete storage into indigenous AWS answers. It performs far better and has a lot more features and functions.”

NetApp OnTap is the company’s storage operating method, which can provision storage for a lot of vendor databases as properly as quickly tier data.

New S3 and EFS features unveiled

For the duration of the Storage Day virtual function, Amazon also rolled out new features and solutions for AWS, which includes multi-location accessibility factors for S3 applications and smart storage tiering for Amazon Elastic File Technique (EFS).

The EFS’ smart tiering enables people to quickly monitor the accessibility and use of data files throughout the four distinctive file storage tiers of AWS. The characteristic, in accordance to Amazon, will help companies handle expenditures by quickly storing data files in chilly storage in accordance to an organization’s plan.

“It is really something that on-prem storage admins who are also handling cloud storage want to see,” Webster claimed. “It helps make the cloud storage environment a lot more like the on-prem environment from the standpoint of efficiency.”

AWS S3 Multi-Region Accessibility Factors was also unveiled. The new characteristic enables multi-location applications using S3 object storage to use the very same architecture of a one location, bypassing the will need for multi-location architecture by defining international endpoints in buckets throughout a number of AWS areas.

“It presents a central entry level for a number of S3 areas,” Lucchesi claimed. “It helps make advancement a lot easier for S3 applications.”