AWS Introduces Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP
During AWS Storage Day 2021, the cloud provider announced Amazon FSx for ONTAP, a managed file system for ONTAP data management software. Supporting file access and storage features already used by corporate customers, the service targets the cloud migration of applications and workloads that require high-performance ONTAP storage.
Similar to Amazon FSx for Luster and Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, the highly reliable, managed file systems introduced by AWS in 2018, the service covers enterprise deployments of NetApp’s proprietary operating system and allows users to provision an ONTAP environment as an AWS managed service. Jeff Barr, Vice President and Chief Evangelist at AWS, explains the use cases of ONTAP on AWS:
ONTAP is an enterprise data management offering designed to provide high performance storage suitable for use with Oracle, SAP, VMware, Microsoft SQL Server, etc. ONTAP is flexible and scalable, with support for multi-protocol access and file systems scaling up to 176 PiB. (…) FSx for ONTAP is fully managed, so you can start enjoying all of these features within minutes.
Each file system is deployed in two Availability Zones with automatic data replication and failover between zones, providing an availability SLA of 99.99%. AmazonFSx for NetApp ONTAP supports features such as inline data compression, deduplication, compaction, thin provisioning, replication (SnapMirror), and point-in-time cloning (FlexClone). It is accessible to thousands of concurrent customers running in EC2, Amazon ECS, Amazon EKS, and other AWS managed services.
The new service provides two tiers of storage, more expensive allocated primary storage, up to 192 TiB, built on a high performance SSD and designed to hold active or latency sensitive data, and optimized elastic capacity pool storage in terms of cost, designed to contain data that is less frequently accessed and can be as high as mebibytes.
As with S3 and EFS, Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP includes intelligent tiering functionality to manage the transition between the two storage classes based on usage. Each file system can scale to hundreds of thousands of IOPS, 2 GB / s read throughput and 1 GB / s write throughput. Sam Yates, Solutions Architect at AWS, tweets:
This will be a huge win for some businesses who need some of the capabilities NetApp ONTAP can provide. Pretty excited to see him launch.
Jason Iehl, Director of Solutions Engineering at NetApp, comments:
NetApp is excited about the new Amazon FSx file service for NetApp ONTAP, which combines the agility of a native @AWScloud service with the rich data management capabilities of ONTAP software.
An introduction to the new service on Judsonian.com sparked a thread on Reddit about the benefits of the PaaS service. User GoneFishingFL questions the cost of putting all storage in the cloud:
At $ 7,325 per month for 100TB (backed up), that comes down to $ 263,700 to $ 439,500 (3 to 5 years) of storage cost for that 100TB. This assumes that 80% of your data is going to storage. lower level AND 65% storage efficiency (…) That might not seem like much considering what it could cost you onsite, but most onsite systems support at least 4PB per rack.
Corey Quinn in his newsletter adds:
I love it so much. NetApp is the gold standard for NFS in production environments. If I can get this service offered in a more serverless way without a minimum 1TB file system size (like EFS only with ONTAP benefits), I would recommend using it for use cases both sensitive and profane.
Five components determine the pricing of the service: allocated SSD storage, number of SSD IOPS, capacity pool usage, provisioned throughput capacity, and storage for backups.
NetApp also offers solutions for Google Cloud and Azure.