As business requirements drive the need for a hybrid cloud strategy, companies must determine how best to run their applications and manage their data—whether in their private data center, near the cloud, or in the cloud. Hyperscale cloud providers offer excellent flexibility by allowing customers to buy raw resources in a consumption model by the hour.
NetApp® has released a new way of deploying the cluster Data ONTAP® operating system that runs on hyperscale resources, called NetApp Cloud ONTAP. When combined with NetApp Private Storage for Cloud, Cloud ONTAP offers customers superior choice in how they manage their cloud storage.
The cloud has brought new option for IT deployment, which changes the way that enterprises can use resources. It has turned IT infrastructure from a capital component into a service. Amazon Web Services (AWS) changed the way we look at infrastructure by redefining the data center while creating a management software layer that allows AWS to offer the individual components for purchase.
AWS virtualizes the complete hardware environment and then offers those virtualized components to IT users for purchase. These virtual server, network, and storage components can be purchased to the granularity of an hour of use and with the simplicity of a credit card. AWS took that infrastructure, built a catalog of application choices, and created a marketplace for enterprises to choose what they want to run in the This new hourly access to IT resources has created a very flexible environment from which users of applications can choose when building out their application infrastructure.
To run an IT environment in the cloud, a user needs a number of infrastructure components. The basics are server, network, storage, and potentially software applications. In the process of building out an environment, these resources and the characteristics of each have depicted what applications users are moving into the cloud.
When users choose a cloud infrastructure, the server and network components are ready for application at the time of use and need only to be set up. These items are stateless, or more simply put, you can set them up, turn them on, and use them. When you have finished, you can turn them off. There is nothing more to it. As well, with applications from the cloud provider marketplace, you can turn on a server and have it ready to run any available software applications that your environment requires. Again, you can turn them on and turn them off as needed.
In the AWS case, the NetApp Private Storage for AWS approach lets you keep your data near the AWS cloud on NetApp storage in select data centers. Your NetApp storage is connected directly to AWS compute with AWS Direct Connect, a secure, dedicated, high-speed network connection that does not go over the Internet. By putting your data near the AWS cloud with a dedicated connection, AWS compute feels local while data remains secure and protected in a colocation facility.
When opting to take advantage of the cloud, it is important for customers to have a choice in how they deploy their services. Achieving the flexibility and agility of a cloud environment while still having control of your data is a challenging task. The cloud is now becoming an extension of the data center, so why not use the same enterprise data fabric that you use on premises when you tie into the cloud? With NetApp Cloud ONTAP and NetApp Private Storage, you can achieve that with the flexibility and choice of a solution that fits your needs.