Shared storage is a great approach to enable data access in the cloud. Shared storage allows many applications and users to access a common set of pooled resources, making the deployment of these resources more efficient. Not all applications require the same type of data access. Block storage generally offers better performance over file or object storage, and it is ideal for databases or application that may incorporate its own file system.
NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is a multi-protocol storage software solution offering both file and block data access along with leading data management features and storage efficiency capabilities. The iSCSI interface delivers enterprise grade block storage access for databases and other applications that will benefit from a shared block storage interface.