logo-cloud-tiering-2Cloud Tiering

Lift and DON’T shift

Free up high-performance AFF storage space by automatically tiering infrequently-used data to the cloud.

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About Cloud Tiering

NetApp’s Cloud Tiering service allows you to retain your on-prem, high-performance AFF (and FAS SSD) storage and combine it with the benefits of cloud economics, leveraging the low costs of Azure Blob and Amazon S3 object storage.

Based on NetApp FabricPool technology, Cloud Tiering identifies infrequently-used data in your on-prem storage and automatically and seamlessly moves that data to lower-cost object storage in the cloud, leaving frequently-used data on the high-performant, data center storage system. When the infrequently-used tiered data is needed again, the service will automatically and seamlessly move it back to the high-performance tier.


Tiering Options

Cloud Tiering offers two policies for tiering data:

Tiering cold data: Any active data that has not been accessed for 30 days, or a user-defined period, will be sent to the cloud object storage until it is needed.

Use if your data:

  • Stays in frequent use only for a short period of time
  • Will later be accessed rarely, if ever
  • Needs to be retained indefinitely

Tiering snapshots only: With this policy, snapshot data is tiered to the cloud object storage after a short cooling period.

Use if your data:

  • Remains in frequent use at all times
  • Includes a large number of snapshots

Using Cloud Tiering’s “lift and DON’T shift” approach, there is no need to make any change to your existing applications. Since the tiering occurs in the data layer, the process is completely opaque to your applications. Cloud Tiering is also easy to set up and works transparently in the background, with no disruption to your processes. The service is offered in two license models: a consumption-based PAYGO model, or an upfront, perpetual/termed-based BYOL.


Why Cloud Tiering

Since data can grow at an extremely fast rate, you may be facing new challenges:

  • Your data center space is running out faster than you planned.
  • You’re looking for ways to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
  • You need to switch from a CAPEX to an OPEX model.
  • The company made a strategic decision to start moving to the cloud.

Cloud Tiering Architecture


  • ic-data-center Zero-effort data center extension to the cloud
    • No changes to the application layer
    • Maintain current workflow and processes
    • Same ONTAP technology and tools
  • ic-storage-2 Enables AFF storage capacity optimization and scaling
    • Free up valuable AFF space and use for more workloads – do more with less
    • Scale your capacity by up to 20x
  • ic-pricing-3 Cost reduction
    • Reduce expensive data center footprint
    • Shift most of the data (avg 80%) to low-cost storage in the public cloud
    • No upfront costs, pay as you go and only for data that is tiered
  • ic-cloud-benefits Cloud technology benefits
    • OPEX vs. CAPEX
    • Mix-and-match BYOL and PAYGO
    • Easy and safe first-step to a cloud strategy
  • ew-tip-3-3 Management layer and tools enable
    • Unified, friendly user interface
    • Automation of cloud settings
    • Monitoring and reports
    • Tiering policy configuration and optimization