Storage Tiering with ONTAP Cloud

Reduce your storage costs by using EBS as a performance tier and Amazon S3 as a capacity tier

Tiered storage enables you to save costs by automatically tiering off your backups or infrequently accessed data to a cheaper storage tier and be able to access it immediately whenever you need it.

Now you can:

  • Spin backups to a cheaper storage tier simply and easily
  • Automatically push DR data to more cost-effective storage and automatically access it on high-performance storage when you need it

Overview of ONTAP Cloud Tiering
Learn how ONTAP Cloud automatically
tiers cold data to and from Amazon S3.

Tiering ONTAP Cloud Data to Amazon S3
Discover how Cloud Manager makes it easy to push your cold data to Amazon S3 and pull it back to an EBS performance tier.

How Does it Work?

When ONTAP Cloud creates Snapshot copies of read-write volumes (point-in- time copies of file systems), it tiers the Snapshot copies to cost-effective Amazon S3 storage, freeing up the EBS performance tier for "hot" data.

When you replicate a volume to a tiered storage configuration for disaster recovery purposes, all data for the destination volume resides in the Amazon S3 capacity tier. The data automatically moves to the EBS performance tier if you activate the destination volume and access data.


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When using ONTAP Cloud with tiered storage configuration you should be aware of the following:

  • The performance tier can be EBS General Purpose or Throughput Optimized volumes
  • An ONTAP Cloud system uses a single Amazon S3 bucket for tiered storage
  • A system's capacity limit is spread across EBS and Amazon S3 storage
  • Thin provisioning must be enabled on volumes that use a tiered storage configuration
  • Storage tiering is supported with ONTAP Cloud Standard, Premium, and BYOL
  • Storage tiering is not supported with ONTAP Cloud Explore, or with M3 and R3 instance types when using Standard and Premium
  • Storage tiering is supported with AWS-managed encryption
  • Storage tiering is not supported with ONTAP Cloud-managed encryption
  • Write performance enhancements introduced in ONTAP Cloud 9.2 are not supported with tiered storage configurations
  • No additional licensing required to take advantage of tiered storage with ONTAP Cloud