Database

Databases are often a critical component of enterprise operations and, with additional specific challenges and requirements. Hosting your own database in the cloud requires an extra level of performance and protection guarantees.

Typical questions you need to ask when using database in the cloud:

  • Can I guarantee high performance, high throughput, high reliability as well as high durability?
  • Can I support all databases: SQL Server, Oracle, SAP, Hadoop, MongoDB, etc.?
  • How do I guarantee business continuity, with zero downtime and no data loss?
  • How do I comply with data security and data protection at all levels?
  • How can I reduce data footprint and costs while scaling?
  • How do I keep agile, automated dev/test environments for continuous release cycles and fast TTM?
  • Is it possible to “lift & shift” my database applications and sync hybrid environments?

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Key Considerations

How can you guarantee high performance for your database?

Performance and Guaranteed SLAs

When it comes to databases, performance at the highest levels and guaranteed SLAs ensure your data is easily accessible and ready to be used exactly when you need it.

Is the data stored in your database protected?

Data Protection and High Availability

Support multiple Availability Zones and enable business continuity with no data loss. Recover from data corruption, data loss or disaster with efficient, consistent snapshots.

Do you need to work with multiple types of databases?

Multi-Database Support

Large enterprises use multiple databases types to leverage unique features that serve their specific database needs. To gain this flexibility, your cloud solution needs the capabilities to support multiple database engines.

Is minimizing storage costs a key consideration?

Storage Efficiencies

Leverage efficient data snapshots, thin provisioning, data compression, deduplication, data tiering and cloning that can reduce storage expenses by as much as 70%.

Choose the offering that best suits your Database workloads

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Cloud Volumes Service

Fully managed cloud storage service delivered by NetApp

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Cloud Volumes ONTAP

A customer-managed solution providing full ONTAP capabilities

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NetApp’s fully-managed Cloud Volumes Service providing enterprise-grade data management and data protection capabilities with highly-available and highly performant storage for enterprise workloads.

Steps for a Successful POC

  • Sign up for the Cloud Volumes Service trial period
    • Sign up for the Cloud Volumes Service trial period on AWS or register for our Preview Program on Azure or GCP.
    • Enter your information and NetApp will evaluate your requirements and provide you with access.
    • Spin up your first 100 TB of storage in the cloud.
  • Create your first 100 TB in the cloud
    • Log into your NetApp account on NetApp Cloud Central.
    • Name the volume you want to create.
    • Decide which protocol you want to expose.
  • Create an application-aware snapshot
    • Follow the steps above to create your volume in the cloud.
    • Follow the instructions for quiescing the database.
    • Call Cloud Volumes Services REST API to create a snapshot.
    • Return database to normal operation.
  • Test how data cloning improve dev/test processes automation, agility and TTM

    Enhance your DevOps environments creation speed with cloning

    • Select a large volume and clone it multiple times.
    • Verify that the volume clones are available for use almost instantly.

Tips

  • ic-spin Spin up 100 TB of storage in just seconds
  • ic-utilize Utilize Cloud Sync technology to replicate data to the cloud quickly and efficiently (“lift & shift” data)
  • Use cloning technology to create thin, RW data copies without performance or capacity penalties Use cloning technology

    This will create thin, RW data copies without performance penalties. Such copies can be used as testing environments without compromising production volumes.

  • ic-api Use API calls to automate your allocations

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Cloud Volumes ONTAP provides enterprise-grade data management you control, with data protection capabilities, highly-available storage, and storage efficiencies in the cloud of your choice.

3 Steps for a Successful POC

  • Start your free Cloud Volumes ONTAP trial
    • Sign up or log in to NetApp Cloud Central.
    • Click on Cloud Volumes ONTAP “Start Free Trial” and follow the wizard.
    • Create your first Cloud Volumes ONTAP HA environment.
    Working Environments view in the Cloud Manager
  • Test HA resiliency
    • Create your HA environment.
    • Copy data to a storage volume.
    • Shut down the primary node and verify that the data you copied is accessible.
    • Restart the primary node to resume high-availability.
    HA status view in the Cloud Manager
  • Test capacity reductions enabled by storage efficiencies

    Watch your storage footprint reduce and benefit from an average of 50% cost savings.

    • Thin provisioning: Provision a volume which is larger than the aggregate. Despite the overprovisioning, you will not see an increase in the storage footprint.
    • Deduplication: Copy a file multiple times and you’ll see that the used capacity remains the same, with no increase in storage footprint with repeating blocks.
    • Compression: Save a large text file and note how it is compressed substantially, reducing the overall storage footprint.
    • Tiering: Check the volume capacity and see how “cold” data is located on object storage.
    Volume info view in the Cloud Manager

Tips

  • ew-tip-7 (2) Create your HA environment with the Multiple Availability Zone deployment model to protect against Availability Zone failure.
  • Select the Automatic Capacity Management feature Select the Automatic Capacity Management feature

    This will increase the aggregate size automatically when required, and will delete empty aggregates to save storage costs. You can control the thresholds!

  • Leverage the “Schedule Downtime” option Leverage the “Schedule Downtime” option to turn on and off your environment in order to save compute and license costs
  • Tier your DR environment, infrequently-used data, and snapshots to Azure Blob Storage or Amazon S3 Tier your DR environment, infrequently-used data, and snapshots to Azure Blob Storage or Amazon S3

    This will reduce storage costs for infrequently-used data to as low as $0.03 per GB per month

  • Change your volumes’ underlying storage types non-disruptively Change your volumes’ underlying storage types non-disruptively

    This will move volumes between costly, high-performance storage (e.g. GP2) and cheaper, lower-performance storage (e.g. ST1) according to your SLAs.

  • ic-utilize Utilize NetApp data replication technology to ”lift & shift” your database application to the cloud quickly and efficiently
  • ic-cloning-1 Use cloning technology
    This will create thin, RW data copies without performance or capacity penalties.

Working Environments view in the Cloud Manager

HA status view in the Cloud Manager

Volume info view in the Cloud Manager