DevOps

When building out a development or test environment, resource utilization flexibility is at the core of why the cloud has become so popular for enterprises today.

Typical questions you need to ask before moving DevOps to the cloud:

  • How do I keep agile, automated dev/test processes that support continuous cycles and fast TTM?
  • Can I create massive amounts of writable data clones instantly to support automatic testing cycles?
  • How can I reduce data footprint and costs while scaling?
  • Can I leverage persistent storage with containers?
  • How can I achieve high availability and data protection?

A key component to a DevOps methodology is the automated, on-demand, and instant availability of data. Data is the lifeblood for any DevOps effort, and necessitates on-demand, high-speed volume creation and deletion, to speed up and increase dev/test processes efficiency.

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Cloud Volumes Service Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Key Considerations

Please review the key considerations below and verify their applicability to your DR requirements:

Do you need to keep your dev/test processes automatic, fast, and agile?

Efficient Cloning

Leverage cloning technology to create writable volumes from snapshots in zero time, helping you streamline and automate fast provisioning of virtual environments.

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%.

Do you need to leverage persistent storage for use with containers?

Integration

Meet the sophisticated persistent storage demands of your Docker or Kubernetes containerized workloads.

Choose the offering that best suits your DevOps 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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ic-cloud-volumes-2 Cloud Volumes Service

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.

3 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.
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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)
  • ic-api Use API calls to automate your allocations

ic-ontap-cloud-4 Cloud Volumes ONTAP

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

  • Test how data cloning improves dev/test processes automation, agility and TTM
    • Select a large volume and clone it multiple times.
    • Verify that the volume clones are available for use almost instantly.
    • Check that the used capacity remains the same, with no increase in storage footprint.
    • Write to the cloned volume and see that the changes are written and that the capacity increased by the changed delta only.
  • Test Cloud Volumes ONTAP HA resiliency
    • Create your Cloud Volumes ONTAP HA environment.
    • Copy data to a Cloud Volumes ONTAP storage volume.
    • Shut down the primary node and verify that the data you copied is accessible.
    • Restart the primary node to resume high availability.
  • Test capacity reductions with 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.

Tips

  • ic-cloning-1 Use cloning technology
    This will create thin, RW data copies without performance or capacity penalties.
  • ew-tip-7 (2) Create your HA environment with the Multiple Availability Zone deployment model to protect against Availability Zone failure
  • ic-automatic 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!
  • ew-tip-3 (1) Leverage the “Schedule Downtime” option to turn on and off your environment in order to save compute and license costs

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