Enterprise Workloads

Typical questions you need to ask when running enterprise workloads in the cloud:

  • Can I guarantee business continuity, with zero downtime and no data loss?
  • How do I comply with data security and data protection disaster recovery regulations?
  • Will I need to rewrite applications when moving them to the cloud?
  • Can I ensure performance and SLAs?
  • How do I sync data between on-premises and cloud environments?

Whether you are a cloud newcomer, born-in-the-cloud, working in a hybrid or multi-cloud environment you will require a solution that enables seamless management and protection of your enterprise workloads data, and provides tools that will help you move and sync data easily, quickly, and securely.

Key Considerations

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

Do you require your workloads to be highly available?

High Availability

A highly-available solution should support multiple Availability Zones and enable business continuity with no data loss (RPO=0), quick failover, short recovery times (RTO < 60 secs), and non-disruptive upgrade (NDU) processes.

Is minimizing storage costs a key consideration?

Storage Efficiencies

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

Is protecting your workload data a key requirement?

Data Protection

Recovery from data corruption or loss can be achieved with efficient data snapshots and disaster recovery. These must be easily configured, cost effective, and testable while supporting seamless failover, failback, restore, and recovery processes that meet minute-level snapshot SLAs.

3 Steps for a Successful POC:

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

Follow the three POC steps below to evaluate Cloud Volumes ONTAP:


Start your 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.


Test Cloud Volumes ONTAP HA resiliency

  • Copy data to an Cloud Volumes ONTAP volume.
  • Shut down the Cloud Volumes ONTAP primary node and verify that the data you copied is accessible.
  • Start up the primary node again to bring your Cloud Volumes ONTAP back to a highly-available status.


Test capacity reductions enabled by storage efficiencies

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

  • To check thin provisioning: Provision a volume which is larger than the aggregate. Despite the overprovisioning, you will not see an increase in the storage footprint.
  • To check 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.
  • To check compression: Save a large text file and note how it is compressed substantially, reducing the overall storage footprint.


Create your HA environment with the Multiple Availability Zone deployment model to protect against Availability Zone failure.

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 to turn on and off your DR environment in order to save compute and license costs.

Tier your cold data, snapshots and DR environment to object storage (Amazon S3, Azure Blob) to reduce costs to as low as $0.03 per GB per month.

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.

Utilize SnapMirror® technology to replicate data to the cloud quickly and efficiently (‘lift & shift’ data).

Use FlexClone® technology to create thin, RW data copies without performance or capacity penalties. Such copies can be used as testing environments without compromising production volumes.


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