SaaS Application

SaaS companies require tools and methodologies to help them scale up while keeping costs under control; tools that assist them to establish processes and governance while staying fast and agile.

With your SaaS cloud applications environment, you should evaluate whether you can:

  • Reduce costs and protect product margins while you rapidly scale.
  • Keep agile, automated dev/test environments to support your continuous cycles and fast TTM while supporting non-disruptive operations.
  • Ensure governance in your growing business with integrated standard processes for automation, orchestration, repeatability and compliance.
  • Guarantee data protection for your production environment with highly available storage, disaster recovery, and snapshots with instant point-in-time recovery.

Key Considerations

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

Is protecting product margins a key consideration?

Cost Saving

Storage efficiency methods such as data snapshots, thin provisioning, data compression, deduplication, tiering and cloning will reduce storage expenses by as much as 70%.

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

Efficient Cloning

NetApp’s FlexClone® technology will enable you to create writable volumes from snapshots, with zero capacity penalties, in zero time, while paying only for the deltas you consume. This cloning technology will help you streamline and automate virtual dev/test processes and fast environment provisioning.

 

Do you require corporate governance supporting tools?

Processes and Governance

NetApp’s OnCommand® Cloud Manager will help you manage, monitor, automate and orchestrate your environment as well as leverage the data replication and cloning features. These NetApp technologies will help your DevOps and IT groups to deploy unified, repeatable processes and best practices, and will help to ensure integration and compliance across your organization.

3 Steps for a Successful POC

01

Test the 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.

02

Test how Data Cloning improve dev/test processes automation, agility and TTM

Reduce storage costs and enhance your dev/test environments creation speed with FlexClone®

  • 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.

03

Evaluate unified management and governance framework

See how IT / DevOps can manage, monitor, automate and orchestrate processes using the OnCommand® Cloud Manager

  • Check the simple drag-and-drop operation to create new storage environments, discover, replicate and sync between existing on-premises or multicloud environments.
  • See how easy it is to define snapshots policies and sync schedules per storage environment.
  • Select the Timeline view and examine the history log and status of actions.
  • See the automation and orchestration options in the interactive API screens.
  • Examine some of the advanced options such as users access control, multi-tenancy, downtime scheduling, and tagging.

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Tips

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.

Fine-tune snapshot schedules to protect data and enable instant point in time recovery that meet your SLA requirements.

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!

Tier your DR environment and snapshots data to Amazon S3 to reduce DR 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.

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