SaaS Application

SaaS-developing 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.

Typical questions you need to ask when running your SaaS applications in the cloud:

  • Will I be able to control costs and protect margins while scaling?
  • How do I keep agile, automated dev/test processes that support continuous cycles and fast TTM?
  • Can I ensure governance with integrated standard processes for automation, orchestration, and compliance?
  • Can I guarantee data protection for the production environment with highly available storage, disaster recovery, and snapshots with instant point-in-time recovery?

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Key Considerations

Is protecting product margins a key consideration?

Cost Savings

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

Does your SaaS application require high performance?

Performance and Guaranteed SLAs

Your SaaS application data must be easily accessible and available at the highest-level performance and guaranteed SLAs.

Do you need to keep your dev/test processes 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.

Do you require corporate governance supporting tools?

Processes and Governance

Deploy unified, repeatable processes and best practices leveraging cloud management tools that will enable monitoring, automation and orchestration, data replication and cloning features.

Choose the offering that best suits your SaaS Application 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.

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.
  • Set a snapshot schedule

    Keep your data protected by scheduling your snapshots:

    • Follow the steps above to create your volume in the cloud.
    • In the snapshots menu decide the number of snapshots you’d like to keep.
    • Set the time period which the snapshots are to be created.

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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NetApp’s 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 for building SaaS applications.

3 Steps for a Successful POC

  • Test the 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.
    • Data tiering: Check the volume capacity and see how “cold” data is located on object storage.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate the Cloud Manager unified framework
    • Check the simple drag-and-drop operation to provision, discover, replicate and sync on-premises or multicloud environments. 
    • See how easy it is to define snapshots policies and sync schedules.
    • Examine the history log and status of actions in the Timeline view.
    • Check how the interactive API (Swagger) screens enable automation and orchestration.
    • Check multi-tenancy and access control options in the User management screen.

Tips

  • ic-cloning-1 Use cloning technology
    This will create thin, RW data copies without performance or capacity penalties. Such copies can be used as testing environments without compromising production volumes.
  • saas-tip-3 (1)-1 Fine-tune snapshot schedules

    This will protect data and enable instant point-in-time recovery that meet your SLA requirements.

  • 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!

  • Tier your cold data, DR environment, and snapshots to Azure Blob Storage or Amazon S3 Tier your cold data, DR environment, 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.