The introduction of Amazon FSx for ONTAP adds a whole new dimension of enterprise-grade data services to the cloud; it’s the first time NetApp has ported all the NetApp® ONTAP® capabilities into the public cloud. You get a full-featured ONTAP experience—including multiprotocol access to network file shares, point-in-time NetApp Snapshot™ copies for data protection, and data replication and cloning for redundancy. And that experience is managed natively from the AWS Management Console from day one.
If you’re considering FSx for ONTAP, pricing and TCO considerations are no doubt top of mind. ONTAP itself delivers a host of advantages both in AWS and on premises. It gives you a unified approach for simplifying operations, optimizing storage, and reducing costs while making it easier to meet cloud mandates and improve data protection.
This tight integration of ONTAP into the AWS infrastructure allows both traditional and born-in-the-cloud companies to seamlessly use the broader NetApp cloud portfolio. You can experience powerful data services for launching, scaling, monitoring, and managing applications and workloads in AWS. We’re talking optimized and automated ways to deliver immediate business value, whether in the form of cost efficiency, compliance, data protection, or performance.
Because FSx for ONTAP is an AWS service, NetApp leaves the pricing to AWS and focuses on delivering the industry-leading block and file storage of ONTAP. So, before delving into the pricing nitty-gritty, it’s worth noting that ONTAP has been known to reduce storage costs by up to 90%. That’s thanks to thin provisioning, deduplication, compression, compaction, and other storage efficiency capabilities. Policy-based storage tiering can help reduce costs even more by automatically shifting cold data to lower-cost storage tiers.
Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP supports two tiers of storage: primary tier and capacity pool tier. The primary tier is a provisioned, high-performance SSD-based tier for active or latency-sensitive data. The fully elastic capacity pool tier is cost-optimized for infrequently accessed data, automatically scales as data is tiered to it, and offers virtually unlimited petabytes of capacity. NetApp’s native, policy-based FabricPool feature continually monitors data access patterns, automatically transferring data bidirectionally between storage tiers to optimize performance and cost.
Choose from four tiering policies to govern tiering:
At a high level, the pricing for Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP is straightforward: Charges are limited to the resources you use, and that’s it. There are no setup charges or minimum usage requirements. Five FSx for ONTAP components affect pricing. Here’s a quick synopsis of each.
Capacity pool storage
Here’s a breakdown of the estimated costs for storing 100TB of data in the AWS US East Region.
|Capacity pool storage||$0.0438/GB-month||56TB||$2,512|
|Total monthly charge||$0.072/GB-month||100TB||$7,325|
When considering what that all means compared to existing on-premises storage costs, don’t forget:
On top of all the cost savings and flexibility benefits of FSx for ONTAP, keep in mind that the offering is more than the sum of its parts. It not only natively works with all NetApp enterprise data services, but FSx for ONTAP Is also tightly integrated with the AWS Management Console, so capabilities like Amazon SageMaker or Amazon RDS Custom for Oracle are just clicks away.
With compelling pricing, the benefits of a fully managed storage solution, and integration of both NetApp and AWS services, Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP is an unmatched solution. We invite you to explore pricing specific to your use cases, and we welcome further discussion.
For more on this new AWS storage service, visit our overview of Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP. Or schedule a conversation with a specialist and get your questions answered.
As a content advocate and holistic marketing shepherd for several decades, Trenton R. Baker has formed a particular set of skills in distilling complex technical concepts into captivating stories. As NetApp’s AWS Cloud Portfolio Marketing Manager, Trenton is tasked with increasing joint go-to-market activities with AWS. As part of this exercise, Mr. Baker can routinely be found rambling on about how Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP is integrated with NetApp’s portfolio of enterprise-grade data services—all while nestled in an AWS native experience.
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