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VMware on Azure: More storage, less spending with Azure NetApp Files

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Robert Cox
Robert Cox

Migration of storage-intensive VMware workloads to the cloud has been an expensive, time-consuming process—until now. Designed with enterprises in mind, Azure NetApp Files datastores enable you to access your data quickly and easily while simultaneously optimizing your cloud spending.

VMware cloud storage infrastructure has traditionally required customers to purchase and scale cloud compute and storage as a single package. Because storage-intensive applications commonly require significantly more storage than CPU and memory, many cloud adopters purchase more compute nodes than they need—which adds up to a lot of wasted dollars.

With Azure NetApp Files datastores for Azure VMware Solution, you avoid paying for more than you need and you get the power to seamlessly integrate your legacy systems into modern infrastructure. The built-in flexibility and intuitive interface make it easy for you to take full advantage of the cloud’s benefits without overspending on compute nodes.

Don’t waste money and resources in your Azure VMware Solution

When it comes to managing your cloud storage, NetApp can help you work smarter, not harder. The integration of Azure NetApp Files datastores decouples storage from compute and can slash your Azure VMware Solution cloud costs by up to 30%.

Some would say that enabling storage capacity to scale independently from compute is the best thing to happen since sliced bread. But don’t quote us on that. No longer having to overprovision and pay for underutilized compute resources does make for a highly efficient and cost-effective solution—especially for large VMware workloads that require over 300TB (300GB per VM). You deserve to pay only for what you need, and now you can.

See for yourself. Calculate your savings with our TCO estimator.

Your Azure VMware storage just got smarter

Azure NetApp Files gives you the freedom to scale data without worry. Whether you’re working with large files or facing rapid data growth, you get all the power and flexibility that you need. With no overages or surprise fees and 99.99% availability for your storage, you won’t have to deal with frustrating usage limits, unexpected expenses, or sudden outages.

Get the best of both worlds

If you’re looking to get the best of both on-premises and cloud worlds, Azure NetApp Files seamlessly blends the affordability and scalability of the cloud with the performance and security of on-premises storage. With a unified hybrid VMware environment, it’s a breeze to manage your workloads and to transition them to the cloud and back.

By pairing Azure VMware Solution with Azure NetApp Files, you can minimize rearchitecting and easily move your workloads to Azure while maintaining peak performance. 

Run VMware in Azure, we did the math for you

Let’s talk numbers: How much can you save? Check out our TCO estimator and easily calculate how much you can save by migrating your VMware workloads to Azure VMware Solution with Azure NetApp Files. The following input table shows how easy it is. Simply enter your information into the estimator, and let us do all the math for you.

Azure NetApp Files datastore TCO Estimator

To find out how much you can save by integrating Azure NetApp Files with Azure VMware Solution vSAN, you only need to adjust the inputs. Here’s an example output for TCO savings with Azure NetApp Files datastores:

image of output for TCO savings with Azure NetApp Files datastores

According to the first row of the sample output table, the cost of deploying 18 VMs to achieve sufficient capacity is almost $1.7 million annually. This approach is significantly more expensive than the cost of combining an Azure VMware Solution vSAN solution with Azure NetApp Files. With the use of Ultra tier performance, the TCO drops to about $1.2 million, a 28% savings. And you can save even more if you don’t need Ultra tier performance. With this configuration and Standard tier performance, you can save up to 46%.

Get started

The cloud wait is over, and the time is now for your VMware workloads. Azure NetApp Files datastores for Azure VMware Solution is a viable and affordable option. We would love to talk to you and help you get on the path to cloud success, so book a 1:1 strategy session with one of our specialists to get started. Not ready for a conversation just yet? No problem; check out our VMware on Azure resources to see how we can help you surpass your cloud goals.

Robert Cox

Robert is a senior product marketing manager with over 20 years of product marketing and product management experience. He is focused on NetApp’s Cloud Data Services, working to enable customers to deliver business outcomes for all IT workloads in cloud, multicloud, and hybrid cloud environments. Robert is an avid cyclist and loves to be outdoors.

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