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BlueXP tiering

: Wicked intelligent data growth management

Are you ready to outsmart data growth without even trying? NetApp® BlueXP tiering, built on the feature set introduced with NetApp Cloud Tiering, enables you to manage your data growth and maintain your primary storage footprint with ease, with more object storage destinations. Grow, baby, grow.

Why NetApp for tiering?

Cold data management at its brainiest

BlueXP tiering provides intuitive management of unstructured data by placing your cold data at the right tier, at the right time, and according to your defined policies. Just like that, the savings are yours—from a single point-of-control. In other words, set it, forget it, and save. BlueXP tiering genius takes care of the rest.


As part of BlueXP’s mobility capabilities, BlueXP tiering is specifically designed to help you optimize storage costs, simplify Ops, and streamline your hybrid multicloud environment.

More storage for less cost

On average, BlueXP tiering lets you recapture 80% of available high-performance storage and lower your storage TCO by up to 40%.

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Set it and forget it

Deploy BlueXP tiering with zero application or workflow impact. Take the work out of data tiering and simplify your ITOps using predefined tiering policies or an intuitive customization wizard to automate routine procedures. Gain visibility to tiered cold data.

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Extend resources

Free up high-performance storage capacity for critical workloads. Develop a storage tiering strategy that’s tailored to your needs. BlueXP tiering offers a simple first step to improving your hybrid multicloud infrastructure.

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IT complexity? Not in the evolved cloud

The times they are a-changin’ and NetApp is delivering a better hybrid multicloud experience. Unified operations. Built-in protection. Automation to go green and save green. Bye, chaos. We won’t miss you.

How it works

Infrequently accessed and updated (aged) data blocks are discovered and moved to lower-cost, object-based storage, which recaptures overall high-performance (expensive) storage capacity.

Step 1: Discover

Automatically discover your ONTAP® or Cloud Volumes ONTAP volumes and identify what data should be tiered. Create or connect to the object storage service of your choice.

Step 2: Tier

Set your tiering targets and define your tiering policies. Your tiered data is stored in the object storage of your choice. AI-analytics delivers ML-based recommended tiering actions for additional savings.

Step 3: Manage

Manage, monitor, and adjust policies to better suit your needs and achieve higher savings.

Step 4: Save

An integrated dashboard provides real-time and historical savings data. Simply sit back, relax, and let BlueXP tiering take it from there.


BlueXP tiering enables intelligent data growth management.

Integrated data analysis

Ongoing analysis instantly identifies just how much of your data is aged or infrequently accessed, reporting how much capacity can be recaptured.

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Tiering based on your requirements

Select from predefined policies or customize to meet your needs. An intuitive wizard lets you create destination volumes, find data movement efficiencies, and automate scheduling—all with point-and-click simplicity. AI-analytics delivers ML-based recommended tiering actions for additional savings with wizard-based activation.

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Your savings, your dashboard

Your tiering dashboard includes real-time and historical reporting on data optimization, actual savings, and actionable recommendations to further increase savings.

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Unified tiering management

Get a single point of access from a powerful web GUI that provides a comprehensive view of all tiered instances and environments. BlueXP tiering requires no software to install or hardware to manage.

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Don’t just take our word for it

NetApp customers around the globe are in the same situations as you. They’ve found the answers to meet their economic, IT simplification, and infrastructure management needs with BlueXP tiering, built on the feature set introduced with Cloud Tiering. See what they’re saying—then calculate the savings for yourself.

Connecting the on-prem device to object storage on AWS allows us to not only save money but also scale our on-prem environments.

Marcus Masching, Head of IT Computing Services, Festo


We have over 130 scientists doing ongoing research on missions that impact everything from climate change to solar physics and all sorts of amazing things. The NetApp solution allows them to more easily collaborate and be much, much more effective.

Alex Green, IT systems architect, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, CU Boulder


Object storage is a viable option for many use cases and worth going for it. All you need is talking to your personal contact at SVA.

Andreas Müller, Product Manager Managed Cloud Services, SVA

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For me, NetApp benefits are data management, ease of use, and support. Active IQ is brilliant. I have never seen a vendor with such proactive support.

Director for Data Center and Managed Services, European Media Company

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Your choice of cloud

Review our documentation to learn how to tier cold data to your choice of cloud object storage.

BlueXP: Unify hybrid multicloud management

BlueXP delivers a unified experience for storage and data services across on-premises and cloud environments. Its intuitive UI, AIOps-powered insights and automation, flexible consumption parameters, and integrated protection provide the operational simplicity and security required for today’s hybrid multicloud world.

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