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NetApp Keystone: Do data on your terms

There is only one storage-as-a-service offering like Keystone. On-premises, in the cloud, or somewhere in between, it lets you build your hybrid cloud while someone else (us!) handles financial risk and humdrum storage tasks. One monthly subscription. Unlimited flexibility. 

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Why NetApp Keystone?

The fastest path to a hybrid cloud environment

Keystone is our pay-as-you-grow, storage-as-a-service (STaaS) offering that delivers a seamless hybrid cloud experience for those preferring OPEX consumption models to upfront CAPEX or leasing. By removing the IT burdens of managing storage infrastructures and going through the lengthy procurement cycle, you can better align storage costs to business needs, accelerate time to value and focus on core business operations by managing outcomes.  

With a unified management console and monthly bill for both on-premises and cloud data storage services, Keystone lets you provision and monitor, and even move storage spend across your hybrid cloud environment to give you the ultimate in financial and operational flexibility.

Energize your data center and hybrid cloud with Keystone

The increasing pressure for IT to accelerate operations is nothing new. Luckily, you won't need to grab your running shoes to keep pace with the modernization of your contemporary IT. What you will need is NetApp Keystone—your on-premises storage-as-a-service infrastructure to help you transform your IT operations and become more cloud-like. 

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Key benefits

Keystone supports your business strategy through maximum operational and financial flexibility to give you on-premises storage with the versatility of cloud. Simplify the way you acquire, consume, and operate across your hybrid cloud environment. 

Get Keystone now and burst above your subscription at no additional cost while you get started

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Simplify IT operations

Keystone's cloud-like services free up your team to right-size costs with usage so you can ditch the complexities of managing hardware lifecycles. 

Put more flex in flexibility

Get file/block/object, capacity, and performance tiers on demand while consuming, paying, and activating as you choose—on premises or in the cloud.

Bring the best of cloud on prem

Easily scale across clouds with a single provisioning, orchestration, and management console using NetApp Cloud Manager. Use the cloud for running cloud-native and secondary workloads.

Get predictable performance and protection

Choose how, where, and when to use cloud data services. Power up when you need. Access data whenever. Eliminate the anxieties of unprotected data. 

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Gartner 2022 Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage, October 17, 2022, Jeff Vogel, Joseph Unsworth, Chandra Mukhyala

Gartner 2022 Critical Capabilities for Primary Storage, October 17, 2022, Jeff Vogel, Joseph Unsworth, Chandra Mukhyala 

Services Catalog

Keystone STaaS offerings are optimized for performance outcomes and costs for unified file and block, object storage, and cloud data services. It’s time to sink into simplicity and dive into innovation. Experience the ultimate on premises and cloud connector that delivers agility, operational flexibility, and reduced financial risk. 

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Pay for performance

With the largest number of outcome-based service tiers for file and block, increase or decrease performance as your business needs change.  

Pay as you grow

Predictable billing for subscribed committed capacity, plus pay-for-use pricing for burst capacity (up to 20% available on demand).

Bundled pricing

Bundle hardware, core OS, support, and Equinix colocation services for a single $/TiB/month price. Receive one invoice for all on-premises and cloud data services. 

Flexible terms

Commit to as little as one year with 25TiB or more per site, then auto renew for another 12 months or cancel the service.  

File and Block – NFS, CIFS, iSCSI, and FC protocols
Tiers Extreme Premium Performance Standard Value
Best for Analytics, databases VDI, virtualized apps, SW dev OLTP, OLAP, VDI, containers, SW dev File shares, web servers Backup
Max IOPS/TiBMay vary depending on the workload characteristics.
(effective capacity)
12,288 4096 2048 512 128
Max throughput MBps/TiB[2] 384 128 64 16 4
Latency < 1 ms < 1 ms < 1 ms < 17 ms < 17 ms
Minimum commitmentMinimum and incremental capacity sizes. 25 TiB 25 TiB 25 TiB 100 TiB 100 TiB
Starting MSRPMSRP based on usable capacity that is measured against subscribed committed capacity, 3-year term, and customer-operated. No add-ons are included. per GiB/month $0.250 $0.171 $0.085 $0.043 $0.021
Object – S3 protocol
Tiers Standard
Best for Media repository, data lakes, archive
Max IOPS/TiB[2] (effective capacity) N/A
Max throughput MBps/TiB[2] N/A
Latency N/A
Minimum commitment[3] 500 TiB
Starting MSRP[4] per GiB/month $0.026
Cloud Services CBS (S3) and CVO (NFS, CIFS & iSCSI)
Tiers Cloud BackupNetApp Cloud Backup and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP are dependent on the cloud storage and compute characteristics. Cloud-native services like compute, storage, and networking will be invoiced by the cloud service providers.
(all cloud)
Cloud Volumes ONTAP®[5]
(all cloud)
Best for Backup DR, dev/test, business apps
Max IOPS/TiB[2] (effective capacity) N/A N/A
Max throughput MBps/TiB[2] N/A N/A
Latency N/A N/A
Minimum commitment[3] 4 TiB 4 TiB
Starting MSRP[4] per TiB/month $0.045 $0.094

Leverage the cloud

Enjoy single orchestration, provisioning, and management using NetApp Cloud Manager, as well as native cloud integration for bursting, backup, disaster recovery, and more.

Automated tiering

Save over 50% on storage costs by automatically tiering cold data to lower cost storage on premises or in any public cloud.


Going with a 100% OPEX model moves IT assets off your balance sheet and eliminates technology debt.

Built-in data protection

Snapshots, vaulting, replication and 99.999% data availability are built into the Keystone standard rate.

Use cases

With Keystone, you get a flexible STaaS offering that consolidates on-premises storage and cloud data services under one subscription. As a bonus, it gives you the ability to re-allocate storage spend across clouds using NetApp Cloud Manager's Digital Wallet.

Bridge to the cloud

Satisfy your need for short-term OPEX solutions before migrating workloads to the cloud or repatriating to on premises.

STaaS provider

Better align storage capacity costs to usage for chargebacks. Enjoy the benefits of multi-tenancy and RBAC.

Large data

Minimize IT operational tasks for large media repositories, long-term archives, and data lakes.

Modern data centers

Accelerate tech refreshes and reduce time spent on storage infrastructure maintenance tasks.

Value-added solutions

Keystone provides the building block to design, build, and integrate our STaaS offering into other technologies and services, delivering value-added solutions through NetApp and our certified partners.

Do cloud on your terms

Subscribe to the Keystone service hosted at an Equinix colocation data center under one contract, invoice, and source of support from NetApp. Locate data “near the cloud service providers” to leverage flexible compute, database, and analytics services.

Partner-delivered FlexPod aaS

Procure a full-stack infrastructure as a service (IaaS), powered by Keystone and Cisco+ from a FlexPod-certified partner. This simplifies the IT operational experience and unifies subscription, billing, contracts, and support for your hybrid cloud infrastructure.

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Easy as 1-2-3

Getting started with NetApp Keystone is simple. First, determine which workloads are best for a storage-as-a-service model. Next, select your performance levels, capacities, and add-on data services. And finally, choose your terms. Our team of specialists will take care of the design, build, and deploy; and have you up and running in as little as two weeks.

Build your roadmap for success

Getting started with Keystone starts by identifying those use cases that will benefit from a storage-as-a-service offering. Need help planning your roadmap? Explore our portfolio of Professional Services for Hybrid Multicloud, and one of our specialists will help guide your success.

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Hop on the Keystone train

With a solid plan in place, it’s time to subscribe to Keystone. Select your performance service levels and committed capacities, add-ons like advanced data protection and data tiering services, contract terms, and who will operate the environment - you or a certified partner. NetApp offers a fully managed service for an additional monthly fee. Need help determining storage requirements for your various workloads? Request a Workload Analysis for Keystone workshop.

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Lean on our expertise

Our team of NetApp specialists is here to provide design, build, installation, configuration, deployment, and onboarding services according to your contract terms. And, we can migrate your data onto Keystone and put it on the same bill. We won’t leave until you're happy.

Now it’s time to get this STaaS party started. Create your first volume using NetApp Cloud Manager or Keystone APIs. Actively engage with your NetApp Keystone Success Manager and support specialists to add new services and capacity or migrate additional workloads onto the Keystone service.

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