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NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription

Storage-as-a-service offering that delivers a cloud-like experience on premises with connectivity to the cloud—all on your terms.

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Why Flex Subscription

NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription—the bridge to the cloud.

NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription is a pay-as-you-grow subscription-based service that delivers a seamless hybrid cloud experience, for those preferring opex consumption models to upfront capex or leasing. Better align storage costs to business needs with the ability to accelerate time to value, by removing the IT burdens of managing storage infrastructures and going through the lengthy procurement cycle. You can now focus on core business operations by managing outcomes.

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Pay for what you need, when you need

Flex Subscription supports your business strategy through maximum operational and financial flexibility, giving you on-premises storage with the versatility of the cloud. It simplifies the way you acquire, consume, and operate across your hybrid multicloud environments.

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Simplify IT operations

Reduce time spent on the purchase lifecycle, gain immediate availability to storage capacity, and free up IT resources to focus more on innovation and less on storage administrative tasks.

Lower financial risk

Reduce upfront cash and commit only to what you need now, which better aligns expenses with business priorities and cash flow while minimizing risks associated with large capital investments.

Bring the best of cloud on prem

Scale across clouds easily with a single provisioning, orchestration, and management console. Leverage the cloud for bursting, data migrations, disaster recovery, backup, and tiering.

Optimize capacity management

Reduce storage costs with automatic data tiering to lower cost storage on premises or in the cloud and gain clear visibility into committed capacity usage, daily burst capacity, and billing.

Services catalog

NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription’s storage-as-a-service offerings are optimized for performance outcomes and costs for file and block, block only, and object storage.

File and Block – NFS, CIFS, iSCSI, and FC protocols

Tiers

Extreme*

Premium*

Standard

Value

Best for

Analytics, databases

VDI, virtualized apps, software development

File shares, web servers

Backup

Target IOPS/TiB

6,144

2,048

128

N/A

Max IOPS/TiB

12,288

4,096

512

N/A

Max throughput MBps (32KB/IOPS)

384

128

16

N/A

Latency

<1 ms

<2 ms

<17 ms

N/A

Minimum commitment**

100 TiB

100 TiB

100 TiB

100 TiB

Starting MSRP*** per TiB/month

$127.00

$77.00

$27.00

$18.00

* Data tiering on premises and to the cloud is available.

** Sum of subscribed committed capacities across all File and Block services must be >=100TiB.

*** MSRP based on host provisioned capacity that is measured against subscribed committed capacity, 1-year term, customer-operated, and annual payment in advance. Data protection charges are add-ons.

Block Only – iSCSI and FC protocols

Tiers

Extreme

Premium

Standard

Best for

High Performance Computing

Video surveillance

Backup

Target IOPS/TiB

N/A

N/A

N/A

Max IOPS/TiB

5,500

4,000

N/A

Max throughput MBps (32KB/IOPS)

43

31

N/A

Latency

<0.5 ms

<0.5 ms

N/A

Minimum commitment

100 TiB

100 TiB

300 TiB

Starting MSRP*** per TiB/month

$70.83

$60.42

$10.00

*** MSRP based on host provisioned capacity that is measured against subscribed committed capacity, 1-year term, customer-operated, and annual payment in advance.

Object – S3 protocol

Tiers

Standard

Best for

Media repository, data lakes, archiving

Target IOPS/TiB

N/A

Max IOPS/TiB

N/A

Max throughput MBps (32KB/IOPS)

N/A

Latency

N/A

Minimum commitment

500 TiB

Starting MSRP*** per TiB/month

$30.00

*** MSRP based on host provisioned capacity that is measured against subscribed committed capacity, 1-year term, customer-operated, and annual payment in advance.

What is Flex Subscription

Choose your performance service level(s) and capacities, data storage services, data protection add-on services, subscription term, and operating model—so you can match your business needs to your budget and reduce upfront expenses with NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription.

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Pay for performance

Storage service levels based on IOPS and latency to meet Extreme, Premium, Standard, and Value workload needs.

Pay-as-you-grow

Predictable billing for subscribed committed capacity, plus pay-per-use pricing for burst capacity.

Get a bundled price

Hardware, core OS, support, and Equinix colocation services for a single $/TiB/month price. Receive one invoice for your file and block, block only, object storage, and colocation services.

Choose a flexible term

Sign up for a commitment as small as 12 months, 100TiB or more per site. Then, you can auto renew the service for 12 months or cancel the service.

Leverage the cloud

Single orchestration, provisioning, and management across Flex Subscription and the public clouds. Native cloud integration offers bursting, migrations, DR, and backups to the cloud.

Tier on prem or to the cloud

Automated tiering puts infrequently accessed data on lower cost storage, either on your premises or to any public cloud.

Choose who operates

Operated by you, a certified partner, or NetApp. The NetApp operated model is an add-on charge.

Get advanced data protection

MetroCluster capabilities with RPO = 0 is available for your mission critical workloads.

Typical use cases

Choosing the right flexible consumption model amongst the options in the NetApp Keystone portfolio is easy. With Flex Subscription, you get a storage-as-a-service offering that delivers a cloud-like experience on premises for file and block, block only, and object storage services, with connectivity to the cloud. See how these features can benefit you through some typical use cases below.

Bridge to the cloud

Need short-term opex solutions before migrating workloads to the cloud, or repatriating workloads from the cloud to on premises.

Storage-as-a-service

Want to act as an internal or external service provider and better align storage capacity costs to usage for chargebacks. Multi-tenancy enables data and configuration segregation and RBAC facilitates tenant management and reporting.

Large data lakes

Want to minimize IT operational tasks for large media repositories (videos and images), long-term archives, and data lakes, which will remain on premises for data governance and locality purposes.

Modern data centers

Want to accelerate tech refreshes, and reduce time spent on hardware and software upgrades and other traditional storage infrastructure maintenance tasks.

Value-added solutions

Flex Subscription provides the building block to design, build, and integrate our storage-as-a-service offering into other technologies and services, delivering value-added solutions through NetApp and our certified partners.

Equinix

Subscribe to the Flex Subscription 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 IaaS, powered by Flex Subscription and Cisco Plus 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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Get started

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

Plan

Identify use cases that will benefit from a storage-as-a-service offering. Select our Cloud Design Services for Hybrid Multicloud or Data Fabric Value Consultancy services to help you plan your roadmap.

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Subscribe

Select your performance service levels and committed capacity, add-ons (data protection and data tiering services), and term (minimum one year and 100TiB per site).

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Deploy

NetApp's team of specialists are here to provide Design, Build, Installation, Configuration, Deployment, and Onboarding services according to your contract terms. We will not leave until you are happy.

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Go

Create your first volume using the self-service portal or APIs. Actively engage with your NetApp Keystone Success Manager and support specialists to add new services and capacity or migrate additional workloads onto the Flex Subscription service.

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Contact us

No matter what solutions, products, or services you’re interested in, we’d love to talk. 

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Different partner purchasing options include:

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