Feeds

London and New York? Pfft... if you want buy low latency, move to BRAZIL

NetApp, Amazon unleash Private Storage for speed freaks... but it'll cost you

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

NetApp and Amazon have devised Private Storage for AWS with a NetApp array in a colocation facility with a Direct Connect link to AWS and data replicated to it from a customer's own NetApp array. When should NetApp customers go to the expense of doing this?

We're told by a person close to the situation that the rationale for NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services is where the application running in the Amazon cloud needs less than 4ms latency when accessing the NetApp storage. A Direct Connect link from an AWS region colocation (colo) facility provides this.

Amazon has regions of the USA where such Direct Connect colos exist. Elsewhere network links can be set up to the Direct colos, for example from a NetApp customer's data centre, but overall network latency will increase with the distance from the Direct Connect colo.

As the table below shows, network performance from the regions is better than from remote edge locations outside the Amazon regions. We're told that, in summary, 4ms and less are ideal connections, meaning up to 160 miles or 257km with a clean path. The distance is that taken by the wire, not by line of sight.

Amazon region and edge latency

Amazon Region and Edge latency.

We understand that Amazon and NetApp have been working on this for a couple of years and it's not a defensive manoeuvre by Netapp so much as taking advantage of an opportunity to sell more product while helping customers get closer to compute services in Amazon's cloud. We further understand that EMC, HDS, and HP are all hustling now to put together a similar solution or promote their own AWS integration.

This system roadmap was set two years ago and will continue to evolve. If this first arrangement, Netapp Private Storage for AWS, is successful, we can expect more joint NetApp-Amazon initiatives and announcements. We could even see more news in six months with a big announcement at Amazon's next reInvent conference.

A channel player involved in the NetApp-AWS private storage deal says they are seeing "a ton of interest" and has signed a first deal.

Non-NetApp view

How other storage array suppliers might view the NeApp Amazon pairing starts from the view that there is no actual integration between the NetApp array and AWS and S3. If there were any then third-party software would be used. Clustered ONTAP fully supports Snapmirror, but mirroring from NetApp 7-mode to Clustered ONTAP is not supported. This provides openings for other suppliers to match the NetApp Amazon offering.

There are three main use cases:

  • Process data remotely via Amazon EC2 elastic compute and Amazon EMR elastic Map Reduce (Hadoop)
  • Off-premise disaster recovery
  • Move data to Amazon S3 for low-cost archiving

Other storage suppliers could offer similar facilities to satisfy these use cases because of the lack of Amazon-NetApp integration and NetApp array functionality limitations. For example, EMC and Rackspace could provide the same functionality using either VMAX, VNX or Isilon arrays. Dell, HDS, HP and IBM could dream up their own equivalent arrangements.

Of course, if the NetApp Private Storage for AWS is well-received by customers then NetApp, and Amazon, could move on and start integrating and extending the scope of the arrangement. Perhaps by focusing on NetApp's V-Series ability to virtualise third-party storage so that it appears to be ONTAP storage, with that third-party storage being Amazon S3 or a variant of it... FlexCloud, anybody? ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
How to simplify SSL certificate management
Simple steps to take control of SSL certificates across the enterprise, and recommendations centralizing certificate management throughout their lifecycle.