Google Cloud and NetApp announced the availability of the containerized, software-based variant of NetApp Cloud Volumes Service in Asia Pacific.
NetApp’s cloud-native, high-available, scalable, and flexible enterprise storage system is delivered with Google Kubernetes Engine and APIs supported by Google with cloud pay-as-you-go economics. This new service will allow businesses in Asia Pacific to experience NetApp’s best-in-class file storage service and its data management capabilities locally where their workloads operate. The regional availability of the software-defined service will also enable businesses in Asia Pacific to accelerate developer agility, drive business productivity, and enhance IT operational efficiencies on a global scale.
“NetApp Cloud Volumes Service helps organizations run their business-critical applications requiring Enterprise Storage, such as SAP, on Google Cloud with high performance and security,” adds Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Ecosystem at Google Cloud. “We are excited to work with NetApp to expand the availability of Cloud Volumes Service for customers in the Asia Pacific region.”
New service brings better coverage and performance with improved availability
NetApp and Google’s new software-defined service provision is now available in the Hong Kong (asia-east2), Jakarta (asia-southeast2), and Seoul (asia-northeast3) regions. NetApp Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud is fully integrated into Google Cloud and provides cloud-native file storage service with the performance, availability, and security needed to efficiently run enterprise applications like Windows and SAP.
Customers can deploy the data service directly from Google Cloud Marketplace. The addition of software-defined Cloud Volumes Service provides a balance of capacity and performance that is ideal for agile cloud-native applications using Kubernetes, and general-purpose workloads that need to scale dynamically as demand increases and quickly recover from failures with minimal downtime.
The key features are:
- Better coverage: as Cloud Volumes Service is no longer hardware dependent, the service will be available to customers in all regions and zones where they operate their workloads. Customers no longer need to be concerned about deploying workloads outside of the country or accessing data across boundaries where costs and latency are high.
- Improved availability: customers can ensure business continuity with reliable and secure data protection in a single zone with minimal outages or downtime. If an instance outage occurs, for example, due to a power outage, the service automatically moves the volume’s persistent disk to another instance to maintain availability without disrupting ongoing applications.
- Better starting performance levels: the new service provides 32 megabyte/second (MiBps) per tebibyte (TiB) of performance.
Like the existing hardware-based Cloud Volumes Service, the new software-defined service also features the latest efficiency and security capabilities, including:
- Market speed up time: increase application resiliency by taking near-instant snapshot copies of your data that do not impact performance, time, or capacity.
- Innovative mix of protocol support: Cloud Volumes Service supports volumes created for both NFS and SMB.
- Increased control and security: gain increased control and security, and improve the business’ overall regulatory compliance without compromising user experience through the separation of the control plane and data plane.
“The ability to deliver data quickly and securely wherever it is needed is critical for businesses hoping to optimize performance in the world consistently defined by new expectations,” says Sanjay Rohatgi, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Asia Pacific at NetApp. “Managing Kubernetes data has been a multi-year journey that started in the cloud for NetApp, and we are delighted to expand our relationship with Google to deliver software-defined Cloud Volumes Service to our customers in Asia Pacific. Together, with Google Cloud’s leadership in application development, analytics, and machine learning, we can help organizations lead with data and unlock the best of both cloud and Kubernetes.” (Source: NetApp)