As a Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect and GCP Partner, I can’t tell you how important this announcement is. At the Google Cloud Next 2019 Partner Summit in San Francisco, NetApp was named 2018 Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year for Infrastructure. The award highlights efforts of their joint engineering achievements in co-developing deep integrations between Google Cloud and NetApp. NetApp was recognized for its unique and innovative file storage service integrated into the Google Cloud Platform, helping joint customers move to Google Cloud 10 times faster.
NetApp and Google Cloud engineered Cloud Volumes Service, a multiprotocol, high-performance file storage service. Through this partnership, NetApp and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) now has a fully managed service that provides a fault-tolerant, scalable platform for creating cloud-native NFS and SMB file systems.
What can Cloud Volumes do for you? Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud helps you migrate your workloads to the cloud without sacrificing performance! And you don’t have to re-architect your apps. This solution gives you:
- Fully-managed service completely integrated with the Google Cloud Platform Console.
- Move your on-premises applications to the cloud 10 times faster than you could before.
- Easily migrate data between on-premises and GCP.
- Provision volumes from 0 to 100 TB in two mouse clicks.
- Multiprotocol support (NFS and SMB).
- Read-only and read-write client access controls.
- Active Directory (AD) integration for SMB file systems.
- Enterprise apps don’t require refactoring.
This solution enables you to quickly add multi-protocol workloads as well as build and deploy both Windows-based and Linux apps. But probably the best part is the ability to protect data with automated, efficient snapshots that will lower your Google Cloud Storage costs due to NetApp’s space-saving data management.
Cloud Volumes Service delivers the right performance fit for your workload that you can adjust as the nature of your app changes. And it doesn’t require adding additional disk capacity to increase performance as you need to do with Google persistent storage options. You can increase or decrease the allocated capacity on the fly without having to worry about changing the I/O performance characteristic.
The primary use cases for using Cloud Volumes Service include file services such as NFS and CIFS, analytics, DevOps, and databases. Here is how the Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud architecture looks:
Cloud Volumes Service supports different levels of performance for each file system. Because database administrators can allocate individual storage pools for hot or cold data, they have fine-grained control over the use of high-performance storage or more cost-effective, high-capacity storage.
If you’re currently a NetApp customer, your welcome. If you’re not, you should talk to us and let us build you a great on-ramp to the cloud!