What is Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP? - FSx for ONTAP

What is Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP?

Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP is a fully managed service that provides highly reliable, scalable, performant, and feature-rich file storage built on NetApp's popular, ONTAP file system. It provides the familiar features, performance, capabilities, and APIs of NetApp file systems with the agility, scalability, and simplicity of a fully managed AWS service.

Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP provides feature-rich, fast, and flexible shared file storage that’s broadly accessible from Linux, Windows, and macOS compute instances running in AWS or on premises. FSx for ONTAP offers high-performance SSD storage with sub-millisecond latencies, and makes it quick and easy to manage your data by enabling you to snapshot, clone, and replicate your files with the click of a button. It also automatically tiers your data to lower-cost, elastic storage, eliminating the need to provision or manage capacity and allowing you to achieve SSD levels of performance for your workload while only paying for SSD storage for a small fraction of your data. It provides highly available and durable storage with fully managed backups and support for cross-region disaster recovery, and supports popular data security and anti-virus applications that make it even easier to protect and secure your data. For customers who use NetApp ONTAP on-premises, FSx for ONTAP is an ideal solution to migrate, back up, or burst your file-based applications from on-premises to AWS without the need to change your application code or how you manage your data.

As a fully managed service, Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP makes it simple to launch and scale reliable, performant, and secure shared file storage in the cloud. With Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, you no longer have to worry about setting up and provisioning file servers and storage volumes, replicating data, installing and patching file server software, detecting and addressing hardware failures, managing failover and failback, and manually performing backups. It also provides rich integration with other AWS services, such as AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon WorkSpaces, AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), and AWS CloudTrail.

Features of FSx for ONTAP

With FSx for ONTAP, you get a fully managed file storage solution with:

  • Support for petabyte-scale data sets in a single namespace

  • Multiple gigabytes per second (GBps) of throughput per file system

  • Multi-protocol access to data using the NFS, SMB, and iSCSI protocols

  • High availability and durability with Multi-AZ deployments

  • Automatic data tiering that reduces storage costs by automatically transitioning infrequently-accessed data to a lower-cost storage tier based on your access patterns

  • Data compression, deduplication, and compaction to reduce your storage consumption

  • Support for NetApp's SnapMirror replication feature

  • Support for NetApp's on-premises caching solutions: NetApp Global File Cache and FlexCache

  • Support for access and management using native AWS or NetApp tools and APIs

    • AWS Management Console, CLI, and SDKs

    • NetApp ONTAP CLI, REST API, and Cloud Manager

  • Support for the following data protection and security features:

    • Encryption of file system data and backups at rest using KMS keys

    • Encryption of data in-transit using SMB Kerberos session keys

    • On-demand anti-virus scanning

    • Authentication and authorization using Active Directory

    • File access auditing

Security and data protection

Amazon FSx provides multiple levels of security and compliance to help ensure that your data is protected. It automatically encrypts data at rest in file systems and backups using keys that you manage in AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS). You can also encrypt data in transit using Kerberos for NFS and SMB clients. Amazon FSx has been assessed to comply with International Standards Organization (ISO), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and System and Organization Controls (SOC) certifications, and is Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) eligible. For more information, see Data protection in Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

Amazon FSx provides access control at the file system level using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) security groups. Amazon FSx provides access control at the API level using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) access policies. To provide access control at the file and folder level, Amazon FSx supports Unix permissions, NFS ACLs, and NTFS ACLs. When you join Amazon FSx to an Active Directory (AD), users accessing file systems can authenticate using their Active Directory credentials. Amazon FSx integrates with AWS CloudTrail to monitor and log your Amazon FSx API calls so that you can see actions taken by users on your Amazon FSx resources. For more information, see Logging FSx for ONTAP API Calls with AWS CloudTrail.

Additionally, Amazon FSx protects your data with highly durable file system backups. Amazon FSx performs automatic daily backups, and you can take additional backups at any point. For more information, see Protecting your FSx for ONTAP data with backups, snapshots, and scheduled replication.

Pricing for FSx for ONTAP

You are billed for file systems based on the following categories:

  • SSD storage capacity (per gigabtye-month, or GB-month)

  • SSD IOPS that you provision above 3 IOPS/GB (per IOPS-month)

  • Throughput capacity (per MBps-month)

  • Capacity pool storage consumption (per GB-month)

  • Capacity pool requests (per read and write)

  • Backup storage consumption (per GB-month)

For more information about pricing and fees associated with the service, see FSx for ONTAP pricing.

FSx for ONTAP forums

If you encounter issues while using Amazon FSx, use the FSx for ONTAP discussion forums to get answers.

Are you a first-time Amazon FSx user?

If you're a first-time user of Amazon FSx, we recommend that you read the following sections in order:

  1. If you're new to AWS, see Setting up FSx for ONTAP to set up an AWS account.

  2. If you're ready to create your first Amazon FSx file system, follow the instructions in Getting started with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

  3. For information about performance, see Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP performance.

  4. For Amazon FSx security details, see Security in Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

  5. For information about the Amazon FSx API, see Amazon FSx API Reference.