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Cloud Control Volumes™

Take control of your cloud storage with Faction's Cloud Control Volumes™

Overview

Our Cloud Control Volumes™, or CCV™, enable cross-cloud storage for users of Faction private cloud, Public Clouds, and VMware Cloud on AWS. With storage platforms strategically located in datacenters offering low cost and low latency connections to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Softlayer, and many others. Your Cloud Control Volumes™ are automatically connected to the Internet and the public cloud of choice or a colocation in one of 50+ supported metro datacenters.

If you are looking for on-demand Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service, then CCV™ is the way to go!  Backed by both Dell EMC and NetApp storage, discover the benefits of cloud storage with Faction’s Cloud Control Volumes™!

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Three Tiers of Storage

Deep

For long-term archiving

Prime

High-throughput, for big data lakes and backups

Flash

Ultra-performant, for cloud connected production ready all-flash

Benefits

  • Avoid vendor lock in by keeping your data in a neutral platform and access your data from any cloud provider
  • Overcome storage capacity and scaling challenges
  • Achieve better data protection by keeping a copy on low cost persistent storage
  • Volumes can be accessed over the internet, mounted by a guest operating system, or mounted as a VMware datastore (including in VMware Cloud on AWS)

 
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Use Cases

Data Migration

Many organizations find that migrating data for cloud transformation projects is as hard or harder than migrating their applications. NPSaaS fueled by Faction solves this problem with several capabilities:

  • Easy data synchronization via SnapMirror: NPSaaS is Internet-accessible, and supports almost every type of private networking, and allows you to sync data from an on-premises NetApp array (OnTAP 8+ required) to your NPSaaS storage footprint. Which we can then make accessible inside of public and private clouds as well as colocation facilities such as CoreSite, EdgeConneX, and Digital Realty.
  • Easy data format accessibility via NFS: NetApp customers are used to NetApp's easy multi-protocol support, especially NFS, which allows high-performance access to data from multiple systems simultaneously. Some organizations looking for cost-effective storage have applications which don't lend themselves to an easy conversion to object-storage to work well within public clouds or have performance requirements that object storage has a hard time meeting. NetApp Private Storage as a Service Fueled by Faction works just like your on-premises array: you give your instances in AWS, Azure, Google, or your servers in colocation the IP address of your NFS mount point, and they access it seamlessly over a private, secure network.

Big Data

Organizations are trying to modernize or adopt their big data practices. This often includes having vast sums of data, both existing and accumulating, and a desire to process that data with purely on-demand compute.

The NPSaaS solution allows you to establish a cloud-adjacent data lake that can handle the growth and persistence of your data, paying only for what you need, but without the need to convert your data into and out of object storage. You can simplify your data lake design as you eliminate the need to map your data sources into a fixed object-storage format and all the performance and orchestration questions that raises. Instead, simple, cost-effective per-TB pricing can not only save money over public cloud object storage, but it can also remove the need to pipeline data in and out of object, with the attendant reformatting.

This solution, along with being the fastest, easiest route to ramping up your big data analytics in the cloud, avoids vendor lock-in by being inherently multi-cloud. And if you need to transfer data to a partner or pull it back out for whatever reason, the fact that there are no egress charges out of NPSaaS avoids giant, surprise bills.

Multi-Site Deployments

Migrations between clouds - or between regions for some cloud providers - can pose a problem, especially when using a cloud that lacks a national backbone. NPSaaS is offered in all the major cloud markets - including Santa Clara, Northern Virginia, Portland, and Chicago — which align with the closest network access points for each of the 4 AWS Regions in the US — and NPSaaS includes the ability to easily synchronize data between regions.

Technical Features:

  • Each tier comes connected to the Internet for data seeding, or WAN mounted storage, as well as connections to a public cloud or datacenter of your choice.
  • Additional clouds or datacenters can be added on, and your Cloud Control Volume storage is available from every connected cloud at once.
  • Seed data over Internet, VPN, or your private carrier connection (including MPLS, VPLS, EPL, EVPL), and then have your data accessible immediately as file-based storage in public clouds.
  • Cloud Control Volumes are available at major colocation centers. Cities include Santa Clara, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Northern Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Atlanta.
  • Cloud Control Volumes can be connected to through direct cross-connect or via provider exchanges, at facilities such as Coresite, Digital Realty Trust, CyrusOne, and more.

 
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Technical Features

  • Deep

The ultimate storage for a data lake. With a better value than public cloud object/data lake storage, accessible over simple NFS, petabyte-scale, cross-cloud enabled, and yet still capable of a blistering performance at scale. Ready to use with Hadoop and Spark, without all the pain of having to marshal data in and out of object/data lake storage. Designed to be less expensive than S3 at scale.

  • Prime

NetApp-based cross-cloud storage. The power of SnapMirror, deduplication and compression, and the durability of true enterprise storage. Cross-cloud ready, and a better value than options like AWS EBS.

Flash-accelerated storage with deduplication, compression, and compaction. More economical than any “Cloud NAS” and more cost-effective than public cloud disks.

  • Flash

Blazing fast all-flash storage. Capable of up to over 7,500 IOPs per TB and 20Gbp/s or more for 100TB footprints. Perfect for the most demanding analytics workloads, and cross-cloud capabilities by default, which exposes the full power of NetApp features, from SnapMirror to inline deduplication and compression. Faster and less expensive than options like AWS EFS and multi-cloud enabled.

 
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