Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP customers

S&P Global Market Intelligence

S&P Global Market Intelligence improves data resilience and reduces cost with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

S&P Global Market Intelligence is a leading provider of actionable intelligence on the global financial markets and the companies and industries that make up those markets.

Challenge: S&P Global Market Intelligence needed to improve availability and accelerate agility for hundreds of SQL Server databases. The organization was looking for a high-availability storage solution that spans across multiple AWS Regions to facilitate cost-effective disaster recovery (DR).

Solution: S&P Global Market Intelligence deployed a multi-Region SQL Server architecture in Amazon EC2 using fully managed Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP file systems. Their architecture includes hundreds of SQL Server databases running on Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) that utilize iSCSI block-based storage in FSx for NetApp ONTAP. Support for SnapMirror cross-region replication (CRR) eliminated the need to implement database-level replication. FSx for NetApp ONTAP’s built-in deduplication and compression features also helped S&P Global Market Intelligence do more with less, to reduce their overall storage cost.

“Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP provides us the ideal high-availability, cost-effective shared storage solution for our SQL Server FCI DR strategy. The SnapMirror functionality helped reduce our RPO and we only pay for the storage we use now – high availability SQL Server and DR made easy!”

Nishanth Charlakola, Associate Director - S&P Global Market Intelligence

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Arcesium reduces database refresh time with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP

Arcesium designs advanced data, operations, and analytics capabilities for the financial services industry and used by some of the world’s most sophisticated asset managers and financial services organizations

Challenge: Existing database refreshes proved to be slow, Arcesium needed to reduce time and costs associated with refreshing mission-critical, multi-terabyte databases and maintain a consistent point-in-time view across multiple databases. A low-friction migration to AWS with limited application and database downtime was imperative.

Solution: Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP FlexClones enable Arcesium to create near-instantaneous, space-efficient database copies for system refresh purposes. As a managed service, FSx for ONTAP was easy to migrate to, simple to operationalize, and reduced operational complexities. Additionally, the built-in compression, compaction, and deduplication storage efficiencies significantly reduce their overall storage costs.

“As a fully managed service, FSx for ONTAP helped us to get up and running quickly with storage efficiencies of 53% and we had a 46% reduction in storage costs. We saw an 80% reduction in refresh costs and achieved a five-fold improvement in the speed of database snapshots, ensuring easy retries to handle any unexpected failures. An added benefit is that we can now leverage our idle DR (Disaster Recovery) environments and effectively utilize that infrastructure for productive purposes."

Manikantan Madhunapantula, SVP of Database Engineering and Site Reliability Engineering - Arcesium


Pearson improves agility and performance of their enterprise resource planning application with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

Pearson helps people throughout the world to achieve their potential through learning by providing high-quality digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them.

Challenge: Pearson experienced application recovery time (RTO) challenges with their previous storage solution for their mission-critical financial and HR workloads.

FSx for NetApp ONTAP removed the heavy lift of migrating their application and storage to AWS, allowing Pearson to focus on improving their customer experience. With enterprise storage features such as NetApp Snapshots and FlexClones, Pearson quickly moved millions of files from their previous solution to Amazon FSx without needing to modify their applications or requiring their staff to learn new skillsets.

“FSx for NetApp ONTAP improved the agility of our mission-critical ERP application by enabling us to refresh our data 10x faster. We also increased financial and HR job performance by 3x and reduced our application recovery time and recovery point (RTO/RPO) objectives from hours to minutes. As a fully managed service, FSx for NetApp ONTAP removed the operational overhead of our physical IT infrastructure freeing us to focus more on our application data and drive more value for our customers.”

Norm Nadeau, VP of Site Reliability Engineering - Pearson

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AdvancedMD reduces storage cost by 70% and lowered operational overhead by 80% with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

AdvancedMD is a cloud suite of medical office software: practice management, electronic health records, patient engagement, and business analytics. Clients include nearly 52,000 practitioners across 13,000 practices and 700 medical billing companies.

Challenge: AdvancedMD was using self-managed storage for their business-critical application workloads. The associated operational burden was costly, time consuming, and negatively impacted their clients.

Solution: With FSx for ONTAP, AdvancedMD reduced the operational burden of managing their storage infrastructure, including scaling, maintenance, and software upgrades while increasing the overall reliability of their application workloads. They were also able to significantly reduce cost with the built-in efficiency features, including tiering, deduplication, and compression.

“Before FSx for ONTAP, we spent a lot of time managing volume sizes to deliver the performance we needed. Migrating to Amazon FSx was easy, and requires almost none of our time. We simply set up the volumes, and AWS monitors and manages the backend. The one thing we didn't initially account for was the effectiveness of the compression, deduplication, and storage tiering features - we ended up saving a lot more money than expected!”

Adam Holt, Site Reliability Engineer - AdvancedMD


Sonic Foundry reduces TCO with Mediasite move to Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP

Sonic Foundry transforms how the world works and learns through innovative, scalable technology solutions, ensuring that educators and communicators reach the masses in real time with the most inspiring and imaginative uses of streaming video possible.

Challenge: The on-premises hardware was out of capacity and Sonic Foundry required storage expansion that could deliver high-availability for always-on global content delivery. Additionally, they needed to provide a consistent streaming experience to their Mediasite customers.

Sonic Foundry increased their agility and reduced complexity with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP. SnapMirror provided a simple migration to AWS for Sonic Foundry. Post migration they were able to improve availability with Multi-AZ file systems, easily scale to additional regions, and provide lower latencies for their customers, improving the streaming experience. Sonic Foundry took advantage of automated data tiering with FSX for ONTAP to optimize storage costs and reduce TCO.

“Migrating from on-premises to Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP has reduced our operational burden, and enables us to scale our content delivery capabilities quickly to meet the needs of our valued customers at the lowest possible price."

Jeff Bailey, VP, Information Technology & Cloud Services – Sonic  Foundry



Blackboard reduces operational burden with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

Blackboard works to help create experiences that are more informed and personalized to support learning, teaching, and leading more effectively through combined product and solution offerings that span the full learning journey.

Challenge: Blackboard’s DevOps team needed to reduce time spent on data management to help get ahead.

 Using Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, Blackboard no longer manages infrastructure – the fully managed service does the work of hardware, provisioning, patching, and backups – allowing them to focus on applications, end users, and positively impact the business.

“Anthology has relied on NetApp for decades for its best-in-class enterprise features and capabilities. Key for running our business is the performance, durability, continuous feature innovation, and cost-effectiveness that our applications require. Since our transition to Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, we reduced our operational burden by 90%.”

Joel Snook, Senior Director, DevOps Engineering - Anthology


Annapurna Labs

Amazon Annapurna Labs accelerates chip design with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP

Amazon Annapurna Labs is at the .forefront of chip design innovation, and is responsible for designing and building all custom AWS chips and accelerators that power the AWS Cloud.

Challenge: Amazon Annapurna Labs had self-managed storage for their business-critical electronic design automation (EDA) workloads. The associated operational burden was time consuming, and downtime from file system maintenance or unplanned service disruptions negatively impacted critical workloads.

To reduce their operational burden, Annapurna Labs switched to fully-managed FSx for ONTAP to maintain infrastructure, scale capacity, provision resources, and perform software upgrades.  Annapurna was able to increase the overall availability of business-critical EDA workloads and accelerate the design of their latest and most advanced chips, purpose-built for machine learning.

“We migrated to Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP to improve storage scalability and availability, and reduce storage costs for our EDA workloads. Our silicon development infrastructure now supports double the storage capacity per volume while maintaining the workload performance. With FSx for ONTAP, we observed 100% availability of our storage, while reducing our storage costs by 35%."

Kristopher King,  Senior Software Development Manager - Amazon Annapurna Labs


NetApp improves engineering productivity with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

NetApp is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software, and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to the cloud.

Challenge: NetApp was looking to reduce the operational overhead associated with deploying and managing on-premises storage infrastructure.

 With Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, NetApp IT eliminates the need to deploy and maintain additional ONTAP clusters on premises globally, and provides the agility, scale, performance, and cost optimization required to meet the needs of NetApp’s growing business.

“In as little as 30 minutes, we can deploy Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP file systems as our business needs dictate. Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP is a perfect marriage of the best-of-breed features and capabilities of NetApp ONTAP, with the convenience, scalability, and integration of an AWS service.”

Matt Morton, Senior Cloud Architect - NetApp

NSW Health

eHealth New South Wales (NSW) seamlessly migrated their enterprise image repository to Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

eHealth NSW partners with health agencies and industry to provide a digital, integrated health system for patients, clinicians, and the NSW community.

Challenge: eHealth NSW was looking to migrate their enterprise image repository (EIR) to AWS to reduce operational complexity and increase the pace of innovation for their real-time, life-critical clinical applications.

Solution: Using Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, eHealth NSW achieved the availability and scalability their EIR requires, while reducing operational overhead. FSx for ONTAP provided familiar features such as Snapshots and SnapMirror, allowing NSW eHealth to leverage their existing skillset and migrate to AWS without needing to make any application or data management changes.

“We use FSx for NetApp ONTAP to store 1.3PB of medical imaging data for a statewide enterprise image repository. The solution provides the reliability and scalability of an AWS fully managed service with the flexibility offered by NetApp ONTAP, reducing the operational management overhead for eHealth, and enabling resources to focus on delivering greater value to the state healthcare system.”

Farhoud Salimi, Executive Director, Service Delivery – eHealth NSW

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Ayesa reduces storage costs by 50% and increases productivity by 30% using Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

Ayesa, a global technology and engineering services provider, works to build a more efficient world.

Challenge: Ayesa needed a cloud file storage solution that would enable their global teams to collaborate and share project data securely, with built-in optimization for performance and cost.

Solution: By using Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP's capacity pool tier, Ayesa was able to reduce their costs and simplify storage management by automatically tiering their infrequently-accessed data to low-cost, elastic storage. With NetApp Global File Cache, Ayesa also provided secure, low-latency access to cloud file storage for their teams across 17 sites around the world.

“Our innovative File2Cloud architecture combines the capabilities and features of Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP and NetApp Global File Cache to provide our engineers and consultants to securely share and collaborate as needed. The built-in, automated tiering feature of Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP enables us to optimize our deployment for both performance and cost.”

Pablo Sanchez, CIO - Ayesa

Kerry Logistics

Kerry Logistics improves operational productivity with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

Kerry Logistics offers a broad range of supply chain solutions from integrated logistics, international freight forwarding, industrial project logistics, to cross-broader e-commerce, last-mile fulfillment, and infrastructure investment.

Challenge: Kerry Logistics experienced on-premises storage scalability and availability constraints. They needed agile, flexible, and scalable storage infrastructure for their business users in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific in alignment with their business expansion goals.

Solution: By using fully managed Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, Kerry Logistics improved availability and scalability with Multi-AZ file systems while reducing operational overhead. FSx for ONTAP provided features such as Snapshots and NetApp Cloud Insights, allowing business users in Kerry Logistics to share and collaborate the information whenever and wherever their users need it without any application or data management changes.

“FSx for NetApp enables our team to securely access and share information effectively. As a fully managed service, FSx for NetApp ONTAP removed the operational overhead of our physical IT infrastructure freeing us to focus on our application data and drive more value for our customers.”

Kenny Chu, Manager of IT Technical Services – Kerry Logistics

Avoris Corporacion Empresarial

Ávoris improves DevOps agility with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

Ávoris Corporación Empresarial (ACE) offers a broad range of travel and tourism services, including holiday bookings and air travel. The company operates 1,500 travel agencies, serves 5.65 million travelers a year, and has nearly 6,000 employees.

Challenge: Avoris' storage environment could no longer support the availability and data resiliency demands of their business and limited their ability to scale DevOps workflows.

 Avoris deployed Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP along with NetApp’s Astra Trident for container orchestration, providing their development team with a scalable, secure DevOps environment. Scheduled and on-demand snapshots enabled Avoris to instantly protect and clone datasets regardless of size.

“The combination of Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP and NetApp Astra Trident enables us to efficiently deploy and manage enterprise containers for hundreds of simultaneous DevOps projects, enabling Ávoris to easily and quickly adapt our business to changing customer demands.”

Guillem Parera, Infrastructure Architect - Ávoris


Veolia scales faster and reduces total cost of ownership with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP.

Veolia's mission is help customers address their environmental and sustainability challenges in energy, water, and waste. They blend skills in operations, engineering and technology to offer a range of environmental solutions to meet the challenges of cities, campuses, businesses and industries.

Challenge: Veolia was looking to accelerate their migration journey to the cloud for their mission-critical, data driven applications while optimizing for scalability, performance, and cost.

Solution: Fully managed FSx for NetApp ONTAP enabled Veolia to reduce operational complexity and improve performance without having to modify their applications. With built-in tiering, data is automatically stored in the right tier to optimize their cloud infrastructure costs.

“Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP perfectly supports our cloud strategy and accelerated our migration to AWS without having to rebuild or redesign our applications. Using infrastructure-as -code and automated tiering capabilities, we found the service to be more scalable and cost effective than on-premises solutions.”

Patrick Sann, Head of IT Operations - Veolia

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