Learn about the Astra product family

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The NetApp Astra product family provides application data management and storage for cloud native applications.

Astra offerings include:

  • Astra Control: Use application-aware, data management tools that manage, protect, and move Kubernetes workloads in both public clouds and on-premises.​

    • Astra Control Service: Use a service managed by NetApp for data management of Kubernetes workloads in public clouds.

    • Astra Control Center: Use self-managed software for data management of on-premises Kubernetes workloads.

  • Astra Trident: Use Container Storage Interface (CSI) compliant storage provisioning and management for Kubernetes workloads with NetApp storage providers.

Astra Control

Astra Control is a Kubernetes application data lifecycle management solution that simplifies operations for stateful applications. Easily protect, back up, and migrate Kubernetes workloads, and instantly create working application clones.


Astra Control offers critical capabilities for Kubernetes application data lifecycle management:

  • Automatically manage persistent storage

  • Create application-aware, on-demand snapshots and backups

  • Automate policy-driven snapshot and backup operations

  • Migrate applications and data from one Kubernetes cluster to another

  • Clone an application from staging to production

  • Visualize application health and protection status

  • Work with a user interface or an API to implement your backup and migration workflows

Astra Control continually watches your compute for state changes, so it’s aware of any new apps that you add along the way.

Deployment models

Astra Control is available in two deployment models:

  • Astra Control Service: A NetApp-managed service that provides application-aware data management of Kubernetes clusters in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

  • Astra Control Center: Self-managed software that provides application-aware data management of Kubernetes clusters running in your on-premises environment.

Astra Control Service Astra Control Center

How is it offered?

As a fully managed cloud service from NetApp

As software that you download, install, and manage

Where is it hosted?

On a public cloud of NetApp’s choice

On your provided Kubernetes cluster

How is it updated?

Managed by NetApp

You manage any updates

What are the app data management capabilities?

Same capabilities on both platforms with exceptions to backend storage or to external services

Same capabilities on both platforms with exceptions to backend storage or to external services

What is the storage backend support?

NetApp cloud service offerings

  • NetApp ONTAP AFF and FAS systems

  • Cloud Volumes ONTAP storage backend

Astra Trident

Astra Trident is NetApp’s open source implementation of a Kubernetes Container Storage Interface (CSI) driver​. Astra Trident provides orchestration and data connectivity for Kubernetes applications​.