Supported configurations for Cloud Volumes ONTAP 9.9.1 in AWS

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A few licensing options are available for Cloud Volumes ONTAP. Each of these licensing options enables you to choose a configuration that meets your needs.

Licensing overview

You can pay for Cloud Volumes ONTAP in AWS using any of the following options:

  • PAYGO: Pay-as-you-go by the hour through an AWS Marketplace subscription

  • BYOL: Bring your own license purchased from NetApp

  • Professional package: Pay per TiB with an annual contract through an AWS Marketplace subscription

PAYGO

  • Requires a subscription from the AWS Marketplace for pay-as-you-go pricing at an hourly rate.

  • Offers Cloud Volumes ONTAP in three different licensing options: Explore, Standard, and Premium. Each of these licenses provide support for different amounts of storage and compute.

  • A 30-day free trial is available for the first Cloud Volumes ONTAP system that you deploy in AWS.

    • There are no hourly software charges, but AWS infrastructure charges still apply (compute, storage, and networking).

    • When the free trial ends, you’ll be charged hourly according to the selected license, as long as you subscribed. If you haven’t subscribed, the system shuts down.

      Cloud Manager prompts you to subscribe to the AWS Marketplace when you create a Cloud Volumes ONTAP system.

  • Conversions to another licensing option isn’t supported.

  • Basic technical support is offered, but you must register and activate the NetApp serial number associated with your system.

BYOL

  • Single node or HA license with term-based subscription options like 12 months, 24 months, and more.

  • Support is included for the length of the subscription term.

  • Conversions to another licensing option isn’t supported.

  • A system license is required for each BYOL system and provides up to 368 TB of capacity through EBS disks and tiering to S3 object storage. Learn more about storage support.

  • You can purchase extra capacity licenses to allocate more than 368 TB of capacity.

    For example, you might purchase an extra capacity license to allocate up to 736 TB of capacity to Cloud Volumes ONTAP. Or you could purchase three licenses to get up to 1.4 PB.

Professional package

  • Provides licensing for both Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Cloud Backup Service.

  • You can charge multiple Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems against this contract.

  • Requires a subscription from the AWS Marketplace as an annual contract for 12 months, 24 months, or 36 months.

    Cloud Manager prompts you to subscribe to the AWS Marketplace when you create a Cloud Volumes ONTAP system.

  • Support is included for the length of the subscription term.

  • Conversions to another licensing option isn’t supported.

  • Provides up to 2 PB of capacity through EBS disks and tiering to S3 object storage. Learn more about storage support.

Supported number of nodes

Cloud Volumes ONTAP is available in AWS as a single node system and as a high-availability (HA) pair of nodes for fault tolerance and nondisruptive operations.

Upgrading a single node system to an HA pair is not supported. If you want to switch between a single node system and an HA pair, then you need to deploy a new system and replicate data from the existing system to the new system.

Supported storage

Cloud Volumes ONTAP supports several types of EBS disks and S3 object storage for data tiering. The maximum storage capacity is determined by the license that you choose.

Storage support by license

Each license supports a different maximum system capacity. The maximum system capacity includes disk-based storage plus object storage used for data tiering. NetApp doesn’t support exceeding this limit.

PAYGO Explore PAYGO Standard PAYGO Premium BYOL Professional package

Maximum system capacity
(disks + object storage) 1

2 TB

10 TB

368 TB 2

368 TB per license 2

2 PB 2

Supported disk types

  • General Purpose SSD (gp3 and gp2) 3

  • Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) 3

  • Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) 4

Cold data tiering to S3

Not supported

Supported

  1. For an HA pair, the capacity limit is for the entire HA pair. It’s not per node. For example, if you use the Premium license, you can have up to 368 TB of capacity between both nodes.

  2. For some configurations, disk limits prevent you from reaching the capacity limit by using disks alone. In those cases, you can reach the capacity limit by tiering inactive data to object storage. For information about disk limits, refer to storage limits.

  3. Enhanced write performance is enabled when using SSDs with Cloud Volumes ONTAP Standard, Premium, and BYOL.

  4. Tiering data to object storage is not recommended when using Throughput Optimized HDDs (st1).

Supported disk sizes

In AWS, an aggregate can contain up to 6 disks that are all the same type and size.

General Purpose SSDs (gp3 and gp2) Provisioned IOPS SSDs (io1) Throughput Optimized HDDs (st1)
  • 100 GB

  • 500 GB

  • 1 TB

  • 2 TB

  • 4 TB

  • 6 TB

  • 8 TB

  • 16 TB

  • 100 GB

  • 500 GB

  • 1 TB

  • 2 TB

  • 4 TB

  • 6 TB

  • 8 TB

  • 16 TB

  • 500 GB

  • 1 TB

  • 2 TB

  • 4 TB

  • 6 TB

  • 8 TB

  • 16 TB

Supported EC2 compute

Each Cloud Volumes ONTAP license supports different EC2 instance types. For your convenience, the table below shows the vCPU, RAM, and bandwidth for each supported instance type. You should refer to AWS for the latest and complete details about EC2 instance types.

The bandwidths shown in the table below match the documented AWS limits for each instance type. These limits don’t completely align with what Cloud Volumes ONTAP can provide. For the expected performance, refer to NetApp Technical Report 4383: Performance Characterization of Cloud Volumes ONTAP in Amazon Web Services with Application Workloads.

License Supported instance vCPU RAM Flash Cache 1 Network bandwidth (Gbps) EBS bandwidth (Mbps) High write speed 2

Explore, BYOL, or Professional

m5.xlarge

4

16

Not supported

Up to 10

Up to 4,750

Supported (single node only)

Standard, BYOL, or Professional

r5.xlarge

4

32

Not supported

Up to 10

Up to 4,750

Supported (single node only)

m5a.2xlarge

8

32

Not supported

Up to 10

Up to 2,880

Supported

m5.2xlarge

8

32

Not supported

Up to 10

Up to 4,750

Supported

Premium, BYOL, or Professional

m5n.2xlarge

8

32

Not supported

Up to 25

Up to 4,750

Supported

r5.2xlarge

8

64

Not supported

Up to 10

Up to 4,750

Supported

r5d.2xlarge

8

64

Supported

Up to 10

Up to 4,750

Supported

c5d.4xlarge

16

32

Supported

Up to 10

4,570

Supported

m5.4xlarge

16

64

Not supported

Up to 10

4,750

Supported

m5d.8xlarge

32

128

Supported

10

6,800

Supported

r5.8xlarge

32

256

Not supported

10

6,800

Supported

c5.9xlarge

36

72

Not supported

10

9,500

Supported

c5d.9xlarge

36

72

Supported

10

9,500

Supported

c5n.9xlarge

36

96

Not supported

50

9,500

Supported

c5a.12xlarge

48 4

96

Not supported

12

4,750

Supported

c5.18xlarge

48 4

144

Not supported

25

19,000

Supported

c5d.18xlarge

48 4

144

Supported

25

19,000

Supported

m5d.12xlarge

48

192

Supported

12

9,500

Supported

c5n.18xlarge

48 4

192

Not supported

100

19,000

Supported

m5a.16xlarge

48 4

256

Not supported

12

9,500

Supported

m5.16xlarge

48 4

256

Not supported

20

13,600

Supported

r5.12xlarge 3

48

384

Not supported

10

9,500

Supported

  1. Some instance types include local NVMe storage, which Cloud Volumes ONTAP uses as Flash Cache. Flash Cache speeds access to data through real-time intelligent caching of recently read user data and NetApp metadata. It’s effective for random read-intensive workloads, including databases, email, and file services. Compression must be disabled on all volumes to take advantage of the Flash Cache performance improvements. Learn more about Flash Cache.

  2. Cloud Volumes ONTAP supports high write speed with most instance types when using an HA pair. High write speed is supported with all instance types when using a single node system. Learn more about choosing a write speed.

  3. The r5.12xlarge instance type has a known limitation with supportability. If a node unexpectedly reboots due to a panic, the system might not collect core files used to troubleshoot and root cause the problem. The customer accepts the risks and limited support terms and bears all support responsibility if this condition occurs. This limitation affects newly deployed HA pairs and HA pairs upgraded from 9.8. The limitation does not affect newly deployed single node systems.

  4. While these EC2 instance types support more than 48 vCPUs, Cloud Volumes ONTAP supports up to 48 vCPUs.

  5. When you choose an EC2 instance type, you can specify whether it is a shared instance or a dedicated instance.

  6. Cloud Volumes ONTAP can run on either a Reserved or On-demand EC2 instance. Solutions that use other instance types aren’t supported.

Supported regions

For AWS region support, see Cloud Volumes Global Regions.