Documentation for NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription

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NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription is a part of the NetApp Keystone service offering. NetApp Keystone is a portfolio of on-premises capital expenditure (capex) alternatives to enable the on-ramp to cloud journey, which includes NetApp Keystone Flex Pay and NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription services.

  • NetApp Keystone Flex Pay - NetApp Keystone Flex Pay (Flex Pay) is a portfolio of flexible financial alternatives that include traditional financing, leasing, and fixed/variable options to meet your customer’s cash flow needs.

  • NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription - NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription (Flex Subscription) is pay-as-you-grow, outcome-based subscription service that brings an on-premises cloud-like experience.

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Flex Subscription

Flex Subscription is an outcome-based, on-premises, subscription service model. It enables customers to accelerate time to value by reducing the hurdles related to managing the unpredictable capacity growth and going through the complex procurement cycles. Flex Subscription allows customers to align economics and operations to their business priorities.

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Flex Subscription is a subscription-based service offering that provides storage capacity, at predefined performance service levels, for block, file, and object data types that can be deployed on-premises and can be operated by NetApp, a partner, or the customer. In addition to the base service that Flex Subscription provides, add-on services can be chosen at an additional cost. These services are described in the below figure.

  • Data Protection Basic service provides NetApp SnapMirror and NetApp SnapVault capabilities with default settings.

  • Data Protection Advanced provides a service with SLAs of RPO=0 by leveraging the NetApp MetroCluster capabilities.

Note Flex Subscription uses SnapVault technology for backup operations and SnapMirror for disaster recovery to replicate the data remotely; it does not automatically fail over and restore applications.

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Benefits of Flex Subscription

Flex Subscription provides the following benefits:

  • Frees up IT staff from complicated storage-related tasks and allows them to focus on application management

  • Reduces upfront capital investment

  • Allows customers to meet their demands without overprovisioning

  • Aligns data storage costs with business needs/activity

  • Simplifies infrastructure provisioning by bypassing complex organizational procurement procedures

  • Keeps data secure on their premises

  • Enables proper control over compliance, performance, and security

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