Documentation for NetApp Keystone

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NetApp Keystone is a portfolio of on-premises capital expenditure (capex) alternatives to enable the on-ramp to cloud journey. NetApp Keystone offers a seamless hybrid cloud experience with storage services that span on your premises and in the cloud.
For more information about NetApp Keystone, see NetApp Keystone

Keystone is a storage-as-a-service offering that delivers a cloud-like experience on your on-premises systems with connectivity to the cloud — available on your terms.


Keystone is an pay-as-you-grow subscription-based service model that delivers a seamless hybrid cloud experience for those preferring OpEx consumption models to upfront CapEx or leasing. 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. Keystone allows customers to align economics and operations to their business priorities.

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Keystone is a subscription-based service offering that provides storage capacity, at predefined performance service levels (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 Keystone 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 Keystone 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 Keystone

Keystone 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


Keystone services are different from NetApp Keystone STaaS offering. For more information about NetApp Keystone STaaS, see[Keystone STaaS].