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Cloud Manager and ONTAP Cloud overview

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OnCommand Cloud Manager enables you to deploy ONTAP Cloud systems, which provide enterprise-class features for your cloud storage, and to easily replicate data across hybrid clouds built on NetApp.

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Cloud Manager

Cloud Manager was built with simplicity in mind. It guides you through ONTAP Cloud setup in a few quick steps, eases data management by offering simplified storage provisioning and automated capacity management, enables drag-and-drop data replication across a hybrid cloud, and more.

Cloud Manager is required to deploy and manage ONTAP Cloud systems, but it can also discover and provision storage for on-premises ONTAP clusters. This provides a central point of control for your cloud and on-premises storage infrastructure.

Cloud Manager also offers insight into your AWS cloud storage. The Cloud Storage Automation feature analyzes your cloud storage to show you savings opportunities, data protection enhancements, and operations that can optimize the cloud storage associated with your AWS account.

You can run Cloud Manager in the cloud or in your network—it just needs a connection to the networks in which you want to deploy ONTAP Cloud systems. The following image shows Cloud Manager running in AWS and managing ONTAP Cloud systems in AWS and Azure. It also shows data replication across a hybrid cloud.

Shows the components that Cloud Manager can manage across your hybrid cloud: an ONTAP Cloud system serving EBS storage to EC2 compute, an ONTAP Cloud system serving Azure storage to virtual machines, and data replication across a hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environment.


ONTAP Cloud is a software-only storage appliance that runs the ONTAP data management software in the cloud. You can use ONTAP Cloud for production workloads, disaster recovery, DevOps, file shares, and database management.

ONTAP Cloud extends enterprise storage to the cloud with the following key features:

  • Storage efficiencies
    Leverage built-in data deduplication, data compression, thin provisioning, and cloning to minimize storage costs.

  • High availability
    Ensure enterprise reliability and continuous operations in case of failures in your cloud environment (AWS only).

  • Data replication
    ONTAP Cloud leverages SnapMirror, NetApp’s industry-leading replication technology, to replicate on-premises data to the cloud so it’s easy to have secondary copies available for multiple use cases.

  • Data tiering
    Switch between high and low-performance storage pools on-demand without taking applications offline (AWS only).

  • Application consistency
    Ensure consistency of NetApp Snapshot copies using the NetApp SnapManager tool suite.

  • Data security
    Secure your data at rest with advanced data encryption (AWS only).

Note The licenses for these features are included with ONTAP Cloud.