we have a working Netapp Setup with FAS2720 9.7P9 Version connected to Fujitsu ESXi (VMWare 5.5). With multiple VMs running on 3 ESXi Systems but they are residing entirely on Netapp Storage.
We are thinking of moving this entire setup to private Cloud. This cloud is currently owned by one of our departments and are ready to give us space(in terms of storage) and ESXis(VMI Cluster) to run our VMs on a rental basis. So immediate advantage for us is more space, more network speed, DR Setup and not anymore worry about the hardware. Their hardware consists of Nimble Cluster Storage, Synergy 12000 Blades.
Ofcourse it is in discussion phase but I still would like to ask you experts following questions.
1. Is this really so advisable the way it is projected?
2. Netapp Storage does support cloud. So technically it should be possible to migrate the data. What is the best strategy for this? Do we require additional licenses?
3. Netapp Storage is all about data plus its configuration (Snapshot, User Quota Policies, Export Rules etc.). When we talk about storage space in cloud, then how are we going to control/administrate the configuration parts listed above? Or will this not be anymore possible to administrate? And the Cloud administrators take this control in their hands and we have to be dependant on them for every configuration changes? This is very important factor.
4. Will VMs running on Netapp Storage be migrated without much efforts? Is there any documented method for this?
Your view on this will be really helpful.
Thanx in advance.