Virtustream Delivers Dynamic Cloud Services with NetApp Clustered ONTAP

Virtustream leverages virtualiza­tion and cloud computing expertise as well as its own proprietary cloud management solution to deliver private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions. The company’s enterprise-class cloud com­puting platform, xStream, is available to customers as software, an appliance, or as a managed service.


Their challenge has been to create flexible, scalable private and public cloud environments that meet the diverse needs of enterprise customers. After comparing several storage solu­tions, Virtustream selected the NetApp FAS6210 clustered storage solution for its xStream cloud platform, deploy­ing NetApp systems in its primary and secondary data centers in California and Virginia.


The systems run on clustered NetApp Data ONTAP 8.1, which Virtustream considers essential to achieving the scalability and respon­siveness needed for the xStream cloud platform.  “Teamed with clustered Data ONTAP 8.1, we can provide the highly flexible, scalable, and manageable storage platform needed to support our on-demand cloud model.”  Simon Aspinall, Chief Vertical Markets, Strategy, Marketing, Virtustream

Virtustream relies on the high perfor­mance of clustered Data ONTAP 8.1 to deliver its xStream and micro-VM capabilities, including reliable perfor­mance and consumption-based pricing. It also helps enable xStream customers comply with industry standards, such as SSAE16, ISO27001, HIPAA, PCI 2.0, and SAS70.

Clustered Data ONTAP 8.1 also provides added insurance by protecting against double disk failures. If a virtual machine or set of machines within a pool fails, recovery will take place on another node within the FAS6210 cluster. In a disaster scenario, clusters can be recovered at the remote site in 60 min­utes via NetApp backup and recovery capabilities.

Each FAS6210 cluster stores approxi­mately 500TB of data; features a com­bination of SAS, SATA, and SSD drives, and supports numerous connectivity protocols, enabling Virtustream to meet the diverse application and storage needs of its customers. The company leverages multiprotocol flexibility to move highly complex heterogeneous storage environments to the xStream cloud platform.

Based on NetApp storage, the xStream cloud platform is compatible with all leading hypervisors and compute hard­ware, working seamlessly with existing enterprise and service provider infra­structures. NetApp scalability offers Virtustream additional flexibility in meeting a wide range of customer needs. “Clustered NetApp Data ONTAP 8.1 allows us to scale up and down efficiently as IT and customer require­ments change,” says Aspinall. “We can easily bring new enterprise customers into our multi-tenant cloud environment and respond dynamically to whatever demands arise as they use our xStream solutions and services.”


This blog is part of a series on clustered Data ONTAP.


Data ONTAP 8.1 blog series:

1.       Why Scale-Out & What’s New

2.       Unified Scale-Out – What’s Supported & Why It’s Unique

3.       Nondisruptive Operations – What Does it Mean?

4.       Enterprise Ready Data ONTAP 8 Cluster-Mode

5.       What’s Included In A Cluster Configuration

6.       Data ONTAP 8 Clustering – Multitenancy Designed In

7.       ESG Lab Validation of Data ONTAP 8.1 Unified Clustering

8.       Storage Monitoring Made Easy:  A Video Demonstration of Data ONTAP 8 Clustering

9.       Data ONTAP Unified (SAN and NAS) Cluster Benchmark Performance

10.    Announcing Data ONTAP 8.1.1 operating in Cluster-Mode

11.    PeakColo Guarantees 100% SLA for the Cloud with Data ONTAP 8 Clustering                               

12.    Data ONTAP #1 Storage Operating System 

13.    Do You Prefer Your IOPs Without Your Extra Latency

14.    Finding a Needle in 20 Million Haystacks – a Clustering Success Story

15.    Eliminating Planned Downtime


Mike McNamara