NetApp Astra manages data as a single experience

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Mumbai: NetApp announced the general availability of NetApp Astra (formerly known as Project Astra), a fully managed application-aware data management service built for Kubernetes workloads.

“We built Astra (announced in April 2020) to address our customers’ application-aware data management requirements and address our customers’ issues managing their stateful Kubernetes workloads,” NetApp’s Senior Director of Product Management, Sayan Saha wrote in a blog post.

“With the general availability (GA) release of Astra, we offer a fully managed, multi-hybrid cloud application-aware data-management platform,” added Saha.

NetApp Astra allows organisations to protect, recover, and move applications deployed on Kubernetes with no software to download, install, manage or upgrade. Thus enabling them to focus on developing and scaling their applications – not on managing infrastructure.

“Backup, cloning, disaster recovery, data lifecycle operations, data optimisation, compliance and security are all critical to any organisation,” said Eric Han, VP – Product Management, Public Cloud Services – NetApp.

“Taken together, these challenges increase complexity. That’s directly at odds with Kubernetes’ goal of simpler, faster and more flexible application development and deployment – a vision that NetApp Astra will help to realise,” added Han.

“I applaud NetApp’s goal of providing application-aware data management for Kubernetes,” said Rushi NS, Chief Architect – SAP.

“Astra will make it dramatically easier to manage, protect, and move data-rich Kubernetes workloads across public clouds and on-premises. I look forward to collaborating with NetApp as they continue to develop Astra,” added Rushi.

With NetApp Astra, NetApp extends its industry-leading data management services into the Kubernetes ecosystem, helping organisations manage cloud native applications and legacy workloads with key capabilities including:

  • Data protection with snapshots. Teams can take snapshots for local data protection. If the data is accidentally deleted or corrupted, the applications and associated data can be reverted to a previously recorded snapshot in the same Kubernetes cluster.
  • Disaster/data recovery with remote backups. Teams can also take a full application-aware backup of an application and state. The backup can be used to restore the application with its data to a different Kubernetes cluster in the same or a different region to address data recovery use cases. 
  • Simplified application portability and migration with active clones. Entire applications, along with their data, can be moved from one Kubernetes cluster to another, no matter where the clusters are located.

Currently supporting Google Cloud, NetApp Astra will soon support Microsoft Azure and AWS public cloud environments, as well as on-prem.

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